Morehead City, NC Fire EMS Department

Message from the Chief

Thank you for visiting the Morehead City Fire EMS website. Morehead City Fire & 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 & EMS Department. As of October 1, 2014, Morehead City Fire & EMS merged with Wildwood Fire EMS. The department now protects an area of 23.0 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.

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 a Chief, Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal, Assistant Fire Marshall, (3) Captains, (9) Lieutenants, (1) EMS Coordinator and 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 & EMS can be of assistance to you, please feel free to contact us.

Jamie Fulk
Fire/EMS Chief

Mission Statement

To protect the people within our community, to educate and raise awareness in preventing harm, to be respectful, compassionate and helpful to those we care about and to the lives of others within our community, while conducting ourselves in a professional courteous manner.


The Morehead City Fire/EMS Department currently has three stations: Fire Station #1 located at 1406 Bridges Street, Fire Station #2 located at 4034 Arendell Street, and Fire Station #3 located at 5291 Hwy 70.


Dispatching is handled by Carteret County Communications. Calls for service are dispatched through a Countywide Enhanced 911 System.

Fire Marshal Office

The Fire Marshal and Assistant Fire Marshal work fulltime Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The department has several part-time inspectors who also assist the Fire Marshals when needed. Many of our inspectors are Level III and certified by the state. They conduct commercial building inspections and review building plans.

Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention is a very important part of our Fire Department; each year we conduct classes, tours, and lectures to over a 1,000 children and adults. The Fire Marshal coordinates all Fire Prevention and Public Education activities with shift Captains. Students are taught the proper procedures for home escape planning, dialing 911, fire and injury prevention and many other safety applications. We offer fire extinguisher training to businesses and organizations in our response area. The only cost is to recharge the fire extinguishers used during the training.

For more information contact Morehead City Fire Marshal, Dykeman Baily, at 726-5040  ext 4, or you may email the Fire Marshal at

Part-Time/Paid on Call Firefighters

The Fire-EMS Department relies on part-time members as well. Requirements and applications for fulltime and part-time members can be accessed here.