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History of Smithfield Fire Department

In 1906 a group of dedicated citizens had a vision of a safer Smithfield. They came together and established a department centered around the preservation of life and property for all who lived, worked, and visited here. Throughout the years many dedicated individuals have proudly carried on that vision and tradition of service to our friends and neighbors by wearing a Smithfield Fireman's Helmet.

From our original horse drawn fire wagon purchased by the Town in 1906, to the modern well equipped Engines of today, over one hundred years has brought many changes in technology, response, hazards, and abilities. Each generation striving to provide the best quality emergency response available for the times. Countless lives have been saved and property preserved by all that have dedicated their time and talents to the Smithfield Fire Department.

Past stories paint a vivid picture of Smithfield being the closest department to Raleigh and responding mutual aid when the Yarborough House Hotel burned in 1928. Our brave firemen and a 1927 Seagrave Fire Engine headed out to help our neighboring City of Raleigh battle that awesome downtown blaze. Stories like these further illustrate the pride and heritage that this department was built on.

As time has passed, the Smithfield Fire Department has expanded many services to include emergency medical response, heavy rescue, public education, fire inspections, and many others. Answering 2,549 fire and rescue emergencies last year, our watch is still vigilant as we carry on the tradition of all who have served before us.

Today as we celebrate the rich history of the Smithfield Fire Department and strive to maintain progression in our methods and equipment, I truly feel blessed and honored to be trusted by the citizens to lead a department so rich in history and tradition. With an outstanding group of dedicated volunteers and career firefighters, we strive each day to make our forefathers proud and continue the vision of a safe and protected Smithfield.

Thank you for your trust and support,
Chief Michael Brown


Watch a presentation on the Smithfield Fire Department below: