To build partnerships with the community in an effort to provide fire suppression and prevention and promote safety and security to all those who live, work and visit Knightdale.

The Knightdale Fire Department is responsible for protecting the lives, property, and the environment of the citizens and visitors to the Town of Knightdale. Competent personnel are intensively trained to respond to a variety of emergencies including structure fires, motor vehicle accidents/rescue incidents, hazardous materials incidents, and natural and man made disasters. In addition, the Fire Department delivers fire and life safety education to the community. 

The department responds to call of service out of two stations. The department has 52 active members: 10 full-time and 42 Limited Service/Volunteer Employees. Members respond to calls for service in 4 engines, 1 ladder truck and 1 utility truck. The fire division currently runs 1,200 calls for service annually.

The insurance rating for the Town of Knightdale is determined by the North Carolina Department of Insurance, Office of State Fire Marshal’s Public Protection Rating Program. This program is based on the principle provider of insurance underwriting, rating and statistical information to the insurance industry in the United States (Insurance Services Office –ISO). One of the key information elements that insurers use in the underwriting and rating process for property insurance policies is ISO's classification of a jurisdiction's fire protection delivery system. Information regarding the fire department, water supply, fire alarm system, and fire protection area boundaries are critical to insurers providing insurance coverage to citizens of a community. The Town of Knightdale Fire Department is currently rated a protection of 3. For more information on this process please refer, to the North Carolina Response Rating System.


Chief Tim GuffeyTim Guffey has served as Fire Chief for the Town of Knightdale since the department’s inception in 2002. Previously he served as Chief of Pleasant Garden Fire Department in Guilford County and was Assistant Chief with the Knightdale Volunteer Fire Department.

Chief Guffey holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Barton College and an Associates Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Coastal Carolina Community College. He is a North Carolina Fire Instructor Level II, North Carolina Fire Officer Level II, North Carolina Fire and Life Safety Educator Level III, and a North Carolina Fire Inspector Level III.

Chief Guffey is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program. Contact Chief Guffey by email or phone: 919-217-2270