Chief Joseph Dixon resigned March 12, 2021 to pursue another opportunity in Gainesville, FL. The interim Fire Chief is James Farfour, who will take over the Office of the Fire Chief until a permanent decision is made by the City Manager.
Check out our Annual Report for 2020. We did not let the pandemic keep us from being involved with our community. We just had to figure out a different way than our usual approach.
Join us in congratulating Captain Jon Gillis on his retirement from Goldsboro Fire Department. Captain Gillis served the department for over 32 years.
Our annual Breast Cancer T-Shirt Fundraiser has begun. T-shirts are $20 each and payable by cash or check. Call 919-580-4262 to place your order and schedule your pick-up time today!
Assistant Chief Sasser is retiring after 43 years of dedicated service to the Goldsboro Fire Department. His presence will be missed, but the lessons and skills he taught will be forever remembered.
Our CPAT is underway! October 17th is the final testing day. We look forward to seeing these candidates show their skills.
Chief Joseph Dixon joined the department in July of 2018. He made tremendous advancements in the department in his time here. He implemented a reorganization of the department to include the positions of Deputy Chief and Lieutenant allowing for more advancement opportunities within the department. This reorganization was also a cost-saving effort not only within the department, but the city of Goldsboro. He has encouraged new and differing training opportunities to allow the personnel to grow in their knowledge of the fire service. He was an advocate, not only for the employees of GFD, but for the citizens of Goldsboro as well. Chief Dixon left the department to pursue other opportunities in March of 2021.
Thick smoke could be seen for miles as Eastern Aluminum on Oak Forest Rd. burned on the afternoon of April 13, 2018. C Shift was on duty that day, but members of A and B Shifts were called in to assist. 35 Personnel from GFD along with volunteers from Belfast, Elroy, Nahunta, and Patetown Fire Departments fought the fire for almost 1.5 hours before it was under control. Crews were on scene for almost 10 hours total to keep watch on any hot spots and also for investigation and clean up. Two fire personnel and one civilian sustained minor injuries that day. Cause of the fire was undetermined after the investigation.
A major fire occurred in Goldsboro on August 4, 2015 at Aycock Tractor Company close to 7:00 in the evening. Due to the massive size of this fire and materials around the structure, it took over 3 hours to control the fire. C Shift was on duty that evening, but members of A Shift were called back to assist. Also, members of neighboring volunteer fire departments were called to aid GFD including: Belfast, Elroy, Rosewood, New Hope, Mar Mac, Patetown, and Pricetown.
Chief Gary Whaley became Fire Chief in 2009. During his time as Chief, he accomplished many goals for the department. The ISO (Insurance rating) for GFD was improved from a 4 to a 3 due partially to personnel and equipment improvements. Station 4 had an addition added on in 2010. Due to the size of apparatus being used, the old bay was too small and no longer usable for housing the apparatus. A new dual bay was built on the eastern side of the structure. Other departmental improvements included the addition of our current Engine 1, as well as a new aerial apparatus, Tower 1. Staffing improvements were made in adding the positions of Senior Firefighter, Day Shift Captains, and the Fire Marshal. The Water Rescue team was developed after the need was seen during several major hurricanes in our area. The GFD Explorer program, and the Car Seat program were also implemented in our department during Chief Whaley's time at GFD. He was very active within the community, never one to say a job was too small for him. Chief Whaley retired from the department in 2017.