The Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department is authorized by Town Council to have up to 35 volunteer members. The Rocky Mount Fire Department provides fire and emergency services within the corporate limits of the Town and within a designated first run area in Franklin County. Officers of the department are paid a monthly stipend for their duties in the department. The officers are elected annually by the members of the department, and must be approved by Town Council. In addition to overall management of the Fire Department, the Fire Chief also serves the Town in reviewing site plans and acting as Fire Marshal. Volunteers do not receive a salary, but are currently paid a quarterly stipend of $10.00 for each emergency call answered. The volunteers must also maintain state required training and certification, which must be obtained in their leisure time.
Since its inception, the Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department has been supported by community volunteers. The department started as a bucket brigade in the early 1900's and was given its first piece of fire fighting equipment by the Rocky Mount Town Council in 1929. That original truck, a 1929 Seagrave, was located by the department a few years ago and has since been in a careful restoration project and has been completely restored and is available to the public to inspect and view.
The department currently operates four engines, an equipment truck, mini pumper, and personnel vehicles. The department responds to emergency calls from two locations, the main station at 1250 North Main Street (Emergency Services Building) and the downtown station, located at the intersection of Floyd Avenue and Franklin Street.
In case of emergency, please dial 911
The Departments primary (first due) response coverage area is all of the Incorporated Town of Rocky Mount and an approximate five mile radius of the town limits into Franklin County.
The Department provides second due response to structure fires throughout Franklin County with assistance as requested.
The Departments mission is to protect life, property and environment in the Town of Rocky Mount and areas of Franklin County surrounding the Town.
The Department strives to provide excellence in services such as fire suppression, fire prevention, inspection, public fire education, and hazardous materials containment.
The Rocky Mount Fire Department is fully accredited and currently designated ISO 5, by the Insurance Services Organization.
Rocky Mount Volunteer Fire Department
Jeff Rakes, Fire Chief
1250 North Main Street
Rocky Mount, VA 24151