Q: How can I get my child’s car seat inspected?
A: The Fire Department provides qualified firefighters for child car seat inspections. It is best if you call 919/269-6487 during the week to schedule a time for us to do the inspection. This is to ensure that someone is here to inspect your child’s car seat.
Q: Does the Fire Department give tours of the Fire Station?
A: Yes, we do give tours of the Fire Station for groups of kids and individuals. It is best if you call ahead and schedule a time to visit the station if it is a group of kids. This helps ensure that there is someone here that can show you around the station. You can call the Fire Department at 919/269-6487 to schedule a tour of the station and the trucks.
Q: Does the Fire Department fill swimming pools?
A: No, we do not fill swimming pools. Contact the Raleigh Public Works Dept. at 919/250-2737 regarding this request.
Q: I called the Fire Department and asked if they would send someone out because my smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector, etc. was going off. I just wanted them to take a look at it, and they sent numerous fire trucks to my house, with lights and sirens blaring. Why did they do that?
A: The Fire Department is required to send a certain number of trucks to the scene of any structure-related incident, based on the type of incident. Since we have no way of knowing the exact situation when we are dispatched, we have to assume that there is a fire or other emergency situation until we determine otherwise.
Q: I called the fire station and no one answered the phone. If there’s no one at the station, how do you know when you have an emergency call?
A: The Fire Department does not stay at the station and wait for calls to come in. There are numerous reasons that the Firefighters are not at the station. They may be on another call, training, doing equipment maintenance, or they may be at the station and just unable to answer the phone. All Fire Department personnel have personal pagers, radios, and alarms in the station that alert them to a call. That is why you should always call 9-1-1 when there is an emergency.
Q: My insurance company has asked for the insurance rating for my property. What is that, and where can I find it?
A: The insurance rating is determined by the NC Department of Insurance, State Fire Marshal’s Office. It is based on many factors, including the number of fire stations, fire hydrants, fire personnel, just to name a few. The lower the number, the better the Fire Department’s rating. The Town of Zebulon is currently rated as a 3. Areas outside the town limits are rated Class 4, unless you are greater than 5 miles from the station. You may call the fire station at 919/269-6487 to find out which rating applies to your home.
Q: My cat is in a tree and won’t come down. Can the Fire Department come and get him?
A: The Fire Department is not able to bring a truck to rescue animals. We suggest placing food on the ground underneath the tree and when the cat gets hungry enough, he will come down. For other animal-related incidents, we suggest contacting Wake County Animal Control at 919/250-1476.
Q: I don’t have power to my house after a storm. Does the Fire Department know when power will be restored?
A: The Fire Department does not have any control over power-related issues. If you have a power outage, please contact your power company. The number for Duke Energy Progress is 800/419-6356 and the number for Wake Electric is 919/863-6300.
Q: I am disabled and in an emergency, I would not be able to get out of my house by myself. Is there anything I can do ahead of time to alert the Fire Department?
A: If you have this situation, please contact the Fire Department, so that we can get this important information. If there’s ever an emergency at your address, we would be alerted to the fact that there is a disabled resident at that address and make every effort possible to rescue you. You can contact the Fire Department at 919-269-6487. This information is kept strictly confidential.
Q: Can I burn things inside the town limits of Zebulon?
A: The only way you are able to burn things in the Town Limits of Zebulon is for a warming fire in the winter or a recreational fire on your property. This would include fire pits and chimneys. The only item that can be burned is natural vegetation. Recreational burning should be done in noncombustible, totally enclosed containment. Any processed wood cannot be burned. Processed wood would be 2x4’s, any type of wood that you would use for construction purposes.
Q: How do I get a burning permit to burn outside of the Town limits?
A: Burning permits for burning outside the town limits can be obtained at the Zebulon Fire Station, or on the Department of Forestry Services’ website at www.dfr.state.nc.us. They can be issued for 30 days. If you are doing a large burn, it is suggested that you alert the Fire Department in advance at 919/269-6487, and of course, if the fire gets out of hand, call 9-1-1.
Q: How do I know if there is a ban on burning?
A: Burning bans are usually announced on the local news channels. You can also call the Forestry Service at 919/733-2162. Even if there is not a ban on burning, please use good judgment about burning in dry and/or windy conditions.
Q: Are there any charges for fire inspection services?
A: Charges are based on a fee schedule designated to recover a portion of the cost of operating the Fire Prevention Code Enforcement Program. In the event there are no violations discovered or if the business owner corrects violations before the reinspection date, there is no charge for our services. However, if the business fails to make corrections before the mutually agreed upon reinspection date, the business will be charged per outstanding violation, and an hourly rate for the reinspection will be applied. Permit fees may also apply. Any and all fire protection permits required must be approved and issued prior to actual construction, installation or alteration of the particular system. Permits include, but not limited to, fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, private hydrants, hood suppression systems, fire pumps, etc. All fire protection permits are issued at the Zebulon Fire Department. Failure to obtain a permit before commencement of work will result in a $50.00 fine per day from the first day of work until the proper permit is issued. All charges and fees will be collected by the Town of Zebulon Finance Department at 1003 N. Arendell Avenue, Zebulon N.C. 27597.