Raleigh Fire Department

North Carolina Station Profile

Raleigh Fire Department

Department Name: Raleigh Fire Department

County: Wake County

Type Department: Municipal (fully paid) Fire Department

ISO: Class 1

Number of Stations: 28​


Chief John T. McGrath

Number of Apparatus:
Pumpers: 29, Aerials: 9, Specialty: 1 Heavy Rescue unit

Do you provide EMS? Yes
What type: BLS is provided as a “First-responder” program in conjunction with Wake County EMS.

Rendering of Raleigh Station 6

Rendering of Raleigh Station 22

Rendering of Raleigh Station 14

Specialty Operations:
Regional HazMat response team, Regional Technical Rescue Team

Annual Budget: $65 million

Area Covered: 149 square miles

Population: 469,000

Total Runs: 43,181
Fire: 17,042 (39.47%)
EMS: 26,139 (60.53%)

Chief: John McGrath

Number of Members: Paid: 621
Volunteer: 0

Address: 310 West Martin St. Suite 200 Raleigh NC 27602

Website: Raleighnc.gov/fire

Phone: 919-996-6115

Top concerns in your community: Keeping up with the phenomenal growth; lightweight wood construction with a masonary veneer

What upgrades will you make in your department this year?

We are in the process of building two new fire stations. We are in the process of totally upgrading a station (the third in the last 3 years) with another to be started upon completion of the current upgrade. We have secured the budget for a new HQ and another two new stations.

What special hazards or unique businesses in your community?

The City of Raleigh has the typical hazards faced by any large municipality (i.e. high-rise buildings, transient freight trains, warehouses etc.) but no extraordinary hazards. (i.e. oil refinery, etc.)

What’s great about your department? One of the things that the Raleigh Fire Dept. takes pride in is the fact that every Raleigh Fire Station is equipped with an industrial Extractor washing machine and dryer. Also, every station has a washer and dryer for our members work uniforms. As you probably are aware, firefighters have a much higher occurrence of cancer that the general population. One of the reasons is the exposure firefighters have to carcinogenic particulate on their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Every one of our firefighters has two sets of PPE. The extractors allow our members to clean one set after every exposure at a working fire. In addition, members can clean their clothing at the station, thereby not having to expose their families to such things as bed bugs. Each of our stations is divided into hot, cold and warm zones with Plymovent exhaust extraction systems on every apparatus floor in every station.

Fire and Life Safety Education Team Programs and Events

  • Raleigh Fire Youth Academy
  • NFPA Remembering When
  • NFPA Learn Not 2 Burn Classes
  • Fire Prevention Week
  • Holiday Express @ Pullen Park (Holiday Safety)
  • Letterland Day @ Pullen Park
  • Campus Safety Training
  • Workplace Safety Training
  • Fire Extinguisher Training
  • Career Fairs
  • Health and Safety Fairs
  • Fourth of July Block Party@ Brier Creek (Fireworks Safety)
  • National Night Out
  • Raleigh Fire Museum Tours
  • Fire Station Tours
  • Summer Camp Safety
  • Seasonal Safety Activities
  • Safe Kids Day
  • Fire Evacuation Training
  • Camp Celebrate
  • Community Heroes Day@ Crabtree Valley Mall
  • “Help Us Out. Put It Out.” (Smoking Materials Campaign)
  • Juvenile Fire Setters
  • Public Safety Day at Leesville High School
  • RPD/RFD Basketball Camp
  • Events @ Dorthea Dix
  • Hearing and Visually Impaired Safety Classes
  • Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide installs
  • Mud Day@ Walnut Creek Wetlands Park
  • The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer
  • Green Road Community Book Bag Drive
  • Community Advisory Council Meetings
  • Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange
  • Guatemala Day

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