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The Franklinville Fire Department (FFD) is a non-profit, combination fire department, that serves a population of 11,800 people and over 300 businesses in Randolph County, North Carolina.  Established in 1964, FFD serves a 62.4 square mile district and is one of the only fire departments certified as a North Carolina heavy rescue unit.  Our area of coverage includes the Town of Franklinville and surrounding communities of White Memorial, Cedar Falls, Pleasant Ridge, and Whites Chapel.  Our mutual aid area of coverage runs from the NC Zoo on the west, to the Chatham County line on the east, to the Guilford County line on the north, and to Coleridge on the south.

As a combination fire department, we have a mix of both volunteer and paid members.  FFD currently has 11 full-time paid positions, one part-time shift, and 58 on-call volunteers.  The 11 full-time positions consist of 2 chiefs, that work daily 7:30-4:00PM plus on-call, as well as 9 firefighters who work 24-hour rotation shifts.  This provides staffing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year.  Click Here to meet your firefighters!


When a firefighter arrives on scene it is imperative that they are trained and ready for the task at hand.  The State requires a minimum of 36 hours of documented training for each person on the roster per year.  By assessing the types of calls, this department greatly increased and expanded the States required training.  Each member is required to have 120 hours of training annually.  The result of the training is evident in the response time and the value of the property saved.  Check our detailed Statistics page for more information.


The department depends on 4 fire stations, and various types of equipment strategically placed throughout the district to respond to many types of emergencies, including, but not limited to, structure fires, house fires, car fires, woods fires, technical rescues, motor vehicle accidents, traumatic injuries, medical alarms, service calls, and fire alarms.  Apparatus includes 4 engines, 3 rescues, 4 tankers, 2 seventy-five (75) foot ladder trucks, 2 brush trucks, and 1 squad.

FFD is governed by nine Board members, which are elected by the taxpayers within the district.  The Board follows a strict set of bylaws that have been voted on, and approved, by the community.  The Board of Directors meet the first Tuesday of each month, and meetings are open to the public.  Check our Calendar for the next scheduled meeting.

All Fire Departments in the state of North Carolina are subject to NC state standards and are evaluated by the Department of Insurance, or DOI.  After fire departments are reviewed, they are given a DOI rating that ranges between 1-10.  The lower the DOI rating, the lower the insurance premiums homeowners pay.  Factors such as personnel, training, equipment, and water supply, are considered when rating a department.  Only the biggest municipal departments boast a 1, the best rating.  Areas which have no fire department are rated 10. The Franklinville Fire Department DOI rating is 4/4/9e.  A 4 within the Franklinville city limits, a 4 for rural areas within a five-mile radius of any Franklinville Fire Station, and a 9 for areas more than five miles beyond any Franklinville Fire Station.  This is considered excellent for our size.



To provide a variety of services designed to preserve and  protect the lives and property of the community we serve.

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