Fire FAQs

If you are burning outside of the Town limits a burning permit from the NC Forest Service is required. These permits can be obtained from the North Carolina Forest Service website.  These permits are free, sent to you via email and are good for thirty days.  If you are burning it is also suggested that you call Rutherford County Communications Center at 828-286-2911 to let them know about your control burn.

Click this link to access our burning permit flyer:

The Rutherfordton Fire and Rescue Department has a current ISO rating for insurance classifications of a 4/9e.

All properties inside the city limits of Rutherfordton, Ruth, and properties within the Rutherfordton Fire District which are no more than 1000 feet from a fire hydrant have a 4 ISO classification.

All other properties within the Rutherfordton Fire District have a 9e ISO classification.

Rutherfordton Fire & Rescue does not fill any commercial or residential swimming pools.

Rutherfordton Fire & Rescue is currently working on car seat technician certification.

If you need assistance at this time with car seat installation you can contact Forest City Fire Department at 828-245-2111 or Spindale Fire Department at 828-286-3465.

If you are a resident in the Rutherfordton Fire & Rescue’s fire district we do offer free smoke detectors.  These can be picked up at our station or installed by request.  Contact the fire station at 828-287-7367 X2 if you are in need of smoke detectors. “Working smoke detectors save lives”

If you are a resident of the Rutherfordton Fire & Rescue fire district (Town or rural) you can call the fire station at 828-287-7367 X2 to get an address sign. These are free to residents in the fire district.

No open burning inside the Town limits is allowed.  You are allowed to have a recreational fire inside a fire pit.  If you are burning outside of the Town limits a burning permit from the NC Forest Service is required. These permits can be obtained from the North Carolina Forest Service website.  These permits are free, sent to you via email and are good for thirty days.  If you are burning it is also suggested that you call Rutherford County Communications Center at 828-286-2911 to let them know about your control burn.

 

A Knox box is a tamper proof emergency key box that is placed outside of the building.  Once installed we lock the keys to your building inside and they are only accessed if an emergency arises at the location.  The Town has an ordinance that states that any new business in Town or any business that changes occupancy or ownership must have a Knox Box installed.

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