Wilmington, NC Fire Department

Wilmington, NC Fire Department The Wilmington Fire Department is an internationally accredited department that provides fire suppression and first response emergency medical services (EMS) in the City of Wilmington.

Our mission is to protect, serve and educate for the safest community.

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What a magnificent sight this morning at @capefearcc training grounds! 🌈🌈Today, our firefighters are out there participa...
11/09/2020

What a magnificent sight this morning at @capefearcc training grounds! 🌈🌈Today, our firefighters are out there participating in the JPAT, which is a standardized fitness test to gauge job performance.
#doublerainbow #rainbow #cfcc #trainingground #training #firefighter #jpat #fitnesstest #firefighterfitness

11/09/2020

#MINDFULMONDAY: Today marks the beginning of #TrafficIncidentResponseAwarenessWeek. It's a long name but the message is clear:
⚠️Slow Down.
⚠️Move Over.
⚠️Help keep our #firstresponders safe.
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#ItsNoPicnic #KeepEmSafe #SlowDown #MoveOver

COME SEE US: We’re out at Smart Start of New Hanover County Drive By Family Day! Engine 7 has family activity packs and ...
11/07/2020

COME SEE US: We’re out at Smart Start of New Hanover County Drive By Family Day! Engine 7 has family activity packs and helmets and we’ll be here til noon! 🚒❤️

Check out this awesome info about the history of WFD! Thanks New Hanover County Public Library for sharing. 😊
11/05/2020

Check out this awesome info about the history of WFD! Thanks New Hanover County Public Library for sharing. 😊

Throwback Thursday 11-05-2020: Wilmington Steam Fire Engine Company, No. 1

Today's Throwback Thursday was written by Joseph Sheppard

The Wilmington Steam Fire Engine Company, No. 1., incorporated on 8 March 1869 by an act from the General Assembly of North Carolina. Generally, a 38-40 private team member men’s company, the constitution and by-laws were amended and adopted Tuesday 2 November 1880 and presented the next day at a meeting held at the company’s headquarters, presently 316 Princess Street (City of Wilmington Clerk of Courts.)

The 1880 by-laws, a copy of which is in the Local History Room at New Hanover County Public Library, explain the duties expected of the officers of the company, elections, and order of business. They provide a description of the company uniform (Article VI); a fireman’s cap or hat, with such designs as shall be from time to time determined by the company. A double breasted gray, all wool shirt, shade to be observed with red cuffs and red collar, and figure “No. 1,” in red, in the center of the shirt. A black leather belt, tipped with red, the figure “No. 1,” in white, on bed of red, in front, and with the initials “W. S. F. E. Co.,” composed of white letters, on bed of red, behind. The pants in black.

The company’s constitution also includes rules of conduct, for instance, “no member during a meeting may speak more than twice upon the same subject (Article X, Sec. 7),” $1 fines for nonattendance at fires and parades (Article II, Sec. 2), the foreman had the power to order a parade whenever he deemed it (Article V, Sec. 1), and charges would be lain against a member for any bad behaviour “unbecoming a gentleman (Article III).”

The horse drawn steam fire engine “Little Giant,” carried approximately 950 feet of hose, a stream through an inch nozzle could throw water a distance of 155 feet, under a stream pressure of 100 pounds and H2O pressure of 220 pounds as reported in a Wilmington Star newspaper story (15 April 1882).

The Wilmington Steam Fire Engine Company, No. 1., for 28 years fought town fires and held many charity bazaars before consolidating with the City of Wilmington Fire Department in 1897.
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Charter: Constitution and by-laws of the Wilmington Steam Fire Engine Company, No. 1. Adopted Nov. 2, 1880. Manuscripts MSS 180. North Carolina Room, New Hanover County Public Library.

Wilmington Fire Department. Bill Reaves Collection subjects document box. Local History Room, New Hanover County Public Library.

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#THROWBACKTHURSDAY: Okay, so obviously these old WFD firefighters were way ahead of their time and their #NoShaveNovembe...
11/05/2020

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY: Okay, so obviously these old WFD firefighters were way ahead of their time and their #NoShaveNovember game is on point. Who else is participating this month? Let's see those mustaches!
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#MustacheGameOnPoint
#WeMustacheYouAQuestion
#CanWeSeeYourMustache

Today, these brave young men were heroes. They were at home with their siblings when they noticed the house next door an...
11/04/2020

Today, these brave young men were heroes. They were at home with their siblings when they noticed the house next door and some of the surrounding trees were on fire. Alijauan, who is only 10, quickly dialed 911 and told the operator what was wrong. When asked how he felt after calling he said, “I felt better cause they were coming to help”. There were no injuries and the fire has been ruled accidental due to electrical malfunction.

