Did You Know?
Did you know that the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company is a Volunteer Fire Company? They depend on your support to deliver emergency services to this community. That support comes in the form of donations and members to support their operations.
Did you know that less than 50% of the fire company income comes from the State, County, and Local Governments? The rest of the income has to be raised from other sources, including their fund drives.
Did you also know that all fire and rescue services are provided by volunteers? In 2016 the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company responded to over 4,000 fire, rescue, and EMS calls. They are highly trained by the nationally recognized Delaware Fire Service Training Center. They are always looking for more volunteers to supplement their ranks. While the main reason for joining is to become a firefighter there are many other jobs available—including fund raising, public education, fire prevention, and more. They do have a great group of career employees, as well. The career staff operate two ambulances 24 hours a day, all year long.
The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company has been providing emergency services since 1906. They protect an area of 24 square miles including the City of Rehoboth Beach, the Towns of Dewey Beach and Henlopen Acres, and a large unincorporated area. Their protection district starts at the north side of the Indian River Inlet, goes north on both sides of Route 1 to Route 24 and then west on Route 24 to include the Angola Area, and stops at Burtons Pond.
They have always been a progressive and innovative fire company. In 1947 they began the EMS service with the purchase of their first ambulance. They were the first company in Delaware to purchase a Snorkel Aerial Truck, the first to use large diameter hose and a 2,000 GPM pumper. They were also the first one to incorporate the 3M system to help with traffic congestion. For more of their history, to make a donation or to make a difference in your community by joining the fire company, go to their website at rehobothbeachfire.com
Photo: Rehoboth Beach Firefighters inspect for damage during the Nor’easter in January of last year.