We are reaching out to the community by being in our schools with read a along programs and providing safety/fire prevention events at our local business establishments.
We provide CPR and Fire Extinguisher training to our businesses and home owners.
We use our training room as a Red Cross point for blood donors and utilize this room to host such events as stroke awareness classes.
Since we are in a mountainous area we work closely with NC Forest Service promoting “Firewise.”
We work closely with A-B Technical College to host the “BFIT” rookie school as needed and have instructors that are intertwined with this program each year.
We assist our citizens with a smoke detector program providing the detectors to those in need and changing batteries as needed to our citizen.
We are a local drop off for Buncombe County Solid Waste for used fluorescent bulbs.
We also participate in a program that promotes address signage and are able to produce these in house for the home owner.
A very important community activity is the great working relationship that we have with our Police Department and Public Works departments assisting them, as well as them with us, on any incident that should occur and we actually train together as a whole as well.
The fire department grounds are an official “Certified Wildlife Habitat” per the National Wildlife Federation.
The top two concerns in our community are the threat for Wildland Urban Interface Fires and the fact that we do have a large population of elderly citizens. We strive to go that extra step for our elderly citizens and the Weaverville Police Department does an outstanding job contacting our elderly citizens each morning to check on those who live inside our city limits.
We are not allowed to participate in fund raisers, but we do utilize any funding that is received in the address sign program to be deposited back into the fire prevention line item to produce more signs. On occasion we do have citizens and business donate money and we have utilized these monies by purchasing equipment such as recently a command board for Battalion Chief’s vehicle.
The department is not making any large upgrades as the result of the economy being in such poor status. We were in the process of building our second station, but the economy has put a hold on that project.
We continue to work on replacing personnel protective equipment and we are currently in the process of purchasing a larger pull along trailer to house our trench rescue and structure collapse items.
Our Citizens, Town Council and Town Manager have been very proactive and blessed us in the past five years with purchasing/building a new fire station, engine, heavy rescue truck, 105’ ladder truck and a quick response vehicle.