The North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal has completed their re-inspection of Stokes-Rockingham Fire and Rescue, Pinnacle Fire and Rescue, and Double Creek Fire and Rescue, removing them from a probationary status they were placed under last year.
“These departments were placed on a one year probation, and through their continued hard work by the department members, all three departments probationary status has been lifted by the state,” said Stokes County Fire Marshal Brian Booe. “During this probationary time period, there were no interruptions in service provided by these agencies. This shows the true meaning of teamwork and commitment by these three volunteer fire departments in providing the best fire response to the communities they serve. We are truly blessed with a great number of volunteer responders that serve in every department in Stokes County.”
The departments were placed on probation last June after a county-wide inspection by the State Fire Marshal.
Booe said Pinnacle and Stokes-Rockingham were placed on probation because they had twice failed to respond to a structure fire or fire alarm with number of fire fighters and equipment required by the state.
“The state fire marshal requires that you have a fire engine and four personnel on every structure fire and fire alarm,” said Booe. “They did respond, but they did not respond with the minimum state requirements.”
Double Creek Volunteer Fire Department was placed on probation because it failed to meet the state training requirements.
“They found that they only had eight out of 21 members who had met the requirement of 36 hours of training,” said Booe.
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