NLFR Chief Brian Wade Named NC Volunteer Chief of the Year


Chief Jake Whisnant, NCAFC President (left) presents NLFR Chief Brian Wade with the NCAFC Volunteer Chief of the Year Helmet

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Chief Brian Wade has been named the 2016 North Carolina Volunteer Fire Chief of The Year by the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs. The award is the most prestigious honor the NC Association of Fire Chiefs can bestow upon a Chief officer and was conceived to recognize truly outstanding Fire Chiefs whose actions and leadership in their profession, home, community and country, serve as an example and challenge for all other Chief fire executives throughout the southeast.

“Brian has long exemplified a level of commitment to our department, our community, our state and the fire service that can serve as a model to others,” said Chris Decker, NLFR Public Information Officer. “He clearly recognizes the impact that the fire service has had on his life and career, and he has been aggressive and unselfish in giving back to others, both professionally and in his personal life.”

Brian has served as the Chief of North Lenoir Fire & Rescue since 2010, and has been a member of the department since 1996. Chief Wade also began working with Wilson Fire & Rescue Services in 2003 where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant before leaving to take a position with the NC Office of State Fire Marshal in 2013.

“I believe this award is very fitting and well deserved in recognition for Chief Wade’s commitment, dedication, and sacrifices that have been made for our district and the fire service,” said Franklin Floyd, NLFR Treasurer.

NLFR Chief Brian Wade expressed his appreciation for receiving this honor. “Being considered for this award among such a great group of individuals is an honor and a very humbling experience,” Brian said. “I am thankful for my family that allows me the time to do what I love, and to my North Lenoir family for allowing me to be the leader of such an exceptional group of community servants. I am also thankful to my Dad for always being the best role model. This one’s for you Broom!”

Chief Wade will be submitted as the North Carolina nominee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs Southeastern Fire Chief of the Year.

The mission of the N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs is to provide a wide range of programs designed to meet the needs and enhance the skills of fire service managers, according to the newsletter, so they may better protect and educate the fire service and public from the adverse effects of fire, sudden medical emergencies or exposure of dangerous conditions created by either man or nature.

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Purchases New Heavy Duty Rescue Truck

Kinston, NC – North Lenoir Fire & Rescue signed a contract Monday for a Pierce Enforcer Heavy Duty Rescue. The truck, purchased from Atlantic Emergency Solutions, will feature a Detroit DD13 Engine with 525 horsepower, TAK-4 Suspension, 30kW generator, 20.5’ body, cascade system with fill station, a quad hydraulic rescue tool system, LED light tower, tripod lighting, air reels, electric reels, oil dry storage and much more.

NLFR Pierce Enforcer Rescue“The new rig will replace an aging E-One Rescue that has been in service since 1994 and provide adequate storage to carry all of the equipment required to certify as a Heavy Rescue Provider by the NC Association of Rescue and EMS,” said Brian Wade, North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Chief. He added, “Heavy Rescue designation is the highest certification among rescue agencies and has been a long term goal of our department as we continually strive to improve the level of service we provide for our community.”

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue personnel recently visited the Pierce Manufacturing plant in Appleton, Wisconsin to work with engineers on truck design and equipment layout. The new rescue truck has an estimated delivery date of December 2016 and it is projected to remain in service for 20-25 years.

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Responds to Roof Fire at Lenox China

Kinston, NC – In the early morning hours of Saturday, June 20th, at approximately 1:30am, North Lenoir Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a structure fire at Lenox China on Dobbs Farm Road. The first arriving Officer advised smoke and flames were visible from the roof. Upon investigation, crews determined that the fire originated in an exhaust pipe from a Decorating Lehr and spread to the insulation and rubber membrane on the roof of the structure. The fire was quickly suppressed and the majority of the damage was contained to the roof. Lenox China staff used extinguishers in an attempt to control the fire prior to the arrival of the fire department.

North Lenoir Engine 1, Engine 11, Engine 2, Engine 22, Rescue 1, and approximately 40 firefighters responded to the scene. Hugo Ladder 32, Engine 1, and Engine 22 also responded mutual aid. All occupants escaped unharmed and no firefighter injuries were reported. Crews were on scene for approximately 3 hours for extinguishment, salvage, overhaul, and investigation.

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue was assisted by Hugo Fire & Rescue, the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office, and Lenoir County Emergency Services.



North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grant

product_114The North Lenoir Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department was recently awarded a $22,858 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from FEMA. The money will be used to purchase portable battery-operated rescue tools.

Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources needed to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards, providing more than $5.6 billion in funding.

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue is very proud to receive this grant. “The addition of portable battery-operated rescue tools to our arsenal will give us a huge advantage when responding to vehicle accidents and other rescue assignments that involve entrapment or pin-in,” said Brian Wade, North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Chief. Battery-operated rescue tools are more compact, more maneuverable, and easier to deploy than traditional rescue tools. “These new tools will allow us to deploy more rapidly and give us more flexibility regardless of terrain or apparatus placement because they aren’t tied to a power unit or hydraulic hoses,” said Chris Decker, North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Public Information Officer.

The department expects to take delivery of the new tools by the end of August. Fire department personnel will be trained on proper use and maintenance of the new tools from the vendor.

North Lenoir Volunteer Fire & Rescue is responsible for providing fire protection and emergency response to more than 8,600 residents and a variety of commercial properties and manufacturing facilities in a 53 square mile district in northern Lenoir County. The department consists of 3 stations, 10 pieces of apparatus and more than 50 volunteer members that respond to approximately 300 requests for assistance per year.

