The Fayetteville Fire Department (FFD) is a diverse organization that offers a wide range of services to the community served. The department’s primary function is to provide fire protection to the citizens of the City of Fayetteville (COF). This is accomplished with a staff of over three hundred personnel, seventeen fire stations, and a vehicle fleet that is equipped with a large cadre of specialized equipment including hazardous materials and urban search and rescue (USAR). Personnel train on a daily basis to ensure that adequate skill levels are maintained to effectively carry out the duties that pertain to response requirements. Training allows the personnel of the department to maintain an elevated level of safety and awareness that protects not only the public, but also the firefighters.
Although, fire protection is the department’s primary function, it only accounts for a small percentage of the call volume that the department experiences on an annual basis. The need for the first responder program was developed out of an increasing demand for emergency medical services (EMS). Approximately seventy two percent (72%) of the department’s annual call volume is medically related. The department provides the equipment, personnel, and training to adequately provide first responder services to the public. Every firefighter of the department is required to maintain an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Level Certification with the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS). The EMT certification allows the firefighters to provide care to patients with respiratory, cardiac, traumatic, and many other medical conditions. The department program serves as a supplement to that of the advance life support service provided by Cumberland County Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS).