According to a report from Carteret County News-Times, the Morehead City, North Carolina, City Council will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday to hear and discuss the results of a study on the potential staffing and space needs for Fire Station No. 3.
The meeting will take place in the council chambers of the municipal building at 202 S. 8th Street. The meeting will also be broadcast live on Zoom.
Representatives from N.C. Fire Chief Consulting, which performed a staffing and apparatus study for the Morehead City Fire/EMS (MCFEMS) Department, will present their results at the special meeting. MCFEMS Chief Jamie Fulk as well as other members will also be in attendance.
Moorhead City officials commissioned the study to look at options for Fire Station No. 3, located at 5293 Highway 70, after it was severely damaged during Hurricane Florence in 2018, which forced officials to accelerate plans to find a new location for the building. The station serves the west end of town, including much of the surrounding unincorporated areas.
Currently, Morehead City leases Fire Station No. 3 from Carteret County as part of an agreement with the Wildwood Community Organization (WCO) after a 2014 agreement merged the MCFEMS and the Wildwood Fire Department. In November 2020, the city entered into an agreement with the town of Wildwood to lease an additional building owned by the WCO that is located behind the main station. The lease is for $1,300 a month.
The city is using the building, previously used as a Morehead City substation, as extra bay space and crew bunks. However, Fulk indicated that this is just a temporary fix until the city finds a permanent home for the new station.