North Carolina Fire Station Profile: City of Asheville Fire Department

Type Department: Career

Structure: Council/Manager/Fire Chief

ISO: 2

Number of Stations: 12

Number of Apparatus: Pumpers: 9 | Aerials: 5 | Specialty: 3

Do you provide EMS? Yes
What type:  BLS   ALS   FR

Specialty Operations:  (list all) Hazmat, Rescue, Wildland, RIT

Annual Budget: $36 Million

Area Covered Square miles: 45

Population: 95,000

Total Runs: 11,000   

Chief: Scott Burnette

Chief Officers: Chris Budzinski, Mike Coggins, Kelly Hinz, Patrick Crudup, Wes Rogers, Jeremy Knighton, Shane Mackey, Shane Valliere, Adam Wilson, Clint Brown, Adam Hoffman, Bjorn Larson, Nathan Miller, Rich Rauschenbach, Nathan Rogers, Erik Stalte, Barnaby Raikes, Lindsey Glover, Bill States, Amy Pollard

Other Officers:  7 Safety/Training Officers, 25 Captains, 27 Lieutenants

Number of Members:  293

Address: 100 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28802

Web site: www.ashevillenc.gov/fire

Phone: 828-259-5636

Community Outreach: Citizens Academy, Summer Camp, Growth through Opportunity, Firefighters for Literacy, collaboration with community college and high schools for fire programs

Top Two concerns in your community: Infrastructure and service demand

What are you doing for fundraising? We are funded through our tax base.

What upgrades will you make in your department this year? We are placing a tractor-drawn rescue apparatus in service and opening station 13.

What special hazards or unique businesses in your community? 1920s era architecture and fire protection systems, Grove Park Inn, which is an Inverted high rise, Biltmore Estate

What problems in your department would you like feedback from others? Increased service demand with limited resources

List anything else you are proud of and would like the readers to know about. Are you doing anything special in Recruitment, Retention, or anything unique other departments could benefit from? We have implemented the Blue Card incident command system to increase firefighter safety and consistency in incident mitigation. We have increased staffing to always have a minimum of four firefighters on our engines and ladders. We have focused on our firefighters’ physical and behavioral health using the Resilient Mind program, embedded behavioral health clinicians, and cancer prevention initiatives.

With the challenges of locating housing in the area, the department has collaborated with AB Tech to provide temporary housing to firefighters until a more permanent solution can be made. As a result, trainees can have some housing stress removed before entering the academy.  

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