Located in beautiful Oak Ridge, North Carolina, the Oak Ridge Fire Department has nine full-time employees and twenty volunteer firefighters. Because Oak Ridge provides service to more than 4000 residents over approximately 15 square miles, we have two full service stations. We are an ISO rated department with a rating of "6", and we are always looking for a "few good men and women" to volunteer to help us help your neighbors.
Contact the Oak Ridge Fire Department at 336-643-3783 if you are interested in volunteering.
ORFD Mission Statement
To minimize the loss of life and property resulting from fire, medical emergencies and other disasters through prevention, education, fire suppression, emergency medical service and emergency preparedness. This will be accomplished in the most cost effective manner with maximum utilization of all available resources, never sacrificing the safety of our members.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner which means it will be time to cook the turkey. The Oak Ridge Fire Department reminds you to be extremely careful if you make the decision to cook your turkey in a deep fryer. The National Fire Protection Association urges consumers to avoid using deep fryers at Thanksgiving because of the danger this represents. The NFPA continues to believe that turkey fryers that use cooking oil, as currently designed, are not suitable for safe use by even a well-informed and careful consumer. These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. In addition, the burners that heat the oil can ignite spilled oil. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments, such as grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants, for the preparation of the dish, or consider a new type of "oil-less" turkey fryer. Please watch the video to see how dangerous these fryers can be.
The Oak Ridge Fire Department responded with 8 additional fire departments on December 22, 2012 for a reported structure fire at the Gideon Grove United Methodist Church. First on scene units reported heavy fire and smoke conditions with fire showing through the roof. Over 75 firefighters battled the fire until the early hours of Sunday morning, when the fire was extinguished.