Rhodestown Volunteer Fire Department

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Not sure how to make a home escape plan? Check out the helpful information below. If you have any other questions, conce...
06/09/2020

Not sure how to make a home escape plan? Check out the helpful information below. If you have any other questions, concerns or need help conveying the information to your kids please feel free to contact us! We are happy to help!

Have you practiced your escape plan? Do you have a family meeting place?
06/05/2020

Have you practiced your escape plan? Do you have a family meeting place?

05/29/2020

*** Please use caution when turning off of Hwy 258 onto Hwy 111/Catherine lake rd. Water is flooded across the 111 side of the intersection. Cars are turning slow. **

Last night our members were busy training for our upcoming ISO water drill. They practiced setting up a dump tank, filli...
05/27/2020

Last night our members were busy training for our upcoming ISO water drill. They practiced setting up a dump tank, filling it with water, drafting water from
the dump tank and flowing water from a hose line.

05/25/2020
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.
05/22/2020

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

04/28/2020

Please avoid the Catherine Lake Rd. and Union Chaple Church Rd area or use caution . We have Fire and EMS crews working an incident in that area. Expect delays.

We had a very nice young lady stop by the fire station today and thank our volunteers for their dedicated service to the...
04/25/2020

We had a very nice young lady stop by the fire station today and thank our volunteers for their dedicated service to the community. This was a very nice surprise to receive the handwritten card and donuts. Thank you Hope Prejean for the visit. Little things like this makes volunteering for our community worth every minute.

We have another threat of stong to severe weather late tonight into tomorrow, be aware and be safe.
04/19/2020

We have another threat of stong to severe weather late tonight into tomorrow, be aware and be safe.

OLD POST

Severe Weather update, The Storm Prediction Center has issued a level 3/5 (Enhanced Risk) for Brunswick County a level 2/5 risk has been issued from Rockingham-Fayetteville- Wilmington- Jacksonville. Don't worry about the boundaries of the colors and threat areas storms don't follow it exactly. The primary threat timing will be between 3 AM-12 PM Monday, I can't rule out a few stronger storms this evening, but the threat is lower. The main risk is damaging winds, heavy rainfall, large hail, and 1 or 2 tornadoes. No, this event will not be like last Monday; not all systems are the same, and this threat is lower. Cape values will be marginally conducive for severe weather along the southern coast 1,000 J/kg; this is a crucial ingredient. Shear values will be 50-60kts, which is more than enough for Severe Weather. This could be a Potentially dangerous situation for folks that don't have ways to receive warnings. The whole state does not have a severe weather threat; please read

An encouraging trend that I've seen over the past few hours on the latest model guidance is the STP (Significant Tornado Parameter); this takes into account the CAPE, Shear, Lifted Condensation, Storm Relative Helicity, and the amount of Preventative Energy. All of these are "ingredients" you need for Tornadoes. Over the past few hours, the overall trends have been keeping the STP values off the coast for the duration of the event. While the tornado threat was already low, this could make it even lower. Forecasting weather is a science you take the model and knowledge to come up with the best forecast; you would rather be prepared than surprised. The Storm Prediction Center keeps the threat the same for now;

1) Most of today, partly sunny with only a few showers or even storms this afternoon after 3 PM to about 9 PM coverage will b limited.

2) We will see a break in the coverage through the early overnight hours; the best timing to see severe weather is from 3 AM- 12 PM Monday.

3) All threats are on the table, but the main threats are damaging winds and have rainfall. The tornado threat is low, but no zero there's also a threat for large hail.

4) Areas from Raleigh-Greenville-Charlotte will just see heavy rainfall; the severe threat is low to zero.

A QLCS, which is a fancy name for a squiggly line of storms, will have the greatest threat for damaging winds and embedded Tornadoes. The QLCS will then pose a risk of widespread 40-55 mph winds, locally up to 65-75 mph, and 1 or 2 embedded tornadoes.

THREAT AREAS: Charlotte- Fayetteville- New Bern, the threat is 1 or 2 storms may become severe with damaging winds and heavy rainfall.

