Western Carteret Fire & EMS Department

Western Carteret Fire & EMS Department Welcome to the Western Carteret Fire & EMS page! WCFD is a 24-hour career fire department in the heart of the Crystal Coast.
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Today is #FirstRespondersDay in North Carolina. In 2017 the NC General Assembly designated September 11th of each year a...
09/11/2020

Today is #FirstRespondersDay in North Carolina. In 2017 the NC General Assembly designated September 11th of each year as First Responder Day, making it an official State holiday. The date of September 11th was chosen in recognition of the huge sacrifices made by first responders at the World Trade Center attack in New York. According to Tim Bradley, Executive Director of the NC State Firefighters’ Association (NCSFA), there are over 50,000 firefighters, both career and volunteer, in North Carolina serving 1,376 fire departments. “After the attacks on 9/11/01 we vowed to never forget the sacrifices made that day by first responders. Of the 2,977 victims killed in the September 11 attacks, 412 were emergency workers in New York City who answered the call to the World Trade Center.

This included:
• 343 firefighters (including a chaplain and two paramedics) of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
• 37 police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department (PAPD)
• 23 police officers of the New York City Police Department (NYPD)
• 8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private emergency medical services
• 1 patrolman from the New York Fire Patrol

Having this day each year as a State holiday will help keep the recognition of that sacrifice alive and continue to honor those who serve their community with sacrifices every day.” On this day of remembrance and reflection, Chief Kevin Hunter and our entire team salute the hard-working firefighters, emergency workers, and law enforcement officers in North Carolina who work so hard every day to keep our communities safe. Thank you for your service and sacrifice! #NeverForget

A Shift company evolution training on Hazmat Mass Decon at Station 1. This technique is used to decontaminate civilians ...
08/31/2020

A Shift company evolution training on Hazmat Mass Decon at Station 1. This technique is used to decontaminate civilians and first responders who have come into contact with potential hazardous materials and need a fast way to remove contaminants from the body. Firefighter Josh Atchison graciously volunteered to be our test subject ☺️. Josh is a part-time firefighter for Western Carteret Fire & EMS and a full-time firefighter with Indian Beach Fire Department.

Job Announcement  Full-Time & Part-Time Firefighter EMT-Basic / ParamedicWestern Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency ...
08/12/2020
Job Posting

Job Announcement
Full-Time & Part-Time Firefighter EMT-Basic / Paramedic
Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency
Western Carteret Fire & EMS Department

Applications are available at wcfdsataion12.com or follow the link below.

The Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency, doing business as the Western Carteret Fire & EMS Department, will be accepting applications from professional, qualified/certified persons to create an eligibility pool/list of applicants for forthcoming part-time and full-time openings

Submit complete application, resume, copies of all certifications and color copy of driver’s license by September 4, 2020. Your complete application packet and all required documents must be received by this date to be eligible. The application and required documents may be:

Dropped off at the Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency’s office, 140 Sherwood Avenue, Cedar Point, NC in the Clerk, Karen Park’s Office.

Scan and email all required documents to Asst. Chief of Fire Operations and Training Michael Penuel: [email protected]

Mail to:
Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency
C/O Karen Park
Fire & EMS Dept.
140 Sherwood Avenue
Cedar Point, NC 28584

Job Titles:
1.) Full-Time or Part-Time Firefighter/EMT-Basic
2.) Full-Time or Part-Time Firefighter/EMT-MEDIC
Salary Range:
Full-Time Firefighter/EMT-Basic = $30,867 to $40,237 per year
Full-Time Firefighter/EMT-MEDIC = $41,891 to $53,742 per year
Part-Time Firefighter/EMT-Basic = $11 to $13 per hour
Part-Time Firefighter/EMT-Medic = $16 to $18 per hour

Open Period:
8:00am on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 through 4:30pm through Friday, September 4, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

The Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency, doing business as the Western Carteret Fire & EMS Department, will be accepting applications from professional, qualified/certified persons to create an eligibility pool/list of applicants for possible forthcoming part-time or full-time openings; i...

08/12/2020

Job Announcement
Full-Time & Part-Time Firefighter EMT-Basic / Paramedic
Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency
Western Carteret Fire & EMS Department

Applications are available at www.wcfdstation12.com or follow the link below.

The Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency, doing business as the Western Carteret Fire & EMS Department, will be accepting applications from professional, qualified/certified persons to create an eligibility pool/list of applicants for forthcoming part-time and full-time openings

Submit complete application, resume, copies of all certifications and color copy of driver’s license by September 4, 2020. Your complete application packet and all required documents must be received by this date to be eligible. The application and required documents may be:

Dropped off at the Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency’s office, 140 Sherwood Avenue, Cedar Point, NC in the Clerk, Karen Park’s Office.

