About the Department
Message from the Chief
Thank you for visiting the Morehead City Fire EMS website. Morehead City Fire and EMS Department is a full service department offering: fire suppression, fire prevention, Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedic transport, inspections, fire investigations, and rescue of trapped victims.
The Morehead City Fire Department was established in 1906 and the Morehead City EMS Department was formed in 1958, as Morehead City Rescue Squad. On July 1, 2000 the two departments merged, creating the current Morehead City Fire and EMS Department. As of October 1, 2014, Morehead City Fire and EMS merged with Wildwood Fire EMS. The department now protects an area of 23 square miles. This includes Mitchell Village, Crab Point and the Wildwood Fire districts with an approximate population of 28,000 residents between the city and two districts.
Morehead City is a popular tourist destination for fisherman and boaters; when you combine this with the daytime workforce, the population more than doubles the full-time population for our fire service area. The Department operates two paramedic ambulances, one medical ambulance bus, two engines, two engine-tankers, one quick response vehicle, fireboat, several command cars, and pickup trucks for support functions.
About the Department
Morehead City Fire has a split insurance rating of 3/4. In October 2015, we were re-evaluated by the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal and successfully lowered our rating.
The Department has 50 career personnel comprised of:
- Deputy Chief
- Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal
- Assistant Fire Marshall
- (3) Captains
- (9) Lieutenants
- (1) EMS Coordinator
- The remainder as Firefighter/Engineer
The current staff is certified at various levels for EMS; 26 members of the staff are certified at the EMT-Paramedic level, several are EMT-Intermediate, and the remaining personnel are certified at the EMT-Basic level. Currently, the department has 24 part-time members with three officer positions (1) Captain and (2) Lieutenants.
If the Morehead City Fire and EMS can be of assistance to you, please feel free to contact us.