Here is a brief description of some of our area departments.
If they have a web site, it is listed. Email addresses have this icon:
- DARE COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL'S OFFICE
P.O. Box 1000, Manteo, NC 27954
200 Ananias Dare St, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone (252) 475-5750, Fax (252) 473-3168
County Fire Marshal: Steve Kovacs
The Dare County Fire Marshal's Office, mandated under NC General Statutes, is responsible for coordinating all firefighting and prevention activities under contracts with area fire departments. The office is the liaison between the county commissioners and the departments. The Fire Marshal conducts cause and origin investigations as requested, performs required prevention inspections and conducts safety and fire prevention activities at schools and community functions, including a fire safety trailer. The office is charged with the task of enforcing codes and laws designed to safeguard life, property and the public welfare from the hazards of fire, explosion and hazardous substances to a county population of roughly 30,000 that explodes to 300,000 during the summer months.
- DUCK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
1259 Duck Road, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Phone (252) 261-3929, Fax (252) 261-5961
Chief: Donna Black
Visit their website : Station 11
The Duck Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1982 and currently serves as a combination fire department with a Chief, Deputy Chief, Captain and twenty-eight dedicated and motivated volunteers. The Town of Duck has a year-round population of 520 which increases to over 20,000 during the peak season months of April through October. The department responds to over 450 calls that include fire suppression, first response to medical calls as well as response to a range of emergency incidents including motor vehicle collisions, weather related emergencies, assistance to surf rescue and numerous public service calls. Apparatus includes 2 engines, 1 aerial platform, 1 brush truck, and 2 utility vehicles.
- SOUTHERN SHORES VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
15 South Dogwood Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Phone (252) 261-2272, Fax (252) 255-0551
Chief: Bob Harvey
Visit their website : Station 12
Chartered on June 25, 1982 and currently has a staff of 43 members serving a year round population of roughly 2200 and many more during the summer months out of 2 stations.
Southern Shores provides Fire Suppression, Rescue and 1st Responder services with 2 engines, 1 aerial, 1 truck, 1 brush truck, 3 utility vehicles and a command vehicle.
- KITTY HAWK FIRE DEPARTMENT
859 West Kitty Hawk Road, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Phone (252) 261-2666, Fax (252) 261-6491
Chief: Lowell Spivey
Visit their website : Station 13
Chartered on January 18, 1971, and serving the community as an all volunteer fire department until April 28, 1997, when by unanimous decision by both the fire department and Town of Kitty Hawk, merged to become a municipal department operating under the Town of Kitty Hawk. The department operates as a combination department with 30 members serving a year round population of roughly 3500 and thousands more during the summer months from one station.
Kitty Hawk provides Fire Suppression, Prevention and Education, Rescue, First Responder and ALS Medical Response, Water Rescue and Haz Mat services with 3 engines, 1 aerial, 1 tele-squirt, 2 ocean rescue vehicles, and 3 staff/utility vehicles.
- KILL DEVIL HILLS FIRE DEPARTMENT
P.O. Box 1719
1634 North Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone (252) 480-4060, Fax (252) 480-4069
Chief: Doug Penland
Visit their website : Station 14
Chartered on March 6, 1953 and now operates as a combination department with 45 members serving a year round population of roughly 5,800 and several thousand more during the summer months from 1 station.
Kill Devil Hills protects the largest commercial and residential area on the Outer Banks with Fire Suppression, Prevention, Rescue, 1st Responder, Water Rescue and Haz Mat services with 3 engines, 1 aerial platform, 2 ocean rescue trucks, 1 light / air / support truck, 1 sound-side rescue boat, 2 command cars, 2 utility vehicles and 1 haz-mat trailer.
- COLINGTON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
108 Schoolhouse Road, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone (252) 441-6234, Fax (252) 441-5887
Chief: Kim Piddington
Visit their website at:
Originally formed as a sub-station of the Kitty Hawk Volunteer Fire Department in 1971, Colington received its own charter in 1982 and currently has 38 members, including 9 career staff, serving a year round population of roughly 3,400 that swells during the summer months.
2009 Call Volume, 447
Colington provides Fire Suppression, Prevention, 1st Responder, and basic Rescue services with 3 engines, 1 squad, 1 brush truck, 2 utility vehicles, 2 chief officer vehicles, 1 fireground service unit and a 25' fire/rescue boat.
- NAGS HEAD FIRE RESCUE
5314 South Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone (252) 441-5909, Fax (252) 441-8268
Chief: Kevin Zorc
Visit their website at: Town of Nags Public Safety
After a few citizens held an organizational meeting in August 1959 the Nags Head Volunteer Fire Department was chartered by the state on March 2, 1961, Nags Head began as a small volunteer department covering most of the northern Outer Banks. Our first paid fire chief was hired in December 1984 and the first paid firefighter was employeed in January 1985. Today the now combination department operates from a headquaters station and 2 sub-stations with 25 career staff and roughly 20 volunteer members serving a year round population of about 2,500 that grows to over 25,000 during the summer months.
Nags Head provides Fire Suppression, Prevention, Rescue, 1st Responder and Water Rescue services with 3 engines, 1 aerial, 3 ocean rescue trucks, 2 brush trucks, 1 storm response truck, 1 utility truck, 1 boat and 2 chief vehicles.
- ROANOKE ISLAND VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
917 North Virginia Dare Road, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone (252) 473-2300 Fax (252) 473-3410
Chief: Tony Duvall
Visit their website at: Station 17
Chartered in 1937, this well-established volunteer department serves over 8,000 residents and thousands of visitors annually with 41 members operating 2 stations.
Roanoke Island provides Fire Suppression, Rescue and 1st Responder service with several engines and tankers, 1 rescue, 1 boat and 1 aerial platform.
