Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department

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Electrical fire leaves 6 without home
01/27/2020
Electrical fire leaves 6 without home

Electrical fire leaves 6 without home

A Jacksonville fire has left six people without a home. Officials say they received a call about a fire at the Hampton Court home at 8:40 a. m. on Monday, and no one was home at the time of the fire. Units from Pumpkin Center, Piney Green, Hubert, Half Moon and Jacksonville responded to the fire, wh...

As 2019 comes to an end and 2020 opens a door to new opportunities..may we remind you to stay safe and please don’t drin...
01/01/2020

As 2019 comes to an end and 2020 opens a door to new opportunities..may we remind you to stay safe and please don’t drink and drive. A message from Erick Ponce de Leon and your firehouse family here at Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department.

Erick Ponce de Leon has a friendly reminder with fire safety tips for this Halloween. Have a safe evening, trick or trea...
10/31/2019

Erick Ponce de Leon has a friendly reminder with fire safety tips for this Halloween. Have a safe evening, trick or treat! 🎃

09/15/2019
North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation

North Carolina Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Today we honor Pumpkin Center firefighter Henry E. Perry who died September 14, 1997. Firefighter Perry went into cardiac arrest at the scene of a structure fire. He was climbing on top of a fire truck when he fell. The pump operator noticed him falling, but had no time to react. Firefighter Perry died as a result of injuries received.

09/04/2019

Good evening everyone:

Unfortunately hurricane season is back in full force this year. We would like to remind everyone to stay strong and to be as prepared as possible for potential impacts from incoming storms. We encourage everyone to stock up on water, non-perishable goods, easily accessible batteries & flashlights, and a battery powered radio to listen to incoming news being reported for updates on the hurricanes current path. As we pray this storm does not cause the devastation that our homes and loved ones encountered this time last year, we would like to remind everyone that we will make it through as we did last year and every year before that. Remember to protect yourselves and families. Our department along with many others around us will all be working together to assist and help in any way we can. Our community helped in tremendous ways during Florence with sharing helpful information during and after the storm. With that said, we would be grateful for that to come during Dorian. Please feel free to send us a message and we will answer as soon as possible. Stay safe and we appreciate your support.

06/26/2019

During the last couple of days, Pumpkin Center has had a couple of significant woods fire in our district. On Saturday, we had one at the intersection of Morton Rd. and Kellum Loop Rd., and today we had one at near Kellum Loop and New Bern Hwy. near the Travel Inn motel.

At this time both fires are contained, we have wet down the areas with numerous gallons of water. NC Forestery Service have got lines plowed around the burned area. All Fires are contained within the plowed areas.

Both ares will be producing smoke throughout tonight and you may experience smokey areas tonight and in the morning due to these fires. We want to assure our community that NC Forestry and Pumpkin Center Fire are on top of this and monitoring it on a regular basis.

As always if you have concerns, or you feel uncomforable in these areas, feel free to call 911 and report it and we will be out checking on it to make sure everything is alright.

Jeremy Foster
Chief

Onslow County better prepared to handle water rescues thanks to grant
05/10/2019
Onslow County better prepared to handle water rescues thanks to grant

Onslow County better prepared to handle water rescues thanks to grant

Imagine another storm like Hurricane Florence. Now imagine you and your family trapped inside your home as floodwaters rise. If you're ever in a situation like that, you'll quickly realize there's no way out. But one law enforcement agency in Eastern North Carolina was just given the means to help i...

Grant given to OCSO, PCVFD will help 'save lives'
05/10/2019
Grant given to OCSO, PCVFD will help 'save lives'

Grant given to OCSO, PCVFD will help 'save lives'

Firehouse Subs awarded more than $20,000 in grants to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office and the Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department through

03/11/2019

As many of you ride by our Fire Station, you may see our flag flying HALF STAFF. Pumpkin Center will be lowering our flag to HONOR Chief Adam Snyder of Atlantic Beach Fire Department one of our brothers and a dear friend of many members of our Department.

Please keep his family and his Fire family in your prayers

Jeremy Foster
Chief

03/11/2019

As many of you ride by our Fire Station, you may see our flag flying HALF STAFF. Pumpkin Center will be lowering our flag to HONOR Chief Adam Snyder of Atlantic Beach Fire Department one of our brothers and a dear friend of many members of our Department.

