For fire and medical emergency needs, the Town of Rolesville is serviced by the Rolesville Rural Fire Department (919-556-2064). This agency is operated separately from the Town of Rolesville government; plans are underway to unify these services under the Town organization in 2024 (see more information below). 

The Rolesville Rural Fire Department receives funding for its operations from the Town of Rolesville and Wake County. 

Financial Statements for Rolesville Rural Fire Department for FY2019-20

Financial Statements for Rolesville Rural Fire Department for FY2020-21 

Financial Statements for Rolesville Rural Fire Department for FY2021-22

Knox Homebox

Firefighters often require rapid entry into homes of the elderly, special needs and hospice residents during a fire or medical emergency; minimizing property damage and avoiding costly repairs caused by their forced entry, is always a concern. A solution that provides firefighters with the access they need is available when vulnerable residents install a fire department approved key safe that provides safe and efficient entry, decreases response times and limits property damage.  For more information, visit Rolesville Fire Department's Knox Homebox Information Sheet.

Fire Unification

As Rolesville continues to transform from a small rural community to a developed suburb of Raleigh, service delivery needs and infrastructure demands will continue to put pressure on local fire services. Like most of the growing Wake County communities which were served by an independent fire service, the Town of Rolesville and the Rolesville Rural Fire Department (RRFD) both recognize the need to unify these services under the municipal government structure.

A Unification Committee was formed in early 2021 to begin discussion about the feasibility of unifying fire services under the Town governance. This Committee was made up of representatives of the RRFD, Town of Rolesville, and Wake County Fire Services. After about 18 months of discussion,  both the RRFD and the Town of Rolesville boards adopted resolutions stating their intent to unify fire services on July 1, 2024. The Committee continues its work on the next phase of the process, which is to create a Unification Agreement setting out the commitments of both the RRFD and the Town.

The RRFD has a long and proud history from its first incorporation in 1958 to the well-trained and equipped professional department it is today. This unification effort seeks to build upon that strong foundation by continuing to provide high-quality fire service for the Rolesville community into the future.


December 2020Fire Service Unification Initial Analysis

April 2021: Unification Process Proposal

May 6, 2021Agenda and Meeting Notes

June 2, 2021: Agenda and Meeting Notes

June 23, 2021: Agenda and Meeting Notes

August 31, 2021: Agenda and Meeting Notes

September 22, 2021: Agenda and Meeting Notes

October 25, 2021: Agenda and Meeting Notes

December 8, 2021: Agenda and Meeting Notes

March 23, 2022: Agenda and DRAFT Meeting Notes

September 12, 2022: RRFD Unification Resolution

October 4, 2022: Town Unification Resolution 

Committee Membership

Mayor Ronnie Currin, Town of Rolesville
Commissioner April Sneed, Town of Rolesville
Town Manager Kelly Arnold, Town of Rolesville
Finance Director Amy Stevens, Town of Rolesville
Human Resources Director Lisa Alston, Town of Rolesville
Spence Jones, RRFD Board President
Frank Pearce, Jr., RRFD Board Secretary/Treasurer
Herbert Holding, RRFD Board
Chief Donnie Lawrence, RRFD
District Chief Jacob Butler, RRFD
Captain Brian Ward, RRFD
Administrative Assistant Edna Allison, RRFD
Darrell Alford, Wake County Fire Services Director
Greg Grayson, NC Fire Chief Consulting as facilitator only