We are a Volunteer Department that covers the western part of Swain County, NC. Our mission is to protect those who live in our community as well as the visitors who enjoy visiting the area.
We work closely with Swain County EMS, Swain County Rescue Squad, both NC and US Forest Services, and both Alarka Fire Departent and Bryson City Fire Department to provide the best protection possible for the County of Swain. We also provide/receive mutual aid to surrounding counties when assistance is needed.
Operating as usual
Please use caution when burning brush piles outdoors.
Wildfire danger increases in WNC After an extremely wet start to 2019, several weeks of dry and warm conditions have led to high wildfire danger across Western North Carolina and the Upstate. The North Carolina Forest Service is now urging residents to use extreme caution to prevent the spread of fire.
Everyone have a Safe Labor Day weekend!! Watch for motorcycles on the highways!!
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The HEAT will be on this weekend and into next week. Stay Hydrate, take breaks, check on the elderly and if they have A/C run it. If no A/C setup fans. Know the difference between
HEAT STROKE & HEAT EXHAUSTION!
Remember BE SAFE... THINK SAFE
Let the Summer Fun Begin Whatever your plans are for this Memorial Day and into summer fun, here are a few tips to keep your adventures as safe as they are enjoyable.
Come on down to Almond Boat Park today, the fire dept is selling bbq with all the fixings! Fishing tournament ends at 4:00pm, see which fishermen wins the all that money 💰 Come support these firemen guys and gals, we are all volunteers.... We work to serve YOU! 🔥 🚒
Swain County first responders train with mock railway wreck exercise Emergency management officials and first responders in Swain County are conducting a mock railway wreck exercise.It follows last summer's real collision involving a charter bus and a train that left eight people injured.At the Nantahala Outdoor Center, at
Training session ...train vs bus
The Call There’s a fire. You call for help. Who answers? The vast majority of Americans live in places that don’t have a single firefighter on the payroll.…
It’s that time again!! 🐟🐟🐟
Third bay under construction..🚒🚒
If it's too cold for you, it's too cold for them. Like people dogs and cats are susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia... Please bring them inside. 🐶🐱
Don’t forget 🚒 👩🚒
Forgetting to change the batteries in your smoke alarm or testing it to make sure it works is something most forget to do- Make it a habit to check your for proper function when you set your clocks back for the end of
Dont forget. ⏰
Annual 🔥 fire truck pump test
Check out our new Police, Fire & EMT Tribute Flag hat! The BCO teams appreciates all the first responders that dedicate themselves to saving others lives, we hope we never need saving but if so we know we are in good hands! All first responders who would like one of these hats get 50% OFF, just stop in and see us.....or if you want to purchase online send a picture of you in uniform or in the line of duty and we will send you a discount code in return! Send your photo to us on instagram, Facebook, or email us!
900 Degrees Having your door closed makes a 900 degree difference in a fire.
Due to our recent dry weather, we are asking everyone to be extra careful when burning outdoors. Make sure debris is cleared away from homes, dry leaves out of gutters, and do not burn on windy days. We hope this will be an uneventful fire season.
Hurricane Irma is still expected to take a track slightly westward of the state, keeping the greatest impact across western NC and mostly minor impacts across central and eastern areas. It is important to remember that impacts will be felt far from the center of the storm and potential track changes towards the east could result in a slight uptick of impacts. Timing remains mostly the same with heavy rain and gusty winds beginning Monday and lingering into Tuesday.
We are less than a month away from the All-American Total Solar Eclipse! Keep these tips in mind when planning for the big day!
1. Safety First
Special viewing glasses are a must! During the eclipse, you must view the event through solar filters except at the moment when the moon fully blocks the sun.
2. Get Where You're Goin'
Make sure to get on the road early. If you haven't planned your trip, there's more than a few great options for viewing the eclipse in totality. Our regional map can help you decide. The sooner you get to your chosen viewing place, the better!
3. Prepare to Sit in Your Car
August is a busy time for travel, and this once-in-a-lifetime eclipse will only add to that fact. Anticipate traffic, overcrowded parking lots, and potential road closures. Gas up and be sure to pack plenty of snacks, water, and music; you could get stuck on the road for a bit.
4. Get your Eclipse Swag
The last eclipse to pass over the United States was in 1918; the next will cast its shadow in 2024. In other words, this is far from an everyday occurrence. Appreciate, celebrate and remember it with our eclipse-themed merch.
5. Enjoy the Moment
In the chaos of planning, traveling, and traffic, it's easy to forget why you left home to begin with. Once you get where you're going, relax and observe one of nature's grandest spectacles. It's truly rare!
Find our exclusive Eclipse merch below!
Photos from West Swain Fire Department's post
Photos from West Swain Fire Department's post
Come on down. Selling kettle corn
Come on out to Freedom Fest this 4th of July, and get some of our famous fire dept. kettle corn.We will be there popping and selling, there on Everett Street...... Come on down you know you want some!!
All proceeds benefit our fire dept.🚒🚒🚒🚒🚒🚒🚒🚒🚒🚒🚒🚒🚒🚒🚒 We also will be selling ice-cold drinks!
Have a safe 4th of July!!
Please be aware that we have drift smoke in our area.
Bryson City Fire Department is established to protect the lives and property of residents and visitors within our established jurisdictions through proactive fire prevention and safety programs and timely, professional response to emergency incidents.