Welcome the Town of Clayton, North Carolina
Dedicated to being a model organization serving an ever-changing community through continuous improvement!

Providing Prompt Professional Services with Pride! Everyone Goes Home!

Collaboration: Teamwork, Continue to build partnerships and provide quality customer service (internally and externally), Ownership
Commitment: Honor the profession, Maintain a positive attitude, Work Hard
Compassion:  Treat others with dignity and respect, Help in any way, Family
Competence: Knowledge, Readiness, Training, Flexibility
Courage: Integrity, Facing Fears, Accountability
The  Clayton Fire department is responsible for protecting the life and property of the citizens that live, work, and/or visit the Town of Clayton and/or the Claytex Fire districts. We also provide services to other areas through mutual aid agreements and special requests.

Geography / Stats

The Clayton Fire Department is a paid department that responds to approximately 2,500+ incidents annually, out of 2 stations, covering 50+ square miles in the north-western part of Johnston County. The population in the service areas (Clayton and Claytex districts) is 50,000+ and growing! The Clayton district is the "Town Limits" of Clayton, which is a mixed urban/sub-urban area. The Claytex district, a mixed sub-urban/rural area, is the unincorporated areas surrounding town limits which Clayton Fire Department is contracted with Johnston County to provide services for. CFD is also an non-transport, EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) department, approved through the Johnston County Emergency Services Medical Director. Personnel are intensively trained to respond to a variety of emergencies including structure fires, medical incidents, alarms, hazardous materials, motor vehicle accidents, and various specialty rescues. 

Staffing / Organization Chart
CFD personnel are all paid employees of the Town of Clayton. Staffing includes Administrative (Admin) and Operations personnel.
The Admin personnel consist of the Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief-Operations/Training, Deputy Fire Chief-Fire Marshal, Fire Inspector, and an Administrative Coordinator. Admin personnel work regular business hours, Monday - Friday but may also work special incidents, events, training, etc.
Our Operations personnel consist of Battalion Chiefs, Captains, Engineers, and Firefighters. These personnel staff our response apparatus and work a 24-hour, rotating shift schedule. 

Station 1: Located at 325 West Horne Street, Clayton NC 27520. It opened in 2005 replacing the original downtown Station and it also serves as the department headquarters. It features a 6 vehicle bay, day room, kitchen, training room, exercise room, various administrative offices, and sleeping quarters for on-duty personnel.


Station 2: Located at 800 NC 42 Highway, Clayton NC 27527. It opened in 2000 and originally had a 2 vehicle bay, day room, and an office. In 2007, it was expanded to include sleeping quarters for on-duty personnel, a kitchen, and an extended bay to house additional apparatus. The property of Station 2 covers 5 acres the area behind the station also serves as a temporary training area for specific fire/rescue training practicals ranging from vehicle extrication, rope rescue drills, driver operator drills, and live burn scenarios.
Fire trucks
Apparatus/Equipment: CFD responds to incidents with a cache of apparatus that carries a variety of equipment required per the NC Response Rating System, NC Association of Rescue and EMS, and for operational purposes. Apparatus includes 4 Engines (1 which serves as a Reserve), 1 Tanker, 1 Heavy Rescue, 1 Battalion Chief vehicle, 1 Brush Truck, 1 Water Rescue vehicle, 1 Trench / Collapse Response Trailer, 2 Boats (1-motor powered and 1-raft), and ATV’s for Wildland and Special Operations/Technical Rescue use. The apparatus is strategically placed at each station and incident responses are conducted in a specific order for operations and safety of personnel.

CFD ​Special Operations: Our Special Operations consists of a variety of technical rescue disciplines at the Technician level. Training for these technical rescue disciplines began in 1998 and CFD became self sufficient with equipment and instructors in 2001. The various disciplines include vehicle and machinery extrication, confined space rescue/recovery, high and low angle/rope rescue/recovery, trench and collapse rescue/recovery, and water rescue/recovery. CFD has over 30 personnel whom are Technicians and/or instructors and all other personnel are required to maintain an awareness level of each discipline. CFD is credentialed through the NC Association of Rescue and EMS as a Heavy Rescue provider and the above technical rescue specialties. 

Insurance Grade: Each fire department that serves a population of less than 100,000 residents is “graded” by the NC Dept of Insurance/Fire Marshals Office. This grading process consists of a variety of topics from available apparatus, equipment, staffing, record keeping, and training and directly affects your homeowners insurance rate. Currently CFD has a split rating of 4/5/9. If you live in the city limits of Clayton, your rating is a 4, if you live outside the city limits, in Claytex Fire District and within 5 miles of a fire station, your rating is a 5. If you live in the Claytex Fire District but more than 5 miles from a fire station, your rating is a 9.
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