Fire Station Profile - New Bern Fire-Rescue

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08/04/2013 -

New Bern Fire-Rescue

Type Department: Combination – The oldest chartered fire department in the state of North Carolina

Number of Stations: 3

Do you provide EMS? Yes, BLS

Specialty Operations: EMS, and Technical Rescue Team. Our USAR Team is part of the N.C. Task Force 10 Team


Chief Robert V. Aster

Annual Budget: $6.9mm

Area Covered Square miles: 29.5

Population: 30,200

Total Runs: 1200

Chief: Robert V. Aster

Chief Officers: Deputy Chief Robert M Boyd, Jr

Other Officers: Shift Commanders: T.W. Gaskins, Eric T. Mullis, J. Arthur Broome

Volunteer Division: Operates under the command of Deputy Chief, Robert M Boyd, Jr.

Number of Members: 65 Paid personnel and 20 volunteers

Address: 1401 Neuse Blvd New Bern N.C. 28563

Web page:

Phone: 252-639-2931

How are you reaching out to the community?

The Fire Prevention Staff operates as Fire Inspectors, Fire and Life Safety Educators, Fire Investigations, and permits. This will include public education of smoke alarms maintenance and testing called “Project Alert.” Headquarters station serves as the certified “Permanent Checking Station” for child passenger safety seats.

Top 2 Concerns in Your Community?

First would be rapid growth in the community, and how to provide the same level of service to all customers. Second is hurricane preparedness to help the community understand the threat of a major storm and how it could affect the area.

What Are You Doing for Fund Raising?

Nothing for the department. We do MDA fill the boot and work to raise money for the Salvation Army.

What Upgrades Will You Make to Your Department this Year?

The main capital improvements this year will be to replace a 1999 Sutphen Pumper with a New Quint. Two staff cars will also be replaced. We have started to work on a plan for two new stations to be built in the very near future

Any special hazards or unique businesses in your community?

New Bern is a large waterfront community surrounded by the Neuse River and the Trent River. Highway 70 is a major road for beach traffic. Two major train lines run through, and the hazards associated with the payloads.

New Bern has one of the oldest firemen’s museum in the state

Any problems in your department that you would like feedback from others?

Consistent communication through the ranks that will be non-bias, trying to keep positive feedback flowing through the department with the information.

Comments & Ratings

Issue 33.4 | Spring 2019

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