The Gray’s Creek (NC) Volunteer Fire Department recently celebrated the grand opening of its Station 18, located at 6975 Fire Department Rd.
The former station, which sits across the street from the new building, was built in 1972, the department’s inaugural year.
“Our volunteer fire departments are vital to the safety and wellbeing of rural and unincorporated communities,” Chairman of the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Charles Evans said in a press release. “We value their service to protect the lives and property in this community.”
Construction on the new facility began Sept. 19, 2019. It sits on four acres of land and is 16,000 square feet, more than triple the size of the old building. The department received a $2 million, 40-year loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development to finance the building.
“We dedicate this building, not only to the firemen to give them a safe environment to work out of, but also to the citizens of Gray’s Creek,” said David Pulliam, President of the Gray’s Creek Volunteer Fire Department Station 18 Board of Directors.