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Why didn’t they put in traffic signal preemption at Independence Boulevard and Park Avenue?

Julian March

Q. After all the money spent on Empie Park fire station, why did they not put in traffic signal preemption at Independence and Park?

A. Frank Blackley, an assistant Wilmington Fire Department chief for operations, said the money the city borrowed to build the Empie Park station could only be used to construct the station itself.

Additionally, there is no real need for traffic signal preemption at the intersection because firefighters can turn the traffic light green by pushing a button before they roll out of the station.

Preemption refers to technology used at traffic lights that can sense when a fire truck is in emergency response mode and change the light green to accommodate the direction firefighters need to go.


Why is the city of Wilmington providing free fire service to the county? Doesn’t that leave the city unprotected?

Who paid for the water used by the fire department in the 2012 brush fire?

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