Our Mission Statement
The Stoney Point Fire Department’s mission is to protect its citizens and to create a safer community through coordinated training, education, prevention, investigation, emergency response and leadership.
About Your SPFD Volunteers
Your SPFD volunteer firefighters and EMS providers are people from the general public committed to their community. Our membership consists of eighty-two members; some with over 30 years with SPFD. They are on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Each member dedicates one night a week to overnight duty shift and yet another evening for training.
Some leave their businesses or places of employment during work hours to answer alarms. They sacrifice time with loved ones and family, postpone household projects, and sacrifice vacation time because of their genuine concern for their neighbors and their thirst for challenge. Though unpaid, they dedicate many long hours to continuing education and progressive training. They are soldiers and airmen, computer technicians, doctors, realtors, high school students, paramedics, paid firefighters, police officers, nurses, homemakers, office assistants, business owners and retirees. They’re your next-door neighbor or maybe the person standing next to you in line at the checkout counter. Most of all, they are ordinary people volunteering to do extraordinary work. Come and visit us; join as volunteer or auxiliary member, or support our fundraisers!
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Stoney Point Fire Chief, Freddy L. Johnson Sr., a retired Army Sergeant Major and native from Germany who began his fire service career at 22 years old in 1975 while serving in the United States Army at Fort Bragg, with the Lake Rim Volunteer Fire Department. In April 1976, Chief Johnson purchased a new home next door to the Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department and joined as a volunteer.
Working his way through the various volunteer ranks, Chief Johnson was appointed fire district’s 5th Fire Chief on March 1st, 1980. Under his leadership, Stoney Point continued expanding to meet the growing community needs and currently is one of two volunteer fire departments Internationally Accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). The department has undergone major transformations expanding its services from a fire only provider to a full service, two station delivery agency that includes Rescue and Emergency Medical Services. The Department responds to over 1500 calls for service annually throughout the urban and rural areas of Cumberland and surrounding counties.
Chief Johnson and his wife Clarkie have three grown children, and five grandchildren. Chief Johnson continually works to improve public service initiatives on a County-wide basis through his active participation with the Cumberland County Fire Chief’s Association where he currently serves as President. He also actively involved with community oriented functions through serving on boards and committees, and is a member of the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission as well as various local and national fire service organizations.
In 2012, he was selected by the Volunteer Chief of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Fire Chief’s and the Southeastern Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. Freddy was named Fire Chief Magazine’s 2013 National Volunteer Chief of the Year, and is a recipient of “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” which is North Carolina’s highest civilian award given by Governor. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and with over thirty years in the fire service, coupled with his strong fire department operations and administration background, received the Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFO) from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). He is a nationally certified Pro-Board/IFSAC Fire Officer IV, Fire Life Safety Educator III, IFSAC Certified Fire Instructor II, Firefighter II, Hazardous Material Operations, Driver / Operator Aerial & Pumps, Emergency Vehicle Driver, Fire / Arson Investigator, Emergency Rescue Technician, Rescue Technician Rope Rescue, Rescue Technician Surface Water Rescue, Rescue Technician Vehicle & Machinery, Agricultural Rescue Technician, and a North Carolina Executive Emergency Manager certifications as well as a North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. In 2013, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Pierce Manufacturing, and Fire Chief Magazine named Chief Johnson the national Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year.
Deputy Fire Chief Freddy L. Johnson, Jr. spent his entire childhood residing next door to the Stoney Point Fire Department where his father served as Fire Chief. During this time, he witnessed key changes within the department before officially joining as a Junior Firefighter in 1985. After graduating from South View High School in 1989, he was hired as a full-time firefighter. At the same time, he attended Fayetteville State University in pursuit of a Criminal Justice Degree.
Working his way through the various volunteer ranks, he was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief in July 1994. In 1995, he joined the North Carolina State Highway Patrol as a State Trooper and was assigned to Robeson County while at the same time maintaining his volunteer firefighter responsibilities. He is now a Captain assigned to Field Operations in Raleigh. In July 1996, he was appointed to his present position of Deputy Fire Chief. He provides leadership and guidance to the overall fire department operations, ensuring overall readiness to efficiently respond to needs of our community. He responds to major incidents and fills assorted roles at incident scenes including incident command, operations, safety and other critical key roles as needed. He holds responsibility for administrative duties encompassing training, emergency operations, emergency rescue & medical services, fire prevention, and hazardous materials. He played a major role in the department’s nationally accredited agency status with the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). He served as the Insurance Service Office (ISO) coordinator and prepared the department for the October 2012 Department of Insurance (DOI) ISO inspection resulting in a Class 3 rating effective 1 May 2013.
