Fire Station 11, Cabarrus EMS Station 9, and Weddington Road Bark Park open
Monday, November 2, 2015

City, County officials celebrate partnership in recreation and public safety services

CONCORD - City of Concord and Cabarrus County officials gathered in western Concord with members of the public and their four-legged friends on Saturday, October 31, to celebrate several new public facilities that will serve residents and visitors, alike.

The new complex, located at 8955 Weddington Road NW, includes
Weddington Road Bark Park, a connection to the newest phase of the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway, Fire Station 11, and Cabarrus EMS Station 9.

Mayor Scott Padgett emphasized the role of partnerships in the project. "On this single site we are making good use of public property and dollars by combining a variety of important services to residents and visitors," said Padgett. "This complex is evidence of the positive working relationships not just among City departments, but also with our partners at Cabarrus County. This is a model for providing services and facilities how we are seen by citizens, without the organizational or jurisdictional boundaries that sometimes get in the way of getting the job done."

Weddington Road Bark Park features small and large dog off-leash areas, restrooms, and a connection to local hotels and businesses via newest phase of the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway. Its placement along the greenway alignment immediately provides easy access for visitors staying in the many dog-friendly hotels at exit 49, and the park will eventually connect with many neighborhoods once the 14-mile trail is complete in the future.
The park was designed and engineered by City staff, and constructed by Ike's Construction. Having the recreation and public safety facilities co-located not only made financial sense, but also gives visitors a sense of security and a chance to casually interact with public safety personnel.

Designed by Milligan Architecture and built by LaFave's Construction, Fire Station 11 is the City's first fire station designed specifically to house a ladder truck. The 15,000 square-foot building has three large drive-through bays under a pitched roof to accommodate several types of emergency response apparatus. The station includes sleeping and day quarters for each 24 hour shift of five firefighters, along with meeting and training rooms, equipment storage, and offices for the captain on duty. The station houses specialized bunker gear cleaning and drying equipment that will be used by fire companies Citywide, which is part of the Department's initiative to reduce firefighter exposure to carcinogens. The primary apparatus is Ladder 11, which seats up to five and responds when aerial fire attack, ventilation, or rescue is needed.
In addition to Ladder 11, other special units based at the station include a hazardous materials unit, a decontamination unit, and a firefighting foam trailer, operated as needed by some of the ladder company members. There is space for a future engine company's equipment and personnel to be housed at Station 11, along with a utility vehicle capable of accessing and responding to emergencies on the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway. Station 11 is the third new fire station to come online since 2008 in Battalion 2, which serves the western side of Concord.

The final component to the fire station facility is Cabarrus EMS Station 9, which operates out of the same building. Cabarrus County contributed to the cost of the project, and has dedicated space for medical responders and a transport unit. Paramedics and EMTs work in teams of two, on twelve-hour shifts.

"We are building on partnerships at every level of government, but there is no partnership as essential as emergency response," said Steve Morris, Chairman of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners. "Our first responders set a model of teamwork, accountability and innovation."

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