Please keep his family and his Fire family in your prayers

Jeremy Foster
Chief

Tomorrow evening is it ladies and gentlemen! This rollercoaster year is officially coming to a close, which means many o...
12/31/2018

Tomorrow evening is it ladies and gentlemen! This rollercoaster year is officially coming to a close, which means many of us will be enjoying ourselves bringing in the New Year and all it has in store. With that said, drinking and driving rises and Pumpkin Center VFD asks that instead, you call a friend. Drinking, bonfires, fireworks and so on should be used with caution to not only protect yourself but loved ones as well. Accidents happen fast and without warning and to start the New Year off correctly, we hope everyone stays safe. Thank you for changing lives this year Pumpkin Center, here’s to another year!

17 december 2018, Pumpkin Center VFD hosted their annual christmas party for the first time at the station catered by a ...
12/31/2018

17 december 2018, Pumpkin Center VFD hosted their annual christmas party for the first time at the station catered by a great group of people. Firefighters were able to enjoy a peaceful yet delicious dinner with loved ones. Of course annual awards were presented and a special congratulations to each of the following members who have put in countless hours, training and missed meals to assist those in our community when they need it the most.

Rookie of the year - Joseph Williams Jr.
Firefighter of the year - Luis Ortez
Officer of the year - Ron Fritter Jr
Chief's award - Chuck Jefferson

On the behalf of myself and the department, we would like to give another special thank you to Kaylyn Herron for not only her time, but expertise in taking photos for the department throughout the year on countless events. All members with Pumpkin Center VFD put in hours upon hours of training to not only better themselves but the department as well. This year the department has seen change and are only molding to become better for those around them. Thank you to all the volunteers and emergency responders for being apart of another great year.

Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department
11/14/2018

Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department

Structure fire, Tanker 1207 on scene tasked with primary attack.
11/14/2018

Structure fire, Tanker 1207 on scene tasked with primary attack.

10th annual Fire Prevention Week kicks off with agencies all over the county hosted by Onslow County Emergency Services....
10/08/2018

10th annual Fire Prevention Week kicks off with agencies all over the county hosted by Onslow County Emergency Services. Doesn’t hurt to add a little fun to the teachable moments in life. Also, safe to say all agencies had a great time interacting with the public. Pumpkin Center VFD was able to share how to properly use airbags off of Rescue 1211.

On September 13th, Hurricane Florence hit the east coast with force that lingered and in its wake, left devastation amon...
10/07/2018

On September 13th, Hurricane Florence hit the east coast with force that lingered and in its wake, left devastation amongst several counties, small towns and numerous families have been displaced. Nobody can prevent natural disasters however, we can come together as a unit and rebuild as a whole in the aftermath. Pumpkin Center VFD was one of several departments that partook in assisting Onslow County in rebuilding and give back to those who had experienced a life changing tragedy. Thank you to the men and women from all over that were away from their families to help others in this difficult time.

Onslow County Emergency Services "Official"
10/07/2018

Onslow County Emergency Services "Official"

A very special THANK YOU to all the agencies who helped put on a successful 10th annual Fire Prevention Week Kick Off!

If you or someone you know missed today's event, you can still request a station tour, engine visit, or speaker for your group.. simply click on the link below for details!

http://www.onslowcountync.gov/819/Fire-Safety

09/24/2018

As we recover from Hurricane Florence, and we have had our power restored, Pumpkin Center Vol. Fire Department would like to send out a message. If you have received water damage from flooding, leaking roofs, ceilings, to light fixtures, electrical receptacles, bathroom fans etc., please do not use these electrical components in your house, turn the breakers off to the affected area and have a electrician come out and inspect the electrical issue before putting back in use.

If you have any questions or want our organization to come out and look at situation that you might not be sure of, just make contact with us and we can do what we can do to assist you.

Thanks,
Jeremy Foster
Fire Chief

White Oak High School
09/22/2018

White Oak High School

WOHS is an emergency triage center. The school & surrounding area is currently an island, according to reports... bridges currently impassible with several feet of flowing water @ Piney G & Lynchburg (near BoJangles); Hwy 17 & North Creek (near Coastal Containers); Piney G & Toni (near the VFW); Waters Rd (near the horse farm); @ Webb Apt. Very thankful for the emergency workers from Pumpkin Center FD, the swift boat rescue crew from Indiana (?), Onslow Sheriff’s Office, Onslow EOC, EMTs... all a super professional crew. Limit their business today by staying off of the roads.

