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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.
Oak Ridge Fire & Rescue Company, Inc.
8325 Linville Rd.
Oak Ridge, NC 27310
NOTICE OF EMPLOYMENT OPPURTUNITY
Oak Ridge Fire & Rescue Company, Inc. is now accepting applications for the position of:
Applications may be obtained from the department website or picked up at Station #15 located at 8325 Linville Rd. Oak Ridge, NC, Monday through Friday between the hours of
9am and 4 pm.
Completed applications must be returned to Station #15 located at 8325 Linville Rd. Oak Ridge, NC by 5pm October 15, 2014 to be considered in this process.
Incomplete applications will be discarded.
Minimum qualifications for the position of Entry Level Full Time Firefighter are:
- NC Firefighter Level I & II certification
- NC Hazardous Materials Level I certification
- NC EMT Basic certification
- NC Emergency Vehicle Driver certification
- NIMS 700, 100 & 200 course completion
- NC Technical Rescue/VMR certification (within 1 yr. of employment)
- NC Class B Driver’s License (within 90 days of employment
Entry Level Full Time Firefighters will work rotating 24 hour shift including weekends and holidays.
This process is to fill 6 Entry Level Full Time Firefighter positions. The projected starting date is
Jan. 5, 2015.
Starting salary for the position of Entry Level Full Time Firefighter is $30,484.30 annually.
Oak Ridge Fire & Rescue Company, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Kevin Harvick and his family have been displaced for months since a late November fire caused damage to the family's North Carolina home.
But it could have been much, much worse. Smoke detectors and a prompt response from the Oak Ridge Fire Department saved Harvick's house, and the driver showed his appreciation Sunday by hosting five of the firefighters at Martinsville Speedway.
Chief Steve Simmons said the firefighters hoped to use the occasion as an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of smoke detectors.
"If it had not been for that alarm system, it could have very easily have been a total loss, and there could have been a loss of life, also," Simmons told USA TODAY Sports before the race. "The fire was on the lower level of the house, and Kevin and (wife) DeLana and the whole family were up on the upper levels. By the time the fire had escalated, their way out could have been compromised."
The Harvicks had already gone to bed when, in the early morning hours of Nov. 27, they were awoken by the sound of smoke alarms. A call from their alarm monitoring service confirmed there was a problem, though the Harvicks thought it might have been a false alarm.
But when they checked the basement, it was filled with smoke. Firefighters soon arrived and determined there was a fire between the basement ceiling and the floor of the first level fireplace.
"I've seen that on several occasions," Simmons said. "Lots of times in a void space with duct work, it could easily happen. It escalates everything because it's hidden and you're not going to see it until it gets big enough to burn a hole and reveal itself. By then, you have a pretty considerable fire."
Fortunately, Simmons and his crew were able to prevent the fire from being worse. The Harvicks are living with DeLana's mother in nearby Kernersville while repairs are made to their primary residence.
The driver has made no secret of his gratitude. In addition to hosting firefighters at the track, Harvick brought son Keelan by the fire station for a tour this week.
"If it weren't for these guys, I wouldn't have a house," Harvick said in a team statement. "… Chief Simmons and his guys knew exactly what to do and were able to contain a small mess that could have been a very big mess. We're very fortunate."
To see this article on USAToday.com, click here.
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.