NLFR Awarded OSFM Volunteer Fire Department Fund Grant

OSFMNorth Lenoir Fire & Rescue was awarded with a Volunteer Fire Department Fund Grant by the NC Office of the State Fire Marshal in the amount of $14,380.50. The Volunteer Fire Department Fund was created to financially assist fire departments with the purchase of equipment and capital expenditures. Each year, the NC OSFM awards more than 12 million dollars in grants to fire and rescue organizations across our state. Chief Brian Wade accepted the award from the OSFM. The money will be used to purchase 10 sets of new turnout gear, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar.

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Responds to Working Structure Fire on Ham Street

Working Structure Fire on Ham StreetKinston, NC – On Saturday, April 5th, 2014, at approximately 1:30pm, North Lenoir Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a reported residential structure fire at 2016 Ham Street. Units quickly arrived on scene to find a heavily involved mobile home. The fire was also impinging on an adjacent structure and a utility pole.

Engine 1, Engine 11, Engine 2, Engine 22, Tanker 1, Rescue 1, Squad 2, and approximately 20 firefighters responded to the scene. All occupants escaped unharmed and no firefighter injuries were reported. There was heavy damage to the home and contents. Crews were on scene for approximately 1.5 hours for salvage, overhaul, and investigation. The fire was caused by an electrical short.

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue was assisted by Hugo Fire & Rescue, Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office, NC Highway Patrol, and the American Red Cross.

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Working Outbuilding Fire on Hwy 258 North

1907948_640867222650458_1972142649_nKinston, NC – On the afternoon of March 23rd, 2014, North Lenoir Fire & Rescue responded to a structure fire on Hwy 258 N near Wheat Swamp Road. Crews arrived to find a fully involved outbuilding adjacent to a home and a small brush fire. Firefighters quickly extinguished the flames and were able to prevent damage to the home. The cause was determined to be an unattended smoldering pile of yard debris that quickly spread to surrounding brush and the structure.

Engine 1, Engine 11, Engine 2, Engine 22, Rescue 1, and approximately 25 firefighters responded to the scene. This was the 4th dispatch in 24 hours for the department. No injuries were reported, and the outbuilding was a total loss. Hugo Fire & Rescue provided mutual aid.

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From The Chief’s Desk – Firefighter 1 & 2 Certification Changes

Chief Wade

The North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission approved, in July 2013, changes that are associated with the recent release of the NFPA 1001 Firefighter Standard, 2013 edition. The Firefighter 1 and 2 program will become one certification. In anticipation of these changes the Commission approved the following:

  1. Stop conducting individual Firefighter Level 1 classes after December 31, 2013.
  2. Stop conducting individual Firefighter Level 2 classes after December 31, 2014.
  3. Firefighter Level 1 and 2 combo classes should be conducted instead of individual Level 1 or Level 2 classes immediately, when possible.

The goal is to allow students who started out taking individual classes time to complete them individually if possible. The student still has the option to take the combo classes to complete certification. These time frames will coincide with the release of the Firefighter Rewrite and Re-qualification. We don’t have an exact date on the release, but the goal is to run the Instructor Re-qualifications April-July 2014 and implement the changes January 1, 2015.

These changes do not affect any members that have already completed their Firefighter Certification. It is recommended that any member close to completing their certification do so by December 31, 2014. The Training Division is willing to work with each of you to help you accomplish your training goals.

North Carolina Firefighter Certification

In a continued effort to reduce firefighter loss in the State of North Carolina, the State Legislature established General Statute 58-78-5.14b, which requires the State Fire and Rescue Commission to establish voluntary minimal professional qualifications for all levels of fire and rescue service personnel. The standard for Firefighter Certification is considered to be a minimum standard and the Fire & Rescue Commission fully recognizes that, due to differing requirements, many fire departments may set forth standards much higher than these for their personnel. It is the intent, however, that through a voluntary program, personnel who provide firefighting services to the communities of our state will meet or exceed this standard. The NFPA 1001 Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications, Current Edition, will be the performance standard used for Firefighter certification.

If you have any questions about these changes, please contact me.

– Chief Brian Wade

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Takes Delivery of New Thermal Imaging Camera

msaevolution6000North Lenoir Fire & Rescue recently took delivery of a new MSA Evolution 6000 Plus Thermal Imaging Camera. The Evolution 6000 Plus meets the new NFPA 1801 standard, and offers enhanced features; including best in class image quality, a rugged/lightweight design, and a laser pointer/range finder.

A Thermal Imaging Camera is a device that allows the operator to see areas of heat through smoke, darkness, or heat-permeable barriers to find a victim or fire. Thermal Imaging Cameras can be used to find downed victims or missing persons, save lives of firefighters, and to prevent or extinguish fires by detecting hot spots and potential hazards.

A portion of the funds to purchase the new Thermal Imaging Camera were provided by a $2,000 grant from Tri-County EMC. North Lenoir Fire & Rescue now has a total of 5 Thermal Imaging Cameras in service.

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue Responds to Working Fire on Crescent Drive

crescentrdfire01282014Kinston, NC – On January 28th, 2014 at approximately 8pm, North Lenoir Fire & Rescue was dispatched to a reported residential structure fire at 2157 Crescent Drive. The first arriving officer reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the chimney and attic. Response and fire attack were hampered by inclement weather, icy roads, and high winds.

Engine 1, Engine 3, Tanker 2, Rescue 1, and 21 firefighters responded to the scene to battle the blaze. All occupants escaped and no firefighter injuries were reported. There was heavy damage to the single story, 1600 sqft residence. Crews were on scene for approximately 2 hours for extensive salvage and overhaul.

North Lenoir Fire & Rescue was assisted by Hugo Fire & Rescue and the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office.