The mission of the Elkins Fire Department (EFD) is to provide emergency and nonemergency services for the citizens entrusted to our care. We operate a range of programs to safeguard the lives and property of the inhabitants of our jurisdiction from fires and other dangerous conditions, whether natural or man-made. We also strive to prevent emergencies through safety education programs and code enforcement. All department personnel are proud to serve with honor and integrity, treating everyone we encounter with fairness and respect. As a team, we never stop in the pursuit of excellence in all that we do.
EFD offers fire, EMS, and rescue services throughout its 150-square-mile first-due area, serving over 15,000 residents, homes and businesses. Through mutual aid agreements with nine other Randolph County fire departments, EFD is often called even farther afield to protect lives and property, answering an average of 650 calls per year.
EFD staff consists of a fire chief, seven paid firefighters, and eighteen volunteers.
Department personnel are qualified to provide emergency medical services, vehicular extraction, and trench, high-angle, swift-water rescue, and HAZMAT containment. We also have ten certified divers. Multiple times per year, we visit area schools to instruct students about smoke detectors and fire safety.
EFD operates 4 pump trucks, one heavy rescue truck, and one 100-foot tower truck. (You can recognize us because all of our trucks are painted blue.) We also operate several auxiliary vehicles, including two rescue boats.
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