The Town of Leland is excited to officially open the new Leland Fire/Rescue Station 51 with a dedication and open house on Sat., Sept. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. The community is invited to help the Town celebrate with a short ceremony featuring a traditional hose uncoupling and tours of the new station, located at 1984 Popular Street.
Station 51 is the newest addition to the Town’s Municipal Operations Center campus and replaces the station on Village Road. It was built in a strategic location to serve the rapidly growing area along Highway 74/76 and improve response times to fire and life safety events in the area.
“The new Station 51 allows us to distribute our resources throughout the fire district better. Units stationed there have access to all the major roads, which will assist them in reaching most areas of the district promptly,” Fire Chief Ronnie Hayes said. “This new facility is a huge step towards our mission to serve, be ready, and create excellent outcomes.”
The state-of-the-art facility includes four apparatus bays, full living accommodations, a gym, office space, and a 1,200 square foot conference room that will allow for on-site training. Plans are in the works to expand public safety training capabilities at this campus even further in the future. The new station also has a dedicated decontamination room, allowing staff to properly decontaminate after a fire and decrease the spread of cancer-causing carcinogens.
“The addition and location of Station 51 helps the Town increase its Public Safety infrastructure in order to keep up with the continued growth we’re experiencing, and to improve our ability to effectively provide service to our community,” Public Safety Director Chris Langlois said. “It’s a great example of the dedication and commitment that Town Council and staff have to the safety and welfare of the people of Leland and northern Brunswick County.”
This is the second new Fire Station the Town has opened in a little over a year. Station 53, located at 187 Old Lanvale Road, opened in June 2022.
Construction on Station 51 started in June 2022 and crews started operating out of the station earlier this month.