May 12, 2016 New Fire Chief Kevin Rohrer is on the job!
Before accepting the Fire Chief position for the Town of Franklin in 2016, Kevin Rohrer began his service in 1995 as a volunteer firefighter with Graham Fire Department, located in Alamance County, North Carolina. Kevin began his professional career in Wake County when he joined Morrisville Fire and Rescue Department in 1999 as a firefighter and promoted through the ranks, becoming a Captain in 2008. During his tenure, Kevin designed and implemented the first firefighter agility training program in the department and was a mentor to volunteers. In 2012, Kevin was awarded Fire Officer of the Year
Kevin holds an Applied Science degree in Accounting from Alamance Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science Administration from Waldorf University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude; and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Fire/Rescue Executive Leadership, also from Waldorf University, where he graduated With Distinction. Additionally, Kevin is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program from the National Fire Academy. He holds various certifications, including Firefighter II, Fire Officer II, Fire Inspector I, Fire and Rescue Instructor II, EMT-B, NIMS 100, 200, 700, 800, HazMat Operations Plus, Child Safety Seat Technician, Technical Rescuer Certification, Emergency Vehicle Driver, and CDL-B.
In addition to his service in the fire industry, Kevin has also trained numerous corporate emergency response teams and facilitated training in First Aid, CPR, AED, HazMat Command, Bloodborne Pathogens, Fire Extinguisher, Building Evacuations, Incident Command, and Disaster Preparedness. He has orchestrated mass casualty drills simulating auto accidents, aircraft crashes, structure fires, and terrorism. He is certified as an American Heart Association and Medic First Aid instructor.
Kevin is married (Carey) with three children: Drew, (19), Payce (13), and Koen (11). Aside from spending time with his family, Kevin enjoys golf, woodworking, and hunting in his free time.
May 28, 2015 Franklin Fire Requests First ever Increase in Fire Tax
Franklin Fire and Rescue has requested the first ever fire tax increase since the fire tax system was adopted by Macon County in 1999. Chief Warren Cabe has requested to raise the fire tax 0.009 on $100 value. Which would raise the department rate from 0.0356 to 0.0446 per $100 property value. "Increasing the tax rate nine-tenths of a cent above revenue neutral will allow us to hire an additional full-time career position and put a small amount back in our fund balance,: Cabe said. "Last year we had 1,637 calls, 70 percent of which were medical and could be handled by one or two of our staff members. Having another person would make the call volume more manageable." This tax increase would raise a home valued at $100,000 only $9 a year. Back in 2012 Franklin lowered there fire insurance rating from a Class 6 in the city limits to a Class 3 and also lowered there five-mile insurance district from a Class 9 to a Class 4. Franklin is one of only 29 fire departments in the State of North Carolina with a Class 3 Rating. With this increase Franklin would still have the second lowest tax rate in the county behind Highlands Fire Department.
February 14, 2015 Commercial Fire at K-Mart in Westgate Plaza
At around 9 p.m. Saturday night Franklin Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a fire alarm at Kmart in Westgate Plaza. The alarm was for a smoke and in the layaway area. Franklin PD arrived on scene first and advised smoke coming from the building that this would be a working fire. Franklin Fire Chief called for two more departments to be paged to the Kmart fire. The store was evacuated by Franklin PD. Fire crews arrived on scene and established a water source at a hydrant at the rear of the building. Franklin Firefighters made an interior attack on the fire. The interior team found the sprinkler system was activated
and had extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to a loft area over the layaway department. Fire crews then began salvage and overhaul operations to the layaway and office area to the store. Franklin was assisted by West Macon FD, Clarks Chapel FD, Cullasaja FD, Otto Fd, Franklin PD and Macon County EMS.
August 5, 2014 Macon County Code Red Program
Macon County has a program called Code Red where Emergency Service can send out emergency notifications to residents. This service is used to notify Macon County residents of weather alerts, criticial communtiy alerts, evacuation notices or missing child reports. This is a service you have to sign up for, there is no cost to sign up. Here is a click to the sign up page. Link We recommend that residents that don't have a land line to sign up.
August 2, 2014 Middle Burningtown Rd Fire
On the afternoon of August 2, 2014 Franklin Fire & Rescue provided mutual aid to Burningtown Fire Department to a working Structure Fire. The fire was at the residents of 528 Middle Burningtown Rd. On arrival fire crews found heavy fire to the two story home. After about an hour of extensive fire operations the fire was brought under control. Fire crews did find a deceased individual in the home. Identity could not be determined and a autopsy is being conducted. Cowee FD, Cullasaja FD, West Macon FD, Macon County EMS and Macon County Sheriffs office assisted at the scene.
March 23, 2014 Apartment Fire on Ulco Drive
On the evening of March 23, 2014 Franklin Fire and rescue was dispatched to a working apartment fire at 43 B Ulco Dr at the Panther View Apartment complex. On arrival all occupants of the apartment were out of the home along with the famies cat.
Smoke was showing from the second story window, front door and the rear of the apartment as well. Franklin Fire and Rescue started an interior attack and knocked the fire down in the kitchen area. The whole home had extensive smoke and heat damage. Along with fire damage to the kitchen and living room area. The two neighboring apartments were not affected by the fire and occupants were allowed to return to their homes.
Franklin fire and Rescue was assisted by Clarks Chapel FD and Cullasaja Fd. Along with Macon County EMS and Franklin PD for traffic control.