09/09/2018

While all our eyes are on Florence, Pumpkin Center would like to remind everyone to start preparing for this storm TODAY. We will stay tuned to forecast and info delivered to us very closely, but wants everyone to start thinking and preparing for this storm.

As we prepare, if there is anything we can assist with feel free to contact us.

This month a group of hardworking, selfless firefighters graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College’s Fire Academ...
06/25/2018

This month a group of hardworking, selfless firefighters graduated from Coastal Carolina Community College’s Fire Academy, 2 of which are fellow brothers from Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department. Congratulations to the entire class for their countless hours of training, hard work and dedication along with our guys Jeremy Powell and Ricky Cooper. You both accomplished another stepping stone and your brothers behind y’all couldn’t be more proud.

Piney Green Volunteer Fire Department
06/19/2018

Piney Green Volunteer Fire Department

Good reminder for this time of year.

On 9 June 2018, Maysville Fire Department hosted a live burn training and invited the following Volunteer Fire Departmen...
06/19/2018

On 9 June 2018, Maysville Fire Department hosted a live burn training and invited the following Volunteer Fire Departments for the experience; Belgrade, Loco, Pumpkin Center and Swansboro Rescue. These live burns present fire conditions that guys in the fire service have the chance to face everyday at the drop of a tone. Three gentlemen in particular deserve a huge thank you for doing what they do and passing on knowledge for the rest of us to build from in our futures; Chief Jeremy Foster of Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department, Chief Shaun Hayes and Captain Ron Jackson of Jacksonville Fire Department.

On behalf of Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department, we would like to thank Maysville Volunteer Fire Department for allowing our guys to participate and gain the experience as well as use our training at its’ fullest capacity. Swansboro Rescue and those who helped prep, clean and made this training even possible, thank you for what you do each and everyday for ensuring everyone went home safe.

Officials urge safety over holiday weekend
05/25/2018
Officials urge safety over holiday weekend

Officials urge safety over holiday weekend

Memorial Day weekend often brings the first of many summer plans to people’s minds – but safety shouldn’t be left by the wayside in

Instructed by Captain Nick Stevens, assisted by Captain Ron Fritter Jr, Lieutenant Jared Johnson and Interior Firefighte...
05/25/2018

Instructed by Captain Nick Stevens, assisted by Captain Ron Fritter Jr, Lieutenant Jared Johnson and Interior Firefighter Joseph Williams Jr.

Instructed by Captain Nick Stevens, assisted by Captain Ron Fritter Jr, Lieutenant Jared Johnson and Interior Firefighter Joseph Williams Jr.

"We don't rise to the occasion, we fall to the level of our training". ~UnknownMonday night trainings at Pumpkin Center ...
05/25/2018

"We don't rise to the occasion, we fall to the level of our training". ~Unknown

Monday night trainings at Pumpkin Center VFD provide hours of hard work, sweat and dedication to be able to provide a great service to our community. This week we pushed each other to our fullest potential during an extensive Mayday course instructed by Captain Nick Stevens and assisted by Captain Ron Fritter Jr, Lieutenant Jared Johnson and Interior Firefighter Joseph Williams Jr. Passionate leaders create even better firefighters.

Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department
05/13/2018

Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department

Every class taken is another step to improving our skills and knowledge to help our community. Chief Jeremy Foster of Pu...
05/13/2018

Every class taken is another step to improving our skills and knowledge to help our community. Chief Jeremy Foster of Pumpkin Center VFD kicked off the weekend with a Victim Management class hosted at Backswamp VFD. Thank you to those who attended, hosted and Chief Foster for teaching a class that will benefit us to better help you.

Photo credit - Matthew Wheeler
Attendants from PCVFD - Matthew Wheeler, Walter Parker, Erika McCormack, Luis Ortez, Rusty Smith

Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department
03/23/2018

Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department

Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department's cover photo
03/22/2018

Pumpkin Center Volunteer Fire Department's cover photo

“The tones drop & he knew he had to go, he signed onto this job to help the ones in need, every time he ran into that fi...
03/22/2018

“The tones drop & he knew he had to go, he signed onto this job to help the ones in need, every time he ran into that fire, he knew he might not leave..”
prayers being sent to York, PA for the firefighters involved in the building collapse. While there is weakness there, we will be your strength from here. 🔥

NC OSFM
03/07/2018

NC OSFM

Daylight saving time is coming up this weekend which means it's time to spring forward one hour! It's also a great time to take a couple minutes to change the batteries in your smoke alarms, or to test them to make sure they function properly.

