The City of Lenoir has opened a new fire station, which is the city’s third. Fire Station No. 3 is located at 1015 Wilkesboro Boulevard N.E. in Lenoir.
About 100 people gathered on the lawn at the station Monday afternoon (August 12) to dedicate and officially open the new facility. After Fire Chaplain Jason Hines blessed the station, Fire Chief Ken Hair and retired City of Lenoir Fire Chief Bobby Coffey uncoupled a fire hose and officially opened Fire Station No. 3. Attendees were welcomed in to tour the station.
Station No. 3 will house one fire engine, four Firefighters, and a Battalion Chief. The new firehouse will provide faster response to the eastern part of the city. The new station has five bedrooms, a conference room, a commercial kitchen, and a multi-bay garage to house Engine No. 3 and other equipment. The building also incorporates natural gas heating.
City staff had planned to build a new fire station on Tremont Park Drive N.E., but the initial bids came in over budget. As an alternative, City Manager Scott Hildebran, City Council, and staff worked out a deal with Mac Martin to purchase his property on Wilkseboro Boulevard. The building was up-fitted for the new fire station
The city also received a $1,360,000 zero-interest, 10-year loan from Blue Ridge Energy to help fund the station. Blue Ridge Energy secured funding for the loan through the U.S.D.A.'s Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant program.
Blue Ridge Energy Board of Directors President Jeff Joines said the company also helped fund new fire trucks for the Gamewell Volunteer Fire Department and Patterson Volunteer Fire Department. Joines lives about a mile from the new station.
Chief Hair plans to host an open house at Station No. 3 during Fire Prevention Week in October.