|With 11 personnel on each shift, the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department staffs two engine companies and one truck company between its two fire stations. Engine 1 and Ladder 1 are housed at station 1, which is located on W. Main St. in downtown Carrboro. Engine 2 operates out of station 2, which is located on Homestead Rd. on the north end of town. To learn a little more about each fire station read on!
Station 1, as it appears today, is neither its original appearance nor location. The Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department was founded in the late 1920's, and its first fire station was originally located on Lloyd St. The building that was the first fire station still exists today, although in modified form. Station 1 moved to the Main St. location in the 1960's. At first it was housed in a brick building that was originally part of Carrboro Elementary School. This portion of the building is still in use today. It houses the administrative offices, training space, and living quarters for the staff and firefighters assigned to station 1. By 1981, growth within the fire department necessitated the addition of a new apparatus bay giving the station its present look and size. The bay can accommodate up to six apparatus, three in the front and three in the rear. In the
picture at right you can see three of our units parked in the station and at the ready: Engine 1, Ladder 1, and our reserve truck, Reserve Engine 10.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s the community of Carrboro continued to grow, especially on the north end of town. Additionally, annexation of neighborhoods in this area to the north of town meant that fire protection had to be extended to these new residents of Carrboro. To address this need the Town of Carrboro undertook the construction of a new fire station located on Homestead Rd. Opened in September of 2010 and dedicated to former Fire Chief Rodney Murray, the Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department put a tremendous amount of effort into building a station that reflected the values and beliefs of the community.
Perhaps more so than any other aspect, it is the "green" features of the building of which the department is rightfully proud. Although we chose not to pursue a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, if we had the building would have earned a "Silver" certification due to all the energy efficiencies included in the design and construction. Some of those green features include solar hot water heating, a water reclamation system, optimized use of natural lighting, tree preservation, and use of recycled construction materials. The station includes a double apparatus bay which provides quarters for Engine 2 and Reserve Engine 20. In addition to the apparatus bay, the station includes a training room, a watch room, an EMS treatment room, and living quarters for the firefighters who live, as well as work there.
If you would like to take a look around either of these stations, feel free to stop by anytime and anyone in the department will be happy to show you and your family around. We especially love to show the kids the fire trucks and station!