Department Overview

Inside the Fire Department It is our 24-hour a day, 7-day a week duty to make a difference in the lives of those that we serve and protect.


  • Forest City Fire Rescue has a class 3 ISO rating

  • Provide fire, rescue and EMS services to the community

  • Respond to all alarms within 2 minutes of receipt

  • Arrive on the scene of all incidents within an average of 5 minutes from the time of alarm

  • Conduct public education in the area of fire prevention, extinguisher use, home safety inspections and accident prevention

  • Meet state and national standards for training for both paid and part-time personnel

  • Assist Burned Children's Fund of North Carolina by collecting aluminum cans and using proceeds to purchase equipment for the NC Jaycee's Burn Center

  • Provide and install smoke detectors for families in need

  • Annual blood drives for Red Cross

  • Primary provider for technical rescue inside the city limits; this includes vehicle extrication, confined space rescue, high angle rescue and hazardous material response

  • Permanent car seat checking station: Monday - Friday from 8:00AM - 5:00PM. Please call 828.245.2111 for an appointment.

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