Wadesboro Fire Department
Type Department: Combination
Number of Stations: 1
Do you provide EMS? No
Specialty Operations: None
Annual Budget: $370,000
Area Covered Square miles: 85
Total Runs: 380
Chief: James H Burns, Jr.
Chief Officers: Tim Kelly, Assistant Chief, Donald Sellers, Assistant Chief
Other Officers: David Williamson, Cpt. Bruce Goodwin and Chad Burns, Lts. Marc Sessions, Fire and Life Safety Instructor.
Number of Members: 30
Main Station Address: 111 S Washington St. Wadesboro, N.C.
The department has a full time fire and life safety educator. We provide a wide range of NFPA, NC OSFM, and OHSA approved training classes. Two examples are “Remembering When”(emphasis on senior adults), “Start Safe” (preschool) and a host of other educational opportunities. Recently, we begin utilizing the Bullex Fire Extinguisher training system. This training class has received overwhelming response from our local industries and businesses. We have established a partnership with the school system to deliver this training to school personnel and age appropriate students. The Wadesboro Fire Dept. participates in smoke alarm and carbon monoxide canvassing projects that provide life saving equipment to our community. These programs have resulted in multiple “saves” within the community.
Top 2 Concerns in your Community?
Our top two concerns include educating and reaching the top three target audience groups including homes with children under five, seniors over 64, and people with physical impairments. We continue to examine acceptable avenues to provide citizens with current training and resources. The Wadesboro Fire Dept. takes pride in delivering these classes and resources for “free” to our community. We continually seek various grants and in-kind contributions to fund our educational programs.
Secondly, volunteer recruitment, retention, and training must be a high priority for our department. Currently, our town does not have the financial resources to become a paid career department, but our citizens deserve and expect the highest level of service when an emergency arises. Based on the cost of training personnel, training time requirements, and fire service standards selection of the appropriate applicant must be considered by the department.
What Upgrades Will You Make to Your Department this Year?
New Turn Out Gear and 1 Thermal Imager.
Any special hazards or unique businesses in your community?
A major rail line and Hwy 74 within 200 yards of the High School. A 30’’ gas line runs through our district.
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