The Maysville Fire & EMS is a team of volunteers is comprised of your neighbors, your friends and maybe even your relatives. They’re people just like you – with families, jobs and active lifestyles who still find time to give back to their community. Maysville offers a friendly environment for you to discover your capabilities and make the most of your volunteering investment.
For over 50 Years, Maysville was without fire protection and in that half a century the town was never ravaged by serious fire. 1 or 2 small dwellings were lost and a store fire conquered with the aid of the New Bern Fire Department
In June of 1951, the Town Board of Commissioners of Maysville, recognized the need for a fire protection but, was handicapped for funds. Contributions were solicited and the necessary money was raised. A John Bean High Pressure Fog Fire Fighter mounted on a Ford truck was purchased. THIS WAS THE FIRST OF IT’S KIND IN THE STATE! Two Citizens went to accept delivery in Lansing, Michigan and also went through the company fire school to learn to use the new truck.
When the truck arrived in Maysville, there was no place to keep it, and it was sitting out in the open. The situation continued thought the summer and fall until December. A number of people in the town thought the truck was a useless expenditure and cooperation in building a suitable house was meager. The People of town came to the rescue and volunteered labor as their contribution. Up to this time, only five men knew anything about the operation of the truck.
Such was the case until April 11, 1952. On that day a gasoline tanker collided with an automobile in the very center of town. The tanker rolled over into a two story frame building, spilling 4000 gallons of gasoline. The wreck ignited the gas and in a matter of a few seconds the center of town was a roaring inferno.
By the time the fire truck got there, two other buildings were on fire. Through the efforts of the few men who had trained on the truck and the help of hundreds of others in supplying the truck with water, (Maysville had no city water system at the time) by the time four other fire companies (from Jacksonville, New Bern, Kinston and Washington) arrived, the Maysville truck had the fire confined and the town out of danger. A general fire alarm had been turned in and, at the onset, the situation was considered so serious that a Red Cross Field Disaster Unit was sent to Maysville since no one expected much left of the town and thought most of it’s citizens would be left homeless. This tragedy resulted in one life lost and several thousand dollars in property damage. There is no telling how high the toll might have been were it not for the new truck and the men who manned it.
Maysville woke up. The Finer Carolina Program had already adopted the fire departments as a project, and this time things started rolling. The bare tuck was outfitted with helmets, coats, gas masks, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and spot lights. The Fire house and town hall were completed and the truck was given a modern home. A volunteer fire company was formed consisting of 26 members who held regular drills and meetings. Two men were sent to fire school in Charlotte, NC and the rest were trained in house. The volunteer fire company is know as the Fireman’s Association. The members paid dues, and Association has sponsored carnivals, and bazaars in the past. From the time this was written there have been many improvements and there are more to come.
In the early 80’s a Code Siren with control box was added for better warning, and alert of firefighters and EMS. In the late 80’s a Monitor Paging system, response time was increased & to server a larger area. In the 90’s the advent of a new station and newer equipment made faster response. In 2006 we started to use a Repeater to make the radio service better in all area’s of the county. We added a weather station and new turn-out gear. A cascade system was added in 2007 and Air packs.
In 2007 we have received grants that made it possible to add a cascade system to the station, and the addition of a thermal camera. In 2008 we received a truck from Atlantic, NC we replaced the Green truck 303 with a newer and in better shape truck, the truck number is still 303. This truck was returned to them after we received Engine 2 from the Forest Service Grant Program, this truck cam from Camp Lejeune. We also updated extrication equipment and vehicle stabilization jacks. We have upgraded much of the equipment on out trucks and changed light bars, and radios for better service. in 2014 we merged our communication with Lenior County and Jones County. This improved the over all service of 911 and dispatching services.
Every year the Maysville Christmas Parade is put on by the EMS and has become a part of the area. This event marks the coming of the Christmas season and happens the 1st Sat. of December.
We take emergency services very seriously. While individuals volunteer to serve their community, our volunteers must realize that the services the department provides are a critical component of the life saving services available to the citizens of our communities. We must be committed to providing our services 24/7/365.
The department currently maintains a fleet of 2 engines, squad rescue/brush truck, a tanker truck, a basic life support ambulances, Basic life support QRV, special response trailer, a rescue boat, and support boat, light tower, and support vehicles.
Several of our units are funded in part by grants from local, state, and federal grant programs.
Maysville’s membership is made up of approximately 25 active fire, EMS and administrative/support volunteers.
The Maysville Fire & EMS seeks volunteers to bolster its ranks in a diverse range of services. We offer a long list of benefits including in-house, local and national training, flexible duty assignments, member only events and most importantly a friendly, fun, professional atmosphere where you’ll find a second family.