|Department Name: Town of Kernersville Fire Rescue Department
Type Department: Career
Structure: Municipal Department
Number of Stations: 4
Number of Apparatus: 8 Pumpers: 6 (4 Frontline, 2 Reserve) Aerials: 1 Specialty: 1
Do you provide EMS? Yes
What type: BLS ALS FR
Specialty Operations: (list all) High Angle Rescue
Annual Budget: $7,461,726
Area Covered Square miles: 17.998
Total Runs: 2019 (3273) Fire: 1164 EMS: 2109
Chief: R. Scott Alderman
Chief Officers: Deputy Chief of Operations – Ronnie Boles, Deputy Chief of Support Services – Suzanne Murray, Battalion Chief – Barry McLean, Battalion Chief – Brian Creason, Battalion Chief – Jason Robinson, Battalion Chief of Training – David Willard
Other Officers: 19 Captains, 15 Engineers
Number of Members: 78 Paid: 78 Volunteer:
Address: 1180 NC Highway 66 South, Kernersville, NC 27284
The department offers a wide variety of fire and life safety programs to schools, faith organizations, businesses, civic groups and citizens:
- Smoke Alarm Installation and Checks
- Child Safety Seat Education and Checks
- Fire Extinguisher Training
- Senior Adult Fall and Fire Prevention
- Free Community CPR Training
The department hosts and assists with numerous outreach efforts such as blood, toy and food drives. All of our fire stations are designated Safe Places and department staff have provided citizens assistance through this program.
We are very committed to helping young men and women learn and prepare for a career in emergency services. The department has a very active Explorer Post and sponsors the High School Fire Academy at Glenn High School. The department recently donated a pumper to the fire academy.
Top Two concerns in your community:
COVID-19 remains a concern. The impacts of COVID-19 has stressed our staffing levels at times. Our staff continues to work closely with other town departments, county health department and numerous other agencies. Working together has helped with safety measures for our staff and service delivery during a very challenging time. PPE was a concern in the early months of the pandemic however our staff has worked diligently with suppliers and emergency management to increase and maintain our supplies.
Town growth is another top concern. Commercial and residential growth has been very steady over the past few years. This has led to an increase in traffic, requests for services and inspections. The addition of large commercial buildings and multi-family dwellings has driven the need for the department to begin planning for a second ladder truck to cover the southern area of the town. Department staff, our town manager and elected officials do an outstanding job planning and working together to keep pace with the growth.
What are you doing for fundraising? KFRD does not fundraise for operational expenses. We are a town service supported through the Town of Kernersville’s annual budget which is funded by tax revenue from town citizens and businesses. We do seek grants when possible.
What upgrades will you make in your department this year? We will continue to work on various goals and objectives identified in our 2020-2025 strategic plan. This includes officer development, pay study, training, recruitment, apparatus replacement and fire station co-location with Beeson Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department (BCVFD). The co-location of KFRD Engine 44 with BCVFD will help address response time gaps and continued growth in the southern and western areas of the town.
What special hazards or unique businesses in your community? There is a very wide variety of commercial occupancies in the Town of Kernersville. Hazardous operations and materials exist in some of these businesses. Most recently Amazon opened a 1,000,000 plus square foot distribution center in the town. There are numerous commercial occupancies being converted from one use type to another which can create hazards. Additional hazards include a Norfolk & Southern Railroad, Interstate 40 and two major highways that all pass through the town.
The department is extremely proud of the new Fire Chief Walter M. Summerville III Memorial Fire Station and multi-building training facility that opened in June 2019.
The fire station is 19,120 square feet and has a four-bay double deep apparatus room, large community/training room, living quarters, fire department administration offices and an expanded lobby to display a 1923 fire truck. An engine company and safety officer are housed at the station. The large community/training room has been used for numerous departments, local and state meetings and events. The Brockway Lafrance pumper displayed in the lobby is the first motorized fire apparatus purchased by the town when the fire department was organized as a municipal service in 1923.
The training facility consists of a Class A Burn Building that is 4160 square feet and a Rescue Trainer (Clean) Building that is 2240 square feet. The training buildings allow us to provide initial certification training along with providing quality continuing education training to our staff. The buildings are modular; this allows us to make additions
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R. Scott Alderman