Dedication and Open House for New Fire Station 51

by Sep 20, 2023Community, North Brunswick, Online Exclusives

In Leland, there’s a palpable buzz as Station 51 of Leland Fire/Rescue reveals its grand inauguration.

In honor of this momentous occasion, a dedication and open house will be held on September 30th from 1 to 3 p.m. All members of the community are encouraged to attend and join in the festivities.

The ceremony will include a traditional hose uncoupling, a symbolic gesture that represents the station’s official opening. Furthermore, guided tours of the new facility, situated at 1984 Popular Street, will be offered, allowing visitors to explore the state-of-the-art building.

Station 51, a valuable addition to the Town’s Municipal Operations Center campus, replaces the previous station located on Village Road. This strategic relocation was carefully chosen to better serve the rapidly growing area along Highway 74/76. By doing so, response times to fire and life safety incidents in this area can be improved.

“The new Station 51 allows us to optimize the distribution of our resources throughout the fire district,” explained Fire Chief Ronnie Hayes. “Its convenient proximity to major roads ensures that our units can reach most areas of the district promptly, fulfilling our mission to serve, be ready, and achieve excellent outcomes.”

The modern facility boasts four spacious apparatus bays, comfortable living accommodations, a gymnasium, office space, and a generous 1,200 square foot conference room that will facilitate on-site training. Furthermore, plans are already underway to further expand the public safety training capabilities of this campus in the future. Notably, the station also includes a dedicated decontamination room, which plays a vital role in minimizing the spread of cancer-causing carcinogens by enabling proper post-fire decontamination procedures.

“The addition and strategic positioning of Station 51 greatly enhance the Town’s Public Safety infrastructure,” stated Public Safety Director Chris Langlois. “This development ensures that we can keep pace with our continued growth and effectively deliver services to our community. It exemplifies the Town Council’s and staff’s unwavering dedication and commitment to the safety and well-being of the people of Leland and northern Brunswick County.”

This marks the second new Fire Station that the Town has opened in just over a year. Station 53, located at 187 Old Lanvale Road, welcomed its first crews in June 2022.

Construction on Station 51 commenced in June 2022, and crews have been operating out of the station since earlier this month.