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Fri. May 1st 2015
April 2015 Stats

Red Oak Station 51 finished the month of April 2015 with 20 calls for service. This brings our yearly total to 62 calls for s...

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Wed. Apr 1st 2015
March 2015 Stats

Red Oak Station 51 finished the month of March 2015, with 13 calls for service. This brings our yearly total to 43 calls for ...

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Sun. Mar 1st 2015
February 2015 Stats

Red Oak Station 51 finished the month of February 2015 with 20 calls for service. This brings our yearly total to 29 calls fo...

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ARE YOU CONSIDERING BECOMING A VOLUNTEER?

Most people investigating life as a volunteer firefighter have a lot of questions. Here are some answers that should help. You can always contact any member of the department or the Chief for more info.

1. Can I be a firefighter if I already have a full-time job?

Yes! We need volunteer firefighters during both daytime and nighttime hours, and you can respond to calls whenever you are available. Most firefighters have a separate full-time job.

2. How long will I be gone for a call?

In general, most fire calls last about 1 hour. That’s from the time your pager goes off and you are back to your home after the call. Structure fires and other large incidents last 3 or more hours. Oftentimes we can shuttle you back to the station during long incidents if you have prior commitments.

3. What’s the difference between volunteer, paid-on-call, and career firefighters?

Each department in Pitt County has different response models.  Here’s a description of some of the terms you’ll see:
- Volunteer: No hourly wage and might have a pension for retirement.  They respond to the station when pager is activated for a call. 
- Paid-on-Call: Hourly wage, and usually has a pension. They respond to the station when pager is activated for a call.
- Career: Full time employee with hourly wage or salary and full employee benefits. They work shifts at department, and stay at the station round the clock.
- Duty Crew: Scheduled shift work where firefighters stay at the station for several hours. They respond to calls, attend public education events, and perform tasks. Usually 1-3 firefighters per shift.

4. Are firefighters at the station at all times?

Not usually. Most departments are Volunteer or Paid-on-Call, with firefighters only at the station when there is a call.

5. How many hours a week will I need to dedicate to firefighting?

Average is about 4 hours a week. This time is spent in training and responding to calls.

6.  Will I need to pay for training or equipment?

No. All your equipment, certifications, and training is purchased by the department.  

7. How long will I be in training?

About 1 year. Your firefighter training (certification is called 1403 or Firefighter I & II) takes about 180 hours of training.  This training is usually done at Pitt Community College, the Fire Department or elsewhere in the county and is completed over about 6 months.  

8. How much will I be paid?

That varies by department, but the average hourly wage for Paid-on-Call is $7.25 as of August 2014.  Most departments have a retirement pension that accrues money each year.

9. The fire department in my area isn’t accepting applications.  Can I be on another fire department?

Yes.  As long as you live within the department’s response area (measured in miles or drive time), you can be a firefighter outside your home fire department. 

10. Do firefighters respond to medical calls?

Yes.  All Pitt County departments are requested to respond to certain “high priority” medical emergencies. 

11. I’m a little out of shape.  How much physical training will I need to do before I apply?

Firefighting requires you to be physically fit.  However, there are many jobs in the fire service and not all require you to be physical fit. 

   

 



Recent Calls
Sat. May 23rd 2015
On 05/23/2015 @ 1004 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond to a service call on Dickinson Ave. 5101(Wagon 1) responded. Upon arrival, personnel made contact with a subject who was burning leaves, which was causing a nuisance to the other residents. The fire was extinguished by the prope...
Wed. May 20th 2015
On 05/20/2015 @ 0806 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond to a residential structure fire on Huntingridge Rd. 5101(Wagon 1) responded. Upon arrival, contact was made with the homeowner who advised he had burned food on the stove. No fire was found. All Red Oak units cleared and returne...
Tue. May 19th 2015
On 05/19/2015 @ 1512 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested  to respond mutual aid to Station 15 in reference to a commercial structure fire on W. Fire Tower Rd. 5101(Wagon 1) responded. Prior to arrival, units were canceled by Station 15 command. All Red Oak units cleared and returned to quar...
Tue. May 19th 2015
On 05/19/15 @ 1122 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond to a MVC with injuries at the intersection of Stantonsburg Rd. and US 264. 5101(Wagon 1) responded. Upon arrival, units found 3 vehicles involved with major damage to a van. 5101 was positioned to create a safe work zone by divert...
Mon. May 18th 2015
On 05/16/2015 @ 2135 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond to a MVC with injuries at the intersection of B's BBQ Rd. and Stantonsburg Rd. 5103(Squad 3) responded.
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Red Oak Community Rural Fire Department Inc.
925 West Star Street
Greenville, NC 27834
Non-Emergency: 252-355-8870
Emergency: 911
Fax: 252-355-8871
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