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.

Accepting Applications for Full-Time Firefighter Positions

The Oak Ridge Fire and Rescue Company, Inc. is now accepting applications for the position of Firefighter/FEO I

Applications must be picked up and returned to Station 15 located at 8325 Linville Road, Oak Ridge, NC Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. Incomplete applications will be immediately disqualified.

Minimum Qualifications for the position of Firefighter/FEO I:

  • NC Firefighter Level II
  • NC HAZMAT Level I certification
  • NC EMT Basic certification
  • NIMS 100, 200 and 700 course completion
  • NC Class B Drivers License (within 90 days of employment)
  • NC Driver Operator Emergency Vehicle Driver certification
  • NC Technical Rescue/VMR certification (within 1 year)

Preferred Qualifications

NC Driver Operator complete series certification

In Memory

The Oak Ridge Fire Department extends condolences to the family of past Fire Chief William “Billy” Stafford Newman. Chief Newman served 38 years from 1971 – 2009 and saw the department through extensive growth in the Oak Ridge community and the fire service. The family will greet friends from 1:00PM to 3:00PM Saturday January 11, 2020 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Services, Kernersville, NC. Masonic Graveside Rites will follow at 4:00PM at Oak Ridge United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Volunteers Urgently Needed

If you are older than 18 years of age and interested in serving your community, then the Oak Ridge Fire Department is looking for you.  If your interested in coming out and volunteering, please swing by Station 15 and pick up an interest card.

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.