1993, Wake Forest Fire Department adds the first ever full-time firefighters to work Monday-Friday. These three employees were: FF Randal Schmidt, FF James Madden, and Capt. Jimmy Keith. (Keith still served as volunteer Fire Chief)

1993, New Freightliner Squad truck received to replace old Squad 6.

1993, Cascade air system removed from trailer and installed in former Squad 6. This Air and Light Truck serves the entire North Region.

1995, WFFD hires a full-time Captain to work day shifts Monday-Friday after Chief Keith steps down. The new Captain is Bryan Lane.

1996, Baptist Seminary physical plant building on Wingate Road destroyed by fire. Second oldest building on Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary campus catches fire at 3:56 a.m.  Seven-alarm fire causes nearly one million dollars damage to two-story building.  Cause of blaze is leaky pipe that short-circuited electrical system, which ignited blaze. The building was erected in 1923.  More than 70 firefighters battle blaze. (June 17, 1996)
1996, Twin E-One Engines are purchased and put in service. Engine 63 is first out to MVC's and vehicle fires. Engine 65 is first out on structure fires and
fire alarms.


1997, Firefighter Reginald Rogers hired full-time to work day shift. Reginald Rogers is the first African-American full-time employee of the Wake Forest Fire Department.

Fire Station #1
420 Elm Ave.
Wake Forest, NC 27587