The Fire & EMS Department is a combination career/volunteer department. We provide fire suppression, education, and prevention. We also provide emergency medical services, water rescue, and natural disaster response.
The North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS) classification for Pine Knoll Shores is six. For more information on the NCRRS visit the Office of the State Fire Marshal’s web page on fire department inspections.
Operations & Training
The Pine Knoll Shores Fire & EMS Department is comprised of career paid firefighter/EMTs and volunteer firefighters and EMTs. There are 30 members in the department. The department has three shifts of paid firefighter/EMTs with three per shift.
The department responds to fires, hazardous material spills, water rescues and natural disasters within the Pine Knoll Shores town limits; automatic aid to the Salter Path Volunteer Fire District and Town of Atlantic Beach; and mutual aid to Emerald Isle, Morehead City and Beaufort. The department also provides Advanced Life Support ambulance services to the Town of Pine Knoll Shores
The department holds its monthly business meeting on the second Monday night of each month at 7:00 p.m. Monthly department training is the third and fourth Monday nights of each month at 7:00 p.m. The department also conducts mutual department training with Atlantic Beach Fire Department and participates in other county-wide and Carteret Community College sponsored fire and EMS training.
The Town of Pine Knoll Shores adopted the National Fire Code and state fire code in August 1992, which mandates that the Town of Pine Knoll Shores will adhere to national and state fire standards. For Fire and Rescue Training, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the US Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), and the NC Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) mandate required training standards. For medical training, the US Department of Transportation, OSHA, the NC Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS), and the Carteret County Medical Director mandate required training standards. The Pine Knoll Shores Fire and EMS Department has adopted the North Carolina EMS, Fire and Rescue certification programs as the standard for certifying personnel. Pair firefighteres for Pine Knoll Shores must be certified in North Carolina as a Firefighter II, Rescue Technician, and Emergency Medical Technician. Additional certifications are required as the firefighter gains longevity in the department.
The Town of Pine Knoll Shores carries out an aggressive and strict fire inspection program of commercial property. The Town's Fire Marshal inspects over 60 buildings on an annual basis. The vast majority of the inspections are conducted on condominiums and hotels. The Fire Marshal is authorized to issue citations for the Town of Pine Knoll Shores. The Fire Marshal also reviews plot plans and building plans to ensure fire codes in relation to new construction is adhered to. Additionally, the Fire Marshal ensures that the plans are conducive to safe firefighting operations. During the construction phase of commercial buildings, the Fire Marshal inspects a construction site often to ensure that the plans for sprinklers, alarms, and water flow devices stay within the applicable codes.