Deputy Chief Johnson Jr. is married to the former Dawn Autry, another life-long resident of the Stoney Point Fire District. They have been married for 14 years and have one son, Freddy L. Johnson III and call him Trey.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice, and, with over twenty-five years in emergency services, coupled with his strong fire service credentials, has been professionally designated as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). He is a nationally certified Pro-Board Fire Officer IV, IFSAC Certified Fire Instructor II, Firefighter II, Hazardous Material Technician, Driver/Operator Pumps, Emergency Vehicle Driver, North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician, Basic Rescue Certification and posses a North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. He also serves on numerous local committees, and is a member of multiple and various local and national fire service organizations. In 2016, Chief Johnson Jr. became the first recipient of the North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs Volunteer Fire Officer of the Year Award.
Assistant Fire Chief Sean C. Johnson has been in the fire service for as long as he can remember. Growing up next door to the Stoney Point Fire Department provided the catalyst for a life long volunteer career within the Cumberland County Fire, Rescue & EMS Service. He officially started with the Stoney Point Fire Department as a Junior Firefighter in 1990. During those early years, Sean attended as many fire, rescue and EMS training as possible and attained numerous Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Certification. Throughout his tenure, he’s served as a Firefighter/EMT, Engineer, Lieutenant, Shift Captain and presently in his current position of Assistant Volunteer Fire Chief. His current responsibilities revolve around several areas including Driver Operator, Technical Rescue, Physical Fitness and Safety training as well as assisting with the department’s national accreditation. Sean was one of two volunteer chief officers to complete the North Carolina Fire Officer IV pilot program will be awarded this prestigious honor in August 2014. He concurrently serves as a North Carolina State Highway Patrol State Trooper stationed in Cumberland County where he resides with his wife, Tracie, and their two children, Walker and Pierce.
In 2012, Sean was selected as the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) chapter, and is a past department Firefighter and Fire Officer of the year. He is actively involved with community oriented functions serving on boards and committees, and is a member of multiple local and national fire service organizations. He is a certified North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician, IFSAC/Pro-Board Fire Officer IV, IFSAC Fire & Rescue Instructor II, Firefighter II, Hazardous Material Level II, Fire & Life Safety Educator III, Driver Operator Pumps, Emergency Vehicle Driver, Emergency Rescue Technician, Rescue Technician Rope Rescue, Surface Water Rescue Technician, Agricultural Rescue Technician, Rescue Technician Vehicle & Machinery, graduate of the North Carolina SCBA Breathing Equipment School and holds a Basic North Carolina Law Enforcement Certificate.
Assistant Fire Chief Kevin T. Murphy hails from Allendale, New Jersey where he started his firefighting career in 1971 as a junior firefighter. Joining the United States Army in 1981, his military career stationed him at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Settling in the Stoney Point Fire District, he became a member of the Stoney Point Fire Department in 1996.
During his tenure with the Allendale Fire Department, he served as a junior firefighter, firefighter, firefighter-engineer and rose through the officer positions from lieutenant to assistant chief. He achieved status as a New Jersey State Exempt Fireman. Kevin is a charter member of the Upper Saddle River Rescue Squad where he served as a rescue man and rescue lieutenant. He received the Northwest Bergen Mutual Aid Association Valor Award for a rescue performed August 15, 1974. He certified as a Level II Firefighter and was on the Bergen County Vocational School Rescue Program instructor staff teaching Collapse Rescue and Operational Risk Analysis.
Joining the Stoney Point Fire Department in 1996, he served as a firefighter, engineer, Captain, EMT and now Assistant Chief. As the Department’s training officer, he holds responsibility for planning, coordination and execution of in-service and external training for this eighty-two member volunteer department that provides fire, rescue and EMS throughout its 32 square mile district.
