City of Salisbury Fire Department

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10/26/2015 -

Department Name: City of Salisbury Fire Department

County: Rowan

Type Department: Career

ISO: Two

Number of Stations: Five

Number of Apparatus: Pumpers: 2 Quints: 4 Aerials: 2 Specialty: 9


Do you provide EMS? BLS First Responder. What type: BLS ALS FR

Specialty Operations: Certified Heavy Rescue, Confined Space, Surface Water; Hazmat Technician Team- County Wide; Technical Rescue Team-County wide coverage.

Annual Budget: 5.4 million

Area Covered Square miles: 22 Square Miles

Population: 34,300

Total Runs: 5,200 Fire: 1200 fire and rescue EMS: First Responder 4000

Chief: Robert Parnell

Chief Officers: 7 Chief Officers and 1 Chief Chaplain;

Jay Baker, Tim Hurlocker, Christy Kepley, David Morris, Terry Smith, Mark Thompson, Dale Brown,

Dan Peters-Chief Chaplain

Other Officers: 22 total. (13 Capts, 9 Lieuts. )

Number of Members: 76 Career/Full time paid positions; 14 part time paid; Volunteer: 7- Chaplains, Photographer, Interns

Address: SFD HQ- 514 East Innes Street, Salisbury, NC, 28144


Phone: 704-638-5351

Community Outreach:

Full service agency, emergency response, fire prevention programing, college resident internship programs with three colleges (RCCC- Community College Fire Science Program,

What are you doing for fund-raising? An annual 5K to raise funds for antique 1941 fire truck restoration

What upgrades will you make in your department this year? Two new stations (one relocation and one additional station); College campus- Student based emergency response team at Livingstone College; Rescue Engine replacement; Hazmat Engine in-service;

What special hazards or unique businesses in your community? Turn-of-the-century construction (pre-’33), dense and growing residential occupancies in downtown; High Rise (13 story) Maximum security state prison; Chemical and hazardous waste plants; High speed passenger trains coupled with growing freight train corridor;


We are proud of our partnerships with the local colleges (Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Livingstone College and Catawba College in terms of recruitment of their students through internship programs, resident (live-in) firefighter programs, and on-campus emergency response teams.

We are very happy with our fire scene operational system where in all companies are pre-assigned fire scene duties based on order of arrival (PDAs- Pre-Determined Assignments) All companies and members know their role prior to arrival, they go-to-work with the correct tools in hand and procedures in mind. We operate with (in service) 2 Ladder/Truck Companies, 1 Rescue Engine and 3 Quints which provides tremendous fire scene flexibility. The on-duty Battalion Chief and two Support Chief Officers assure a strong Command and Safety Officer Presence.

We are proud of our fire skills and fire officer training programs that brings leadership to the forefront, insists officers be leaders in their actions.

Outstanding fire prevention programming provides fire prevention training and education to workplace and community groups.

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