The Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1964 and has been proudly serving not only our community, but also the City of Fayetteville, town of Hope Mills and Cumberland and surrounding counties since. We provide emergency medical, rescue and fire protection services. Our department is internationally accredited with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), achieving accreditation in 2012 and is currently one of only two volunteer fire departments in the United States listed on the Commission on Fire Accreditation International Accredited Fire/Rescue Agencies Web site.
Stoney Point responds from two facilities, stations 13 and 19, housing six pumper/tankers, two rescue vehicles, two brush units, a quick response medical unit, two rescue boats, mobile air trailer, foam trailer and two prime mover units. Ninety percent of our membership consists of dedicated volunteers with a total membership of over 100 s. Many of our members hold state firefighting, driver/operator, hazardous material, fire life safety educator and associated rescue certifications. All firefighters receive medical first responder training, with 50% of our membership trained at the North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) level. Several more hold North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) credentials.
In 2015, our fire department responded to over 1800 requests for assistance. Approximately 50% of those calls were structural, grass/woods, or vehicle fires, false alarms and service calls while the remaining 50% were emergency medical incidents and vehicle accidents. The department is supported by a strong and dedicated volunteer auxiliary providing supplementary and financial support in the furtherance of our emergency response.
If you are interested in volunteering and becoming a member or wish to make a contribution to the Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department please call (910) 424-0694. Please send written correspondence to 7221 Stoney Point Road, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28306. You may also download the membership application on the site or stop by the station during our weekly Thursday night membership meeting starting at 7:30 PM.
CSU Releases 2018 Hurricane Season Predictions
Colorado State University has released its projections for the 2018 season. CSU data estimates 14 named storms from 1 June to 30 November 2018, with seven becoming hurricanes and three becoming “major.” See the CSU press release for more information.
Prepare early for a hurricane – the last 72 hours prior to landfall uncertain as the hurricane energy fluctuates. Consult Ready.gov’s resources or the FEMA 2017 Hurricane Guide to make a plan and stay safe!
Stoney Point Fire Department Receives Re-accreditation
As a result of an extremely dedicated volunteer membership and a committed staff the Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department has received “re-accredited agency” status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department is currently only one of two accredited volunteer fire departments in the nation.
The Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department was first accredited in 2012 and has continually updated their community risk and safety needs while maintaining our community-specific standards of cover. We continuously evaluate our department’s performance through annual strategic planning.
Read the full press release here.
Brush Fire Season – 2017
To those in our community, please be aware it is again brush fire season. Dry vegetation, increased winds, and low humidity make an ideal recipe for runaway brush fires. These fires can expand rapidly and unpredictably – and may destroy property and residences.
Please refer to the North Carolina Forestry Service’s Web site for guidance.
In addition, remember to:
- Fully extinguish and discard cigarette butts in appropriate fire-resistant containers.
- Avoid leaving hot, powered equipment idling over concentrations of dry vegetation.
- Ensure that spark arrestors are installed and in good working condition.
- Fully extinguish, saturate, and bury any outdoor fire. Hidden embers can smolder even in an oxygen-starved environment, then suddenly ignite when again exposed to air.
- Avoid burning on dry, windy days. Even small embers can travel long distances and begin spot fires. Conversely, brush fires can burn under the top layer of vegetation and move unseen before emerging elsewhere.
If you see evidence of a brush fire, please contact your emergency services line.
Deputy Fire Chief Receives 2016 Fire Officer of the Year
During the February 6, 2016 North Carolina Association of Fire Chief’s annual Fire Chief and Fire Officer of the Year Banquet in Concord, North Carolina, Stoney Point Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Freddy L. Johnson, Jr., was named the 2016 Volunteer Fire Officer of the Year. This award, the most prestigious honor the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs can bestow upon its fire officers, was conceived to recognize truly outstanding fire officers whose actions and leadership in their profession, home, community and country, serve as an example and challenge for all other fire officers throughout the State of North Carolina. Two awards are presented annually: one for Career Fire Officer and one for a Combination/Volunteer Fire Officer. Deputy Chief Johnson Jr. is the first recipient of the newly-implemented award, which will be presented annually by the NCAFC in addition to the traditional Fire Chief of the Year Award.
March 2016 Update
Welcome to spring! Brushfire season continues anew as the weather warms and old vegetation dries out. Remember to dispose of cigarette butts only in approved containers and avoid burning debris of any kind on warm, windy days. Visit the North Carolina Forest Service for assistance.
As the weather warms and pools re-open, please take a moment and visit poolsafety.gov to review a variety of ways to stay safe while staying cool. North Carolina had 10 summer drownings last year; let’s make a goal of 0 this year!
Finally, as summer rushes ever closer, be sure to review your home emergency supplies and keep abreast of North Carolina’s ever-changing weather.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posts all watches and warnings here.
