French Broad Vol. Fire Rescue Inc.
French Broad Vol. Fire Rescue Inc.

Welcome to Station 19 Buncombe County N.C

Tax increase July 1 2018


French Broad Vol. Fire & Rescue Inc. has asked for a Fire tax increase from $.14 up to $.165. FBFR has not had an increase in taxes since 2011. The $.2 1/2 increase will go to pay our firefighters and officers at the state average. Our employees are paid well below what one would consider a living wage. Our wages have not had any incense since we established Full Time firefighter/EMT in 2011. 


In 2016 starting pay for Firefighters was $29,910.00, 2019 the starting pay for firefighters will be $34,086.00. In 2016 starting pay for Officers was $36,228.00, In 2019 the starting pay for officers will be $40,066.00. The state average pay for Firefighters $34,197 and Officers is $39,939


            FBFR spends time and money training new employees who end up having no choice but to move to other departments, that offer a higher wage or better benefits, in order to better their families situation. In our exit interviews with former employees all of their reasons went back to wages and benefits. Over the last 2 years we have lost 7 full time employees due to these issues. With this tax increase we will be able to match other departments who are also asking to increase their wages to the same state average.


            Recent guidelines have changed that require more frequent replacement of protective equipment and those associated costs have doubled over the past 10 years. The combination of that and the day to day operational coast of the Fire Department have prevented us from finding funds from our budget for a pay increase. This tax increase will only go towards the pay of our employees a living wage. FBFR Broad meetings are open to anyone that lives in the district, the broad meets at 7pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at French Broad Fire & Rescue.  All the information came from a study that the North Carolina association of fire chiefs did in 2017 on NC Fire departments pay.  


If have any question contact Chief Matthew Shelton at 828-683-3651 or 828-273-6746 Email at

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We are taking new Volunteers on. If you would like to join come by the firehouse.

Where to Find Us:

French Broad Vol. Fire Rescue Inc.
572 Fletcher Martin Rd

Alexander, NC 28701

Phone: 828 683-3651

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