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NC Fire discusses funding for new fire station

At the North County Fire Protection District (NCFPD) board of directors’ meeting held April 27, discussion was held on future relocation and construction plans for one of its southernmost fire stations.

According to Deputy Chief John Torchia, NCFPD had applied for the federal assistance and recovery program, which would have granted the district sufficient funds to move the station, known as Station Five, from its current location, 31403 Old River Rd., and build a new fire station on Olive Hill road, just north of the State Route 76 intersection.

However, the district was recently informed that it had not been selected to receive the grant, leaving the board of directors trying to figure out how to secure funding to construct the new station.

Currently, the station houses one fire engine, a captain, an engineer, one firefighter/paramedic, and is cross-staffed by other stations. The new station, planned to be approximately 8,500 square feet, will cost $3 to 3.5 million to build, and could potentially house a district ambulance as well, requiring two other firefighters to man the station, said Torchia.

“We may use money from the reserves, or possibly look at obtaining a loan,” said Torchia. “It is important for the district to look and see if we want to spend the money and can afford to move forward on the construction.”

Torchia said only minimal technical work has been done on the proposed construction site, which is already owned by the district.

“There is no set time as to when we are going to have the station finished,” said Torchia. “Once we have identified the funds, we will have a better picture of when we can begin construction.”

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