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Welcome to the Fairview Rural Fire Department

Essential firefighter functions are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills. They are intended to be accurate summaries of what the job classification involves and what is required to perform it.  Members are responsible for all other duties as assigned.

  • Responds to fire alarms and extinguishes fire;
  • Responds to calls for emergency medical services, and renders first aid;
  • Performs salvage operations such as throwing salvage covers, sweeping water and removing debris;
  • Responds to and renders assistance in emergency cases;
  • Cleans and inspects equipment and apparatus after returning from a fire;
  • Inspects equipment and apparatus and notifies superior officer of any defects;
  • Makes minor repairs to equipment and apparatus, performs routine preventative maintenance tasks, and keeps records of such action;
  • Keeps fire station, equipment and grounds in a clean and orderly condition;
  • Participates in training activities and instruction sessions;
  • Acquires and retains a thorough knowledge of the district, including streets, buildings, water supply, unusual hazards and related items;
  • Performs various public information or education tasks;
  • Enters inspection, training and (on occasion) fire and emergency medical service calls into the records management systems;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with policies and procedures;
  • Works in a safe manner and reports unsafe activity and conditions. Follows county-wide safety policy and practices and adheres to responsibilities concerning safety prevention, reporting and monitoring as outlined in the Department's Safety Handbook.
  • Emergency call response for specialized service such as hazardous materials, confined spaces rescue, extrication and technical rescues that include high angle, below grade, swift water, trench and collapse rescues;
  • Social service related areas of emergency response by assisting victims and relatives of victims of traumatic events.




1963, established as Ten Ten Fire Department of Fairview Community.  Founder Gene Ogburn also known as person who brought foam machine to help extinguish 1964 fire in Bryan Building at Cameron Village.  Incorporated (later?) as Fairview Rural Fire Department, Inc.  (June 27, 1963) sos, no, oh

1963, first fire station two-bay brick building constructed at 4501 Ten Ten Road. Built on land provided by Fairview Community Center oh

1963, first fire truck is an early 1950's weapons carrier purchased from federal surplus.  Placed in service as Engine #1 and later becoming Engine #4, the unit is modified by Marvin Powell, Gerald Atkins, Sr., and Craven Langston at William Powell's.  Two Ford taillights are mounted on hood as emergency lights.  Paint is donated by Sander's Motor Company and Wade Cummings paints the apparatus in a chicken house.  K&L builds the 450 gallon tank.  The pump is 80 GPM, 1 1/2 petroleum-fueled. oh

1965, second fire truck acquired. Built from a pair of 1957 International Chassis One chassis', one purchased from Federal Surplus and the second bought from Archer's Lodge Volunteer Fire Department in Johnston County in 1965.  Placed in service as Engine #1 and the first Fairview apparatus to pump pressure.  Dillon's Supply Company in Raleigh donates $500 in materials for construction.  Unit is modified by Marvin Powell, Gerald Atkins, Sr., and Craven Langston at William Powell's in 1965.  A flatbed from a 1941 truck is mounted to the chassis and plywood is used for the doors on the compartments below the bed.  Pick-headed axes are created by welding teeth to flat-headed axes.  Roof ladders are created by fabricating steel hooks and adding to wooden ladders.  Unit is equipped with 500 gallon tank and front-mounted pressure pump.oh

1965, apparatus delivery. "Big Red," a 1947 Diamond Reo converted gas tanker, is placed in service in 1965. The ten-wheeler carries 1,000 gallons and has a small 80 GPM pump in the rear. Later modifications include a replacement 100 GPM pump that costs more than the truck itself.

1968, apparatus delivery: 1968 International / American LaFrance pumper, purchased after firefighters pool personal money and purchase new 1968 International chassis and have it shipped to American LaFrance for pump and body installation.  Placed in service as Engine #1.  Equipped with 750 GPM, American LaFrance twin-flow, two-stage pump and 750 gallon tank. oh


1972, fire station undergoes additions fdr

1972, apparatus delivery: 1972 International 1700 / Atlas tanker, 400 GPM, 1500 gallons.  Cost $9,50, raised through fundraising activities started more than a year ago.  Firefighters build the truck themselves using a new truck chassis and Atlas tank.  (March 1972) rt29mar72

1974 (?) apparatus delivery: 1974 Chevy tanker, 1200 gallons

1975, apparatus delivery: 1972 Chevy brush truck purchased from state surplus and originally owned by the Department of Corrections.  Placed in service as Engine #4.  Equipped with 400 gallon tank and 350 GPM pump.

