8001 Valley Blvd
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
Phone: (828) 548-2800
Emergency Services Director: Kent Graham
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue is chartered as a private organization distinct and separate from the Town. However, in recognition of the vital public importance of the organization, the Town has maintained a close working relationship and has over the years provided annual financial assistance in support of their activities. The Town owns the building in which Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue is housed; and also holds title to and insures all fire and rescue vehicles. A new centrally located Fire & Rescue Building was constructed which has improved overall emergency response times.
The Emergency Services Department funds career staff which supplements the 53 volunteers of the Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue, and provides fire inspections, public education programs, and emergency response of all types with 24 hours coverage. With the ability to transport as needed, the medical response is normally initial treatment at the paramedic level of care. The rooster has many certified Rescue Technicians, certified Firefighters, and EMT's and Paramedics. Blowing Rock Fire & Rescue provides fire and rescue service to the Town of Blowing Rock, the Blowing Rock Fire District and the North Caldwell Fire District.
The Fire Protection Class rating is a 5 in the city limits and a 9S in the rural districts that are within five miles of a fire station. All Watauga County fire departments are now providing 9E rating in six-mile districts as well. The entire Blowing Rock District is 52 square miles and includes areas in both Watauga and Caldwell County.
Staffing and Schedules
The Town currently employs seven (7) individuals on a full-time basis within the Emergency Services Department- an Emergency Services Director, three (3) Engineer/Paramedics, an Assistant Chief-Operations, a Training Captain and an Administrative EMT. All seven (7) individuals provide response for fire, rescue and EMS calls throughout all three coverage areas.
The station is staffed 24 hours per day. The three (3) Engineer/Paramedics (Shift Captain) personnel work a 24hr-on/48hr-off shift. The Director and Assistant Chief-Operations, are typically scheduled from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Training Captain has a sliding schedule to provide volunteer availability that is normally from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and every other Saturday. All schedules remain flexible for emergency response and seasonal peak call-volumes.