November 12, 2018 - At ESFD's annual board meeting, several individuals were
recognized. Deputy Chief RB McDonald retired after serving for 38 years. Deputy Chief
McDonald served in many capacities over the years ranging from firefighter to captain to
deputy chief. Board of Director Bill Trogdon retired after serving on the board since the
department’s creation in 1968. FF Tanner Smith received the Firefighter of the Year
award. Congratulations to all of these individuals and thank you for your service to the
department and the community.

July 23, 2018 - TL-248 and AFD L-18 flew the American flag over Highway 64 as Ash-
Rand Assistant Chief and Moore County EMS Major Tommy McNeill was escorted home
from Raleigh.

July 20, 2018 - On May 9th, ESFD was rated by the Office of State Fire Marshal. Three
areas were examined: emergency communications (Randolph County 911), fire
department (staffing, apparatus, stations, training, etc), and water supply (hydrants,
water points, etc). Earlier this week, we were notified that our rating will improve from a
Class 5 to a Class 4 on October 1st, 2018. This would not have been possible without
the time and effort put forth by ESFD members and the continued assistance of our
automatic-aid partners. We ask that anyone who owns a home or business in ESFD’s
district to contact their insurance company to ensure that the new rate is shown on
their policy. When talking to your insurance agent, be aware that ESFD was chartered
as Central Randolph and some insurance companies only recognize that name.

March 6, 2018 - ESFD was inspected by the NC Association of Rescue & EMS to
receive our Light Rescue certification. This certification allows ESFD to expand our
services provided to the community. To be eligible for certification, ESFD had to meet
many requirements dealing with membership, training, and equipment. The majority of
rescue equipment is carried on SQ-246 including extrication/stabilization equipment,
rope/rope hardware, water rescue equipment, various hand tools, and much more. With
the addition of more equipment in the near future, we will request an additional
inspection for the Medium Rescue certification

January 1, 2018 - ESFD ended 2017 with 654 calls. This is an average of 55 calls per

October 14, 2017 - ESFD participated in the 8th annual Fill-The-Boot fundraiser to
help fight muscular dystrophy. Firefighters were at the intersection of Highway 64 E.
and E. Presnell St. from 10AM-12PM collecting donations. In all, firefighters raised
$4,160.00 thanks to the outpouring of the community.   

July 21, 2017 - At 0800, history was made as ESFD career staff transitioned to
working 24-hour shifts. In addition to part-time and volunteer personnel, this allows
coverage 24/7/365 from Station 24 located at 2444 Buffalo Ford Rd. In recent years,
career staff worked during daytime hours relying completely on volunteers after hours.

A Shift - FF Angela Helms
B Shift - Lt. Brent Fuller
C Shift - FF Jason Coleman

May 9, 2017 - Congratulations to FF Brent Fuller who has been promoted to the rank
of Lieutenant (19-C) and Captain Ryan Husband who has been promoted to the rank of
Assistant Chief (AC-14).

January 1, 2017 - 2016 was a very busy and productive year for ESFD:
- 630 calls for service were handled with working structure fires totaling 24
- Numerous state certifications were obtained department-wide in addition to our
normal required training
- $4,300 was raised at the annual Fill-The-Boot to benefit the MDA
- In October, an engine company was sent to Columbus County for one week to assist
with Hurricane Matthew relief efforts

All this would not be possible without the dedicated members, both paid and volunteer,
that make up ESFD. Here is to a safe and successful 2017.