Winterville Fire Department

 Engine #1

The first volunteer fire department was started in 1736 by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Though the concept of putting out a fire seemed simple, the equipment available proved that was not the case

The only tools the volunteers had to work with was buckets, ladders and a few hand tools. This led to the first fire departments being called "Bucket Brigades". Over the last two hundred plus years, tools and equipment have become more and more modern with changes in technology. With the advances in turnout gear, breathing apparatus, engines and numerous other things, firefighters are able to put out a fire in a much more efficient and safe manner.

Though the volunteer fireman doesn't get paid to run calls, they are trained to the same level as a paid firefighter and take just as much pride in their profession. There is nothing as special as the heart of a volunteer!

Meet our Volunteers

Firehouse Pics


Fire Department Roster 2018

The City of Winterville Fire Department operates on a volunteer-basis. We are so thankful to our volunteers for providing our town with life safety and fire protection!


Michael Gabriel - Chief

Ray Durie - Assistant Chief


Wayne Gabriel - Engineer

David Hopper - Engineer


Trey Crowley - Firefighter

Chuck Thornton - Firefighter

Cameron Chubb - Firefighter

Brett Peneguy - Firefighter

Dylan Smith - Firefighter

David Bland - Firefighter

Dallas Gabriel - Firefighter


Kortney Bradshaw - EMT

Tyler Finger - EMT