The Mountain Home Fire and Rescue is a nonprofit organization that operates off a fire protection tax base in Henderson County, North Carolina. We are combination volunteer-paid fire department operating out of 3 stations. We have 25 volunteers and 13 paid firefighters that provide 24-hour coverage for our district.
We cover 17.5 square miles with a population of 15,000. We have an annual budget of $1,150,000, for the year 2010, that is overseen by a 9-member board of directors.
In April 2008 our department was inspected by the North Carolina Department Of Insurance (DOI). As a result of the inspection, our Insurance rating was lowered from Class 5/9 split rate to a Class 5 district wide rate. The new rating goes into effect November 1, 2008.
A Few Facts About Us:
- We were the first fire department in the county to purchase the jaws-of-life rescue tools.
- Was the first fire department in the county to have lifetime members get their retirement check for 20 years of service.
- Purchased the first pumper-tanker in the county in 1976.
- Combination years service for active members: 315 years
- Total training hours in 2007 was 7,352 hours vs. 1,500 hours in the early 80’s
Firefighter II: 26 members
Rescue Techs: 9 members
EMTs MRs: 20 members
Level II Instructors: 4 members
Swift Water Rescue Techs: 7 members
Driver Operator: 8 members