- MANNS HARBOR VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
P.O. Box 100, Manns Harbor, NC 27953
Phone (252) 473-6007
Chief: Clyde Gard
- STUMPY POINT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
255 Bayview Drive, Stumpy Point, NC 27978
Phone and Fax (252) 473-6719
Chief: R.D. Price
Visit their website at: Station 19
Chartered on May 12, 1975. Our department consists of 20 members of whom 6 are women and there are 5 husband and wife teams. One member is an ordained minister that serves as the department Chaplain. We are extremely fortunate to have the members that we have as we all share the same common interest and that is to better help and serve our community in which we live. SPVFD is located nearly 20 miles from the nearest mutual aid company, so we have to depend on ourselves to be all we can be. We provide fire protection and 1st responder services to a 93 square mile district. Included in this are 2 US government bombing ranges in which we protect all structures and there are some 25 miles of deep water canals that run parallel to US highway 264. There are 210 residents in our district with over 100 homes. We also have a medic-alert program for 10 elderly residents that will call 1 to 3 of us before dialing 911. As with any volunteer organization we raise operating capital through the sale of T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and huggies; annual Crab Feast, numerous bake sales and a cook book.
See the SPVFD photo.
- HATTERAS ISLAND RESCUE SQUAD, INC.
48103 Highway 12, Buxton, NC 27920
Phone (252) 995-5490, Fax (252) 995-6197
Chief: Jack Scarborough
Dare County's only dedicated rescue squad was originally formed in April of 1980 and chartered August 1983. We currently have 29 members serving a 4 fire-district area with a year round population of roughly 5000 that grows tremendously during the summer months.
Our squad provides Rescue, 1st Responder, Water Rescue and Haz-Mat Operations level services with 2 surburbans, 1 light rescue, 1 heavy rescue (featuring a light tower, heavy hydraulics, air compressor and generator) and 4 watercraft. While the rescue squad's purpose was not intended for medical care, there are 2 RN's, 7 first responders, 8 EMT's, 1 EMT-I and 3 EMT-P's in our membership. As of June 1, 2001 we have 7 certified Emergency Rescue Technicians and are working toward satisfying NC Department of Insurance requirements for Heavy Rescue. We should be at Operations levels in all areas of service and Technician levels in vehicle extrication, rope rescue as well as water rescue.
- HATTERAS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
P.O. Box 251, Hatteras, NC 27943
Phone (252) 986-2356 (Voice / Fax)
Chief: Todd Balance
- FRISCO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
P.O. Box 324, Buxton, NC 27920
Phone (252) 995-5522 (Voice / Fax)
Chief: Richard Marlin
- BUXTON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
P.O. Box 10, Frisco, NC 27936
Phone (252) 995-5241, Fax (252) 995-4082
Chief: Bryan Perry
- AVON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
40159 Harbor Road, P.O. Box 388, Avon, NC 27915
Phone (252) 995-5021, Fax (252) 995-4420
Chief: K. Shawn Gray
Avon received its charter on September 13, 1971 and currently has 19 members serving a year round population that grows tremendously during the summer months.
Avon provides Fire Suppression service with 2 engines, 1 brush truck and 1 utility / air van.
AVFD moved into our station on April 2, 2001 and we are now fully operational from the new location. Our members are very proud of this new facility and all are welcome for a tour or information concerning the station.
- SALVO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Roth Road, Salvo, NC 27972
Phone (252) 987-2411
Chief: Jimmie Hooper
Chartered on April 14, 1967, Salvo currently has 40 members serving a year round population of roughly 350 that grows tremendously during the summer months.
Salvo provides Fire Suppression service with 1 engine, 1 aeriel, 1 brush truck and 1 tanker.
- CHICAMACOMICO BANKS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
P.O. Box 125, Rodanthe, NC 27968
Phone: (252) 987-2347 (Voice / Fax)
Chief: Mike Daugherty
- DARE COUNTY REGIONAL AIRPORT, STATION 22
410 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone (252) 473-2600, Fax (252) 473-1196
Status: Career, multi-role
Visit their website : Dare Regional Airport
Providing protection to a growing airport, the staff of 4 at Station 22 also performs other functions at the airport, and staff their equipment as needed. In addition to aircraft protection, they also provide water rescue in the sound and respond to other agencies when requested.
Station 22 provides Aircraft Fire Suppression and Water Rescue with 1 rescue boat. 1 ARFF vehicle, 1 engine equipped with foam and dry chemical and 1 utility pickup which also carries extinguishers.
- NORTH CAROLINA FOREST SERVICE, DARE COUNTY UNIT
406 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 27954
Phone (252) 473-2531, Fax (252) 473-1375
Chief Ranger: TBA
Visit their website : NC Forest Service State Page
Providing wildland fire protection and management to the entire county, the Dare County Forest Rangers have their hands full. Our office is located on the grounds of the Dare County Regional Airport. A staff of 3 keep a close eye on local fire conditions and assist local fire chiefs with brush fires and issuing of open burn permits. The rangers also provide Smokey Bear for area schools and events.
Fire protection is accomplished with 2 brush trucks and 1 tractor / plow unit.
An excerpt from the address to the Dare County Board of Commissioners.
- OUTER BANKS PROFESSIONAL FIRE FIGHTERS ASSN. IAFF LOCAL 3286
P.O. Box 2571, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
President: Steve Kovacs
Visit their website : IAFF Local 3286
The Outer Banks Professional Fire Fighters Association was chartered as Local 3286 in 1990, with just 20 members. We are the Northern-most Local in the 12th district of the IAFF. Local 3286 protects the interest of the career fire fighters that proudly serve the jurisdictions of Colington, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk and Nags Head. Currently, Local 3286 has around 60 members.