02/12/2018

Interested in helping your community in time of need, pushing yourself to find out what you’re made of and people who become family? Come to Pumpkin Center tonight 7p-10p for our weekly training to see what we’re all about, I can promise you won’t be disappointed.

Saturday morning Vehicle Stabilization and Extrication training. Lead instructor was Captain Nick Stevens and assisted b...
02/12/2018

Saturday morning Vehicle Stabilization and Extrication training. Lead instructor was Captain Nick Stevens and assisted by Lieutenant Don Dehagara and Lieutenant Jared Johnson. Firefighters performing the extrication were Luis Ortez, Rusty Smith, Tyler Jarrett, Michael Dunn and Jaclyn Moore. The heart and dedication our officers give to our trainings is not only appreciated but admirable as well. We thank you.

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Today we honor Pumpkin Center firefighter Henry E. Perry who died September 14, 1997. Firefighter Perry went into cardiac arrest at the scene of a structure fire. He was climbing on top of a fire truck when he fell. The pump operator noticed him falling, but had no time to react. Firefighter Perry died as a result of injuries received.
OK! how do I get hold of you ? I tryed to call.. I resentaly sent a letter to you at the fire station . I received a letter from national Fire fighters to donate to Houston ,Tx. I don't want to send there,,, I want to send to you, localey.... like I have in the past. we need to support you fellows here ....Gloria Kusy
Pumpkin Center VFD would like to thank Steel&Oak for the generous donation to the department.
Pumpkin Center is pleased to announce that we were able to award 3 students an education scholarship. Congratulations to Nicole Skeen, Bethany Davis, and Cam Jefferson. We are dedicated to education and are proud to be able to assist these young adults. This is the 1st year that Pumpkin Center has given this type of award.
Near Gum Branch and Ramsey Rd. Not the way to start off the weekend. Half Moon VFD, Pumpkin Center VFD, Richlands VFD, Piney Green VFD, Onslow County EMS, OCSD, NCSHP, AirLink, & East Care all working together to obtain the best possible outcome
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Thank you so much for your help today! Your professionalism, dedication, thoughtfulness and compassion did not go unnoticed. Thank you!!!
TIMS class is Tuesday Sept 17. Class starts at 5. At the EOC
2018 Santa delivery
On December, 6, 2018 at approximately 1900, members of the Half Moon Volunteer Fire Department were responding to an emergency. while I was traveling on Gum Branch, towards Richlands, one of the fire departments volunteers nearly ran me off the road. i tried to pull over to give the driver room, as I did this, the driver never slowed down and repeatedly flashed his high beams. The driver then took to the center turn lane and proceeded to pass the vehicles in front of me and me at a high rate of speed. Yes, the vehicle did have its red warning lights on however, it is my understanding, volunteer firefighters must still obey all traffic laws while traveling in their personal vehicles to either the fire house or the actual location of the emergency. After speaking to two senior members of the Half Moon Fire Department, who were very courteous and professional, I learned this. 1. The driver of the vehicle that nearly ran me off the road had prior complaints for the same reason and has been counseled on his driving behavior in the past. 2. Tonight he had his girlfriend in his personal vehicle while responding to an emergency, which is a complete violation of department policy. The goal of this letter is to inform senior members and training officers of all volunteer fire departments, in Onslow County, that not only should there be training on fire fighting tactics and the use of equipment but to discuss and educate members of the department how to safely respond to emergencies while in their personal vehicles. I have attached a link that discusses "Best practices to minimize injuries and deaths while responding in Personal Owned Vehicles to emergency incidents." https://www.nvfc.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/POV-Best-Practices-to-Minimize-Injuries-and-Deaths.pdfOn
Hey I think you guys lost one of your members. I found this poor guy wondering the streets of Philly celebrating the Marine Corp Birthday! Miss all of you and hope you all stay safe and know your always in my thoughts!
Are you going to have a Haunted Trail this year?