During in-season on the Outer Banks, 44 full-time lifeguards stand watch over swimmers in Corolla, but having lifeguards available during off-hours requires affordable housing nearby, Barry Richmond of Corolla Fire and Rescue told Currituck commissioners last week. Using community contributions, Corolla Fire and Rescue is poised to purchase of a second house in Monterey Shores for lifeguards upon county approval to finance the purchase. In response to their request last week, commissioners unanimously granted that permission.
The current house next door to the station on Whalehead Drive has reached capacity. Richmond said the new purchase will put lifeguards within walking distance of the Whalehead Drive station and close to their duty stations should they be needed to respond to a call during off hours. In addition, the affordable housing will allow the squad to hire qualified personnel for the job, he said.
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