The North Carolina Fire Commission was transferred to the North Carolina Department of Insurance in October, 1985 and has since supported it with personnel, budget, etc. In July, 1989, the Legislature passed a Bill which changed the makeup of the Commission from The Fire Commission to the Fire and Rescue Commission, adding responsibilities in the area of rescue as was previously held for fire. The Department of Insurance serves as staff to the Commission, with the Commission currently having a permanent staff of seven.
Policies & Procedures
The North Carolina State Fire & Rescue Commission is governed by the terms of Article 78 of Chapter 58 of the General Statutes of North Carolina. In addition, it complies with the bylaws for its internal management, as well as the Administrative Procedures Act that clarifies additional duties.
|Commission Member||Represents||Term Expires|
|C. Harley Cook, Chair||NC Society of Fire Rescue Instructors||September, 2022|
|Phil Welch, Vice-Chair||North Carolina Firefighters' Association||September, 2022|
|Ryan Cole||NC Association of Fire Chiefs||March, 2024|
|Gary Whitman||NC Association of Rescue and EMS, Inc.||September, 2024|
|Robert Poe||NC Association of Rescue and EMS, Inc.||September, 2023|
|Freddy Johnson, Sr.||North Carolina Firefighters' Association||September, 2024|
|Tim Henshaw||NC Fire Marshal's Association||December, 2024|
|Walter M. Gardner, Jr.||NC League of Municipalities||September, 2022|
|Cloyce Anders||Public-at-Large||September, 2022|
|Kevin Gordon||Speaker of the House of Appointee||June, 2022|
|Vernon Massengill||President of the Senate Appointee||June, 2022|
|Scott Mullins||Governor's Appointee||September, 2024|
|Joshua Smith||Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of NC||September, 2022|
|Andy Thomas||NC International Association of Arson Investigators||September, 2022|
|Randy Thompson||NC Association of County Commissioners||August, 2023|
|Brian Taylor, Executive Director||Permanent by Position|
Questions regarding the NC Fire & Rescue Commission can be directed to Brian Wade.
Phone: 1-800-634-7854NCDOI – Office of State Fire Marshal
Attn: Fire and Rescue Commission
1202 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1202
Minutes from the last five years will be kept online. If you need minutes from older meetings, please contact OSFM.