Leland Fire/Rescue is teaming up with the Wilmington Police Department and other organizations by joining the recently formed Cape Fear Regional Special Teams. The partnership between area agencies was originally established late last year. It allows the organizations to bring resources together to increase efficiency and consists of Leland Police, Wilmington Police, Carolina Beach Police, Wrightsville Beach Police, UNCW Police, Burgaw Police, the Pender County Sheriff's Office, and the City of Wilmington Fire Department.
This new partnership allows all participating agencies to share equipment and training facilities, while being able to utilize their specially trained personnel during times of need. Regional response includes Crisis Negotiation, SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics), and the Bomb Squad response in the jurisdiction of any partner agency.
“Leland Police Chief Brad Shirley and I are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Cape Fear Regional Special Teams. This opportunity will allow us to contribute to the success of the team and to make these resources available to our community when they are needed,” said Leland Fire/Rescue Chief Chris Langlois.
"I am very glad that Leland Fire/Rescue is coming on board to join the Cape Fear Regional Special Teams. I have great respect for the Chief and his staff. They are working hard each day to provide their residents with high quality services. I know that this partnership will also greatly benefit the residents of Wilmington. By bringing additional specially trained personnel onto the team, we will be able to deliver increased services faster during critical times of need,” said Wilmington Chief of Police Donny Williams.
The regional team will also work with other public safety agencies that are not direct members at this time in an effort to provide superior emergency services for the Cape Fear region.