Raleigh Fire Department

Department Name: Raleigh Fire Department

County: Wake

Type Department: Paid

Structure: Conventional Org. Chart                                                                           

ISO: 1

Number of Stations: 29


Chief Herbert Griffin

Number of Apparatus:

Pumpers: 29 Aerials: 9

Specialty: Heavy Rescue, (5) Hazmat units, (2) Mobile Air Units, (1) High Water Rescue Vehicle, (3) Rescue Boats, Bike Team, (3) Mini Pumpers

What type EMS do you provide?


Specialty Operations: Special Operation Command

Annual Budget: $71,000,000

Area Covered Square miles: 146

Population: 500,000

Total Runs: 62,725

Fire: 43%, EMS: 57%

Chief: Herbert Griffin

Chief Officers: Danny Poole -Asst Fire Chief/ Logistics, Ray Enoch – Asst. Fire Chief /Professional Development, Lowell Smith – Asst. Fire Chief/Operations, John Fannin – Asst. Fire Chief/ Office of Fire Marshall

Other Officers: 110 Captains,

130 Lts

Number of Members: 553 All Paid:

Address: 310 W. Martin St. Raleigh, NC 27601

Website: Raleighnc.gov

Phone: 919-996-6115

Community Outreach:

RFD Community Outreach Team canvass the lower socio-economic neighborhoods to install free smoke detectors, offers education and outreach services for children, schools, preschools, teachers and daycare providers. They also provide Hurricane Safety Awareness, Fire Prevention, Community Risk reduction initiatives, grilling safety, virtual live chats on fire safety topics for all age ranges.

Top Two concerns in your community: Covid-19 Pandemic, Potential Civil Unrest

What are you doing for fundraising? Due to current pandemic, we have limited opportunities for fundraising events.

What upgrades will you make in your department this year? New Fire Stations #14 & #22, implementing the department’s first Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer, PIO, Recruiter, Staff Psychologist, Rehab Unit.

What special hazards or unique businesses in your community? State Capitol Building

What problems in your department that you would like feedback from others? Chief Officer Development Course, Risk Management for Department Officers.

List unique initiatives that could benefit other departments.

  • Implemented RFD Health and Safety Compliance Office.
  • Created and Implemented Newly Promoted Officers (NPO) Course through Professional Development.
  • 2021 All Chiefs and Newly Promoted Officers were giving the IAFC Courageous Conversation Course.
  • July 2021 Implemented (3) Incident Safety Officers.
  • 2021 Implemented department wide (DEI) Diversity Equity and Inclusion Training – 6hrs.
  • Incorporated FEMA Field Force Extrication Course for Civil Unrest.
  • Purchased Ballistic Vest for Civil Unrest and First Responder Protection.
  • 2021 Created RFD’s Research and Development Team for formal testing and data analysis of all firefighting equipment.
  • 2021 partnered with Wake County to assist in the largest county wide vaccination initiative at PNC Park.
  • Created and implemented RFD’s first ever community newsletter called the Raleigh Fire Times.

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