We would like to personally welcome you to the Reynolds Volunteer Fire Department.
The community of Reynolds is rich with history and tradition. The fire department was established in April 1968 and currently provides protection and rescue services for approximately 5,000 people and 79.68 miles of roadway under a class 4 insurance rating.
We are located off Highway 74-A, East in the Reynolds community of Asheville just off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway
In the mid-1960.s, the Reynolds Community and portions of the Oakley Community were not covered by fire protection. Fire departments from other districts had to be called in if there was a fire.
After several fires in these communities, a group of men got together and decided enough was enough. They began to explore the possibilities of a volunteer fire department being formed for this “no man’s land”. In April of 1968, we received our Charter and Bud Sales was elected as Chief. He was our chief until 2008 when his son Richard Sales became the second chief in department history, Sadly in April of 2018 Chief Richard Sales Passed away. Our current chief, Chief Vince Carter took over shortly after.
We did not have a truck, building, or equipment, but we did have determination. Barnardsville Fire Department loaned us a truck to use and it was housed in the barn on the Sales Farm. Property was acquired on Charlotte Hwy at the Rose Hill Rd intersection and a building was begun.
Our first new engine, an American LaFrance, arrived in 1970 and it is still in service today as a reserve pumper. We acquired other very used apparatus, including one tanker that had to be pulled off with a rope to get it started. It didn’t even have a pump.
Today we’re blessed with 14 pieces of apparatus. Many countless hours have been put into our department by men and women too numerous to name. Our community owes them a great debt of thanks, for without them we would not be where we are today. We have come from running 45 calls our first year to now over 1000. We continue to strive daily to improve the service we provide to our community. It is our privilege to serve in the Reynolds Volunteer Fire Department.