#TIMETOREMEMBER: On this day in 2014, WFD lost a loved member of our family, Captain Eric Lacewell. He served the city f...
11/04/2020

#TIMETOREMEMBER: On this day in 2014, WFD lost a loved member of our family, Captain Eric Lacewell. He served the city for 24 years before collapsing on duty at Station 10 on March 31, 2011. Captain Lacewell was taken to the hospital where it was determined he was paralyzed. He succumbed to complications from the paralysis a few years later.
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#LODD #FallenFirefighter #WFD

CO AWARENESS MONTH: Carbon monoxide is known as the #SilentKiller because you can't see 👀, smell 👃or taste 👅it.➡️Know th...
11/03/2020

CO AWARENESS MONTH: Carbon monoxide is known as the #SilentKiller because you can't see 👀, smell 👃or taste 👅it.

➡️Know the 6 signs of CO poisoning: headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse & loss of consciousness.
➡️Install a #COalarm in the home to alert you if CO is present.

Brrr! Remember these #safetytips as we start heating our 🏠s:1️⃣ When first turning your #heat on, you may smell a faint ...
11/03/2020

Brrr! Remember these #safetytips as we start heating our 🏠s:
1️⃣ When first turning your #heat on, you may smell a faint smoke odor. That's likely dust/debris burning off.
2️⃣ When using a #spaceheater, ensure it's #3feetaway from anything that can burn.
3️⃣ Never use an oven to heat your home.

Even though we are physically separated due to #socialdistancing and #COVID19, we're still finding ways to teach #firesa...
11/02/2020

Even though we are physically separated due to #socialdistancing and #COVID19, we're still finding ways to teach #firesafety! You can find the fun fire safety videos that these cute kiddos from Cadence Academy Preschool, Wilmington are watching here --> https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1295095854156578

Happy #MotivationMonday!
11/02/2020

Happy #MotivationMonday!

IT'S THAT TIME: Time to move your 🕔 back an hour and change the 🔋 in your #smokealarm. It could save your life! .#SmokeA...
11/01/2020

IT'S THAT TIME: Time to move your 🕔 back an hour and change the 🔋 in your #smokealarm. It could save your life!
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#SmokeAlarmsSaveLives #FallBack
#TimeChange #WilmingtonNC

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 🎃 We hope that you have a fun and safe evening full of lots of treats 🍬 and little to no tricks! If you...
10/31/2020

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! 🎃 We hope that you have a fun and safe evening full of lots of treats 🍬 and little to no tricks! If you have time, don't forget to stop by any of our 9 @CityofWilm Fire Stations 🚒 between 5:30 & 8:00 for some goodies!
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#Halloween #WilmingtonNC #TrickOrTreat #SafetySaturday

Even this fire hydrant dressed up for #Halloween! What are you dressing up as this year?
10/30/2020

Even this fire hydrant dressed up for #Halloween! What are you dressing up as this year?

10/30/2020
Mel Robbins

Such talent! 🤩 Obviously our favorite letter is F for Firefighter - “fight fires in red trucks!” What’s yours?

The #YouCanBeABCs with Sam is the pick me up that we could all use right now ❤️ @rsamuelw3

WFD's HazMat Team was awarded another four year contract by NC Emergency Management. The program was created in 1995 & i...
10/29/2020

WFD's HazMat Team was awarded another four year contract by NC Emergency Management. The program was created in 1995 & is comprised of seven Regional Response Teams throughout NC. We're proud to be one of the four founding departments & look forward to continuing to provide state-of-the-art services to our citizens.

More than 1,600 pedestrians are injured or killed by cars every year in NC. Most occur in the PM. This #Halloween, kids ...
10/29/2020

More than 1,600 pedestrians are injured or killed by cars every year in NC. Most occur in the PM. This #Halloween, kids will be walking on streets & in neighborhoods while it's dark. Here are some tips to help you stay safe.
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#WatchForMeNC #WilmingtonNC

10/28/2020

WFD doesn’t only respond to fires. All of our staff are also EMTs which means if there’s a serious medical emergency, we’re on our way to help. Today, staff are training to keep our skills sharp in the event of a airway emergency.

#TUESDAYTREAT: How cute are these little guys?! We miss when people used to be able to come visit us at the fire station...
10/27/2020

#TUESDAYTREAT: How cute are these little guys?! We miss when people used to be able to come visit us at the fire stations. For now, we’ll just use this #throwback for our #GoodNewsTues 😍

YUM 🤤: Today for lunch, the crew at HQ made a big pot of #chickenandpastry. It was so good. What’s your secret ingredien...
10/26/2020

YUM 🤤: Today for lunch, the crew at HQ made a big pot of #chickenandpastry. It was so good. What’s your secret ingredient to make your batch special?

