In unincorporated areas of Dare County, the Fire Marshal conducts cause and origin fire investigations, and is responsible for enforcing the North Carolina State Fire Codes, reviewing site plans, and performing required inspections. The Fire Marshal's office also maintains a fire data reporting system.
Fire protection throughout the 860 square miles of Dare County, is provided by over 350 volunteer and career firefighters in the 15 individual fire districts. Each district is responsible for its own fire protection. A complete list of all fire services within Dare County is available at County Fire Districts & Municipalities.
Dare County salutes the service performed by devoted Volunteer Firefighters in our community. These dedicated men and women are true hometown heroes. If you would like to learn valuable lifesaving skills and help your neighbors, consider becoming a Volunteer Firefighter. Men and women, of all ages, are needed on an on-going basis. For more information, contact the Fire Department in your area.
The Fire Marshal's Office is active in the area of fire prevention and education for all citizens. The Fire Marshal uses a special Fire Safety Trailer, as a classroom on wheels, to teach children and adults what to do in the event of fire. The trailer is featured at schools and community events throughout the County. It safely demonstrates the limited visibility conditions caused by smoke during a fire. This innovative educational program has helped many replace fear and uncertainty with the confidence of knowing what to do in an emergency. To schedule the Fire Safety Trailer, contact the Fire Marshal's Office.
A burn permit from the Fire Marshal's Office is required before starting any fire in unincorporated areas of Dare County. Towns within the County have their own restrictions and requirements. See Burn Permits for contact numbers.