Department Name: Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Dept.
Type Department: All Volunteer
Structure: Operating under Ocracoke Fire Protection Assoc. 501c3
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
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Upgrades to be made in our department this year: Add a pumper/tanker, continue replacement of outdated gear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
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.