Rutherfordton invites YOU to be a volunteer firefighter

Rutherfordton Fire and Rescue enjoying the warm weather
Since 1911, Rutherfordton Fire and Rescue has answered the call to serve the community and keep Rutherfordton’s residents safe.  The volunteer membership of Rutherfordton Fire and Rescue makes up 2/3 of our department. They serve the community by responding to emergency calls, participating in fire prevention activities, and community events. Applications for volunteer membership in the fire department are always available for citizens who would like to serve the community and contribute to public safety. 

Volunteers must be over the age of 18, have a high school diploma or equivalent, pass a criminal background check, have a valid North Carolina drivers license, be physically capable of performing the duties of a firefighter, and be a permanent resident of Rutherfordton. 

What’s in it for you? Besides professional training, classes, and experience within the program, you get to contribute to the overall safety of the community. Everyone wants to live in a place that is safe and where people will respond when a call for help is made. By becoming a member of the fire department, and by joining forces with the team of first responders, you’re making your own community a safer place to live.

There are other benefits of membership, such as call reimbursement and a pension fund, but those benefits are secondary to the benefit of serving others and joining forces with a team of folks dedicated to keeping everyone safe. 

The Rutherfordton Fire and Rescue Department is a combination department comprised of nine full-time, five part-time and around 11 pay-per-call firefighters. The department is a municipal fire department responsible for providing service to the Town of Rutherfordton, Town of Ruth, and the Rutherfordton Fire District.  The total response area for the Rutherfordton Fire and Rescue Department is thirty-four square miles. Our insurance classification is a 4 in the town limits, and a 9 in the greater district.

RF&R provides fire, rescue, hazardous materials and medical responder service to the citizens in our jurisdiction as well as mutual aid to other fire and emergency service organizations. Besides emergency response, the department places emphasis on fire prevention by conducting fire safety presentations for church, civic, school groups and by bringing the children’s fire safety house to the public schools in October of each year.

In addition, the fire department is responsible for conducting fire inspections in local businesses and industry for the Town of Rutherfordton and Town of Ruth. Current apparatus operated by the department are two first line engines, an engine/tanker combination, 78 ft. quint, brush truck, and rescue truck. The county hazardous materials truck is also housed at our location.

If you’re under the age of 18 and want to get involved with our fire department, a junior explorer program is available for students ages 16 and 17. If you have any questions about the junior program or about becoming a full volunteer member of the fire department, reach out to Brandon Harrill at 828-287-7367 ext. 2 or by coming by the department at 144 N Mitchell St.