His military career spanned thirty years of enlisted and commissioned service in Army Special Operations and Airborne Infantry where he retired in 2013 as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his long and distinguished military career, he fulfilled ninety-two months of combat and peacetime command ranging from platoon through combined/joint special operations task force levels. He is a 1998 graduate of the United States Air Force Air Command and General Staff College.
Kevin earned a Master Degree in Business Administration as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Safety Administration. Fire certifications include Pro-Board Fire Officer IV, Firefighter I&II, Hazardous Material Operations, Driver-Operator-Pumps, Rescue Technician Vehicle & Machinery and Rescue Technician Surface Water Rescue. He is a certified Fire Instructor II for Firefighter I&II, Driver-Operator-Pumps, STICO, Instructor Methodology and Live Burn, and is a 2009 graduate of the North Carolina Breathing Equipment School. His EMS certification includes North Carolina EMT-Paramedic and he’s completed the North Carolina Fire Officer IV pilot program.
He resides in the Stoney Point area of Fayetteville with his wife Cynthia and daughter Erin. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Division Chief Brandon P. Hanzal graduated from Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington and attended Walla Walla Community College, earning an associate’s degree. He also attended Whitworth College before joining the US. Army and moving to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He joined the Stoney Point Fire Department in January 2001 as a volunteer while continuing to serve as a combat medic in the US. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. While serving with the Stoney Point Fire Department, Brandon met his wife Marcia (also a SPFD firefighter/EMT) and they have two daughters Reese and Natalie. Currently he serves as a day supervisor coordinating the station’s Maintenance, Logistics, Fire prevention and Department Safety Officer programs. Brandon spearheads the Departments Apparatus Replacement committee and is involved with the planning and execution of the department’s annual fund raiser, the Trail of Terror. He continuously strives to improve himself and holds the following National and North Carolina State Certifications. National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), North Carolina Department of Insurance (DOI)/IFSAC/Pro-Board Certified Fire Officer II, North Carolina DOI/IFSAC Certified Fire Service Instructor II, North Carolina DOI/IFSAC Certified Firefighter II, North Carolina DOI/IFSAC Certified Hazardous Material Level I, North Carolina DOI/IFSAC Certified Fire Life Safety Educator Level I, North Carolina DOI/IFSAC Certified Driver/Operator Pumps, North Carolina DOI/IFSAC Certified Rescue Technician, and a North Carolina Emergency Vehicle Driver.
Assistant Chief Derrick. S. Clouston has been a lifelong member of the Stoney Point Fire Department and started in the Junior Firefighter program in 1987. As a volunteer, Derrick immersed himself in the fire service taking advantage of many opportunities to further himself. His ultimate goal of giving back to the department and profession has been realized numerous times. Derrick rose through the ranks and was promoted to Assistant Chief 1997. He currently leads our accreditation efforts. In 1994, Derrick was hired by the Fayetteville Fire Department where he worked for five years and was assigned to the HAZMAT team.
In 2000 and looking to further his career, Derrick accepted a job with the NC Office of State Fire Marshal as a Fire/Rescue Training Specialist. In 2007 he was promoted to Field Service Supervisor responsible for Fire and Rescue Training section within NC DOI OSFM.
His education includes an AAS in Fire Protection Technology from Central Piedmont Community College, BS Public Administration Fire Service Emphasis from Upper Iowa University and a Masters in Public Administration from UNC-Pembroke. He state certified Level IV Instructor, Fire Officer IV, Haz-Mat Specialist, and holds many other specialty instructor certifications. Other accomplishments include graduating from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in January of 2005 and receiving his Chief Fire Officer Designation in January of 2008 by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Derrick also serves on the Executive Board of the North Carolina State Fireman’s Association. He is a Chief Fire Officer Designation Peer Reviewer and a Level I Peer Assessor for the Center for Fire Accreditation International.
He currently resides in Asheboro with his wife, Heather, and son, Baron.
Fire & EMS Officers
Captain Joe Belcher Jr. is a Charleston, South Carolina native where he attended R.B. Stall High School. Following high school, Joe joined the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He began his fire service career as a volunteer in 1992 after moving into the Stoney Point Fire District.
Throughout twenty-three years of service with the Stoney Point Fire Department, he has served in numerous positions including Firefighter/EMT, Engineer, Lieutenant, and Captain. His current duties include Monday night duty shift captain, where he manages ten certified volunteer Firefighters and EMTs assigned to his crew. He also assists in the development and conduct of entry level training for new department members teaching the SCBA and life support equipment portions. He is a past recipient of the department’s Firefighter of the Year Award.
