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 Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives

The Wilmington Fire Department recommends you test smoke alarms monthly to ensure that they are in working condition. Additionally, we recommend you replace the batteries in all battery-operated smoke alarms two (2) times a year. ALL smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years of use. Bedrooms, hallways outside sleeping areas and living areas should all have a working smoke alarms.

The Wilmington Fire Department can assist with testing or installation of smoke alarms in your home. Please review the qualifying questions below then click the free smoke alarm link.  If your home still has alarms that use removable batteries, we are happy to assist with battery changes (providing you supply the batteries and the alarm is less than 10 years old).  If someone in your home is deaf or hard of hearing, we can also assist with adaptive smoke alarm technology. We are also happy to answer questions about alarm placement in your home.

The Wilmington Fire Department offers free smoke alarms and alarm installation to residents inside the Wilmington City limits. Those requesting free alarms should meet at least one of the following qualifications: 

1. You or someone in your residence is older than 65 years of age.

2. You have children under the age of 18 living in the home.

3. You or someone in your home is disabled, has a medical condition or a mobility impairment.

4. You or someone in your home is a United States Veteran.

5. Your household income is less than $30,000 a year.

Please contact Wendy Giannini at 910-342-2731 for more information.

During a home visit, the WFD will assist you with a home safety check list & discuss home escape planning


Child Passenger Safety  

As a parent or caregiver, you recognize the importance of the correct installation and fit of your child's car seat. Proper installation and seat placement  maximize safety and protection in case of a car accident. Know for sure that this potentially life saving device is installed correctly is the right fit for your child passenger by having a certified technician from WFD's Child Passenger Safety Program help educate you on best practice when it comes to riding safely in your vehicle. 

All of Wilmington's fire stations are manned with trained Child Passenger Safety Technicians, but please call before coming to check the technician's availability. Inspections are offered from 9:00 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 4:00 pm daily. Our Permanent Checking Stations offer you assistance in the correct installation of your child safety seat. Be prepared to be involved in this education session, as technicians are trained to educate you!

If you try to reach one of our stations and there is no answer, feel free to ring another station or call back at a later time. Firefighter/Technicians may be away from their station on an emergency call.

For more child passenger safety information, check out http://www.buckleupnc.org/  and https://www.safekids.org/ .                                                                                                                   


Education Requests & Public Programs  

Education requests must be made at least 3 weeks in advance by completing a Fire Education Request Form.

                                        WFD FALLEN FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL

The following educational programs are available at no cost to our citizens:

Safety Programs for Civic and Business Groups. Looking for a program for a monthly church, civic or business organization? We'd love to share safety information with you. We are happy to tailor make a program to suit your group's needs!

Station Tours. Fire Station Tours are conducted at any of the city's 10 fire stations. Tours are educational and available to any age group.

Truck Display. We offer educational access to fire trucks for a special event or lesson. (No birthday parties, fundraisers or customer appreciation events) WFD apparatus is limited to one hour, and may respond to calls during the course of your event.

Fire Extinguisher Training.  Learn the proper use of a multi-purpose fire extinguisher with this practical training. Groups of at least ten (ages 14 and up). Electricity is required for this interactive training session.

Youth Fire Setter Intervention & Education. Know a child or young adult that you believe may have set or be setting fires? Fire Setting is a dangerous behavior, and requires preventative family measures and offers intervention when deemed necessary. Let us help guide your family to safety with this family-based educational program.

For questions about station tours or truck displays contact FF Natosha Vincent at 910-765-7458 .                                      For questions concerning educational programs, including fire drills & speaking engagements, contact Wendy at 910.342.2731.

Education requests must be made at least 3 weeks in advance by completing the Fire Education Request Form above.


Citizen's Fire Academy

Spend some time with Wilmington's bravest learning about how these community heroes get the job done! Our next session will be held in March 2019. Click on the "Citizens Fire Academy" link above for more details and enrollment information or call 910-342-2731 .


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