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The North Carolina Fire Commission was transferred to the North Carolina Department of Insurance in October, 1985. At that time, the Commissioner of Insurance vowed support of this agency and has since that time supported it with personnel, budget, etc. In July, 1989, the Legislature passed a Bill which changed the makeup of the Commission. The Fire Commission became the Fire and Rescue Commission, with duplicate responsibilities in the area of rescue as was previously held for fire. The Department of Insurance serves as staff to the Commission, with the Commission currently having a permanent staff of seven.

The areas of responsibility for the Commission lie in numerous areas. The General Statutes that control the operation, selection, and duties of the Commission are found in G.S. 58-78-1;. 58-78-5; 58-78-10; 58-78-15; 58-78-20.

The Commission also operates under the duties described in the Administrative Procedures act which seek to clarify additional duties.

Questions regarding Commission programs can be answered by calling 800-634-7854

Information forwarded to the Commission can be sent to the following address:

NCDOI – Office of State Fire Marshal
Attn: Fire and Rescue Commission
1202 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1202

Commission Member Represents Term Expires
C. Harley Cook, Chair NC Society of Fire Rescue Instructors September, 2022
Phil Welch, Vice-Chair North Carolina Firefighters' Association September, 2022
Ryan Cole NC Association of Fire Chiefs March, 2021
Gary Whitman NC Association of Rescue and EMS, Inc. September, 2021
Robert Poe NC Association of Rescue and EMS, Inc. September, 2020
Freddy Johnson, Sr. North Carolina Firefighters' Association September, 2021
Paul Padgett NC Fire Marshal's Association September, 2021
Walter M. Gardner, Jr. NC League of Municipalities September, 2022
Cloyce Anders Public-at-Large September, 2022
Kevin Gordon Speaker of the House of Appointee June, 2022
Vernon Massengill President of the Senate Appointee June, 2022
Scott Mullins Governor's Appointee February, 2021
Joshua Smith Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of NC September, 2019
Andy Thomas NC International Association of Arson Investigators September, 2022
Randy Thompson NC Association of County Commissioners Nominee August, 2020
Brian Taylor, Executive Director   Permanent by Position

2020 Meeting Schedule

Fire and Rescue Commission meets the second Tuesday of January, April, July, and October; @10:00 -

     January 14, 2020
      Location: Kernersville Fire Department, 1180 NC Hwy 66 South, Kernersville, NC 27284

     April 14, 2020 **MEETING CANCELLED**
      Location: Airborne & Special Operations Museum 100 Bragg Blvd, Fayetteville, NC 28301

     July 14, 2020 **MEETING RESCHEDULED**
      The July 14th North Carolina Fire and Rescue Commission Meeting has been rescheduled.
      The next Commission Meeting will be August 12th

     August 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM
      Location: Department of Insurance Albemarle Building 325 N. Salisbury Street,
      Raleigh, NC 27603

     October 13, 2020
      Location: Kernersville Fire Department, 1180 NC Hwy 66 South, Kernersville, NC 27284