According to a report from WECT, the new Leland (NC) Fire Rescue (LFR) Station 53 will be coming to town with hopes of improving the LFD’s ability to fight fires and save taxpayer money.
Station 53 will be located along Old Lanvale Road. Construction is expected to be completed later this summer. In addition to saving taxpayer funds, LFR Chief Chris Langlois said the new station will speed up response times and create a more efficient firefighter response.
Langlois believes the addition of this third station for LFR will cut travel time for crews to scenes nearly in half, or down to about four minutes per incident. For 911 callers, this difference could mean life or death.
Station 53 will be staffed by nine new full-time employees. LFR plans to use its volunteers as a supplement for staff when necessary.
Langlois also said the new station may increase LFR’s fire insurance rating, which could lower insurance premiums for town taxpayers.
Along with the new station, Station 51 on Village Road will be relocated to Highway 74. LFR is working on creating revised response districts to better serve its residents.