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The Fire Division provides coordination of Rowan County's fire service, which is made up of 32 individual fire districts.  These districts include 29 contracted volunteer or municipal fire departments with a total of 41 stations across the county. Approximately 750 paid and volunteer personnel provide the staffing for these departments. Details about our departments and stations, including contact information may be found in our fire/rescue department & station section.

The Division is responsible with being the lead county agency in conducting fire investigations, helping determine the origin and cause of fires and in investigating all fires where there is serious injury or death. The Division's staff works closely with all local law enforcement agencies, along with municipal fire investigators in joint efforts to provide the best level of service possible to our County's citizens.

In 2007, under a county department reorganization, the Fire Division began the process to provide fire inspections and hazardous permitting, which was previously provided by the County's Building Inspections Division.

The Division also works with individual fire departments to help reduce their district's insurance rating (I.S.O.) classification.

Additionally, the Fire Division personnel respond to major alarm incidents to assist in command and control activities as requested by the incident commander. The fire departments look to the Fire Division staff to advise them at hazardous materials incidents and to provide them with the appropriate resources.



Fire Tax District and Budget Funding Information

Municipal fire departments in Rowan County are provided funding through that particular municipalities' annual budget process.

All of the fire districts established in non-municipal areas of Rowan County have individual established tax rates that are set for the purpose of providing funding for that district's fire protection program.  Each Department is managed by a Board of Directors.

The Rowan County Board of Commissioners appoint citizen representatives from each non-municipal fire district every two years as Fire Tax District Commissioners to work with that fire district's Board of Directors in regard to budget planning and expenditures of tax funds for that fire district. The Tax District Commissioners also act as laison between the fire department's Board and the Board of County Commissioners.

Annually, individual non-municipal fire department's Board of Directors establish an operations budget that is submitted to the County Board of Commissioners for review and approval, as part of the Rowan County Budget.  Municipal department budgets are submitted to those respective town or city governing bodies through a seperate budget process.

Fire / Rescue Recruitment & Retention

Our local volunteer fire and rescue agencies are always on the lookout for energetic citizens who want to help their community and county. Likewise, our two largest municipalities,Salisbury and Kannapolis seek qualified individuals who would have interest in the fire service as a career. If you have an interest in either of these areas, please contact your local fire or rescue department for details.

Many departments across the county also offer a Junior Firefighter Program that allows young adults under the age of 18 to participate and learn skills in a local fire department. Contact your local department for details and to find out if your department offers this program.



Fire Safety

Being safe with fire is everyone's responsibility.  We hope the below resources will be helpful to our citizens and business in fire safety!

  • After The Fire - A fire at your home or business will change your life in ways you cannot imagine.  Knowing where to begin and who can help is important. 


Fire/Rescue/EMS Service Local E-Mail Lists

Two email lists are established to allow the exchange of information between fire rescue personnel and agencies across Rowan County.  Personnel from any fire or rescue agency in the county is encouraged to sign-up on either or both lists, depending on that individuals' current  rank and assignment in their respective department or agency.  Subscribing is easy by using either of the links provided below.



Fire / Rescue Services Library & Links of Interest




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