City of Asheville announces the retirement of Asheville Fire Chief Scott Burnette

Fire Chief Scott Burnette is retiring after serving the community for over 28 years, with the last 14 years as fire chief. His last day will be June 1, 2023.   “Chief Burnette has been an incredible leader both to his department and the organization as a whole,” said City Manager Debra Campbell. “Through his years of [...]

Asheville Fire Department in Biltmore Village.

City of Asheville seeks resident input on citywide Emergency Operations and Continuity of Operations Plans

The City of Asheville wants to hear from you about the creation of two emergency operations plans. In working to advance the City Council’s priority of building neighborhood resilience, the Asheville Fire Department is coordinating the efforts to update the City of Asheville’s Emergency Operations Plan and the Continuity of Operations Plan.  This work involves [...]

Climate Justice Data Map provides valuable information during water outage

Climate Justice tools and resources can help operationalize lessons and information gathered in “clear skies” times to react and respond with informed, data driven actions during times of stress and crisis. Reports and data sets from the multi-year process of analyzing Asheville’s climate threats and assets, interviewing community members and hosting community conversations culminated in [...]

2023 AFD fire recuits lined up at gradutation

City of Asheville congratualtes Asheville Fire Department recent graduates

After several months of firefighter training that was both mentally and physically challenging, 21 new recruits of the Asheville Fire Department graduated to join  with firefighters currently serving the Asheville community.  March 23 was graduation night for these members.   But before ceremonies and celebrations, came the hours of hard work and a committment to the dedication required [...]

City of Asheville Fire Department is awarded a Class 1 fire rating

The NC Commissioner of Insurance and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey announced today that the Asheville Fire Department improved its fire rating from Class 2 to Class 1.   This improved fire suppression rating means not only is AFD better equipped to respond to emergencies, the new top rating should continue to significantly reduce insurance rates in [...]

Who’s up this week on What’s Up AVL! City of Asheville Firefighter Anna Pigman

What’s Up AVL! The City of Asheville’s bi-monthly radio show gives the community the chance to take a deep dive with City of Asheville staff and departments. Learn about different departments and what projects are taking place in your community. This week, the City of Asheville host Sam Parada will sit down with City of Asheville firefighter Anna [...]

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