North Lenoir Fire & Rescue is the first all volunteer department in the state to be granted Delivery Agency Status by the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission Certification Board. The department has been working towards becoming an official Delivery Agency for the past several months and was officially certified as a Delivery Agency on Tuesday.
As a Delivery Agency, North Lenoir Fire & Rescue will now be able to offer certification classes accredited by the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission to its’ members and other local department personnel.
“Our goal is to get 80% of our department members certified as NC Firefighters. Currently, we are at approximately 50% and we felt the only feasible way to help our members efficiently achieve their certification was to become a delivery agency,” said Tyler Moore, NLFR Deputy Chief and School Director.
“Our Training Division has worked extremely hard over the past several months to make this happen, and we are very pleased with the NC Fire & Rescue Commission Certification Board for providing us with the opportunity to better serve our local community and our region,” said Brian Wade, Chief of North Lenoir Fire & Rescue.
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.