Coming in Hot: Fire Department Ready to Strut Its Stuff

Grand Opening, Dedication to be Followed by Annual Open House

Friday, June 2, 2023
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Orange Rural Fire Department Chief Jeff Cabe talks with members of Orange County EMS in the vehicle bay of the new Waterstone Fire & EMS. The grand opening and dedication of the facility will be held Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Orange Rural Fire Department is bringing the heat in June with two big events that are open to the public. On Sunday, June 4, a dedication and grand opening ceremony will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the new Waterstone Fire & EMS Station at 350 College Park Drive, in the Waterstone development. On June 10, the fire department will hold its annual open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Station 1, 206 S. Churton St.

Grand opening

The grand opening and dedication will include an opportunity to tour the new station, meet the crew and enjoy light refreshments. The $7.4 million facility is equipped with one fire engine, one medical responder vehicle and one advanced life support ambulance. It can house up to 12 fire personnel and up to six EMS personnel.

“This station represents our fire department’s commitment to provide rapid, efficient and professional emergency response throughout the fire district and Town of Hillsborough while employing creative ideas to save our taxpayers’ money,” Orange Rural Fire Department Chief Jeff Cabe said. He added that he’s excited about the completion of a project he’s talked about for almost 30 years.

Visitors can check out unique features of the Waterstone Fire & EMS Station that include training props on the fire side, such as rappelling points, confined space simulation, a sprinkler prop and areas to practice rope rescues.

The station’s exterior is landscaped with low-maintenance plants, shrubs and hardscapes. The partners will share maintenance of the facility and common areas.

Annual open house

The annual open house at Station 1 the following weekend will include equipment displays, games for children, t-shirts for sale, live demonstrations by firefighters and a visit from Sparky the Fire Dog.