- Current projections are indicating a quieter hurricane season this year, but that’s no reason to become complacent. May 15 through May 21 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week; check your supplies and replace anything that’s expired. Ensure you have copies of vital records and pre-established emergency plans for communications, security of your personal belongings, and even evacuation.
- Visit Ready.gov for even more ideas to make sure you’re ready in case of a disaster.
Stoney Point Fire Department Turned 50
This year, the Stoney Point Fire Department celebrates a significant milestone. On July 24, the Department will realize 50 years of dedicated service to the fire district, Cumberland County and the Great State of North Carolina. Stoney Point has come a long way from the original group of men who banded together to protect their fellow citizens from the ravages of fire.
Over the years, Stoney Point has evolved from one fire engine kept in a small fire house to a modern, well equipped, fire department that now includes two stations. Our newest, state of the art station resides in Lake Upchurch and services this area of our district. The entire fire district includes 18 square miles and encompasses the Stoney Point and Lake Upchurch areas of Cumberland County.
From the days of simple helmets and rain coats, Stoney Point has become one of the most modern fire departments in North Carolina. Equipped with six fire engines, two brush trucks, two rescue trucks, two rescue boats and an EMS squad, the department provides full-spectrum fire, EMS and rescue services to its constituents. In addition, Stoney Point is the only
volunteer fire department in North Carolina and one of two in the United States accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). Chief Freddy L. Johnson Sr. is our fire chief and was selected the 2013 National Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year by Fire Chief Magazine, Pierce MFG and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
In addition to accreditation, Stoney Point is an Insurance Service Office (ISO) level 3 fire department. What does this mean? It means you have an extremely capable fire department that has met or exceeded strenuous requirements, and one that is the only volunteer fire department in North Carolina to achieve this rating utilizing a Method 3 Tanker Shuttle. How did we accomplish this? The answer is simple: through our members’ dedication and skills.
Stoney Point currently has over 100 active members including 23 support staff, 18 full- and part-time paid personnel and 70 volunteer firefighters. Training is a mandatory requirement for all our firefighters. ISO mandates 240 hours of training per firefighter per year. This demanding requirement is met by over 60% of our members with the remaining 40% exceeding 200 hours. Included in the regimen are firefighting skills, techniques, and procedures, emergency medical care and technical rescue.
Stoney Point Fire Department provides continuous service twenty-four hours per day, seven days per week. These services include fire, emergency medical and rescue, and also include Fire Life Safety Education programs for our schools and organizations within our community.
Stoney Point continuously strives toward excellence, sets the example and provides the trends for other fire departments to follow in Cumberland County and the surrounding areas. Although we have come a long way from 1964, one thing stills stands first and foremost as it did for our founding fathers: selfless service to our fellow citizens and personal sacrifice remain our members’ mantra.
Chief Freddy L. Johnson Sr. Recognized at FRI
During Fire Rescue International (FRI-2013) in Chicago Illinois, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) along with Fire Chief Magazine and Pierce MFG selected Stoney Point VFD Fire Chief Freddy L. Johnson Sr. the national 2013 Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year. Fire Chief of the Year is presented annually by the IAFC and Pierce Manufacturing at the general session of Fire-Rescue International. The award honors one career and one volunteer fire chief for their leadership, innovation, professional development, integrity, service to the public and contributions as a whole to the fire service.
Chief Freddy L. Johnson Sr. named Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year
At the 84th Annual Leadership Conference of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, Stoney Point Fire Chief Freddy L. Johnson, Sr. was named the 2012 Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year on June 15. Among Chief Johnson’s many accomplishments is the Accreditation of the Stoney Point Fire Department by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). The Stoney Point Fire Department holds the distinct honor of being one of two volunteer fire departments in the United States that are accredited.
Stoney Point Fire Department Internationally Accredited
The Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department (SPFD) received Accredited Agency status with the Commission of Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s self-assessment and accreditation program. The SPFD is the first volunteer department in North Carolina and only the second volunteer fire organization to achieve accredited agency status in the nation. This is a major accomplishment. Of more than 30,000 rated fire departments in the United States, there are only 150 holding Internationally Accredited status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. CFAI is dedicated to assisting fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation to provide continuous quality improvement and enhancement of service delivery to their communities. The CFAI process provides an agency with an improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally, and then works with a peer assessment team from other agencies to evaluate their completed assessment.
Stoney Point District Fire Chief Shines
Not known for tooting his own horn, Chief Johnson had to be tricked to attend the ceremony where he was formally presented with the North Carolina Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year Award on February 4th. The 2012 Mid-Winter Fire Chief’s Conference took place in Concord, NC. Many members have seen Chief Johnson, Sr. give out plenty of awards to his crew over the years. For a change, the one to recognize so many is being recognized himself. This award is certainly a long overdue pat on the back for Stoney Point Fire Department’s longest-standing Chief.