Open House at SPFD Station No. 2

The Southern Pines Fire and Rescue Department’s second station was unveiled to the public during an open house on Saturday. Located near the Moore County Airport on N.C. 22, the $5.2 million facility will improve response times and reduce insurance premiums for homeowners in northern Southern Pines.

Following is a look at some of the station's notable features.

APPARATUS BAY

The station’s apparatus bay spans over 6,000 square feet, making it roughly the same size as the bay at the department’s flagship station in downtown Southern Pines. Vehicles enter and exit the bay through bi-folding doors, which open faster than the roll-up doors found at many older firehouses.

Apparatus Bay at SPFD Station No. 2
Open House at SPFD Station No. 2

It’s more than a parking garage for fire trucks. The bay includes a mezzanine with overhead access to an equipment room. On Saturday, a firefighter was lowered into the room as part of a confined-space rescue demonstration.

Apparatus Bay Mezzanine at SPFD Station No. 2
Rescue Demonstration at SPFD Station No. 2

TRAINING TOWER

Perhaps the most immediately noticeable aspect of the station’s design is the 42-foot-tall tower overlooking the campus. Firefighters will use the structure to practice rappelling and other rescue exercises.

Training Tower at SPFD Station No. 2

The tower features the same kind of multi-flight stairway that fire crews might encounter at an apartment complex.

Training Tower Stairway at SPFD Station No. 2

BEDROOMS

Firefighters assigned to the new station have individual sleeping quarters, an increasingly common feature of modern firehouses.

Bedroom at SPFD Station No. 2

FITNESS CENTER

Employees looking to get in a workout between calls will find weights, treadmills and other exercise equipment in the station’s fitness center.

Fitness Center at SPFD Station No. 2

MEETING ROOM

According to a program distributed during the open house, the station’s meeting room is equipped with “audiovisual equipment, computer network connections and space to accommodate up to 40 people, depending upon room configuration.”

Meeting Room at SPFD Station No. 2

KITCHEN

The station’s kitchen is outfitted with stainless steel appliances and separate pantries for firefighters working different shifts.

Kitchen at SPFD Station No. 2

The kitchen faces a lounge where employees can watch television during meal breaks. A large table in the dining area is emblazoned with the department’s crest.

Dining Table at SPFD Station No. 2

(3) comments

Jim Tomashoff

What a total waste of taxpayers money!! Bedrooms! What's wrong with a sleeping bag and a mattress, if you choose to bring a mattress from home. A kitchen! Can't firemen goes to McDonalds? Fitness Center! The private sector has several in the area, let them work-out there. Conference Room! How many firemen are there in Southern Pines? What's wrong with the garage where the trucks are parked? Plenty of space there. Jim Tomashoff channeling Kent Misegades.

Jack Nance

This is also a community meeting space for residents that are far from station 1. It's time our town realized we can't respond in a timely manner to all service areas. Long overdue. These first responders work 24 hour shifts. I have no problem with them having a good place to sleep between calls.

Jim Tomashoff

I don't either Jack, but Kent does.

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