DEDICATED TO SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
The Cumberland County Fire Chiefs Association provides our citizens unsurpassed life and property protection by promoting excellence in Fire-Rescue-Dispatch and EMS leadership, shared training and education opportunities, cooperative interoperability and joint economic ventures with the goal of enhancing fire and rescue capabilities and professionalism through efficient fire administration.
The Cumberland County Fire Chiefs Association is the recognized emergency service leader for the Cumberland County Fire Service.
The Cumberland County Fire Chief’s Association was formed in the early 1960’s and consisted mainly of county fire departments. As time passed, the towns of Hope Mills and Spring Lake, as well as other newly chartered county departments joined the Association. The City of Fayetteville Fire Department became members in 1989 and Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base Fire Department followed in 1993. The Association’s intent is mutual assistance to one another during times of emergency, serves as an interchange of ideas, establishes county-wide operational guidelines and procedures, and finds ways and means for enhancing life and property preservation within our communities and fire districts.
The Association purchased three (3) fully equipped 500 gallon foam trailers and strategically placed these critical assets across Cumberland County. The foam trailers were updated in 2012 with AFFF/ARF 1-3 percent foam to enhance our response to alcohol based flammable liquids fires and potential aircraft responses from the civilian and military airports within the county. Currently the foam trailers are positioned at Fayetteville Fire Department Station 12, Spring Lake Fire Department Station 22 and Stoney Point Fire Department Station 19. A Department of Homeland Security grant in 2002 provided the association with three (3) fully equipped DECON support trailers stationed at Fayetteville Fire Department Station 17, Spring Lake Fire Department Station 22 and Stedman Fire Department Station 23.
In 2007 the Association received one (1) million dollar Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to purchase and install a new 800 MHz radio communications system for the county’s fire service agencies. The system is 100% compatible with the existing City of Fayetteville’s 800 MHz system. Through one 800 MHz system, interoperability between the Fayetteville Fire Department and the Cumberland County Fire Service as well as regional and statewide interoperability between public service agencies was realized. The system also enhanced our local ability to coordinate dispatch, response and rescue efforts. The system is consistent with the APCO Project 25 Standard for digital radio systems, and is part of the North Carolina Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders (VIPER) which is managed by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. When fully implemented, interoperable communications will benefit all public safety agencies when dealing with everything from daily emergency calls to large scale disasters. An OSSI county-wide unified Computer Automated Dispatch (CAD) system was implemented in 2012 enhancing our unified fire, rescue, EMS and law enforcement agencies response capabilities in our quest to better serve our citizens.
In 2011, the Association again was awarded seventy-three thousand dollar Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Fire Prevention and Education Grant, and purchased a Mobile Fire Safety House. This state of the art Fire Safety House is for county-wide use by all Association members, and is stored at the Stoney Point Fire Department Station 19 who manages and maintains this asset for the Association.
The Association receives funding through the County-Wide Special Fire District Tax System which provides revenue from the county’s unincorporated areas. These funds are utilized to enhance county-wide fire operations, supplement low wealth fire districts as well as fire prevention and education programs. From this revenue, the Association provides each member department with the Firehouse Records Management System, Time Warner Road Runner Internet Service, maintenance for two (2) stationary and four (4) Mobile Air Units, as well as other program support activities. The Association also supports the annual Firefighters, EMS and Rescue Squad Workers Memorial Service conducted each year in October, and maintains the Memorial Site located on the Fayetteville Technical Community College campus.
The Association meetings are held at 7 PM on the fourth Monday of each month. The meeting locations are rotated between member fire departments. During the month of December the meeting is hosted by the Sheriff’s Office.