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Tue. Jul 15th 2014
Donation allows for the purchase of iPads

“Metrics has always given back to the community. When Maynepharma purchased Metrics, we wanted to continue the traditio...

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Tue. Jul 8th 2014
Woodmen of the World Flag Donation

L to R - Brenda Buck, Woodmen of the World Rep., Red Oak Captain Brandon Smith, and Leonard Haddock, President of Chapter #56...

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Wed. Jul 2nd 2014
Emergency Medical Responder Certification

The Grifton Rescue Squad will be hosting an Emergency Medical Responder Class beginning with orientation on July the 7th...

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Planning a home improvement job? Planting a tree? Installing a fence or deck? WAIT! Here's what you need to know first:   Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a professional, smart digging means calling 811 before each job.

Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call – even small projects like planting trees and shrubs. The depth of utility lines varies and there may be multiple utility lines in a common area. Digging without calling can disrupt service to an entire neighborhood, harm you and those around you and potentially result in fines and repair costs. Calling 811 before every digging job gets your underground utility lines marked for free and helps prevent undesired consequences.

Want to avoid spending a day in the dark? It's as simple as 8-1-1.Call 811 from anywhere in the country a few days prior to digging, and your call will be routed to your local One Call Center. Tell the operator where you're planning to dig, what type of work you will be doing and your affected local utilities companies will be notified about your intent to dig. In a few days, they'll send a locator to mark the approximate location of your underground lines, pipes and cables, so you'll know what's below - and be able to dig safely.Remember, always call 811 before you start any digging project! You'll avoid injury, expense, embarrassment - and a very inconvenient day in the dark.For more information on your local One Call Center, or to make an online request for utilities to be marked (where available)




You'll find quick answers to the most frequently asked questions about 811 and the Common Ground Alliance below. If you have other questions about safe digging, let us know:

Q: Why should I call 811 before every dig?

A: Don't gamble with your safety — if you're a professional excavator or a homeowner, smart digging always requires a call to 811. Knowing where underground utility lines are buried before you dig will help protect you from injury and prevent damages to utilities, service disruptions and potential fines and repair costs. Whether you're planting a tree or shrub, or installing a deck or pool, every job requires a call—Even if you've called before for a similar project. The depth of utility lines varies, and there may be multiple utility lines in one common area. Marked lines show you the approximate location of underground lines and help prevent undesired consequences such as injury, service disruptions to an entire neighborhood, or costly fines and repair costs.

Q: Can I submit my request to have my utility lines marked online at this Web site?

A: No. Please call 811 directly. Your local One Call Center will advise you of online services available to submit locate requests. For additional local information, click here.

Q: I'm just a homeowner, not a contractor—is 811 for me?

A: Smart digging always means calling 811 before each job. Whether you're a do-it-yourselfer planning a weekend project or a professional excavator contracted for a home improvement job, one phone call to 811 will get your underground utility lines marked for free.

Q: I've called my local "Call Before You Dig" number before - will 811 replace this service?

A: No, 811 will not replace your local one call number. The One Call process will remain the same and continue to notify your local affected utility companies, who will continue to mark your underground lines for free. With more than 62 local one call numbers across the country, 811 eliminates the confusion of multiple "Call Before You Dig" numbers by providing one national number you can call to get your lines marked. For more information on contacting your local One Call Center, click here!

Q: How exactly does 811 work?

A: Click here to see how 811 works!

Q: Can I call in a request for a utility locate on weekends?

A: Laws vary from state to state. Please call 811 and a customer service representative will be able to assist you.

Q: Is this a new service that replaces the existing One Call Center I have been contacting?

A: No. 811 is an additional avenue to contact the same One Call Center in your area.

Q: Can you just tell me what utilities are in my area even if I am not digging?

A: No. Please call only if you intend to dig.

Q: How far in advance do I need to call?

A: State laws vary from 48 – 72 hours, most excluding weekends and legal holidays. Please call 811 directly, and the customer service representative will be able to provide specific information.

Q: Do the colors of the paint and flags indicate anything in particular?

A: Yes. Each color indicates a universal color to what is buried below ground.

  • Red – Electric
  • Orange – Communications, Telephone/CATV
  • Blue – Potable Water
  • Green – Sewer/Drainage
  • Yellow – Gas/Petroleum Pipe Line
  • Purple – Reclaimed Water
  • White – Premark site of intended excavation

Q: How long are the marks good for?

A: State laws vary from state to state. Please call 811 directly and they will advise you of the duration the marks will be good for.

Q: Can I obtain a printed layout of where the utility lines are buried on my property?

A: No. An 811 call is to be made only if the caller intends to dig. Professional locators will then mark the approximate location of the buried facilities with paint or flags.

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Mutual Aid ref Car Fire Endangering a Structure
Tue. Jul 29th 2014
On 07/29/2014 @ 2042 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond mutual aid to Bell Arthur Station 52 in reference to a car fire inside of a garage on Cambridge Dr. off of Stantonsburg Rd. Engine 5102 responded. Prior to arrival, all mutual aid units were canceled by Bell Arthur command. All ...

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Fri. Jul 25th 2014
On 07/25/2014 @ 1624 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond to a MVC with injuries on US 13 at the intersection of Speight Seed Farm Rd. (Hines Crossroads). Engine 5101 responded. Upon arrival, two vehicles were found to be involved. Personnel assisted with traffic control and patient as...

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Mon. Jul 21st 2014
On 07/21/2014 @ 1339 hours, Red Oak Station 51 w as requested to respond to a MVC w/rollover on MLK, Jr. Hwy.(US 264) at Exit 75(NC 43 N). Engine 5101 and Engine 5102 responded. Upon arrival, a single vehicle was found off of the roadway, having overturned, resting on it's roof. The single occup...

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Assist EMS
Fri. Jul 18th 2014
On 07/18/2014 @ 0613 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond to assist EMS on Huntingridge Rd. off of NC 43 N. Engine 5101 responded. Prior to arrival, units were canceled by Bell Arthur EMS. All units cleared and returned to quarters....

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Automatic Aid in reference to a Residential Fire Alarm
Thu. Jul 17th 2014
On 07/17/2014 @ 2230 hours, Red Oak Station 51 was requested to respond automatic aid to Winterville Community Station 41 in reference to a residential fire alarm activation on Red Forbes Rd. Engine 5102 responded. Prior to arrival all units were canceled by Winterville Community command due to same...

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