Wake Forest Fire Chief under fire for station location

  • Source: Wake Forest Wake Weekly
  • Published: 10/06/2013 01:54 AM

Ron Early has made a career out of running into burning buildings without compunction. But the Wake Forest Fire Chief was visibly feeling the heat Sept. 26 during a meeting with nearly 20 residents about a proposed fire station for 1509 Jenkins Road, who rapid-fired questions and criticisms his way. “You’re going to destroy our neighborhood,” one woman exclaimed at the start of the meeting, held at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. Upset about the potential noise and safety of trucks entering the roadway and convinced they’ve been intentionally left out of the loop by town and nonprofit fire department leaders, they questioned the level of secrecy that the chief said was required for the special-use permit application process. “Are your fingers broken?” Matherly resident Andy Mast lashed out. “Why did you not give us this information (earlier)?” “I could not give you what could and could not be distributed as a public document until I got it back from the attorney,” Early said. “You could have actually responded to my e-mail,” Mast replied. “It would have taken you 30 seconds. You could have said ‘Hey, I can’t give you the info, I have to wait. I don’t have the info.’” “I couldn’t,” Early said. “I was told by legal counsel not to respond. We have a land contract going on, we can’t discuss it.”


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