Fire and rescue protection throughout the 1,500 square miles of Dare County, is provided by over 350 dedicated volunteer and career firefighters serving in four municipal departments, eleven fire districts and one rescue district.  These dedicated men and women serve their neighbors and communities day and night throughout the year, protecting lives and property; answering nearly 6,400 calls a year.  As a coastal resort community the year round population can swell from the estimated population from 35,000 to nearly 400,000 during the peak of the summer season.

The Dare County Fire Marshal’s Office has an important role in the life, safety, and welfare of the citizens and visitors to Dare County; to reduce the risk of fires and fire related injuries and deaths.  This is accomplished through three major tasks:  working with the fire departments to improve services; conducting technical fire prevention and inspection activities; and public education.

The Fire Marshal is the liaison between the Fire Department and the County Board of Commissioner and staff; whose role is to work with the local fire department to improve response capabilities within their districts.   This is accomplished through response preparation, training, education, and strategic planning.

The Fire Marshal is responsible for the enforcement of the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code within unincorporated areas of Dare County and through contracted services to several local jurisdictions.  The Code’s intent is provide for a reasonable level of life safety from fire and hazardous conditions in new and existing buildings and provide for emergency responder safety.  This is accomplished through the review of building plans and periodic fire safety inspections of all commercial, governmental, and multi-family structures.  The Office also provides technical assistance to each of the Towns.

Public education is a key to reducing fire incidents within any community.  The Fire Marshal works with each of the departments to provide educational programs throughout the county for public events, business, and private groups and coordinates the use of the Dare County Fire Officer’s Fire Safety Trailer.  This is a mobile classroom that can provide interactive fire and life safety training to citizens of all ages.

A complete list of all fire and rescue service organizations within Dare County is available at County Fire Districts & Municipalities


Avon Motel on Hatteras Island - June 25, 2015.