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Colington Volunteer Fire Department
Ready 24-7-365

108 Schoolhouse Road
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, 27948
To Report Emergencies, DIAL 911
Station Phone 252-441-6234
Fax 252-441-5887
Fire Chief: Glenn Rainey

CVFD. Neighbors Helping Neighbors since 1982

Greetings from Eastern North Carolina!

This is the official web home of the Colington Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. CVFD is a small, dedicated department with both Career and Volunteer professionals responding to the needs of a diverse, ever-growing community.

This site is dedicated to the men and women of this department, past and present, that have chosen to serve their neighbors through Emergency Services.

Annual Fund Raiser will begin mid-July. We are grateful for everyone's support!

Colington Volunteer Fire Department Receives New Apparatus

Colington’s new fire truck should be seen on the streets regularly beginning mid-July.

The truck, built by the Sutphen Corporation in Hillard, Ohio is a SL75 aerial. The type of truck is known as a “Quint” which features the capabilities of a traditional Ladder Truck as well as a Pumper, and can easily handle many types of calls safely and efficiently. The truck, featuring a 75 foot aerial, greatly expands the capability of the fire department and allows better compliance with insurance regulations.

The purchase of the truck was made possible by a recent fire tax increase approved by Dare County, and is the first new major piece of apparatus purchased by the department since 1995. The new vehicle will be known as Truck 15 and is replacing a 1987 pumper that was the first new piece of equipment bought after the department was chartered in 1982. A 1988 crash truck will also be taken out of service as the new truck will carry that equipment as well.

While the truck was delivered on June 13, the department is still training and equipping the truck for service. “Because there’s been major changes with the technology this apparatus offers and it is different than what we’ve been working with, we went into a very aggressive training mode,” said Colington Fire Chief Glenn Rainey. “Our Volunteer and Career staff have put lots of hours into this truck already, and they’re just getting started.” Training has included more than just learning to use the pump, ladder and other equipment on the truck; firefighters must get used to driving it. As a newer truck, it handles much differently than the older vehicles.

On Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 the Colington Volunteer Fire Department held a dedication ceremony and blessing of their new Sutphen SL75 aerial truck. The truck brings new firefighting technology and capability to the community according to Colington Fire Chief Glenn Rainey.

The new truck features a 1,500 gallon per minute pump, 500 gallon water tank, 75 foot aerial ladder, roll out equipment trays and can carry 1,000 feet of large diameter hose. Other features include vehicle extrication tools, LED compartment lighting, battery powered positive pressure exhaust fan and lighting, on-board hydraulic generator, numerous forcible entry tools and multiple pre-connected hose lines.

At the Friday evening ceremony, the department held a private ceremony for department members and family. The truck was dedicated to former fire chief William “Kim” Piddington who passed away in February 2015. Many of his family members were present. One surprise for the family is that the truck has been nicknamed “Chief Pidd” in his honor, and carries the name above the windshield. Followed by a traditional Wet Down of the new apparatus.

On Saturday a public dedication and blessing were held as chief Rainey told the crowd of the hard work by the department in the planning, specification, delivery and training on the truck. He also thanked the department as well as the community for the support to make the truck a reality after years of planning. Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert Woodard praised the department and the relationship between the county and the fire department. Department Chaplain Fred Barrett blessed the truck and followed with a reading of the Firefighters’ Prayer.

At the conclusion of the ceremony everyone was invited to help the department with a second Wet Down of the truck and the community was given tours of the trucks and equipment.

A Little History

Originally, Colington Fire Department was a district of the Kitty Hawk Volunteer Fire Department, which at that time responded to fires in the villages of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk and Colington. This was quite a broad geographical area to cover, so in 1971, a station was built to meet the needs of the growing number of residents in Colington. In 1981, due to tremendous growth in the community, the Colington Volunteer Fire Department was formed and a state charter was granted in 1982. Since that time, what was once a small, dedicated group of individuals with minimal equipment is now a combination Fire Rescue agency employing 8 full time staff and over 25 volunteers with modern apparatus and equipment. A Board of Directors protects the financial interests of the department, in cooperation with Dare County.

The CVFD is quite busy. Our base is made up of a strong group of volunteer and career personnel protecting the most populated unincorporated area in the county. As of the 2010 census, Colington had a population of 4,179 residents.

While we are primarily supported by a fire tax district, we also obtain additional funding through fundraisers and weekly BINGO. Bingo is held every Wednesday. Doors open at 5:30 and play begins at 6:30

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

The fire department’s goal is to serve our community and enhance public safety. We do so by providing:

  • Fire suppression
  • Emergency medical care in coordination with Dare County EMS
  • Vehicle extrication
  • Limited water rescue
  • Severe weather emergency response
  • Public education
  • Fire prevention inspections
  • Child safety seat installation and inspection
  • Various community projects

    For scanner enthusiasts, our dispatch frequency is 155.7375, however we operate on 800 MHZ.

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    The CVFD is a proud member of Fire Corps. Community Volunteers for non-operational activities welcome!
    Click on the Fire Corps logo above for more information on how YOU can help!

    Incident, Training and "Off-Duty" Pics For You To Enjoy

    Awesome CVFD T-shirts. Get A Few For Your Friends!

    Annual Call Volume.

    Department Officers and Members.

    Colington Fire District Map. (in PDF)

    Our Apparatus.

    Fire Fighter Of The Year awards.

    We'll always be thinking of our lost FDNY brothers

    Honoring NC's bravest

    We are proud members of the ECFA