Welcome To Nebo Volunteer Fire Department

Nebo volunteer Fire Department was chartered in the Spring of 1958, making it one of the oldest rural fire departments in Western North Carolina not serving an incorporated area.

We are still classed as being a rural department, but here in Nebo we serve an increasingly suburban area, with a current population of over 5,000. Our area covers over 252 road miles, and over 1800 homes and businesses. All of our members are volunteers.

Our historic location (on Old Highway 10) had been our base since the department's formation, a building that has been added on to several times over the years. 

In the Spring of 2008, plans were made for the department to move into a brand new purpose built facility right around the corner from the current building, a building that we now occupy along with an EMS station

Our Location

Physical Address 199 HWY 126 Nebo, NC 28761
Phone Number 828 659 6497 or 828 659 6848
Fax Number 828 659 6848

Services Provided

  • Firefighting Services (both structure and wildland)
  • Emergency Medical 1st Responder
  • Motor Vehicle Extrication
  • Traffic Control
  • Storm Damage Response

Our average response time is 8 minutes.

Our dispatch radio frequencies are 155, 040

We are members of the NC Fireman Association, and the McDowell Fire and Rescue Association

Scheduled Meetings and Training

Our monthly business meeting is held on the 2nd Monday of each month.

We hold regular training session every Monday, plus other additional training is scheduled on a regular basis.


How do I Become a Volunteer Firefighter?

To become a volunteer firefighter you need to be at least 18 years old, and hold a valid NC drivers license. A volunteer firefighter commits to receiving a minimum of 36 hours training per year, 12 hours of which must be certified training through the community college or NC Dept of Insurance.

A new volunteer firefighter is placed on six month probation, and after the probationary period the membership vote on his/her future.

We encourage members to receive as much training as possible, including "State Firefighter I & II" certification, Emergency Med, and First Responder certification. We do have incentives for these achievements.

We also have a Jr Firefighter program for members between the ages of 16 - 18 years old.


Helicopter Services

The NC Forest Service provides helicopters for wildland fires and search & rescue operations, medical helicopters from the following areas can also be called upon..

MAMA - Mission Hospital, Asheville, NC
Regional One - Spartanburg, SC
Wings - Johnson City, TN
Carolinas Medical - Charlotte, NC