STEELE CREEK NEWS
Steele Creek to
Get Two New Fire Stations . . . Eventually
(October 4, 2009)
At a meeting of the Citizens Advisory Group for the Steele Creek Area
Plan, Deputy Chief Rich Grainger of the Charlotte Fire Department
discussed how the department provides timely fire and rescue
protection in the incorporated areas of Steele Creek and has plans
to cover additional areas as they are annexed.
He said their goal is
to be on scene within 6 minutes of receiving a call 80% of the
time. A fire station generally can meet this goal to provide timely
service to an area within two and a half miles of the station. The
city locates fire stations approximately five miles apart in most
generally are staffed by one engine company at all times. An engine
company consists of one fire engine and four firefighters. As
additional development occurs and needs increase, the station could
also have a ladder company, consisting of a ladder truck and four
additional firefighters. If calls for service increase further, the
city could build a new, infill fire station in the area.
Charlotte Fire Department fire stations serve Steele Creek:
Fire Station 26 opened in 1989 on South Tryon St near
Westinghouse Blvd. It has one engine company and one ladder company.
Fire Station 30 is at a temporary location on Belle Oaks
Drive off Byrum Drive. It has one engine company and serves the
airport as well as areas south of the airport.
Fire Station 37 opened in 2007 on South Tryon St near
Shopton Road West. It has one engine company.
Fire Station 38 opened in 2008 on Shopton Road West next
to Withers Cove on Lake Wylie. It has one engine company. This
location also has a boat house on Lake Wylie that can be used by
both the police and fire departments. This station actually is
outside the current Charlotte corporate limits. It provides services to
newly annexed areas that are too distant from Stations 26 and 37 for
them to provide timely service and will serve areas that will be
annexed in the future without providing unnecessary duplication of
services areas by nearby stations.
Stations 37 and 38
each have three bays, which will allow for the addition of ladder
companies at a future date if needed. Medic or other emergency
services can use the third bays.
Creek Volunteer Fire Department provides services to the
unincorporated areas of Steele Creek from two stations, one on
Steele Creek Road near I-485 and the other on S Tryon St west of
Steele Creek Road. Volunteer fire fighters receive the same training
as city fire fighters. The major difference is that volunteer fire
department staff are not at the station at all times. They usually
respond from their homes or other locations and typically cannot be
at a scene as quickly as city companies can be. The Charlotte Fire
Department does not automatically respond to calls in unincorporated
areas but will respond when asked to by volunteer departments.
eventually to annex all areas of Steele Creek. Once the city annexes
areas in the southwest corner of Mecklenburg County that are too far
from Station 37 for that station to serve adequately, the city will
build a new station somewhere in the vicinity of the intersection of
Youngblood Road and McKey Road. The city has not identified a site
but continues to look for opportunities to acquire an appropriate
property in the area. It is possible that the city might build a
temporary station until a permanent one could be built.
Fire Station 30
currently serves facilities on the south side of the airport.
However, a new Station 41 will be built next to the new airport
runway that is under construction. Once Station 41 is in operation
and Charlotte annexes additional area in the vicinity of Shopton
Road, the city will relocate Station 30 from its temporary location
to a site that can cover areas too far north to be adequately
covered by stations 26 and 38.
On the map above, the
black circles approximate areas within a two and a half mile radius
of each current station. However, the actual service areas of the
stations are different because the two and a half mile
distance for timely service is based on road distance and access
rather than absolute distance. New stations eventually will be built
somewhere in the vicinities of the centers of the red circles.
There are no funding, schedule, or specific sites for the potential
new stations at the present time.
Click on the map or
HERE to view a pdf version of the map.
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