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Wilmington Fire Department breaks ground for new station

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department broke ground for its new fire station on Cinema Drive today.

The $3.4 million station will replace Station 3 on Princess Place Drive and Station 4 on Wallace Avenue. It will have four bays, while most stations only have two or three. Assistant Chief Frank Blackley says it will have a community room for the public to use for meetings and more rooms for the firefighters.

“It will also have a little bit bigger workout area for the firefighters, because we’re promoting more health and wellness for them,” Blackley said.

Blackley says this location will be better for response times.

“What we were able to do was actually find these locations,” Blackley said. “This is really going to be closer to where our service delivery is and provide a little bit better service to the citizens by decreasing some response times.”

Blackley says the fire station should be up and running in about a year.

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