From the Desk of the Fire Chief
Charles A. Drew
On behalf of the Southport Department, I would like to welcome you to our web page. The Southport Fire Department is a full-service department providing services in a fire division and an emergency medical services division. The department serves the citizens of our fire district with many duties ranging from fire prevention and suppression, to emergency medical services, to technical rescue and hazardous materials mitigation.
Our department operates from a Headquarters station, and two satellite stations strategically placed to better serve the citizens in our fire district. The Fire Division responds to about 500 calls per year, and the EMS Division assists with over 2000 medical emergencies per year. The department is also responsible for conducting fire inspections on all commercial buildings, reviewing plans, and issuing permits for all fire code related matters.
Southport Fire Department was officially organized in the year of 1893, although there are reports of firefighting tactics in Southport since 1792. Today, the department operates with four full-time career positions, Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Fire Prevention Technician, and a Fire Clerk. The Fire Division has an active volunteer roster of nearly 50 members, and the EMS division is very active with 40 volunteers. The EMS division staffs an ambulance 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. The Fire Division staffs an Engine Company seven days a week from 8 am – 6 pm.
The department was recently inspected by the North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshal for an Insurance Rating. At the conclusion of the inspection, we received an ISO Class 3 rating. This was a great accomplishment for our department and community.
The Southport Fire Department is dedicated to serving our fire district with the best available service, with the most cost effective ways. I am privileged to serve with some great volunteers, who always conduct and respond as trained professionals.
Serving our community proudly since 1893, the department has never missed a call. I am committed to continue the traditions of this department and strive for continuous improvement in all that we do to provide the best services to our neighbors. If our department can ever be of assistance to you, we stand ready to respond to the cry for help. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the headquarters office at 910-457-7915.
Charles A. Drew, Fire Chief
The City of Southport Fire Department is looking for volunteers!
In this video Fire Chief, Charles A. Drew talks about the department and discusses the various ways that you can get involved. You’ll also hear stories from several of our firefighters and EMTs as they share their experiences in the department and why serving Southport is so important to them.
There are opportunities for everyone. YOU FIT IN OUR FAMILY!
Emergency: Police, Fire and Rescue DIAL 9-1-1
Police: (910) 457-7911
Fire: (910) 457-7915
City Information: (910) 457-7900
Address: Southport City Hall, 1029 N. Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461
Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm (City observes State holidays)
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
For more information: (910) 457-7927
Address: 203 E. Bay Street, Southport, NC 28461
Photo Credit: John Muuss, John Muuss Photographic Artist, Inc.
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