Watauga Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1969 and chartered in 1971. We are a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization.
The areas we serve include the City of Watauga; part of Washington County including Barnes, Watauga Flats, Hilltop and Cash Hollow communities; and part of Carter County including Range, Turkeytown, Biltmore and Keenburg communities.
Effective December 1, 2014 our ISO/PPC rating will be a 5/10 (FDS); residence within 5 miles of one of our stations will be a class 5. Unfortunately, residence outside of 5 miles will be an ISO class 10. We are looking into ways to improve our rating for all residence in the future.
We operate two fire stations; Station 1 is located in the city of Watauga and houses a 1000gal pumper with 1250gpm pump, a 2500gal tanker with 500gpm pump, a 300gal water/5gal foam brush truck with 18hp pump and a support truck which carries a cascade system to refill air pack bottles on scene as well as various other equipment and tools. Station 2 is located in Biltmore community and houses a 1000gal pumper with 1250gpm pump and a 3000gal tanker with 500gpm pump. We respond automatic aid to four fire departments in Carter County and mutual aid to any department in Washington, Carter or other surrounding counties when called upon.
We operate under a Board of Directors consisting of 6 members from the various communities we serve and meet monthly on the 3rd Monday at 7:30, Watauga City Hall. Meetings are open to the public.
Since our beginning we have suffered one Line of Duty Death, on December 29, 1974 Billy Joe Smalling was critically injured battling a residential structure fire and succumbed to his injuries on January 1, 1975. This is something we all hope and pray will never happen again.