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Yes the Kinston Department of Fire & Rescue has a Ride-Along Program that allows a citizen with the interest of learning an insight into how our Fire Department Operates within a 24 hour daily operation, can request a day on any one of our apparatus, upon approval from the Shift Company Captain, Shift Battalion Chief/Deputy Fire Chief and the ultimate approval of the Fire Chief. The Civilian requesting the Ride-Along must be at least 18 years old* to qualify for the 8 hour program, can only request periodically (once a month) with three months maximum a year, and must be able to pass a local criminal background inquiry. For more information feel free to contact Administration Captain W. J. Barss at Kinston Department of Fire & Rescue, Office Phone: 252-526-2713, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the proper on-line request form located at the following link listed below:
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Yes. The City has a burning ordinance within the City of Kinston Municipal Code of City Ordinances. The burning ordinance was reimplemented back into the ordinance code May 19, 2021. Part II Code of Ordinances, Chapter 10 Fire Prevention and Protection, Article III Code, Section 10-106 Burning Prohibited. Violations of this ordinance are explained under Part II Code of Ordinances, Chapter 10 Fire Prevention and Protection, Article 1 In General, Section 10-12 Violations Declared Unlawful; Penalties
You must have the following to become a Kinston Firefighter:
High School Diploma, High School Equivalency, or have your GED
Valid North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle Operators License (NCOL) with the ability to obtain a Class B NCOL within the first year of employment.
A fully completed on-line application filed with the City of Kinston Human Resources (Click on Web Address below to access an application, create an account and sign in)
Ability to complete and Pass the Fitness Entry Aptitude Test (FEAT)
Pass the Interview Process of the Administration of the Kinston Department of Fire & Rescue
A Good Clear Background Check from your most recent County/City of Residence (excluding minor motor vehicle infractions)
Kinston On-Line Application
Kinston Fire Station 1 (Headquarters) is located at 401 E Vernon Avenue, Kinston directly south from the Historic Grainger Stadium. Phone Number: 252-939-3164 Kinston Fire Station 2 is located at 3428 Carey Road at the end of the paved road south from First Baptist Church located at the intersection of Carey Road and Rouse Road. Phone Number: 252-939-3235 Kinston Fire Station 3 is located at 1247 Hill Farm Road northwest from Kinston Pointe Shopping Center/Kinston Walmart. Phone Number: 252-939-3236
Chapter 10 Fire Prevention and Protection
To schedule for a Fire Inspection for a Group Home, contact Administration Assistant Ms. Donna Kennedy at Kinston Inspections Division, Office Phone: 252-939-4021, Email: email@example.com
To schedule for a Fire Safety Check for a private Residence within the City of Kinston, contact Administration Captain W. J. Barss at Kinston Department of Fire & Rescue, Office Phone: 252-526-2713, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or fill out the proper on-line request form located at the following link listed below:
Requests/Required Operational Permits of Fire Code
Smoke Detector Request
Request for Public Education/Community Interaction
If there is no inspector available the Kinston Safe Kids or Lenoir County Department of Social Services provides these amenities and would be able to assist the public. Contact the Kinston Safe Kids Program, located at 1465 Hwy 258 North, Kinston North Carolina 28504, by calling 252-939-1200 ext. 228,
Contact Ms. Velvet Tyndall with the Lenoir County Cooperative Extension, located at the Kinston Professional Building, 327 N Queen Street (Temporary Accommodations due to Flood), Kinston, North Carolina 28501, 252-522-8019. (Appointment Necessary prior to arrival). There is a Permanent Checking Station that is held the first Tuesday of Each Month at the Farmer's Market (Temporary Location) N Herritage Street, Kinston, North Carolina.
Request for Child Safety Seat Inspection
The old Fire Station 1, however had to brass poles, where the firefighters would slide down from the second floor Training Room and Bunk Room. That particular Fire Station has since been re-renovated and turned over to the Kinston Police Department. The poles were taken out of the old Fire Station in 2008 thus ending an era of tradition and right-of-passage.
We display a portion of one of the Ol' Brass Slide Poles in our waiting area of Headquarters to remind us of a Golden Age of our history.
The Firefighters must also conduct Fire Inspections within all of the local businesses throughout the city, as well as make Fire Safety Pre-plans of those businesses to ensure the city is safe and the Firefighters have a good idea of what the businesses look like from the inside and know what hazards they may face if they were called to a Fire/Rescue Scene. The Firefighters are also tasked with ensuring the Public and Citizens of Kinston have Public Education in Fire Prevention and pride ourselves in Community Interaction by giving Fire Station Tours and Truck Static Displays, Seminars, and Public Fire Prevention Classes/Meetings during their shift.
This occurs on each shift six of the seven days to the week, three hundred sixty-five days a year. The Firefighters are required to arrive fifteen minutes prior to their assigned shift, and get a briefing of the activities and orders from the day before, then off they go at eight o'clock sharp beginning with checking the trucks and equipment on the front-line Apparatus, then right into the activities and orders planned for that particular shift. They may even have to work through lunch, and/or dinner in some cases before they may be able to see the inside of the station late into the evening.
God rested on the seventh day, Sundays are usually a little slower than the rest of the week for the Firefighters, however it is en-stilled in the them to continue to strive for Greatness and work on their own projects for the common good of the Organization and Career.
On top of all of this of course is the Number One Reason we are all here and that is to answer the various Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Calls that come to us and keeping the Citizens Safe at all costs, holding to our
To provide, with compassion, the highest level of professional service to the customers we serve through Pride, Proficiency & Integrity.
The Citizen Complaint Form is on On-Line Fill-able Form also located at the link below under the Citizen Concerns Section Tab within this page. After fully reading and understanding the Citizen Complaint Process, complete the form and submit and print a copy for your records.
Citizen Concerns Section