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The Clayton Fire Department is responsible for protecting life and property of the citizens of the Town of Clayton and those living in the Claytex Fire District. Personnel are intensively trained to respond to a variety of emergencies including structure fires, motor vehicle accidents and various specialty rescues. The Clayton Fire Department has 70 active personnel consisting of Full time and Part time staff. Currently, the department averages over 800 calls annually, and responds out of 2 stations.

Fire Chief Lee Barbee, with the assistance from the officers and the advisory board, is responsible for day to day operations and long term planning for the department. The fire department is a town department, so all personnel and fiscal issues must be approved by the Town Council.

In addition to the Fire Chief, the department has a full time Fire Marshal, Training/Safety Officer, and Administrative Support Specialist. Fire Marshal Tony Atkinson is responsible for fire inspections, investigations, and prevention programs. Training/Safety Officer Jason Dean is responsible for fire training and safety programs. Gail Harris, full time administrative assistant to Chief Barbee, assists with record keeping and other administrative duties. Officers in the departmental command structure also play administrative roles when necessary.

Fire Department Mission Statement

The mission of the Clayton Fire Department is to protect the lives, property, and natural resources of the citizens of the Town of Clayton and the residents of the Claytex Fire District by safely providing prompt, efficient, and professional fire prevention, fire suppression, rescue, and special emergency management services to all who live, work, visit, or invest within the district. The Clayton Fire Department will maintain its cultural history and character, in as much as possible, by continuing to allow on-call and career personnel to serve together on the department.

International Recognition

The Town of Clayton Fire Department participated in an International Seatbelt Pledge in honor of a Texas Firefighter that died in the line of duty. The pledge involves departments worldwide getting 100% of their personnel to sign a pledge stating they will ensure themselves and fellow firefighters wear their seatbelts when riding in a fire department vehicle, regardless of riding positions. Traffic accidents are the second leading cause of firefighter fatalities, behind heart attacks.

CFD Seat Belt Pledge Certificate


  • Fire Chief: Lee Barbee
  • Administrative Support Specialist: Gail Harris
  • Training/Safety Officer: Jason Dean
  • Fire Marshal: Tony Atkinson
  • Battalion Chief: Kenneth Herring
  • Battalion Chief: Dan Fox
  • Battalion Chief: Jamie Hill

Advisory Board

The Clayton Fire Department Advisory Board, a committee of interested citizens appointed by the Town Council, assists the Fire Chief with annual budget preparation and capital improvements planning.

Meetings of the Advisory Board are open to the public and held as needed.

  • Larry Such - Chairman
  • Chris Sutton
  • Jim McLauren
  • Paul Zais
  • Karen Patterson
  • Kenneth G. Wendel
  • Walter H. Langdon


The Department has 70 personnel and all are employees of the Town of Clayton.

All personnel are required to obtain and maintain NC Firefighter II Certification, Hazardous Materials Operations, Vehicle Extrication, Rope Rescue, Confined Space, and Trench Rescue. Members must pass a basic practical and written competency test before being promoted from an introductory member to firefighter. In addition, many personnel hold other specialty certifications such as Driver Operator, Technical Rescuer, and Instructor status in various fields.

Clayton Fire Department is a certified Heavy Rescue Provider and also holds provider certifications for Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, and High Angle/Rope Rescue through the NC Association of Rescue and Emergency Medical Services, Inc.These provider certifications are awarded following an inspection of specific equipment required and by having a specific number of personnel certified as Technicians in the various specialty topics.

Heavy Rescue Provider Certificate.pdf

Confined Space Rescue Provider Certificate

High Angle/Rope Rescue Provider Certificate

Trench Rescue Provider Certificate

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Often while on calls, in the public, or conducting fire safety presentations, we are asked general questions ranging from our operations to "fire station life". Click the below link to see our responses to some of our FAQ and if you don't see your question, the method(s) to ask your question is included on our FAQ link.

Clayton Fire FAQ