The Cary Fire Department provides fire suppression, non-transport emergency medical service, and technical rescue response within the Town's corporate limits and the Cary Suburban Fire District. The department also provides automatic and mutual-aid to surrounding departments. The department operates out of nine fire stations.
The Cary Fire Department employs 230 suppression personnel that are divided into three rotating shifts. These personnel operate:
- Nine engine companies staffed with a captain, engineer, master firefighter and two firefighters
- Four ladder companies staffed with a captain, engineer, master firefighter and one firefighter
- Three rescue companies staffed with a captain, engineer, master firefighter and one firefighter
- One brush truck unstaffed until needed for response
- Two battalion chiefs
Emergency Medical Response
All Cary firefighters are certified Emergency Medical Technicians by the NC Office of EMS. As a part of the greater Wake County EMS System the department responds to all life threatening medical emergencies in a non-transport role.
- Beyond basic life support, firefighters are also trained in the usage of Automatic External Defibrillators, and by protocol are allowed to administer certain life-saving drugs.
- Ambulance transport services are provided primarily by Cary Area EMS, an accredited agency. Three Wake County EMS Systems are co-located in Cary Fire Stations.
Cary firefighters are certified to the Technical Rescuer standard by NC OSFM. Firefighters are trained and equipped to perform vehicle extrication, trench rescue, confined-space rescue, high angle rescue, and water rescue.
- Rescue companies are equipped with extrication equipment, rope rescue equipment, an inflatable boat, water rescue, and confined space rescue equipment.
- Ladder companies carry extrication and rope rescue equipment. Trench Rescue equipment is stored and transported in a tractor/trailer.
- While each apparatus is equipped to perform land-based water rescues the department also operates a specialty Water Rescue Unit, 3 Zodiac inflatable boats and a SeaArk aluminum boat.