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History of Calabash Fire Department

Calabash Fire Department is located in Brunswick County, North Carolina which is along the east coast. The Calabash Fire District consists of the towns of Calabash and Carolina Shores and a rural portion of Brunswick County that is unincorporated into any town but does include housing developments. The total Fire District encompasses 29.7 square miles. Due to the proximity of many beaches and golf courses during spring and summer golf seasons, the population increases significantly from the normal 12500 residents to almost double that.  

The Calabash Volunteer Fire Department was originally chartered in November 1973. The merchants of Calabash donated a substantial amount of the funds needed to operate. Funds were raised through individual donations; fish fries, barbeques, oyster roasts, and turkey shoots. Our original firefighting equipment consisted of a 1974 Ford, John Bean 750 gallon pumper, a 2.5 ton GMC Army type 1000 gallon tanker, and a half-ton truck for brush and woods fires. In 1976 the fire department received a loan through the FHA in the amount of $82,000 to purchase land [one acre], to build a new fire station {Sta. # 1} and to pay off the 1974 truck. Prior to this time the department operated from other temporary locations. During the period of 1973 - 1975 the fire department operated strictly from donations and fund raising events with the help of the volunteer firemen and the ladies auxiliary.

Most of our working capital now is received through fire fees paid by property owners in our Fire District. Our second station, primarily manned by volunteers, came on line in 2004 to help serve the territory that was previously an unprotected section of the county. Today we are a combination department with three 24hr shifts consisting of an officer and three firefighter/EMT.

Personnel Update

July 2000
    First career firefighters hired. Coverage with one firefighter 7 days per week 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

September 2001
    Second career firefighter hired, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

November 2001
    Increased career firefighters to 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. One firefighter per shift. Continued with second
    firefighter, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

January 2004
    Added one Officer and 3 FF / EMT per shift.

December 2014 

Received a Safer Grant for part time firefighter program


Apparatus Updates

December 1999
1998 E-One 75 foot Quint placed in service

February 2000
1999 Spartan Salisbury Rescue Pumper placed in service

January 2004
2004 Fout's Brothers 3300 gallon Tanker on Kenworth Chassis placed in service


Other Milestones 

April 2002
Response Rating System (ISO) - Evaluation completed. Rating in hydrant area improved from a 7 to a 5.

August 2009
    ISO rating of 4 in towns of Calabash and Carolina Shores and 5/9E in the Calabash Rural Fire District.
Emergency call volume
Increased annually from 127 calls in 1997 to 572 calls in 2003. For 2005, the call volume was 1058. For 2010, the call volume was 1300. For 2013, the call volume was 1539. 
January 4, 2013

Ground breaking of new Fire Station

November 1, 2014

Moved in to our new state of the art Fire Station at 892 Persimmon Rd.

April 26, 2014

Community wide open house to dedicate our Fire Station TO THE MEMBERS, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE


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Calabash Fire Department Station 12-1| 892 Persimmon Road
Calabash, NC 28467
Tel. 910.579.2355
Station 12-2| 8995 N0. 5 School House Rd
adjacent to Brunswick Plantation
Tel. 910.287.5762
EMERGENCY:DIAL 911
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