Scan and email all required documents to Asst. Chief of Fire Operations and Training Michael Penuel: [email protected]

Mail to:
Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency
C/O Karen Park
Fire & EMS Dept.
140 Sherwood Avenue
Cedar Point, NC 28584

Job Titles:
1.) Full-Time or Part-Time Firefighter/EMT-Basic
2.) Full-Time or Part-Time Firefighter/EMT-MEDIC

Salary Range:
Full-Time Firefighter/EMT-Basic = $30,867 to $40,237 per year
Full-Time Firefighter/EMT-MEDIC = $41,891 to $53,742 per year
Part-Time Firefighter/EMT-Basic = $11 to $13 per hour
Part-Time Firefighter/EMT-Medic = $16 to $18 per hour

Open Period:
8:00am on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 through 4:30pm through Friday, September 4, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

We are proud to achieve recognition by the American Heart Association for following the latest research-based standards ...
08/07/2020

We are proud to achieve recognition by the American Heart Association for following the latest research-based standards for severe heart attacks with the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award. Find out more at http://bit.ly/TU8daL

Western Carteret Fire and EMS would like to thank Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church in Morehead City for bringing deliciou...
06/05/2020

Western Carteret Fire and EMS would like to thank Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church in Morehead City for bringing delicious sandwiches and chips to our Station #1 on May 27th. The lunch boxes were prepared by Sweet Beans Coffee and Cafe in Morehead City. The food was great and went fast!

Thank you to all the members of Glad Tidings Church for thinking of us and all first responders in Carteret County. You are awesome!

~ Chief Kevin Hunter

Please be advised Western Carteret Fire & EMS will be conducting a controlled burn today near Boathouse Creek in Cedar P...
05/26/2020

Please be advised Western Carteret Fire & EMS will be conducting a controlled burn today near Boathouse Creek in Cedar Point.

Western Carteret Fire and EMS would like to give a huge thank you to the management and staff at Mac Daddy's for their g...
05/22/2020

Western Carteret Fire and EMS would like to give a huge thank you to the management and staff at Mac Daddy's for their generous offer to provide lunch to our firefighters and administrative staff this past week. The service was outstanding as usual and the food was exceptional!
We are very grateful and humbled that our citizens and home town businesses treat our department so well. Our firefighters and management feel the same and we are proud to serve all who live, work and play in our community.
So, please come and support our businesses as they reopen. We are all in this together and they need us. Better days are ahead.

Stay safe and thanks again,

Chief Kevin Hunter

05/17/2020
Terrifying EXPLOSION in downtown LOS ANGELES

Terrifying EXPLOSION in downtown LOS ANGELES

Terrifying EXPLOSION in downtown LOS ANGELES caught on video! I apologize in advance - this is FAR from my usual style of storytelling... Some of you might f...

Eleven seriously injured firefighters. There are several images and videos out there on this incident. They portray a fi...
05/17/2020

Eleven seriously injured firefighters. There are several images and videos out there on this incident. They portray a firefighter's, and an incident commander's worst nightmare. Our firefighters face many unknowns when responding, especially to structure fires. These unknowns kill and injure many Firefighters, EMTs, Paramedics and Law Enforcement Officers each year, with even more "close calls."

Please keep these brothers and sisters from LAFD in your thoughts and prayers today and moving forward this week and beyond.

Also remember your community's first responders, they are your lifeline in an emergency. The dangers are just as real in small town America as in the big cities.

May God Bless and keep the men and women of the great LAFD.

04/24/2020
Jacksonville Public Safety

Jacksonville Public Safety

4/24/2020 - Jacksonville Fire & Emergency Services hopes you will join us for this week’s episode of “story time.” Fire Chief Tee Tallman has a special announcement for our friends across the City. Today Captain Lindon Southerland reads a book titled “No Dragons for Tea” by Jean E. Pendziwol.

Check out the website www.sparkyschoolhouse.org for great resources on how to make a plan for your family. We look forward to seeing you next week. (video courtesy of Fire Marshal Brian Kelly)

Happy Easter from Western Carteret Fire & EMS!... We would also like to extend a big THANKS to the Bogue House for suppo...
04/12/2020

Happy Easter from Western Carteret Fire & EMS!...

We would also like to extend a big THANKS to the Bogue House for supporting local first responders and for providing Easter Sunday lunch for the crews at Western Carteret Fire and EMS.

Merry Christmas from our families to yours. We're privileged to serve this beautiful coastal community we get to call ho...
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas from our families to yours. We're privileged to serve this beautiful coastal community we get to call home. Thank you for a wonderful 2019 and well wishes to all moving into 2020!

