Two private, nonprofit fire departments became municipal organizations Wednesday, in an effort to ensure adequate service amid population growth.
Wake Forest Fire Department is now a part of the town of Wake Forest government.
It began as a private organization in 1921.
The merger comes less than a year after a consulting firm recommended the fire department join the town, said Bill Crabtree, Wake Forest’s public information officer.
The Wake Forest Fire Department operates five fire stations with 84 full-time staff, 24 part-time employees and 300 volunteers. As of September 2019, the department responded to more than 3,500 calls for service a year and arrived at most calls in under eight minutes.
Also on Wednesday, the Eastern Wake Fire Rescue Department was absorbed by Knightdale’s fire service.
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PHOTOS: A husband and wife were displaced after a fire tore through the garage of their home in Clayton, according to town spokesperson Stacy Beard.
The fire appears to have started in the house’s garage but the cause is under investigation. The couple was able to get out safely, Beard said.
The call came in at 7:53 p.m. and it took a little less than an hour for firefighters to get the blaze under control.
No other information was available.
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Twenty-two youth had a chance to learn what firefighters do as the Warren County Firemen’s Association, in conjunction with Hawtree Volunteer Fire Department, hosted the second annual Fire Camp June 22-26.
Steve Barney, Hawtree fire chief, noted that this year’s camp drew eight more youth than the inaugural event last year. The camp is geared toward ages 11-14.
Throughout the week, members of fire departments across the county showed that firefighters must be prepared for any situation they may face, from a house fire to a vehicle accident. Members of Warren County Emergency Medical Services also participated.
Joey Andrews, president of the Warren County Firemen’s Association and chief of the Afton-Elberon Fire Department, said that the youth learned such skills as CPR, extrication and rope rescue, which may be needed at the scene of accidents when a vehicle has traveled down an embankment.
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