The Old Ford Volunteer Fire Department was chartered on May 5, 1977, in Beaufort County, North Carolina. At the time of this charter, there were 28 men on the roster. We were incorporated on December 14, 1978. In 45 years since the Old Ford Fire Department was established, we have made great progress and have been instrumental in saving many lives and property.
Old Ford Volunteer Fire Department services a rural district that is 60 square miles and has a population of 3500 residents. We currently have 30 volunteers on our roster, as well as our Chief and Assistant Chief, and respond to an average of 150 incidents per year. We have Automatic mutual aid agreements with 3 other fire departments that extends our coverage to 85 square miles and approximately 25,000 people. We meet every Monday night at 7:00.
Our Vehicle Inventory includes the following:
3 – Engines/ Pumper tankers
1 – Water Tanker
1 – Equipment Truck
1 – Brush Truck
Each year the Old Ford Volunteer Fire Department hosts the Survivor Series Rodeo at the Senator Bob Martin Agricultural Center in Williamston, NC. The proceeds from this event go straight back into the fire department paying for operation expenses, replace apparatus’ and maintaining equipment. We also host additional fundraising events, including a pancake dinner.
We are always looking for men and women to help serve our community. Volunteers are required to respond to a wide variety of emergency situations such as car accidents, structure fires and natural disasters. We have in house training or formal fire college training through the local community college. Volunteer firefighters provide first aid, including CPR. Requirements for becoming a member include being 16 years of age, able to pass drug screen and background check. You must possess a valid NC driver’s license, live in the immediate area and are required to maintain 36 training hours annually. You may apply here.
If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a member, wish to make a contribution to the Old Ford Volunteer Fire Department, or would like to volunteer at one of our annual events, please call (252) 975-3128.