New Shipyard Fire Station #5 Grand Opening
Grand Opening of the Shipyard Fire Station #5
On Saturday, May 18th, 2019, at 10:00 a.m., the Wilmington Fire Department hosted the grand opening ceremony for the new Fire Station #5, at 680 Shipyard Boulevard. The new fire station will replace two existing stations: current Station #5 on Wellington Ave. and Station #6 on Carolina Beach Road and is the next important component of the department’s re-deployment plan.
The 10,700-square-foot-station includes a three-unit apparatus bay, a gear room, three offices, a classroom, a day room, six bedrooms, two restrooms, a workout facility, plus a cooking and eating area for the firefighters on duty 24-hours a day. Fire Station #5 will house an engine and ladder company in addition to the department’s Hazardous Materials team. This team is unique because it also covers a seven-county region as part of the State’s Regional Hazardous Materials Response program.
“With the opening of Shipyard Fire Station #5, we will have completed the last step in a department realignment that takes Wilmington from eleven fire stations to nine. We are proud to say that these efforts have saved many thousands of dollars in tax payer money while also maintaining the timely response standards our citizens are accustom to receiving,” stated Fire Chief Buddy Martinette. “With the completion of Station #5 our oldest facility is now only 20 years old. The men and women of the Wilmington Fire Department appreciate Council’s efforts in modernizing our facilities and also the citizens of Wilmington for their continued support.”
The bid was awarded to KMD Construction for $3.2 million in July 2017. Hurricane Florence delayed the opening because of water damage to the facility and we are very happy this project is coming to a close.