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Leicester Fire Department was established in 1965 at a monthly meeting of the Leicester Grange. Members of the Grange, convinced of the advantages of having a rural fire district, authorized the Grange to pay the chartering fee for the Articles of Incorporation to what was to become the Leicester Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. The decision was later made to convert the old Agriculture shop at the Leicester School into a fire station. Once the building was secured, the first fire apparatus was ordered from American LaFrance Corporation at a cost of $16,090.
Today, Leicester Fire Department, Inc. is the largest fire district in Buncombe County and is responsible for preserving the life and property of an area totaling 100 square miles. LFD operates 3 fire stations and employs more than 50 full-time and part-time firefighters, some of whom are officers, paramedics, rescue technicians, or engineers. LFD also has numerous volunteer members who graciously donate their time to our organization and community.
Our mission is to save lives and property of the citizens of our community through fire protection, suppression, emergency medical services, rescue, fire prevention, and life safety programs.
Our core values are integrity, professionalism, trust, and compassion. We believe these principles to be the foundation for our success.
Pledge to the Community
We consider it an honor to serve our community and strive to improve every day. Customer service is paramount to our organization. We are ready in a moment’s notice to answer any emergency or need that arises. We strive to be efficient and effective stewards of people, equipment, and facilities, and seek to utilize all of our resources to provide the best possible service to our community.