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What Happens After Someone Reports a Fire? Smoke Alarms Save Lives Ask the Fire Chief Keeping Score: Q4 Fire Statistics Retirements and Promotions Additional Stories and Resources Follow Us on Social Media!

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What Happens After Someone Reports a Fire?

Raleigh Fire Department responds to a call. A ladder truck is sitting outside of an apartment building.

Raleigh Fire sends four engines, two ladders, the heavy rescue, two battalion chiefs, and the incident safety officer to all reported structure fires.

Have you ever wondered what happens when a structure fire is reported to the Raleigh Fire Department? While each call is unique, the standard response to a structure fire call in the City of Raleigh involves the same steps. Learn what they are and what normally happens.

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Smoke Alarms Save Lives

A person installing a smoke alarm next to a light on the ceiling

Working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death from home fires in half. On average, each year in Raleigh we have two fatalities from house fires.

Across the country, when smoke alarms are not present or not working, the danger of home fires is greatly increased.

Learn how you can stay safe - and how RFD can help.

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Ask the Fire Chief

Chief Herbert Griffin

Raleigh Fire Chief Herbert Griffin

Fire Chief Herbert Griffin answers your questions about the Raleigh Fire Department and fire service in general. Just ask!

For this edition of Raleigh Fire News, he answers the question: "What advice would you give anyone to endure the first 72 hours of any significant storm or natural disaster?"

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Submit your question to Chief Griffin by visiting the  Ask the Fire Chief webpage.

Keeping Score: Q4 Fire Statistics

Raleigh fire fighters preparing to fight a fire

The number of fires caused by unattended cooking increased by 11 percent in the last quarter of 2023. While the busiest cooking season might be behind us, a different risk factor tends to be prominent at spring time, says Capt. James Pearce of the Raleigh Fire Department. Learn what it is! 

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Retirements and Promotions

Fire Chief Griffin hands Chief Toms a retirement plaque

Raleigh Fire Chief Herbert Griffin (right) and Assistant Fire Chief Ian Toms (left). Chief Toms retired this spring.

These Raleigh Fire Department members retired or received a promotion within the past few months (and one will retire soon)– congratulations!

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