About Us

The Charlotte Fire Department has a rich history, from bucket brigades to modern firefighting techniques.

Charlotte grew up in the textile industry, which was vulnerable to fire. Fire was a big danger in the industry, due to lint, dust and combustible materials associated with production.

The first mention of the fire service in Charlotte records came in 1845, when the Board of Aldermen approved payment for repairs to a fire engine. In 1875, the Charlotte Fire Department was officially formed, although the fire service in the Queen City existed for decades before that.

We are fortunate to have detailed information about the role of the fire department throughout Charlotte history. Today, four fire stations are designated historic landmarks, and the department has antique trucks and photos going back hundreds of years.