Become a Volunteer Firefighter!

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The Rutherfordton Fire and Rescue Department, an agency of the Rutherfordton municipal government comprised of career and volunteer staff, exists to serve the citizens of the town and district by protecting lives and property within its service area from the destructive effects of fire, accident, and natural disaster. To this end, members of the department are pledged to maintain a state of preparedness and level of training capable of controlling reasonably expected occurrences requiring its intervention. Furthermore, the department staff and membership strive to maintain an awareness of current research and techniques of fire and incident control at the highest-level time and budget constraints allow. 

Rutherfordton Fire and Rescue is a combination department, utilizing both career and volunteer (paid-per-call) members. Our volunteer membership makes up 2/3 of our department. 


Would you like to make a difference in your community by becoming a volunteer firefighter?

Volunteering with Rutherfordton allows you to make a positive impact in the community and potentially prepare for a career in the fire service. We are looking for qualified individuals to support our departments mission to the community. 

How can you serve?

Volunteer members are essential to our operations and provide support through emergency incident response, participating in fire prevention activities, and assisting with community events.  

What are the Requirements?

Applicants must be 18 years of age, possess a High School Diploma or GED, possess a valid North Carolina Drivers License, capable of performing the duties of a firefighter, and pass a criminal background check.

How does the Application Process work?

Fill out an application packet and submit it to the Fire Chief, application will be reviewed, applicant will be contacted for an interview with the membership committee, membership committee will discuss applicant with department membership, membership will take a majority vote on the applicant, upon completion of the process the applicant will be notified on the status of their membership.

Junior Program available for ages 16 and 17. What are the Requirements?

  • Must have signed permission form (Exploring application) signed by parent/guardian to participate.
  • Must have valid North Carolina driver’s license.
  • Must maintain passing grades in school.

What are the Benefits?

“Brotherhood”, Pension Fund, Call Reimbursement, Training, Membership and Benefits within NCSFFA and NCAR&EMS, Gear and Equipment provided, Excitement, Serving

How paid-per-call works?

Members are compensated at the end of each year for the amount of calls they respond to.

How often do you train?

Training meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 7pm-9pm. Special training events may be added and times are subject to change. Junior training is held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 4pm.

What is the annual call volume?

Rutherfordton Fire and Rescue responds to a variety of emergencies consisting of fires, motor vehicle accidents, medical, technical rescue, hazardous materials, natural disasters, and many other calls for service. Call volume is around 1,100 annually.

Contact Information

Rutherfordton Fire and Rescue
144 N. Mitchell St.
(828) 287-7367 ext. 2
Recruitment/Retention Coordinator Brandon Harrill (828) 980-8899 Email