Trace Fire Department to dedicate new home
After two years of construction, the new Carolina Trace Fire Department facility is ready to be unveiled.
A public viewing of the new, two-story building is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, with snacks, drinks, games for children and safety demonstrations and information available. It's important, Carolina Trace Fire Chief Todd McNeill said, for the public to view what they purchased.
"We appreciate all the taxpayers who helped with the building and for them allowing us to build the facility," he said. "I hope people will see how this [building] will better serve our community."
The estimated 8,000-square-foot building cost $427,000, McNeill said.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held a little over two years ago on Sept. 11, 2011, to remember the 343 firefighters who were killed in the line of duty, according to Carolina Trace Capt. Christopher Meyers.
"We felt like dedicating the building on Sept. 11 would be a way to honor those who fell," he said.
The additional space was desperately needed, Meyers said, and the 34 department members began moving into the new building, located at 37A Indian Trail, a few weeks ago.
A new classroom, kitchen area, office space and generator are some of the amenities the new annex building will include, McNeill said.
"We are all real excited," he said. "I think this is going to be a real benefit to the Trace community and to the Carolina Trace Fire District, especially for recruiting volunteers."
WANT TO GO?
What: Carolina Trace Fire Department new facility ribbon-cutting ceremony
When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. today
Where: 37A Indian Trail, Sanford
More information: Tour the new facility while enjoying snacks, drinks, games for kids and safety demonstrations.