Raleigh Fire Department

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Raleigh Fire Department (RFD)
Raleigh Fire Department Logo, Sep 2012.png
Operational Area
Country United States
State  North Carolina
City Raleigh
Agency Overview
Established 1912
Annual calls 35,823 (2012)
Employees 575
Staffing Career
Fire chief John McGrath
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions 5
Battalions 5
Stations 27
Engines 28
Ladders 8
Rescues 1
Wildland 1
Helicopters 1
EMS Level BLS First Responder
Official website
IAFF Local 548

The Raleigh Fire Department (RFD) provides fire protection and first responder emergency medical services to the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, United States.[1]

In 2014, the Raleigh Fire Department responded to 37,507 emergency calls. Of that amount, 62% were medical related.


The mission of the City of Raleigh Fire Department is to contribute within appropriate authority to the maintenance and improvement of the quality of life in the City of Raleigh through fire prevention, fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical, and special services to all who live, work, or invest here.


The Raleigh Fire Department is organized into five divisions of operation: Operations, Office of the Fire Marshal, Training, Services, and Office of the Fire Chief.

Rank structure[edit]

  • Chief of Department
  • Assistant Chief
  • Division Chief/Platoon Commander
  • Battalion Chief
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant/Driver
  • Senior Firefighter
  • First Class Firefighter/Assistant Driver
  • Firefighter
  • Probationary Firefighter


Operations, the largest division within the fire department, is responsible for handling all emergencies within the City of Raleigh. They respond to fire, medical emergencies, and rescue calls, including extrication, high-level rescue, water rescue, and collapse and confined-space rescue. This division also operates and participates in a regional Urban Search and Rescue Team, and operates a regional hazardous materials response team. In addition to emergency response the operations division maintains over 19,300 fire hydrants with the City of Raleigh once per year to ensure operational readiness. Other non-emergency response activities include conducting pre-incident surveys in the 14,900 business occupancies within the city, installing smoke detectors upon request, providing public fire education events, and assisting all those who live and work within the city to meet their needs.

Staffing for this division includes: 1 assistant chief, 3 division chiefs, 15 battalion chiefs, 108 captains, 123 lieutenants, 271 firefighters, and 1 senior staff support specialist.[2]

This division is commanded by Assistant Chief Danny Poole.

Office of the Fire Marshal[edit]

The Office of the Fire Marshal provides the leadership and inspection services to help prevent fires and assure fire and life safety for the City of Raleigh. This division provides code enforcement, fire investigations, and education.

Staffing for this division includes: the fire marshal, 4 assistant fire marshals, 1 public fire educator, 19 deputy fire marshals, 3 platoon deputy fire marshals, 1 staff support specialist and 3 fire investigators.[3]

This division is commanded by Assistant Chief Hocutt


The Training Division provides continuing education and advancement training for all fire department members including the maintenance of various certifications. It is also responsible for the pre-employment recruitment process and operating the recruit academies. This division manages the promotional process for the ranks of lieutenant, captain, and battalion chief. It also manages the fire department’s special operations resources: Hazardous Materials, Technical Rescue Team, and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force. The Raleigh Fire Department responds to hazardous materials (haz-mat) incidents within the city. We also are contracted by Wake County to provide haz-mat service countywide, and we operate as North Carolina Haz-Mat Regional Response Team 4. They utilize state-funded resources, and can respond statewide. The rescue unit is supplemented with engine and ladder companies designed as technical rescue resources. They are trained and carry special equipment for a variety of unique rescue emergencies such as confined space, trench collapse, building collapse, high-angle, swift water, and land search. The Raleigh Fire Department is a participating member of the North Carolina Helo Aquatic Rescue Team (NC HART). This team provides specially trained firefighters for rescue operations with military and law enforcement helicopters. Helicopter rescue technicians fly primarily with the North Carolina Highway Patrol and are supplemented by the North Carolina National Guard.

The Raleigh Fire Department also participates in North Carolina Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 8, a regional rescue team composed of members of the Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill fire departments, and Wake County EMS. Task Force 8 can be deployed statewide for major incidents, including tornadoes, hurricanes, and explosions.

Staffing for this division includes: 1 assistant chief, 1 battalion chief, 1 academy coordinator, 1 career development coordinator, 1 haz-mat coordinator, 1 ems coordinator, 1 deputy ems coordinator, 1 education/credential specialist and 1 senior support specialist.[4]

This division is commanded by Assistant Chief Brad Harvey.


Services provides support for the physical infrastructure of the Raleigh Fire Department, including facilities, apparatus, vehicles, equipment, hand tools, personal protective clothing, and uniforms. Responsibilities include: oversight of the maintenance, repair, and service testing of all apparatus and equipment; management all vehicle operating expenses, including fuel, tires, and repair parts; ordering and purchasing new apparatus; and issuing new uniforms and equipment to personnel.