Joe is a retired Army First Sergeant whose military service spans over twenty six years and includes assignments in some of the Army’s most elite units, among them the 82nd Airborne Division and the Army’s Parachute Demonstration Team, the Golden Knights.
Captain Belcher’s professional qualifications include NC/IFSAC & Pro-Board Certified Fire Officer II, NC/IFSAC Fire Service Instructor II, NC/IFSAC Firefighter Level II, NC/IFSAC Driver Operator – Pumps, Emergency Vehicle Driver, NC/IFSAC Hazardous Materials Operations Level II, NC Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), NC/IFSAC Rescue Technician, NC/IFSAC Rescue Technician – Vehicle and Machinery, NC/ IFSAC Rescue Technician – Rope Rescue, NC/IFSAC Rescue Technician – Surface Water, he is also a Certified Rescue & Recovery Diver. He recently earned his NC Advanced Firefighter certification.
He resides in the fire district with his wife and their dog, Sadie.
Captain Marshall Clary is a long-time Cumberland County resident and has had an interest in the fire service for as long as he can remember. He finally decided to try it on for fit and committed to serving his community in January of 2002. It must have been a New Year’s resolution or something. As the resident Fed-Ex man, he brings an uncanny detailed knowledge of the local area street system. Since joining, he has continually improved his fire, rescue and emergency medical professional development, participated in the department’s promotion assessment program and is currently working on his Fire Officer III Certifications. Marshall currently serves as the Thursday night shift Captain with additional duties as the department assistant training officer. Marshal has the following professional certifications; NC DOI / IFSAC & Pro-Board Fire Officer II, NC DOI / IFSAC Instructor II, NC DOI / IFSAC Firefighter II, NC DOI / IFSAC Driver Operator – Pumps, NC DOI Hazardous Material Level I, NC DOI / IFSAC Rescue Technician – Vehicle & Machinery, NC DOI Emergency Vehicle Driver (EVD) and is also a current NC Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B).
Captain John “John Boy” Kline began his fire service career in 1982 as a junior firefighter with Hope Fire Company in Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania. A second-generation firefighter, John Boy followed in his father’s footsteps, rose through the ranks and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 1993. John Boy later moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina and became part of Stoney Point Fire Department in 2004. He has held the position of Captain since 2011 and currently serves as the Tuesday night duty crew shift Captain. Now a career firefighter at Cotton Fire Department in addition to his volunteer duties, John Boy holds the following certifications: NC DOI/IFSAC and ProBoard Fire Officer II, NC DOI/IFSAC Instructor II, NC DOI/IFSAC Driver Operator – Pumps & Aerials, NC DOI/IFSAC Firefighter II, NC DOI/IFSAC Hazardous Material Level I. He has attended the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Use for Fire and Rescue Operations certification course as well as Arson Detection for First Responders. He is also a certified NC DOI/IFSAC Technical Rescuer for the following specialties: Vehicle and Mechinery Rescue, (VMR), Ropes, Agricultural Rescue, and Large Animal Rescue. He has recently earned state credentialing as a North Carolina EMT-Basic.
Lieutenant Jon Robarge is originally from Wilmington, Massachusetts. As a result, he is a die hard Patriot, Red Sox and Bruin fan. Jon has been a Stoney Point Fire Department member since April 2008, following his service with the US Army 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. Shortly after leaving the US Army, Jon searched for a new, challenging endeavor that would provide excitement and camaraderie he experienced in his military career while at the same time allowing him to serve his community. He found it at Stoney Point! Since beginning his fire career, Jon excelled in all aspects of the fire service, progressing from a probationary firefighter to a Fire Lieutenant. He currently serves as the Thursday night Shift Lieutenant supervising a volunteer crew of ten. Jon is married to his loving wife Amy and they have four children, Trey, Jarred, Ashley, and Alyssa. During his tenure, he’s obtained the following professional certifications; NC DOI/IFSAC & Pro-Board Fire Officer Level I, NC DOI/IFSAC Fire Service Instructor Level I, NC DOI/IFSAC Firefighter II, NC DOI/IFSAC Driver Operator – Pumps, NC DOI/IFSAC Hazardous Material Operations Level I, NC Emergency Vehicle Driver (EVD), NC DOI/IFSAC Rescue Technician – Vehicle & Machinery, and is a graduate of the North Carolina Breathing & Equipment School and a state-certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B).
