The Field Maintenance Shop (FMS) #1 in Asheville is a critical component of the North Carolina military mission. It supports seven locations in six counties and maintains more than 900 pieces of equipment that are integral to North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) Soldier training.
FMS #1 experiences compliance and sustainability challenges due to its geographical location. The shop sits adjacent to the French Broad River, and personnel must remain vigilant to prevent spills or contamination of groundwater. They also must adhere to federal guidelines and local compliance regulations, and must pass annual inspections by Buncombe County to ensure no discharges are occurring that would contaminate water supplies due to storm water run-off. Because it is within a city residential district, FMS #1 must also control noise pollution that is inherent to maintenance operations.