Public Safety

To insure the public's health, safety, and welfare through the enforcement of adopted codes, to promote the economic health of the Town of Pine Knoll Shores and assuring adequate housing and clean neighborhoods, and to provide exemplary service to our citizens that exceeds their expectations for efficiency, effectiveness, and adaptability. To provide guidance for the growth and change of the Town of Pine Knoll Shores in order to maintain a high quality of life for all.

Welcome to Pine Knoll Shores! We hope that you enjoy your time here with us. I would like you to know that the police officers, firefighters, and EMS technicians here at Pine Knoll Shores are among the best in the state of North Carolina. They are held to the highest of standards and train to handle any forseeable emergency or situation.

What makes us unique is that we are a Public Safety Department where the Police and the Fire/EMS functions fall under one roof and our personnel work together as a team to ensure your safety. Our Department is also responsible for Emergency Management and safety compliance of the town. We are a unique combination of career and volunteer personnel who respond to your needs 24 hours a day. We value education and push our employees to test the limits of their careers; we take pride in helping develop the future of public safety and emergency response. If at any time you need any help, no matter how insignificant it may appear to be, please call us and we will gladly send someone out to assist you in any way possible.


The Pine Knoll Shores Public Safety Department offers several services for residents of Pine Knoll Shores. These services are provided to improve safety, security, and the health and welfare of our residents and visitors. Some of the services offered are listed below and require only a phone call to (252) 247-2268/2694. Click HERE to learn about the services offered by the Public Safety Department

Annual Certifications

To satisfy both national and state standards the department must conduct annual certifications on both personnel and equipment.


All personnel must pass physical exams, drug screening, background checks, written exams, and ability tests before employment and random drug screening after employment. Police officer must complete 24 hours of annual law enforcement training and certify on the shooting range annually. Emergency Medical Technicians must complete 36 hours of annual medical training with a county/state recertification test every four years. Firefighters must complete a minimum of 36 hours of fire training each year to stay certified on the state roster. Paid firefighters must maintain 240 hours of annual training.


All vehicles must pass annual safety and emission testing.
All ambulances must be inspected by the NC Office of Emergency Medical Service annually.
All fire engines must be inspected by a NC DOT or US DOT licensed inspector annually.
All fire pumps must undergo a certified pump test annually.
All aerial ladder trucks and ground ladders must undergo a certified strength test annually.
All Self Contained Breathing Apparatus are tested by a manufacturer certified technician annually.
All fire hose are pressure tested annually.
All fire hydrants must be flow checked every six months and hydrostatically tested annually. Inspections:

The department is periodically inspected by the North Carolina Department of Justice Standards and Training Division; the North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshal, and the North Carolina Department of Labor.