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Johnston County Emergency Services Continues Outreach Efforts to Inform Residents of Proposed Fire Service Changes

For Immediate Release:  February 26, 2024

Smithfield, NC – Johnston County residents will begin to see informational fliers showing up in their mailboxes as early as today as the Emergency Services' Fire Marshal Office continues to engage the public on the proposed change to a single County fire protection service district.

Currently, each contracted area is funded through an individual service district which includes 26 total service districts. With the creation of a single County fire protection service district, there will only be one service district that covers the entire County outside of the incorporated areas with the exception of the Town of Wilson’s Mills. All funding for each contracted fire agency will then come from the single service district.

Accompanying this initiative is the release of an informative PSA video featuring Cleveland Fire Chief Chris Ellington and County Fire Marshals, Ryan Parker and Jordan Piper.

Residents are invited to a public hearing on April 1st at 6:00 pm at the Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield to ask questions and to learn more about the proposed changes. For inquiries, please contact the Johnston County Fire Marshal’s Office at 919-989-5050.