10/12/2019

Join us at Lowe’s Hardware in Cape Carteret for our public education event. We’ve got fire trucks on display and safety props... fun for all ages. We’ll be on location till 4pm.

Job Posting:The Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency, doing business as the Western Carteret Fire & EMS Depart...
08/07/2019

Job Posting:

The Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency, doing business as the Western Carteret Fire & EMS Department, will be accepting applications from professional, qualified/certified persons to create an eligibility pool/list of applicants for possible forthcoming part-time or full-time openings; immediate or within a two-year period from October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2021.

Applications are available at
https://oshr.nc.gov/documents/nc-state-government-application-employment-pd-107

Or just type: NC Job Application in your search engine and click on NC State Government Application for Employment (PD-107)

Western Carteret Fire & EMS receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition Award fo...
07/25/2019

Western Carteret Fire & EMS receives American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Recognition Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.
The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and trigger an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.
Western Carteret Fire & EMS is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Captain Dave Degnan. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through Mission: Lifeline.”
“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient. We applaud Western Carteret Fire & EMS for achieving this award in following evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”

About Mission: Lifeline
The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® program helps hospitals and emergency
medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for acute coronary syndrome patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology clinical treatment guidelines. For more information, visit heart.org.

Memorial Service Nala Young K9-1 WCFDSaturday, July 6thVisitation/Celebration of Life 3:30pm-4:30pmMemorial Ceremony 4:3...
07/04/2019

Memorial Service Nala Young K9-1 WCFD

Saturday, July 6th

Visitation/Celebration of Life 3:30pm-4:30pm
Memorial Ceremony 4:30pm

Location Cape Carteret Baptist Church in Cape Carteret, NC.

This is open to the public for whomever wishes to come remember and honor the life of Nala Young, a Search and Rescue K9 affiliated with Western Carteret Fire & EMS and served the county.

07/03/2019

So here's one more warning:

Raliegh fire officials: Go to a professional fireworks show, don't set them off at home.

That's the same warning you'll get from every fire department and fire protection official, including us and the Carteret County Fire Marshal!

Dont turn a great holiday into a horrifying nightmare.

07/03/2019
Experts warn against dangers of fireworks

This video is from 2014, we posted it the first time in 2017, however the danger has not changed.
They are FIRE-WORKS and they EXPLODE!

As Fourth of July approaches, officials are warning residents the dangers of using fireworks. For the latest News-Weather-Sports updates visit: http://www.no...

07/03/2019

Fireworks that explode and leave the ground
(projectiles and rockets) are illegal in North Carolina

Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permit...
05/31/2019
NCFS 2019 Newsdesk

Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington.

The burning ban is currently in effect and will remain in effect until further notice. The N.C. Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions.

Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Violating the burn ban incurs a $100 fine plus $180 court costs. The person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for reimbursing the N.C. Forest Service for any expenses related to extinguishing it.

For more information visit: https://www.ncforestservice.gov/news_pubs/newsdesk_2019.htm#2019530

RALEIGH – Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and canceled all burning permits for the following counties in Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, New Hanover, Onslow,...

Western Carteret K9-1 has completed her first official search! Nala and her handler Josh Young successfully assisted Car...
05/09/2019

Western Carteret K9-1 has completed her first official search! Nala and her handler Josh Young successfully assisted Carteret County Sheriff in the search of a patient. Although her looks may be fearsome, she is a lovable dog by everyone. She’s always ready to work or play! If you see her out and about the town feel free to say hi but please do not pet without asking first!

Carteret County Emergency Services
04/19/2019

Carteret County Emergency Services

A Tornado Watch is in effect for Carteret County until 12:00 am EDT.

Western Carteret Fire & EMS will be asking the public to come out and participate in our Firefighter Physical Agility Te...
04/17/2019

Western Carteret Fire & EMS will be asking the public to come out and participate in our Firefighter Physical Agility Test. WCFD is offering the test to the public for an opportunity to compile average time stats for future firefighters. It’s a great opportunity to challenge yourself, learn more about the fire service and meet some of your local Firefighters!

What’s a Firefighter Physical Agility Test?

Essentially it’s an opportunity for our department to assess a fire service professional or candidate’s likelihood of being able to function properly on the fireground. Typically, the test consists of several task-oriented stations that must be completed in a particular sequence to assess a candidate’s physical ability to perform similar operations on the fireground. This is a timed test that will determine if someone can operate effectively on the fireground.

What to expect….

Station 1 - Stationary Ladder Climb
The stationary ladder climb is a climbing simulator. This station will simulate a 100 foot ladder climb on the fireground.

