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.

November 30, 2016 - After 38 years of service to ESFD, Assistant Chief Mike Macon
retired. ESFD wishes Chief Macon well in his future endeavors and thanks him for his
dedicated service to the community.

October 29, 2016 - On October 29, 2016 ESFD participated in the 7th 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 $4,300.00 thanks to the outpouring of the community.

October 25, 2016 - ESFD assisted Ulah Fire Department in offering an informative and
moving program to young adult drivers today at Uwharrie Charter High School in an
effort to prevent future tragedies. "VIP for a VIP", Vehicle injury Prevention for a Very
important Person, focuses on teaching young drivers how to safely operate a motor
vehicle without the distractions of speed, alcohol, drugs, cell phones, etc. During the
morning session, speakers from the various agencies presented information directly
related to young adult driver fatalities. During the afternoon session, a dramatic
demonstration of a fatal car crash was presented by the participating emergency
services personnel. Ulah Fire Department, East Side Fire Department, Seagrove Fire
Department, Randolph County Sheriff's Office, Randolph County Emergency Services,
and NC State Highway Patrol assisted with the program by providing apparatus,
equipment, and manpower.

October 10-14, 2016 - Congratulations to FF Garth Stowe who completed the NC
Breathing Equipment School in Gastonia this past week. This is a physically demanding
course focused on firefighter self-survival, air consumption, flashover, and other
specialized training. Good job and keep up the hard work.

October 10-14, 2016 - FF Fuller and FF Allred spent five days assisting with hurricane
relief efforts in Columbus County. E-192 was stationed at Whiteville Fire Department
providing relief for WFD crews with several calls for service being handled.

February 2, 2016 - Lt. Ryan Husband was promoted to the rank of Captain (24-A).

January 1, 2016 - ESFD responded to 689 calls for service during 2015; this is an
average of 57 calls per month.

December 4, 2015 - E-191 and several ESFD members participated in the annual
Asheboro Christmas parade in downtown Asheboro.     
Photo Credits: Ricky Ingold

November 29, 2015 - ESFD recently purchased a 1997 KME Renegade (1750/850)
engine that will respond first-out from Station 19 on traffic accidents, hazmat, and
service calls. In the coming months, ESFD members will mount equipment, stripe/letter
the apparatus, and train on the new apparatus before placing it in service as E-192.