07/08/10 57 W - + 2 - 3 County-Run Fire Departments?

Random question of the day. How many county-run fire departments operate in North Carolina? Looking at the OSFM directory of fire and rescue departments, three appear to present themselves. Plus Forsyth County, which isn't listed, but operates a couple units including a county-wide special response unit. 

Who else?

I don’t believe there are any NC counties where an actual 100% county department exists, including employees and/or combination staffing (compared to our neighbors in VA and MD). Non-profits still proliferate N.C. New Hanover may be the actual “first” if their efforts continue(?).
A.C. Rich - 07/08/10 - 09:33

Currituck isnt a county run department. they still operate with 6 volunteer fire departments. Which are all ran by volunteer chiefs and staff. The county does operate several EMS units with staff that are crossed trained. EMS calls still take priorty over fire. The county doesnt have a fire tax. I believe it is all pulled from the occupancy tax which 90+% comes from the beach. They have apparatus replacement plans that are kinda shady. You almost have to beg plead and barder to get a new engine. Funding is still the same across the board. They take a certain dollar amount which last I recall was 1.5 million and divide it by 6. Which this would work if all departments were the same size and covered the same amount of district and ran the same amount of calls. Moyock has 1 fire station, where as Lower Currituck has 3, but yet they get the same amount of money. Its something the county fire chiefs have been fighting for years. there are a total of 11 stations ran by six departments Moyock runs 1, Knotts Island runs 1, Carova Beach runs 1, Corolla runs 2, Crawford runs 3, Lower Currituck runs 3. Its a very broken system that the fire chiefs make work. There was one department that had two 8-5 guys but they were taken out of the budget back in 2008, as part of the county ems trying to take over fire. One department did try to get the county to take them over but that proposal failed.
Adam Brown - 07/08/10 - 10:14

Tyrrell County only has one Fire Department in it, which happens to be Tyrrell VFD... but it’s not county run, just the only one there.
CJS (Email) - 07/08/10 - 12:03

Forsyth County Fire Department is now integrated into Forsyth County Emergency Services. FCFD is in charge of the 911 center as well as dispatch for the individual town/city fire departments throughout the county, as well as county EMS dispatch – except for the Winston-Salem Fire Department. It does coordinate EMS/WSFD dispatch on a single radio channel for medical/rescue calls within the city limits.

As far as apparatus, FCFD has one suppression response unit (109) out of Station 9 (Smith-Reynolds Airport) as well as an ARFF unit and an Air unit from the same station. 109 gets dispatched to all fire alarms and working structure fires in the county, except within the city limits of W-S. FCFD also staffs a full-time Firefighter at Vienna FD (Station 20).

As of January 2010, Forsyth County Emergency Services also merged with Winston-Salem Rescue Squad (Station 6). http://www.winstonsalemrescuesquad.org/ Some of the units that are now under Emergency Services include: 600 (Mobile Command Unit), 603 (Heavy Rescue), 606 (Dive Unit), 607 (Trench Rescue) and the Animal Rescue Response Trailer.
The county-wide special response unit that you mention I believe is the EMS MSU, a MCI/Rehab/ unit that is housed at EMS headquarters (Station 8).

Hope this helps.
[Stovelegs] - 07/08/10 - 18:21

Great information, gang. Thanks Adam and Stovelegs.

Here are a few shots of the Forsyth units at the airport station, as well as the WSRS units: http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/2009-1..
Legeros - 07/08/10 - 20:04

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