South of Fayetteville- Lumberton- Wilmington- Jacksonville, there will be a round of storms this afternoon and evening that might have a damaging winds threat and heavy rainfall. The main severe risk will come in between 5 AM-12 PM Monday. Damaging winds will be the main threat with the line, but I can't rule out an isolated tornado, especially as you approach the coast.

Brunswick-Columbus- New Hanover- Pender-Onslow-Carteret County
A few storms will be possible this afternoon and evening with the main threat of damaging winds and heavy rainfall. The main risk for severe weather will be the early morning hours from 5 AM to 12 PM Monday, damaging winds and an isolated tornado or 2. The tornado threat is much lower compared to last Monday, widespread severe weather not expected.

REST OF THE STATE: Will see rounds of rain tonight into Monday, no severe weather threat

TIPS:
Instead of being scared, be prepared! If you are prepared and always have a plan ready to be activated. You will be just fine and don't trust random face bag pages hyping EF5 tornadoes coming. Y'all be smart, be prepared and we will all be okay. Here's a checklist - If you have a smartphone, be sure that WEA ( Wireless Emergency Alerts) are enabled on your phone. There's no app for this, go to your settings and notifications scroll down to the bottom for iPhones: These alert you to Tornado Warnings and Flash Flood Warnings that's it and they're very loud.
-Make sure you have a good backup app, I suggest the Red-cross App or the WRAL Weather App.
-Find your safe place, in homes, small closets, small room, the lowest floor, away from windows and outside walls. Try to be in the center of the house. Have helmets, pillows, and hard shoes In case there's damage.
-Apartments, if you are on a higher floor, be sure you work it out with the residents on the lowest levels of the apartment complex to come to their place during Tornado Warnings. -If you live in a trailer/ mobile home/ manufactured homes. LEAVE, if a warning is issued, these are not safe. -
Please learn how to find yourself on a map, County outlines. -
Make sure you only share and follow trusted sites on social media, if it sounds like it probably is. Especially going around saying catastrophic events coming. Don't follow facebag pages that are all panic and hype, that just share overly dramatic stuff with no details. These are things you should have in the back of your head during every severe weather event.

04/11/2020

We would like to welcome a new member to our fire department family. Caleb and Deanne Altmann had a little girl and named her Kimber Altmann. Congratulations to you both we all can't wait to see her around the fire station.

We would to thank 1st responders for your generosity taking care of our emergency responders. When we receive thoughtful...
04/10/2020

We would to thank 1st responders for your generosity taking care of our emergency responders. When we receive thoughtful donations like this it makes volunteering worth every minute. Thank you again for your kindness.

Please, no outside burning today.
04/03/2020

Please, no outside burning today.

HEADS UP: Increased Fire Danger today for most of the state, the combination of low humidity values and gusty winds (20-30 MPH dry fuels) will allow for elevated fire levels. Due to the gusty winds little precipitation, the Storm Prediction Center has issued an Elevated Fire Risk for a good portion of NC, the hatched area is another area of increased fire risk per the NC Forest Service. Please do NOT BURN anywhere in NC today.

03/31/2020
Danger Rangers: Poison

While the kids are at home now is good time to teach them about the hazards they can find through out the house and shed.

For more fun and games with the Danger Rangers visit: www.dangerrangers.com

03/17/2020
03/14/2020
Richlands Volunteer Fire Department

Please use caution around Richlands this morning.

*****TRAFFIC NOTICE*****

This morning the Town of Richlands is hosting its annual 5k run from around 7am to 10am. During these times portions of the town's roads will be shut down and detoured for the runners safety. Please plan accordingly and be patient with traffic changes this morning.

A photo of the route map will be posted in the comments below shortly.

03/10/2020

Congratulations to Samantha Kusterbeck on completing her probationary book. She is currently in the Coastal Carolina Community College fire academy and also serving her community. Job well done Samantha.

While you’re busy changing your smoke detector batteries here are a few safety tips to read over.
03/08/2020

While you’re busy changing your smoke detector batteries here are a few safety tips to read over.

Tonight we spring forward🌸 Change your clocks and your batteries before bed!
03/07/2020

Tonight we spring forward🌸 Change your clocks and your batteries before bed!

