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Raleigh residents concerned over new fire station

Posted November 5, 2014

— Raleigh City Council voted unanimously to approve the purchase of 1.63 acres of land at 3510 Harden Road. The land would be used for construction of a new fire station, one that would replace Fire Station 14.

The city issued a press release stating that, “The site on Harden Road will better accommodate future fire services needs in this area of Raleigh.”

Residents aren’t so sure.

During Tuesday’s Public Works committee meeting, residents of the neighborhoods near the location where the fire station will be built argued their case that the fire station needs to be built somewhere else.

Tom West said that most of the residents had just found out about the new fire station location just before the October 7 City Council meeting, when Councilor Gaylord referred the issue to the Public Works committee in response to concerns from the nearby neighborhood.

“We have three main concerns,” West said.

The noise of the fire engines would be intrusive for the neighborhood of 170 homes that is just a block away from the new fire station location. Of particular concern was the use of sirens during the early morning hours. Residents noted that trash pickup didn’t operate during the early morning hours because of the noise those trucks would cause.

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  • jimcricket15 Nov 12, 2014

    I could care less about having a fire station nearby. Where I live the closest station was around 8 miles away and was staffed by volunteers. Now I have two stations within 2 miles partially staffed by volunteers and paid people. I did not ask for this nor want it. I also did not want the huge tax increase that Wake County imposed, especially because the firehouses still beg for money claiming they only get 40 cents of every dollar collected within its fire district. I told the clowns hey, you got on the Government handout dole, go beg to them you already are stealing enough of the little money I have left.

  • Deb Rodgers Nov 10, 2014
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    I lived about 5 houses away from a fire station for 15yrs. They were very considerate not to put on sirens when departing during overnight hours. In fact, I seldom heard them at all. When my father had a medical emergency, it was nice they were at our home w/in 2 mins. Saved his life. People need to live life positively and stop complaining about everything.

  • Vietnam Vet Nov 6, 2014

    You know you would think most folks would be happy to have a fire station as close to their property as possible for faster responses. You just can't please some folks...

  • Fanny Chmelar Nov 6, 2014
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    Will they also request that ambulances coming to the hospital next to their neighborhood run on silent as they pass by?

  • Carol Smith Nov 6, 2014
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    I live a good distance away from a fire station and can still hear the sirens. To the people who would rather have someone's house burn down than hear a siren - think about it.

  • kellymcb Nov 6, 2014

    I am a resident of the adjoining neighborhood mentioned and am happy to have the fire station close by. The views of a handful of our neighbors do not represent the views of the entire community. And I don't know what was meant by the later trash pickup. The recycling truck was noisily retrieving our recycling bin at precisely 7:30 this morning -- and I survived the racket.

  • Garnerwolf1 Nov 5, 2014

    In the early morning, it's unlikely they will leave the station with sirens blaring. Lights, yes. And what do you call early anyway? Anything after about 7:30 should be fine for trash pickup. You chose to live in a city. Not 50 miles out in the country.

  • one Nov 5, 2014

    The fire station is currently on Lake Boone trail. According to the map on the Raleigh times site, the city wants to move it onto a small street.
    Would that increase response time?

  • Cindy Rose Nov 5, 2014
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    I only have one question: When YOUR house is on fire, how far away do you want the fire department to be and do you care how much noise is made rescuing you & your family & attempting to save your home?

  • PowderedToastMan Nov 5, 2014

    Complaining about the sound of a fire engine on its way to handle an emergency is so petty it's ridiculous. Just wait until one of these complainers has an emergency and they'll be crying so loud about what took them so long to get there!!!!!