Greenville Fire & Rescue Officials Seeking Seventh Station

Fire and rescue officials in Greenville hope the city will approve the funds for a new station.

Battalion Chief Shannon Terry says right now, Greenville-Fire Rescue has six stations spread throughout the city.

There is no station on Firetower Road. Terry says the number of people living and working along the road has increased, and one is needed there to keep response time down.

Fire-rescue will request funding from city council on Monday. They'll seek $140,000 for design, $3.4 million to build it and $448,000 a year to staff and operate it.

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  • by Fireman Location: Greenville on Feb 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM
    EMS Unit Vs Fire Truck GFR Fire Engine: •Rescue (Potential citizens trapped) •Fire suppression •Traffic Accident (Extrication, Pt. stabilization) •Technical Rescue (Confined space, trench, high/low angle rescue procedures can be started) •Service calls (Smoke Det. Malfunctions/instillation, CO detector alarms) •Fire inspections •Haz-Mat (Gas leaks(propane,natural),Fuel leaks/spills) •Mutual aid responses (assisting CITY and COUNTY stations) •Fire prevention education •Assist Greenville Police (Roof access, forcible entry, traffic control) •EMS responses (GFR fire engines are fully stocked PARAMEDIC units) •EMS treatment and Pt. stabilization (GFR FIRE ENGINES ARE FULLY STOCKED PARAMEDIC UNITS) GFR EMS Units: •EMS responses •Pt. treatment •Pt. transport •All other firefighter duties (WHEN THE FIRE ENGINE ARRIVES) GFR needs additional EMS trucks but if only one truck can be put in a station it should be a Paramedic fire engine. I know that this is my opinion but the comparison speaks for itself.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2012 at 07:37 AM
    If you pull someone from a burning house fire in Greenville, on one will know unless you are black.
  • by Informer Location: Greenville, NC on Feb 16, 2012 at 03:48 PM
    After reading the comments, people please realize that none of the numbers or decisions are arbitrary. The fire department is obligated to meet certain response times by the Department of Insurance and NCOEMS. GFR does have automatic aid agreements with neighboring departments which has decreased the immediate need for more stations and personnel. GFR has limited options in station placement. GFr does not get to set the architect fees or the actual cost of the station. The process is bid out and the city council has the final say on the building, personnel and equipment. The last information had Station 7 at least being staffed with an EMS unit. GFR already has two of its units performing above industry recommended standards. Please remeber that your tax dollars are not just paying for a fire fighter - it is paying for a fire fighter, EMS professional, fire safety educator, a technical rescuer, a child safety seat installer, fire inspector, Haz Mat responder, a urban search and rescue team, a swift water rescue team, and any other request that no one else will do. Finally, you get something your tax dollars can't buy - individuals that are willing on a daily basis to put their lives on the line for you no matter where, what or why you need help. That bonus is freely given - never paid for or bought.
  • by Leftturn Location: Winterville on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:41 PM
    I am a local Firefighter. We do not just sit and play cards all day. I do not put out fires every day when I go to work but when there is a fire my job is to protect lives first and then conserve property. I spend countless hours each year educating the public about fire safety. We are in the schools,churches or any other event that we can go to. Every life can not be saved when there is a fire but everything that can be done at a fire is done to save lives. Having a working smoke detector and having an escape plan will increase your chances to get out and live when there is a fire event at your home. As far as the cost we pay increased home owners insurance as the city grows because of the distance from a Fire Station. The city cannot put up a metal barn and place equipment and firefighters in it. When State and Federal money is spent they have rules to go by. The city has older trucks that are no longer in service daily but are used when a fire engine goes for service or repairs. No Fire Engines have been parked so an ambulance can be placed in servise. Take a trip down to your local fire station, they will speak with you about their jobs and how the system works.
  • by bash on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:57 PM
    Ha ha ha. You are right. If you are a white male you can forget about it. I was told no thank you while they hired six African Americans one woman and the token white guy. Glad I am not that dude. Luckily I got hired at another local fire department. Good luck
  • by Double Standards on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM
    Gee WITN. Can't post my comment about their so called 'hiring' process? I don't see that offending anyone at all. It's the truth. You don't get hired there unless you are on the inside. There's no point in you trying to hide it. You don't work for the city. Maybe you should do a story on it. It would be better than all the other things you all call news. If you want to bash ECU all the time then why can't I bash the city hiring process? Oh... double standards?
  • by vic Location: gtroit on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:33 PM
    I thought firefighting was too dangerous? If they are not going to fight fire then I say buy ambulaces and contract fire to volunteer stations! What a joke. I bet the garbage dept can put out fires better. Ask my friend from Sup dogs
  • by john Location: greenville on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:22 PM
    I think they should staff what they have and not build more. I heard they have put more ambulances in service and fire trucks are being housed with no firefighters? Can someone verify this?
  • by m on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM
    So what is the predominant problem in the Firetower road area? Fires or EMS calls? I'd bet it's EMS call for service, hire a third party 911 capable service and let them run that area and save us the tax payer the cost. I've been back in NC for three years and have yet to get a pay raise. Frankly I don't have the money to pay for increased taxes. Hence third party service would be a better answer. It can make a profit and leave the tax payer alone.
  • by firefighter on Feb 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM
    I'm from Greenville and was on the fd there. Greenville has needed more stations for many years!! The gear,apparatuses,equipment is extremely costly. Working on my bachelor's in fire science has brought to life just how much it takes to support 1 station. And for all you ignorant people No one said a thing about increasing firefighter pay. In fact most firefighters work 2 jobs just to be able to live comfortably. If it's YOU that needs help I bet you wouldn't complain...when it comes to emergencies every second counts!!
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      by Whoa! on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:57 PM in reply to firefighter
      This is exactly what I was posting about. There are very few emergencies where "seconds count". This type of hyperbole is exactly the tactics used by FD's nationwide to justify most of there inflated budgets. The "we need this just in case" mentality has to change. Quite frankly, we the citizens of the USA, cannot afford it anymore. Grants for equipment they want, but don't always need have to stop.
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