Located in beautiful Oak Ridge, North Carolina, the Oak Ridge Fire Department has 16 full-time employees and 15 volunteer firefighters. Because Oak Ridge provides service to more than 9000 residents over approximately 26 square miles, we have two full service stations. We are an ISO rated department with a rating of “4”, and we are always looking for a “few good men and women” to volunteer to help us help your neighbors.

Contact the Oak Ridge Fire Department at 336-643-3783 if you are interested in volunteering.

ORFD Mission Statement

To minimize the loss of life and property resulting from fire, medical emergencies and other disasters through prevention, education, fire suppression, emergency medical service and emergency preparedness. This will be accomplished in the most cost effective manner with maximum utilization of all available resources, never sacrificing the safety of our members.

5 Dangers of Frying Your Turkey at Thanksgiving

Here are the top 5 dangers associated with deep frying a turkey:

  • A small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with the burner can cause a large fire.
  • An overfilled cooking pot or partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is inserted.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot, creating severe burn hazards.
  • Units can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  • Without thermostat controls, deep fryers have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.

Gideon Grove Church Fire

The Oak Ridge Fire Department responded with 8 additional fire departments on December 22, 2012 for a reported structure fire at the Gideon Grove United Methodist Church.  First on scene units reported heavy fire and smoke conditions with fire showing through the roof.  Over 75 firefighters battled the fire until the early hours of Sunday morning, when the fire was extinguished. The video from this fire can be seen in the player on this page.