FUQUAY-VARINA — When the town opened Fire Station 2 on Hilltop Road in 1990, the fire unit got about one call a day.
Last year, the unit answered more than 825 calls, said Fuquay-Varina Fire Chief Anthony Mauldin.
Fuquay-Varina has grown so much, increasing the demand for fire service. To keep up, the town plans to add 2,800 square feet of space to the fire station at 5617 Hilltop Road.
The $1 million expansion will include new bays for a Wake County EMS unit, and the town will relocate a fire rescue truck from another station.
Fuquay-Varina also plans to renovate 1,600 square feet to add living quarters for new crew members and update the station’s kitchen.
“EMS is increasing their staff,” Mauldin said. “Right now they have two people there and we have three. We need somewhere for them to be able to sleep.”
Wake County EMS wants to add another unit at Fire Station 2 to improve response times. The county’s goal is for ambulances to get to patients within nine minutes, 90 percent of the time.
“We were looking at response times and seeing they were getting longer,” said EMS spokesman Jeff Hammerstein.
Fuquay-Varina plans to spend about $850,000 toward the total project cost. The county is expected to pay the rest.
“We are still waiting for them to go through their budget process,” Mauldin said of county leaders.
Earlier this month, Fuquay-Varina Commissioners agreed to pay Oakley Collier Architects of Rocky Mount $75,000 to design the addition.
The design is expected to take about three months, and construction should last eight to nine months, Mauldin said.
Fire Station 2 covers the northern section of Fuquay-Varina along Ten Ten Road, the Hilltop Road area, Willow Spring and the Needmore community.
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