Eastern America's Highest Volunteer Fire Department!
Message from the Chief

Message from Fire Chief, Bob Pudney

On behalf of our membership I would like to welcome you to our web site. The Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department is known for serving Eastern America’s highest incorporated Town with an elevation of 5,506 feet above sea level. 

Beech Mountain is considered a resort location with a first class Ski Resort, unique lodging, restaurants and exciting year round outdoor activities. Located atop Beech Mountain, our challenges are both unique and exciting. Last year Beech Mountain accumulated 137 inches of snow!  Providing state of the art Fire and Emergency Medical Services, our Equipment, Personnel and Training must be specially adapted to the mountain top.

The Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1972 by a group of local residents with a vision of providing Fire Protection to our friends and neighbors.  This commitment continues today. Recently our Department has teamed with the Town of Beech Mountain in creating what can be considered a “combination” department, with the addition of a full time paid staff member as well as the sharing of operational expenses.

The mission we have set for our organization is: “To provide the highest level of life and property safety through the extension of Fire Prevention, Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Response and Public Education consistent with the prudent utilization of funds and community resources.”

We are committed to quality service, organizational success and individual excellence by each one of our members.

In additional to our ability to respond under all conditions, we are actively engaged in the community with Fire and Life Safety as one of our primary goals.  The Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department provides the residents and visitors with a full range of programs and services targeted to ensure all members of our community are safe and secure so that their stay here with us in an enjoyable experience.

As you move through this site, you will see state of the art, specialty response apparatus, designed for the mountainous terrain, winter weather, and heavily wooded environment as well as vehicles and equipment to provide Emergency Medical first response.

Fire prevention is one of the keys to a safe community.  The Beech Mountain Volunteer Fire Department continues to implement a Public Education campaign encouraging the proper use of fireplaces, heaters, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.  Information on these important subjects can be found simply by navigating through this website or by contacting our department.

Our volunteer membership is what makes our department so special.  Thousands of hours of training, state of the art equipment and that “home town” neighbor-helping-neighbor mindset is what we call our recipe for success.

If we can be of any assistance, please contact me.  


Robert Pudney, Fire Chief