CHAPEL HILL FIRE DEPARTMENT


1/17/2018 9:25pm

Chapel Hill, Carrboro responds to structure fire

The Chapel Hill Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 500 N. Columbia St. at 11:52 a.m. on Wednesday. Reports say the fire began in Unit B which was a vacant unit of the North Columbia Street public housing community. 


1/15/2018 7:13pm

The Chapel Hill Fire Departnment has five stations, one of which is on Hamilton Road.

Stop, drop and roll out of dorm rooms for fire drills

Students living on campus have all experienced the dreaded fire alarm in the middle of the night. Instead of exiting their buildings, some people have started waiting out fire alarms in their rooms. Experts want everyone to know that this is not the right thing to do — always evacuate.


11/19/2017 9:23pm

Officer Pete McEwen works night shifts at the Chapel Hill Police Department. 

Midnight lunches and Chapel Hill's third shift

When Jessica Toney texts her boyfriend during her "lunch break," he's often going to sleep.  Toney, a UNC senior who works midnight shifts in a lab at the UNC Medical Center every other weekend, has her routine down to a science. After a full day of classes, she eats a large bowl of pasta and takes a nap for five hours before heading into work.   “I'm suddenly left alone in the world,” she said. “Everyone's asleep or getting back from their parties and I'm still going strong at work — sometimes I just post to my Snapchat story just to feel like I'm not alone, even though I know none of them will see it until the morning.”


11/11/2014 12:14am

Chase Lewis, 15, winner of the “Big Hero 6” XPRIZE Challenge, invented the Emergency Mask Pod. The pod contains emergency fire supplies.

Chapel Hill 15-year-old invents pod to help firefighters

When he was 13, Chapel Hill resident Chase Lewis invented a cart to help refugees transport their children to refugee camps. Less than two years later — with an efficiency that Steve Jobs might have admired — he’s back at it with a new invention: the Emergency Mask Pod.


9/24/2014 1:22am

Chapel Hill firefighters, police officers, and doctors gathered in front of one of the pink fire trucks before the National Pink Heals Tour parade. 

Firefighters wear pink for women's health

A slew of pink-clad firefighters and police officers driving pink firetrucks and police vehicles took over Chapel Hill Tuesday in support of Pink Heals, a national nonprofit organization focused on raising money for women’s health.


1/8/2014 4:15pm

False alarm fines to begin this year

The Chapel Hill fire and police departments won’t start imposing fines for multiple false alarms until later this year — but right now they’re working hard to prevent having to fine people at all.