GET THE FACTS: We're fortunate to have a wealth of beautiful historic homes in our community. But that can come at a cos...
10/26/2020

GET THE FACTS: We're fortunate to have a wealth of beautiful historic homes in our community. But that can come at a cost. This is National #LeadPoisoningPreventionWeek. Learn more about #LeadPoisoning and how to prevent it.
#TheMoreYouKnow #LeadFreeKids #NLPPW2020
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#TIMETOREMEMBER: On October 25, 1941, Lt Emmitt Williamson returned to Station 4 after a call when he stepped off the tr...
10/25/2020

#TIMETOREMEMBER: On October 25, 1941, Lt Emmitt Williamson returned to Station 4 after a call when he stepped off the truck & collapsed to the floor, suffering a fatal heart attack. He served WFD for more than 20 years & is buried at Bellevue Cemetery. #LODD #FallenFirefighter

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear." - Frank...
10/24/2020

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
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#Firefighter #Motivation

10/23/2020

Hey Off-Campus UNCW Seahawks! Check out this short video for tips that could save your life. #IfYoureGonnaPartyHard #PartySafe

CALLING ALL DIYers: We love the enthusiasm and creativity you bring to our community! But please, do NOT try this new #D...
10/22/2020
Widow of Milton man warns of “wood fracking” dangers

CALLING ALL DIYers: We love the enthusiasm and creativity you bring to our community! But please, do NOT try this new #DIY trend at home. Fractal burning looks super cool and easy enough, but is VERY dangerous. Across the US, families are finding that out the hard way, by losing a loved one. ---> https://www.nbc15.com/2020/07/03/widow-of-milton-man-warns-of-wood-fracking-dangers/
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A woman in Rock County is grieving the sudden loss of her husband after he was electrocuted while working in his garage.

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY 📸: 1988. It's been 32 years but some things haven't changed. We still test our hose for leaks/damage ...
10/22/2020

#THROWBACKTHURSDAY 📸: 1988. It's been 32 years but some things haven't changed. We still test our hose for leaks/damage and we still roll them back up after to make sure they are ready to go at a moments notice. It's imperative that we have access to water so we can fight fire.

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Here's some #WednesdayWisdom: Don't be this guy. Just don't.
10/21/2020

Here's some #WednesdayWisdom: Don't be this guy. Just don't.

HEADS UP: On Wednesday, October 21st, at noon you may hear a siren near UNCW campus. No need for alarm. It's just a test...
10/20/2020

HEADS UP: On Wednesday, October 21st, at noon you may hear a siren near UNCW campus. No need for alarm. It's just a test! #WilmingtonNC

We apologize for the interruption tomorrow, October 21, but we appreciate your patience as we test the UNCW Alert system to remind students and employees what our emergency sirens sound like, should they ever hear them during an actual emergency. Thank you, neighbors, for understanding!

https://uncw.edu/news/2020/10/uncw-alert-system-test-scheduled-for-oct.-21.html

Getting some training in this morning! Firefighters use saws for several purposes including ventilating a roof when ther...
10/20/2020

Getting some training in this morning! Firefighters use saws for several purposes including ventilating a roof when there’s a fire. The hole allows the heat and smoke to escape, leaving the conditions in the building easier to navigate, search for possible victims, and fight the fire inside.

This morning crews at Headquarters gave a station tour and answered questions from our friends at Special Olympics NHC! ...
10/19/2020

This morning crews at Headquarters gave a station tour and answered questions from our friends at Special Olympics NHC! What a fun way to spend time with our friends while the fire station is still closed to the public. 🙂

We know it’s fun to grill out, but know the rules so you don’t start a 🔥. ❌There is NO grilling allowed on apartment bal...
10/19/2020
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We know it’s fun to grill out, but know the rules so you don’t start a 🔥.
❌There is NO grilling allowed on apartment balconies.
✅Use community grilling areas when provided & if you live on the 1st floor, fire code requires the grill to be at least 10 ft from the building.

Truck 8 looking out for neighbors in need. When they saw a young woman struggling to change her tire, they stopped to le...
10/17/2020

Truck 8 looking out for neighbors in need. When they saw a young woman struggling to change her tire, they stopped to lend a hand. #wilmingtonnc #FirefightersNeverGetTired

10/15/2020
PreK Fire Safety - Station Visit

PARENTS AND TEACHERS: Here is an awesome free video we created to teach fire safety for PreK and Kindergarteners! Even though we still aren't doing in-person classroom visits, we want to make sure we can still help teach you about fire safety. Lessons include: Firefighters Are Our Friends, Get Low and Go/Crawl Low Under Smoke, and What's Hot and Not! Let us know if you use! :)

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