🚨🚨 SPRING FORWARD THIS WEEKEND. THIS IS ALSO THE TIME WE CHANGE OUR BATTERIES IN OUR SMOKE DETECTORS!!!!!!🚨🚨
03/05/2020

🚨🚨 SPRING FORWARD THIS WEEKEND.
THIS IS ALSO THE TIME WE CHANGE OUR BATTERIES IN OUR SMOKE DETECTORS!!!!!!🚨🚨

03/04/2020

Station 13 crews are assisting with an accident on Pony Farm rd. Traffic is reduced to one lane between 258 and Firetower rd. Please use extreme caution as heavy rain is coming down and crews are working in the roadway.

An addition to our training tonight we would like to congratulate Taylor DeLand on her interior check off tonight. Congr...
02/26/2020

An addition to our training tonight we would like to congratulate Taylor DeLand on her interior check off tonight. Congratulations on your hard work.

Another great training night for our members. Always preparing ourselves for any emergency.
02/26/2020

Another great training night for our members. Always preparing ourselves for any emergency.

What better way to give back to your community than joining your local volunteer fire department. Contact your fire depa...
02/24/2020

What better way to give back to your community than joining your local volunteer fire department. Contact your fire department near you to start the process.

In addition to responfing to emergency's members also have to train to always be ready for any type of call. We would li...
02/23/2020

In addition to responfing to emergency's members also have to train to always be ready for any type of call. We would like to congratulate Aaron Kirtley and Terry McKee on boarding out and passing their probationaty packet. Congratulations guys and as always good work.

Check out our own Chief JR Marks making an appearance!
02/20/2020
WCTI NewsChannel 12

Check out our own Chief JR Marks making an appearance!

In the last four years, North Carolina has lost more than 3,000 volunteer firefighters – nearly 1,300 of them in eastern North Carolina.

02/18/2020

Our crews are working a wreck on highway 258 and Rhodestown Fire Department Road. If you are traveling please use caution. We have 2 lanes shut down headed towards Richlands. Please slow down as our crews are out in the road trying to clear the scene.

02/18/2020

Highway 258 is open back up. Thank you for all the help.

02/18/2020

Highway 258 near Kinston Highway is completley shut down while Richlands Fire, Rhodestown Fire, and Back Swamp Fire units try to clear a wreck. Please plan ahead for traffic being routed down Koonce Fork Road. Please slow down as emergency personnel are assisting traffic.

02/13/2020

Station 13 crews responded automatic aid with Backswamp VFD, Richlands VFD, Nine mile VFD, and Fountaintown VFD to a confirmed structure fire on Dails lane off HWY 111. Trucks will be coming off that road to fill up at a hydrant. Please use caution when coming through that area.

02/08/2020
Amarillo Fire Department

Please help us all to stay safe! We know everyone is curious as to what is going on. Please slow down, move over, and pay attention. Sudden stops may occur, and night time/bad weather can make it harder to see. Stay vigilant and stay off your phones please.

Look out for First Responders on the roadway!!!

How to: Include your kids in your family's fire plan
02/03/2020
How to: Include your kids in your family's fire plan

How to: Include your kids in your family's fire plan

It’s been more than a week since an overnight fire at Hinson Arms townhomes destroyed 12 homes, injured one man and took the life of a 9-year-old

On Friday January 30th Rhodestown fire department responded  automatic aid with Richlands Fire department to a house fir...
02/01/2020

On Friday January 30th Rhodestown fire department responded automatic aid with Richlands Fire department to a house fire on Kinston Hwy.

Burning? Keep all burn piles/barrels 50’ from any structure & 20’ from any trees. Visit ncforestservice.org  to obtain b...
01/30/2020

Burning? Keep all burn piles/barrels 50’ from any structure & 20’ from any trees.

Visit ncforestservice.org to obtain burn permits and learn more on burning regulations in our area.

Hinson arm apartment fire. Call came in at 1:15 am. Thanks for the hard work from all fire, law and medic units that wer...
01/24/2020

Hinson arm apartment fire. Call came in at 1:15 am. Thanks for the hard work from all fire, law and medic units that were called out.

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116 Rhodestown Fire Dept Rd
Jacksonville, NC
28540

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(910) 324-5327

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