1976, Siesta Motel on US 401 burns.  Fire is reported about 2 a.m. and brought under control within two hours.  Two adjoining businesses, Jerry's Restaurant and Lounge and McCuller's TV repair, are damaged by smoke.  Cause is not known.  Damage to motel is estimated at $75,000.  (February 6, 1976) no

1976, Fire Chief is Kenneth West. (February 6, 1976) no

1978 (?) apparatus delivery: 1978 International tanker, 1500 gallons


1982, becomes first rural fire department in Wake County to offer First Responder service. Service is activated on March 15, 1982. The first call was answered the following Wednesday night for a two-car accident at the intersection of Ten Ten and Holly Springs roads. The department was chosen due to its location between four rescue districts (Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, and Garner). Members completed a 45-hour course that certified them as "first responders" who could respond to health-related emergencies, and render aid until emergency medical technicians arrive. The program is a pilot program being tested by Wake County. (March 1982) oh, ah24mar82, Carolina Rural Fireman April 1982

1982, staffing snapshot: six men are on permanent day shift, and seven three-man units are on duty each night.

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 1983 Chevy C70 / Atlas tanker, 400 GPM, 1500 gallons
  • 1983 Chevy C70 / EEI midi-pumper, 500 GPM, 500 gallons
  • 1988 Pierce Lance pumper / tanker, 1500 GPM, 1000 gallons


1990, second fire station completed at 7401 Ten Ten Road.  Constructed on land leased from Maxine Senter oh

1998, fire station #2 renovated.  Interior addition of kitchen / office / living space oh

1999, fire station #1 renovated.  Bulk of building is razed and replaced. Six apparatus bays were added, along with office space and classroom facilities. During the eight-month construction period, the fire trucks were housed at two nearby businesses: Dayspring Florists and Gifts and Atkins Trucking Company. oh

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 1991 International / E-One tanker, 400 GPM, 1500 gallons
  • 1992 International / E-One tanker, 400 GPM, 1500 gallons
  • 1994 International / EVI salvage and rescue unit.
  • 1996 Pierce Dash pumper / tanker, 1500 GPM, 1000 gallons


2000, members found and incorporate North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation, non-profit organization to support families of firefighters killed in the line of duty (March 20, 2000)oh

2002, Paul Dunwell hired as first paid Fire Chief (October 1, 2002) oh

2012 - David Price hired as Fire Chief. He's a Captain from the Bay Leaf Fire Department and a 32-year veteran of the fire service in Wake County. (July 30, 2012)

2016 - Barry Spain hired as Fire Chief. He's a retired Division Chief from the Raleigh Fire Department.

Apparatus deliveries:

  • 2005 Pierce Contender pumper-tanker, 1250/1000, Engine 1, first out at Station 1.
  • 2005 Pierce Contender pumper-tanker, 1250/1000, Engine 2, second out at Station 1.
  • 2008 Pierce Contender pumper-tanker, 1500/1000, Engine 3, first out at Station 2.
  • 2009 Ford F-550/Seagrave brush truck, 200/300/10, Brush 4 at Station 1.
  • 2009 International/KME elliptical tanker, 750/2000, Tanker 6 at Station 1.
  • 2014 International/Rosenbauer elliptical tanker, 750/2000. Tanker 7 at Station 2.
  • 2015 Spartan ERV walk-around heavy rescue, Rescue 1.

Last updated: December 28, 2016.

Fire Chiefs

See Wake County Fire Chiefs (pdf).


See Wake County apparatus register (pdf).


Raleigh Fire Museum photo albums.


  • ah Apex Herald
  • no New and Observer
  • oh Oral history
  • sos NC Department of the Secretary of State
History portion of this page courtesy of Mike Legeros Fire Department History

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