Station 2 - Keiser Sled
The Keiser Sled is a staple in the fire service. You’ll be using a 8lb sledge hammer to drive a steal beam back which simulates operating many of the tools used on the fireground.

Station 3 - Stationary Ladder Rise
Using ladders are an essential operation on the fireground. This will simulate how a firefighter will gain access to roof operations on a fireground.

Station 4 - LDH Drag & Catch (Large Diameter Hose)
Catching a hydrant is another critical element on the fireground. This station will require you to drag 75ft of LDH and catch a hydrant.

Station 5 - 1 3/4 inch Attack Line Drag & Pull
When a firefighter arrives on the fireground they’ll have to be able to both deploy and manipulate our attack lines efficiently. This station will require you to drag 75ft of attack line around an obstacle then pull an additional 25ft by hand while taking a knee where you’ll be staged to complete the task.

Station 6 - Equipment Carry
Nothing on the fireground is “lightweight” it’s important for firefighters to be able to handle the tools necessary to get the job done! This station requires you to remove two 25lb kettle bells off a shelf, carry them around an obstacle and place them back on the shelf.

Station 7 - Push Pull Simulator
On the fireground firefighters will use various pole hooks for fireground operations and overhaul. This station will simulate both pulling ceilings and breaching ceilings. While using a 10ft pike pole you’ll find your purchase points on the 25lb simulator, push three times and pull four times for four reps.

Station 8 - Rescue Simulator
Rescue Randy is another staple in the firehouse tools for training. This station will require you to drag a 185lb life size anatomically correct body 75ft to safety.

…. All while wearing a 40lb weight vest to simulate the gear a firefighter will use on the fireground.

Dates open to the public
4/25 ~ 0900-1200
4/26 ~ 1600-1900
4/27 ~ 0900-1300

Location & Contact
Western Carteret Fire & EMS Station 1
140 Sherwood Ave., Cedar Point, NC
Call (252) 393-8301
Space is limited
Ask for Duty Captain to RSVP

Disclaimer: This is not an entrance test. This test is open to the public for the purpose of gathering time stats for the Western Carteret Fire & EMS Physical Agility Test.

Address

140 Sherwood Avenue
Cedar Point, NC
28584

General information

The Western Carteret Fire & EMS Department is administered by the Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency, which is a North Carolina Unit of Local Government made up of the incorporated towns of Bogue, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, and Peletier, as well as the County of Carteret.

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About Our Department

The Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency is a unit of local government similar to a municipality in that it is made of units of local government and municipalities. The Towns of Bogue, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Peletier, and the County of Carteret joined together to undertake a function of government; Fire and Emergency Medical Services, for the protection and common good and safety of the citizens of the combined local governments in western Carteret County and the visitors to our area.

The Western Carteret Interlocal Cooperation Agency DBA Western Carteret Fire & EMS is a full service fire department providing Fire & Life Safety, Fire Suppression, Advanced Life Support (ALS), Basic Life Support (BLS), Hazardous Material (Operational Level), and Technical Rescue (Vehicle and Machinery, Wilderness, Watercraft, Surface Water, and Floodwater).

The department serves a total geographic area of approximately 40 square miles, spanning into both Jones and Onslow Counties. We serve an estimated full-time population of over 9,000 residents, with a seasonal increase to over 14,000 residents, business customers, and visitors. Our adjoining neighbors include Maysville Fire & EMS (North), The Town of Emerald Isle Fire Department (South), Town of Emerald Isle EMS (South), Broad & Gales Creek Fire Department (East), Broad & Gales Creek EMS (East), Town of Swansboro Fire Department (West), and Onslow County Emergency Medical Services (West).

We are proud to be the largest fire department in western Carteret County. Our department is lead by a full-time Chief of Department, a part-time Deputy Chief/Paramedic who manages the EMS Operations, and a full-time Assistant Chief of Operations and Trading who supervises Station 2. In addition to management, our roster is made up of 0ver 50 firefighters, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians. There are 15 full-time employees assigned to one of three shifts. Each shift is comprised of a Captain, Lieutenant, two Firefighter/Paramedics, and one Firefighter/EMT. Part-time Firefighter/EMTs are scheduled daily to supplement staffing levels for each shift.

The Department provides 24-hour emergency service to our residents, businesses, and visitors from two fire stations located in the Town of Cedar Point, NC and Stella, NC.

Please contact us to schedule a station tour or a public education event at our main fire station: (252) 393-8301

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Wishing your members well as you continue to work during these efforts as well as a speedy recovery.
How can I find out condition of property on Bayshore Dr., Cape Carteret? Had to evacuate and need to know when we can get back in?
Thank you for your service. Praying for your safety and your families' safety.
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