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Cornelius-Lemley Fire Department

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Concerns raised about Medic’s proposed response changes

Feb. 27. By Dave Vieser. Response protocol changes recommended by Mecklenburg County Medic were not well received at the most recent Cornelius Town Board Meeting. Concern was voiced by town and fire officials over a change which would call on fire department units to reduce their use of lights and sirens en route to lower […]

Cornelius Lemley Fire Station No. 2

Fire Dept. has plan to address dispatch delay

Feb. 8. By Dave Vieser. The Cornelius Fire Dept. will propose a plan to address delays in the 911 processing time sometimes being experienced when fire and rescue calls are being dispatched. The details of the system, known as “station alerting,” will be spelled out at the Town Board’s special budget meeting tomorrow in the […]

Fire department fund drive underway

Jan. 4. By Dave Vieser. The 2023 Cornelius-Lemley Fire Rescue Fund Drive is underway. The department, which conducts a fund drive annually, which has served the town and surrounding communities since 1951, responded to 3,445 calls for service in 2021, the most recent year for which statistics are available. There were 1,534 fire calls, while […]


Police say junk boat fire Thursday evening was intentionally set

July 1. Cornelius Police say fires behind the boat yard at 19100 W Catawba Ave. Thursday evening were intentionally set. The fires occurred in an area behind the rear fence at the boat yard, along a heavily wooded area between the Magnolia Estates entrance to the McDowell Creek Greenway and an electric power right of […]

The 9-11 monument, includes a 1.5 ton piece of steel from the World Trade Center

20th anniversary observation planned for 9-11 Monument at Fire Station No. 1

Aug. 14. US Sen. Thom Tillis, who got his start in politics nearly 20 years ago on the Cornelius Town Board, will be the keynote speaker at the 9/11 Remembrance Vigil on Saturday, Sept.11 at Fire Station No. 1. The community is invited to quietly reflect and remember at the site of the Cornelius Never […]

Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Dept.

SAFER grant could fund Cornelius paid firefighters

March 3. Cornelius is seeking federal federal grants to pay for three additional full time firefighters. The funds come under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER). A resolution in support of this effort was unanimously approved this week by the Town Board. The SAFER grants were created to […]

Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Dept.

Fire Dept. fundraising under way

Dec. 4. The annual Cornelius-Lemley Volunteer Fire Dept. fund drive is underway. The non-profit 501c3 organization relies on financial contributions from the town, Mecklenburg County and MEDIC, as well as residents and business owners, to fully fund operations. “Our fundraising goal this year is $60,000” said Chief Guerry Barbee. “This money is not earmarked for […]


Firefighters training

Ginger Griffin, who lives on Nantz Road, snapped this picture of the Cornelius Volunteer Fire Department training at Ramsey Creek Park. The two streams of water created a rainbow. “I’m not sure if they could see it from where they were but it was gorgeous,” she says. Firefighters from Station 1 and Station 2 practiced drafting […]


Fire Chief Barbee to retire

June 15. Cornelius Fire Chief James Barbee will keep backing up his 350-foot driveway in Magnolia Estates after he retires. He’ll fight fires strictly as a volunteer. It’s in his blood: “I was put here to do this,” says Barbee, 61. Backing into parking spots is what volunteer firefighters do so they can beat a […]