Department Receives New Public Protection Classification 

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Established in 1955


The department held its annual Christmas Dinner and Awards Banquet on December 8th.  The event recognized the contributions of their members and celebrated 64 years of community service.

Our 2019 Firefighter of the Year was awarded to Firefighter Jason Ortiz, and Lieutenant Justin Bitler received the 2019 Fire Officer of the Year Award. Both Lieutenant Bitler and Firefighter Ortiz exceeded the requirements expected of their positions and showed a distinct pattern of community service and professional achievements.

The Leo Savage award for Excellence was awarded to Firefighters Jason Swann and Ed Samuelan. This award is designed to acknowledge and express appreciation for outstanding accomplishments, to both themselves and the department.

All these individuals exemplify the character, commitment, and compassion that are hallmarks of the firefighter profession.

There were over 100 past and present firefighters along with family and friends in attendance.


On December 16, 2019 Cumberland Road Fire Department was inspected by the North Carolina Department of Insurance.  The inspection, conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal, is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Public Protection Classification Rating System. State law requires Office of State Fire Marshal officials to inspect departments serving districts of 100,000 people or less, which makes up all but six of the state’s fire districts.

The purpose of the North Carolina Public Protection Classification Rating is to evaluate the fire suppression capabilities of individual communities or fire protection areas, to determine a Public Protection Classification for property insurance rating and to establish a checks and balance system to ensure agencies are meeting criteria set up by the National Fire Protection Association, and the North Carolina Department of Insurance. The rating system scale ranges from 1 to 10 with 1 being the highest. These ratings are used by insurance companies to assist in setting insurance rates in a particular fire district.

The inspection evaluates the departments structure fire suppression capabilities, staffing, equipment, maintenance of equipment, communications, water supply, and community risk reduction. 

Effective, July 1, 2020, Cumberland Road Fire Department will move from a Class 4 rating to a Class 2 rating.  Fire Chief Steven Parrish, stated, “This rating indicates that Cumberland Road Fire Department is better prepared and equipped to respond to fires within its fire district than any previous time period. Of the 15 fire districts in Cumberland County, Cumberland Road is the only Class 2 fire department in the County.  

Chief Parrish would like to thank men and women of the department that played an active role in the survey process, everyday work, response, and training. “NO ONE IS PROUDER of each of you than I”. “Everyone should be proud of yourselves and your department for the dedication and commitment to making our community a safer place to live”.

Commission of Insurance, Mike Causey commented Cumberland Road Fire Department on receiving the Class 2 rating, “I would like to congratulate Chief Parrish for the department’s performance and for the hard work of all the department members.  The citizens of Cumberland Road fire district should rest easy knowing they have a fine group of firefighters protecting them and their property in case of an emergency.”