Neighbors rally to save rural Fairview Fire Station
Angry neighbors will meet Thursday evening to talk about the possible closing of a rural fire station in southern Wake County.
The Fairview Fire Station 2 has served the area for more than 50 years. The station, on Ten-Ten Road near Lake Wheeler Road, could close when nearby Garner opens a new station
Neighbors voiced opposition during a public hearing last month before the Wake County Fire Commission.
Fire Services Director Nick Campasano said it would be most efficient to close the firehouse and let the new Garner station, which would be a mile to the east, handle calls from the area.
Fairview firefighters and many residents they serve are worried about longer response times that could threaten public safety.
Kim Hill, who lives in the Foxmoor neighborhood, said that, with new subdivisions popping up, there’s enough need to support both fire stations.
“It’s been a fire station, kind of a neighborhood station, for many years,” she said. “It’s a comfort having it right around the corner.”
Campasano said the Garner station will be built whether Fairview Fire Station 2 shuts down or not. But if it closes, it would not happen for at least two years.
Thursday’s meeting will be held at 7 p.m., at Fairview Baptist Church on Ten-Ten Road.
The fire commission could vote on whether to close Fire Station 2 at its meeting on Aug. 16.