Town officials are currently reviewing an idea that would temporarily resolve the need to expand the current fire department facility, according to town manager Charles Brown.
“Obviously, Mount Olive needs a new fire department, but that is a $6 to $7 million project and so far down the road you can hardly see it,” Brown said. But the current effort to buy a new pumper truck is only about two years away from fruition and a new bay might suffice, he added.
Now, there are plans to expand the current department on Northwest Center Street by adding on a new bay to house a new truck.
Brown said there is enough room on the north side of the building to accommodate another bay to handle the new truck.
The idea and its cost is currently under study.
“I don’t think it will be terribly expensive, maybe $150,000 to $200,000,” Brown said.
He credits the idea to Mount Olive Fire Chief Greg Wiggins.
“It is a great idea and will prolong the life of the station we already have. We don’t have the land or the funds to build a new station, but I can see adding a new bay at the current station as a reality within a year or two,” Brown explained.
He went on to say, “We may have to reach out to some of our local businesses to help us finance that project, because they certainly benefit from our fire department’s excellent insurance rating.”