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Nags Head Fire Station dedicated to town's first paid Fire Chief and long-time elected official 

by Roberta Thuman, Town of Nags Head Public Information Officer

On Dec. 5, Nags Head’s Fire Station 16 was dedicated to Douglas A. Remaley, the Town’s first paid fire chief and long-time elected official, who passed away September 6. Remaley was not only instrumental in the construction of the station that now bears his name, but he also led the firefighters within it, and later, as a Nags Head elected official, he strongly supported the department he once managed.

Remaley worked for Nags Head’s Fire and Rescue Department for nearly 10 years, starting first as a fire marshal in December 1984 and leaving as the Town’s first paid fire chief in August 1994 to become Dare County’s fire marshal. He was first elected to Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners in 1995 and, except for the years 2003 through 2005, continued to serve on the Board until December 2013.

“This was one of the easiest decisions our Board has ever had to make,” said Nags Head Mayor Bob Edwards. “Not only was Doug instrumental in the building’s construction, and present when it was dedicated 25 years ago, but he continued to serve our town with great commitment for many more years as both an elected official and as Dare County’s fire marshal. It is only fitting that we name Fire Station 16 in honor of Doug.”