Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department

Department Name: Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Dept.

County: Hyde

Type Department: All Volunteer

Structure: Operating under Ocracoke Fire Protection Assoc. 501c3

ISO: 6

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Number of Stations: One

Number of Apparatus: Pumpers: 2 Aerials: 1 Specialty: 4WD Brush Truck: 1

Do you provide EMS? No

Specialty Operations: First Responder, Medical Responder, Medical Helo LZ support

Annual Budget: $85,000

Area Covered Square miles: 9.73

Population: 948 native

Total Runs 2017: 153 Fire: 08 FR/MR: 126 LZ: 19

Chief: Albert O’Neal

Chief Officers: Ernie Doshier, Sandy Yeatts

Other Officers: Captains: Dick Jacoby, Micah Bassell Lieutenants: Tree Ray, Charles Temple

Number of Members: Paid: 0 Volunteer: 28

Address: 822 Irvin Garrish Hwy. Ocracoke, NC 27960

Website: ocracokevfd.org

Phone: 252.928.4692

Community Outreach: Open house and school visit for Fire Prevention Week, Co-sponsor Health Fair each fall, Provide Vial of Life program, Marque board for public information.

Top two concerns in your community: Illegal use of fireworks, high natural fire load in the village and adjacent NPS property with mutual aid one and one-half hours away by ferry if available at all.

Fundraising: Annual fundraising letter, Sell 911 house signs and OVFD T-shirts, annual Memorial Day weekend Firemen’s Ball

Upgrades to be made in our department this year: Add a pumper/tanker, continue replacement of outdated gear

Special hazards or unique businesses in our community: Population grows up to 10,000 daily during summer months, woodland-urban interface fire danger has been rated as severe due to the close proximity of trees to wooden structures

About us:

Ocracoke is an island accessible only by ferry or by airplane. Beaufort Community College has worked within these restraints to provide advanced training for the OVFD members by providing that training at our station. This training has increased our recruitment as well as our retention. The department now has 10 female firefighters on the roster. We moved into our new station in 2014. We are proud of the support of locals, visitors, and businesses that made the new station possible. This was done with fundraising events funding from the Ocracoke Occupancy Tax Board and donations.

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