The Clayton Fire Department is responsible for protecting life and property of the citizens of the Town of Clayton and those living in the Claytex Fire District.
Personnel are intensively trained to respond to a variety of emergencies including structure fires, motor vehicle accidents and various specialty rescues. The Clayton Fire Department has 70 active personnel consisting of Full time and Part time staff. Currently, the department responds to over 2,000 calls annually out of 2 stations.
CFD personnel are all paid employees of the Town of Clayton. Positions include 26 Fulltime and 42 Part time employees. The Fulltime personnel consist of the Fire Chief, 2 Deputy Chiefs (Operations and Admin/Fire Marshal), 3 Battalion Chiefs, 6 Captains (Operations), 1 Support-Services Captain, 9 Fire Equipment Operators (Engineers), 3 Firefighters, and 1 Administrative Support Specialist. Our Part time personnel consist of 6 Senior Firefighters/Engineers and various numbers of Engineers and Firefighters.
Station 1 is located at 325 West Horne Street, Clayton NC 27520. It opened in 2005 replacing the original downtown Station and it also serves as the department headquarters. It features a 6 vehicle bay, day room, kitchen, training room, exercise room, various administrative offices, and sleeping quarters for on-duty personnel.
Station 2 is located at 800 NC 42 Highway East, Clayton NC 27520. It opened in 2000 and originally had a 2 vehicle bay, day room, and an office. In 2007, it was expanded to include sleeping quarters for on-duty personnel, a kitchen, and an extended bay to house additional apparatus. The property of Station 2 covers 5 acres and is used in conjunction with the Town of Clayton Parks and Recreation Department and Johnston County 911 Communications (West Tower and the back-up 911 center). The area behind the station also serves as a temporary training area for specific fire/rescue training practicals ranging from vehicle extrication, rope rescue drills, driver operator drills, and live burn scenarios.
CFD responds to incidents with a cache of apparatus that carries a variety of equipment required per the NC Response Rating System, NC Association of Rescue and EMS, and for operational purposes. Apparatus includes 4 Engines (1 which serves as a Reserve), 1 Tanker, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Battalion Chief vehicle, 1 Brush Truck, 1 Fire Support vehicle (Rehab, Accountability, Water Rescue equipment), 1 Trench / Collapse Response Trailer, 1 Boat, and ATV’s for Wildland and Special Operations/Technical Rescue use. The apparatus is strategically placed at each station and incident responses are conducted in a specific order for operations and safety of personnel.
CFD responds to approximately 2,000 calls a year ranging from working fires, fire alarms, medical calls, motor vehicle accidents, hazardous materials incidents, investigations, technical rescues, and public assistance calls. The area covered by CFD is approximately 50 square miles and includes the city limits of Clayton and the Claytex District (county fire district). CFD also provides automatic aid to surrounding districts. We maintain our operational readiness by having personnel on-duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and also have other personnel available to respond for certain types of incidents.
CFD Special Operations:
CFD has a Special Operations Division that specializes in a variety of technical rescue disciplines at the Technician level. Training for these technical rescue disciplines began in 1998 and CFD became self sufficient with equipment and instructors in 2001. The various disciplines include vehicle and machinery extrication, confined space rescue/recovery, high and low angle/rope rescue/recovery, trench and collapse rescue/recovery, and water rescue/recovery. CFD has over 30 personnel whom are Technicians and/or instructors and all other personnel are required to maintain an awareness level of each discipline.
Each fire department that serves a population of less than 100,000 residents is “graded” by the NC Dept of Insurance/Fire Marshals Office. This grading process consists of a variety of topics from available apparatus, equipment, staffing, record keeping, and training and directly affects your homeowners insurance rate. Currently CFD has a split rating of 4/5/9. If you live in the city limits of Clayton, your rating is a 4, if you live outside the city limits, in Claytex Fire District and within 5 miles of a fire station, your rating is a 5. If you live in the Claytex Fire District but more than 5 miles from a fire station, your rating is a 9.
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