Staffing for this division includes: 1 assistant chief, 1 facilities manager, 1 garage supervisor, 3 mechanics, 1 fire services coordinator, 1 fire services assistant, and 1 senior staff support specialist.

This division is commanded by Assistant Chief Garry Spain.

Office of the Fire Chief[edit]

The Office of the Fire Chief provides administrative, planning, financial, and information technology services to support the daily operation of the Raleigh Fire Department. All of the assistant chiefs are based at this office.

Staffing for this division includes: the fire chief, 1 finance officer, 1 planning officer, 1 safety officer, 1 fire systems technology manager, 2 fire systems programmers and 1 senior staff support specialist.


The Raleigh Fire Department currently operates out of 27 fire stations, located throughout the city in 5 battalions, each commanded by a battalion chief per shift. The 5 battalions are commanded by a division chief per shift. The RFD operates a fire apparatus fleet of 28 engines, 8 ladders, 1 rescue, 4 haz-mat. units, 3 mini-pumpers, 1 air truck, 1 fire investigation unit, 1 deputy fire marshal's unit, and numerous other special, support, and reserve units.

The Fire Administration and Fire Marshal's Offices are located at 310 W. Martin St.

The Raleigh Fire Museum is located in a classroom trailer at the Keeter Training Center at 105 Keeter Center Dr. It is open on the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Parking and restrooms are available. Admission is free. It is created and operated by a non-profit charitable organization. The museum has a collection of artifacts and images representing over 150 years of firefighting in the capital city. The department's collection of antique apparatus is housed at a separate location, at Fire Station 28.[5]

The Raleigh Fire Department also operates a Support Services Center at 4120 New Bern Ave. This facility houses the Services Division. It is equipped with a vehicle maintenance garage and warehouse space for uniforms and supplies. It also houses many reserve vehicles and spare apparatus.

A new Fire Station #13 (This will become 28th fire station for department) is projected to open in the fall of 2013 at 12113 Leesville Rd., and will be the quarters of Engine 29.

Fire station locations and apparatus[edit]

Below is a complete listing of all fire stations and apparatus locations in the City of Raleigh.[6]

Map View

Engine company Ladder company Special unit Battalion Address Neighborhood
Engine 1, Engine 13 Ladder 4 Fire Investigation Unit 220 S. Dawson St. Downtown Raleigh
Engine 2 Haz-Mat. Unit 1 263 Pecan St. South Raleigh
Engine 3 Mini-Pumper 3 13 S. East St. Downtown/East Raleigh
Engine 4 Ladder 1 121 Northway Ct. North Raleigh
Engine 5 300 Oberlin Rd. Cameron Village
Engine 6 2601 Fairview Rd. Five Points
Squad Engine 7 2100 Glascock St. Historic Oakwood/Mordeci
Engine 8 Haz-Mat. Quick Response Unit. Air Unit 1 Battalion 3(Haz-Mat. Battalion Chief), Division Chief(Platoon Commander) 5001 Western Blvd. West Raleigh
Engine 9 Battalion 5(Special Operations Battalion Chief) 4465 Six Forks Rd. North Hills
Engine 10 2711 Sanderford Rd. Southeast Raleigh
Engine 11 Ladder 2 2925 Glenridge Rd. Brentwood
Engine 12 Battalion 2 3409 Poole Rd. Worthdale
Squad Engine 14 4220 Lake Boone Trail Meredith Woods
Engine 15 Trench Response Tractor Trailer, Water Rescue Response Trailer 1815 Spring Forest Rd. Millbrook
Engine 16 Mini-Pumper 16, Deputy Fire Marshal's Unit 5225 Lead Mine Rd. Crabtree Valley
Engine 17 Ladder 3 4601 Pleasant Valley Rd. Pleasant Valley
Engine 18 8200 Morgans Wy. North Creedmoor
Engine 19 Battalion 1 4209 Spring Forest Rd. Mini-City
Engine 20 Ladder 7 1721 Trailwood Dr. Southwest Raleigh
Engine 21 Rescue 1 2651 Southall Rd. Wilders Grove/New Hope
Engine 22 Ladder 5 Haz-Mat. Mobile Decon. Trailer 9350 Durant Rd. North Raleigh
Engine 23 Mini-Pumper 23 Battalion 4 8312 Pinecrest Rd. Leesville/Northwest Raleigh
Engine 24 Ladder 6 10440 Fossil Creek Ct. Brier Creek/RDU Airport
Engine 25 Swift Water Unit USAR 2740 Wakefield Crossing Wakefield/North Raleigh
Engine 26 Ladder 8 329 Barwell Rd. Southeast Raleigh
Engine 27 Haz-Mat. Unit 2, State R.R.T. Unit 4 5916 Buffaloe Rd. Northeast Raleigh
Engine 28 3500 Forestville Rd. Northeast Raleigh