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Lieutenant Sean Austin, joined the Lake Rim Volunteer Fire Department after moving to Fayetteville, North Carolina in 2002. As with many others subjected to the 2004 Fayetteville City Annexation, then Firefighter Austin joined the Stoney Point Fire Department. Sean quickly gained trust and respect, and was soon hired into a full time firefighting position. After meeting all the prerequisites for Fire Lieutenant, Sean was promoted to Shift Lieutenant and is currently managing an Engine Company Crew assigned to “C” Shift. He strives toward self improvement through education and currently holds the following job related certifications; all three phases of Strategies and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (STICO), NIMS Qualified, North Carolina Department of Insurance (DOI) / IFSAC Firefighter II, Hazardous Material Level 2, Driver Operator Pumps & Aerials, Emergency Vehicle Driver, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer II, Rescue Technician, Rescue Technician Vehicle & Machinery, Rescue Technician Surface Water and he is also a North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician.
Lieutenant Jordan Hughes started his firefighting career as a volunteer joining the department in 2006 while still in high school. Enjoying his volunteer firefighting duties, Jordan attained professional firefighter certifications and was offered a full time position as a firefighter. Since that time he’s excelled and was subsequently promoted to Lieutenant. Currently working as the “B” Shift Lieutenant, he supervises a crew of three full time firefighters. Jordan also holds supervisory responsibility for the volunteer crews in the absence of volunteer officers during his shift. His qualifications include: NC/IFSAC & Pro-Board Fire Officer Level I, NC/IFSAC Fire Service Instructor Level II, NC/IFSAC Firefighter II, NC/IFSAC Driver Operator – Pumps, NC/IFSAC Hazardous Material Operations Level I, NC Emergency Vehicle Driver (EVD), NC/IFSAC Rescue Technician – Vehicle & Machinery. He is also a certified North Carolina Basic Emergency Medical Technician.
Lieutenant Jim Buie began his firefighting adventure in 2009 at the urge of a fellow worker at Best Buy. After stopping by Stoney Point and talking with the chief, he decided, at the tender age of 40, this would be a great opportunity to develop lifelong relationships with an extraordinary group of people while at the same time giving back to the community. Jim was assigned to the Monday night duty crew and has remained part of that team ever since. In 2011 he completed his Firefighter I and II certifications along with HAZMAT and EVD. In 2012, he was part of the engine company that played an integral part in Stoney Point becoming the country’s second internatinally accredited volunteer fire department. Jim was awarded Firefighter of the Year in 2012 and recently completed his NC EMT-Basic certification. For his unsurpassed dedication and commitment to excellence, Jim was promoted in August 2013 and currently serves as Monday night’s volunteer shift lieutenant. He constantly seeks self-improvement and is currently working on completing his Fire Instructor and Fire Officer I certifications. Jim’s current qualifications include; NC/IFSAC Firefighter II, Driver Operator – Pumps, Hazardous Material Operations Level I, NC Emergency Vehicle Driver and NC Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Jim lives with his wife and daughter in western Fayetteville.
Lieutenant Michael Minnick is one of Stoney Point’s youngest and brightest officers. Beginning his fire service career in 2010, Mike joined the Department after earning his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York. His prior administration experience in EMS and other fields has made him a critical asset to the Department. In his short tenure, he’s earned a variety of certifications, among them NCOSFM Firefighter I and II, Technical Rescuer for Vehicle and Machinery, Ropes, and Agricultural Rescue. He is credentialed at the paramedic level with both North Carolina and National Registry, and has sought out additional leadership training, including ICS-300, ICS-400, and NFA Incident Safety Officer. He holds ACLS, PALS, and ITLS certificates. Ever dedicated to the department, Mike received the Department’s 2013 Fire/EMS Officer of the Year Award. He works full time a a Cumberland County EMS paramedic. Responsible for the oversight of the Department’s EMS program, Lt. Minnick works in conjunction with Fayetteville Technical Community College and Cape Fear Valley EMS to manage and schedule EMS education and training. He serves on Tuesday night duty crews.