City of Statesville Celebrates Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for New Fire Station 1: The Woody Woodard Memorial Fire Station

Last Updated 5/15/2024Posted in Latest City News, Statesville Fire Department, Homepage

The City of Statesville proudly announces the grand opening of the new Fire Station 1, officially named the Woody Woodard Memorial Fire Station. This event marks a significant milestone in the city's ongoing efforts to enhance public safety and community services.

Located at the intersection of Fifth Street, Wilson Lee Blvd, and Charlotte Avenue, the new Fire Station 1 represents a major upgrade from its previous location on S. Meeting Street, where it served the community for 70 years. The relocation process began in 2017, driven by the need to optimize service coverage and improve response times. The City Council approved the site purchase and development in October 2020, with the property acquisition completed by February 2021.

City Manager Ron Smith emphasized the city's commitment to revitalizing South Statesville, stating, “Our commitment to revitalizing South Statesville is demonstrated not only by this new fire station but also by the upcoming completion of first phase of the Municipal Operation Center on Winston Avenue, set for early next year. These projects combined represent a substantial investment in the community, with a total exceeding $34 million.”

In September 2022, the City Council decided to name the new Fire Station 1 in honor of Mr. William T. “Woody” Woodard, a distinguished Air Force veteran, former manager of the Statesville Housing Authority, and past president of the Statesville Branch NAACP. Councilman David Jones described Mr. Woodard as a man who dedicated his life to service, continuously inspiring those around him.

Mayor Costi Kutteh remarked, “Today's opening is particularly moving as we honor Mr. Woody Woodard, a model of dedication and service within Statesville. The new facility not only carries his name but also stands as a testament to the values he upheld.”

Cpt. Matt Thompson provided a historical perspective on the Statesville Fire Department, noting its resilience and innovation since its origins in 1869. The department has continually evolved to meet the needs of the community, from the establishment of a Hook & Ladder company in 1876 to advancements in firefighting technology.

Mike Carlisto, Executive Vice President of Edifice, LLC, thanked the City of Statesville for being a great Design-Build partner and for allowing Edifice, LLC to become a part of Statesville's history through this project. “It takes a strong Owner, Builder, and Designers to create a successful project,” Carlisto said. “The teamwork and collaboration resulted in this beautiful facility. The Edifice-ADW-McGill-Stewart-Optima team is honored to be a part of not only a new Fire Station but the new City of Statesville’s Fire Department Headquarters. To become a part of the history of Statesville, the Fire Department, and Mr. Woodard’s legacy of service is very exciting.”

The new station, a two-story, 26,000-square-foot facility, is a state-of-the-art hub for firefighters. The upper level includes essential amenities like bunk rooms, showers, a kitchen, and spaces dedicated to training and fitness. The lower level houses administrative staff. The station features four pull-through apparatus bays, additional mezzanines for storage and training, and a three-story training tower on the premises, further enhancing the capabilities to prepare for emergencies.

Chief Glenn Kurfees expressed his pride in the new facility, stating, "This new fire station is more than just a structure. It is a beacon of safety and hope, a testament to our commitment to protecting and serving our community. It stands as a constant reminder of our responsibility and dedication to being there for our community in times of need, 24/7.”

Special recognition was given to the late retired Captain J.D. Harris and Retired Lieutenant Lewis Alexander for their efforts in preserving the department's history, and to Vallereux Photo Restoration for their work on the historical photos displayed at the station. Special thanks were extended to Statesville Housing Authority Executive Director Darbah Skaf and the entire SHA team for their collaboration and efforts in making this project a success.

The grand opening was commemorated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by City Council members, Ms. Dorothy Woodard and members of the Woodard family, Statesville Fire Department personnel, city staff, and community members. The ceremony was followed by guided tours of the new station, conducted by the firefighters, providing attendees with a look at the state-of-the-art facilities.


About the City of Statesville
The City of Statesville is truly a diverse community that welcomes new people, new voices and ideas, new industry, and business. We have already made significant investments in our downtown amenities, our business sector, our schools, our infrastructure, and more is on the horizon. We are creating a dynamic future for ourselves as we build on our successful history and the positive energy we experience today, all the while incorporating the values and quality of life that we cherish. To learn more visit www.statesvillenc.net.

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