Investing in the Safety & Welfare of Our Citizens
Whenever the subject of a fire department arises, interest invariably turns to the fire trucks and other equipment found within the department.
Perhaps this is so because it is the trucks that garner so much attention around town, whether just riding through the streets or responding with lights and sirens to an emergency call.
While on the surface it may seem like such abiding interest in the trucks is a superficial thing, that is by no means the case. Carrboro's fire trucks represent a significant financial investment for the town, and it is right that the citizens, as well as the members of the department, take tremendous pride in them. They are your trucks, and they represent the community's investment in the safety and welfare of its citizens.
Everyone in town, both young and less young, is welcome to come by and look at the trucks in person. So feel free to drop in and say hello. However, if you are unable to visit, we hope you take a few minutes to browse the pictures and information below about the equipment that stands at the ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to any call for help from the citizens of Carrboro and Orange County.
Carrboro Engine 1
Engine 1 is a 2014 Sutphen Custom Cab Pumper/Tanker. It includes a 1500 gallon per minute Hale pump with a 1000 gallon booster tank.
Carrboro Engine 2
Engine 2 is a 2006 Elite Pumper/Tanker. It includes a 1500 gallon per minute Hale pump with a 1000 gallon booster tank.
Carrboro Engine 10
Engine 10 is a 1999 Ferrara Pumper/Tanker. It includes a 1500 gall per minute Hale pump with a 1000 gallon booster tank.
Battalion 1 is a 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe. Battalion 1 serves as the Shift Commander's vehicle, and is often the Incident Commander's vehicle for large scale incidents. Battalion 1 includes additional firefighter rehabilitation equipment and mobile 800Mhz communications equipment to assist our firefighters.
Brush 1 is a 2011 Anchor-Richey Brush Truck. It is built on a Ford F-550 XL cab and chassis. It is 4 wheel drive, has a 300 gallon per minute Darley pump, and a 300 gallon booster tank. Brush 1 is used for brush and woods fires, and also as a reserve service unit during severe weather events and other natural disasters.
There are numerous pieces of equipment on each truck, many of which employ advanced technologies. Here is a sampling a just a few:
- Thermal imaging cameras
- Mobile Computing Terminals in each apparatus
- Radios spanning the VHF and 800MHz frequencies for communication
Besides the high-tech items above we carry numerous ordinary tools that serve us well. Yes, there are plenty of axes, but there are also saws, brooms, shovels, pike poles, crow bars, pry bars, hydrant tools, bolt cutters, wire cutters, haligan bars, rakes, squeegees, buckets, and plenty of hand tools. In addition, we carry ventilation fans and various gas meters, including an MSA Solaris multigas detector.
There are numerous specialized items as well. For instance, we carry foam for fighting fires involving flammable and combustible liquids. When such liquids are not on fire we carry absorbent to remove it from a hazardous location. We have something called "Plug-N-Dike" which is a type of putty. It is useful for stopping small leaks of such liquids.
Medical & Rescue Equipment
Our trucks are also stocked with both medical and light rescue equipment ensuring that our firefighting personnel are fully prepared for any of the various emergencies they may face protecting the citizens of Carrboro
- Does your department check and install car seats for children?
Yes! Due to COVID-19 are currently inspecting and installing car seats for children on an appointment basis. Fill out the Child Passenger Safety Inspection Request form to schedule an appointment, or visit our Child Car Seat Installation page for more information.
- How do I order a reflective address sign?
Reflective address signs are very important for emergency services. If we can't find you, we can't help you. Locating addresses can be especially tricky at night. Order a reflective address sign today. Signs are only $15 or $20 if mounted to a metal post. Use this form to order your reflective address sign. The signs are made at the fire-rescue department and you will be contacted once it is ready for pick-up.
- Does your department check and install smoke alarms and/or carbon monoxide detectors?
As a part of our Community Risk Reduction program the Fire-Rescue Department installs smoke and carbon monoxide alarms for residents of Carrboro and the South Orange Fire District. Smoke alarms provide early notifications increasing the likelihood that you and your family will be able to escape if there is a fire in your home. Submit this form to schedule installation or inspection of a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm.
- How can I apply for a fire prevention permit?
The Carrboro Fire-Rescue Department issues construction and operational permits in accordance with applicable state laws and the currently adopted edition of the North Carolina Fire Code. For more information regarding permits, reference Section 105 of the North Carolina Fire Code and in Chapter 12, Article II, Section 12-10 of the Town Code. You can apply for a fire prevention permit by submitting this form.
Reminder: Any plans for review (electrical, remodeling, fire alarm, sprinkler system) should be submitted to Town of Carrboro Planning, Zoning, and Inspections through PIPER prior to contacting the Fire-Rescue Department.
- How to I schedule a fire prevention education event or fire station tour? Birthday Party? Other events?
We provide public education events, including fire prevention presentations. Use this form to request a public education event for your group or organization.
We regularly give station tours and safety talks to all types of groups, both formal and informal. Some of the groups we have had come through in the past include school classes, girl scouts, boy scouts, church groups, day care groups, after school programs, summer camp groups, home school students, and many individuals. Use this form to request a fire station tour.
If you are planning a community block party or birthday party our department will stop by during the event with a fire truck for all to see up close - both adults and children. We can show and explain the use and importance of the many pieces of equipment, display our gear, discuss fire safety topics, and distribute fire safety information. Use this form to request the department come out to your birthday or block party.
View our Community Services page to see what other services are offered by the fire-rescue department. Forms are available to request all of the services offered by the department.
301 W. Main St.
Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 918-7347 *
1411 Homestead RD
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
(919) 913-2943 *
*NOTE: Non-emergency telephone and email are not monitored 24/7/365.