Community Risk Reduction

Smoke Alarms

Contact the Winterville Fire-Rescue-EMS Department if you need assistance with Smoke Alarms.  We recommend testing your smoke alarms every month and changing the batteries when you change your clocks for daylight savings time (Fall & Spring).  We can help you check your Smoke Alarm or change the batteries.

For assistance, contact us:

(252) 756-2515 or

The Winterville Fire Department is very proud of its Fire Prevention Program, and encourages you to practice fire safety every day! This page is designed to provide the citizens of Winterville and surrounding communities with fire prevention tips, programs, and prevention tools we offer. All activities and events are coordinated by our Fire Prevention Officer, Assistant Chief Tony Smart. To contact our Fire Prevention officer click here.

Fire Inspections & Permitting

The Town of Winterville Fire Department maintains a comprehensive fire inspection program that involves the mitigation of fire hazards that are found during a predetermined timeline. The 2009 North Carolina Fire Prevention Code is the resource that is utilized to uphold and eliminate fire hazards to the public and is followed statewide in this regard. Inspections are performed within the town limits of Winterville, and also within the extra-territorial jurisdiction. A fee is assessed for inspections of various buildings and businesses, foster homes, for individual plan reviews, along with any required permits as applicable. Single-family residential fire prevention inspections are performed as a courtesy and can be scheduled by phone at a mutually agreeable time.

Should you have any questions, or need help scheduling an inspection, please call the Town of Winterville Fire Department  252-756-2515.

We will be glad to assist you in any way that we can.

Prior to your Fire Inspection, you can check the following items to mitigate many common issues:

  • Fire Extinguishers – Fire extinguishers have been inspected by a qualified fire extinguisher company.
  • Combustibles – Combustibles are properly stored away from heat sources.
  • Extension Cords – Extension cords are unplugged, stored away, and not in permanent use.
  • Electrical Panels – there is 36” of clearance in front of each panel.
  • Exits – All exits are unobstructed and pathways are clear.
  • Emergency Lighting and Exit Signs – All emergency lights and exit signs are operational and unobstructed.
  • Address Identification – New and existing buildings shall have address numbers/letters that are a minimum of 4 inches high and visible from the street.
  • Sprinkler and Fire Alarm Systems – All systems are in working order and have been annually tested and serviced by a certified sprinkler/alarm system company.

Tier II Reporting

if your facility needs to file a Tier II report please use this link:

Public Education

If you would like to visit the fire station If you would like for fire prevention staff to speak to your group please email the request to:

Child Passenger Safety Seats

Please contact the department if you would like for our staff to inspect/install your Child Safety Seat.  

If you have received a citation for a child passenger safety violation, you can come to our station to participate in 1:1 education with a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. This Ticket Diversion Program is sponsored through Safe Kids Pitt County. Please bring your child, age/weight appropriate car seat, car, copy of the ticket, and driver's license. There is a $30 cash-only charge for this education in return for the dismissal of the ticket. This instruction is held on the 3rd Friday of each month, 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm, beginning August 20, 2021.

Child Safety Seats are installed/checked by appointment (8:30 am -11:30 am and 1:30 - 5:00 pm). To avoid wait times, contact us for an appointment by calling 252-756-2515 or email to 

***You must come to the child safety seat inspection events on the 3rd Friday if you have received a citation for a child safety seat violation.