2015 Firefighter of the Year


Assistant Chief Benny Beck, 2014 Firefighter of the Year recipient, presents Firefighter Kelly Maness with the 2015 award.

Firefighter/EMT Kelly Maness was selected as the 2015 Firefighter of the Year at the annual fire department Christmas Dinner held on December 5th at Coleridge Fire Department Station 9.

This award is voted on by the membership of the department for a firefighter who has gone above and beyond and shown exceptional dedication, hard work, and professionalism in the department.

“This award is one of the highest honors in the fire department, because you were selected by your peers”, said Assistant Chief Benny Beck, as he presented the award.

Congratulations Kelly!

New Chief Elected

Captain Matthew Needham was elected Chief of Coleridge-Erect Fire Department on November 1st, 2015. Chief Needham joined the Coleridge-Erect Fire Department in 1996 and is a career fireman at Asheboro Fire Department where he serves as Lieutenant.

The department would like to thank former Chief Keith Davis for his many years of leadership. The fire department earned it’s lowest DOI rating during his tenure along with many other accomplishments. Former Chief Davis will remain an active member of the department.

High School Fire Academy Coming to Randolph County

Are you a high school student who may be interested in becoming a firefighter?  These after school classes will be hosted at the Randolph Community College Emergency Services Training Center. When you finish, you will have many of the classes you need to become a certified NC firefighter.

Find out more information here:  http://www.randolph.edu/headlines/1087-high-school-fire-academy.html 

Retired Chief Larry McAlister Passes Away

Larry McAlister with his wife, Pat, in 2011.

Charles Lawrence “Larry Mack” McAlister, 73, of 4541 NC Hwy 22 South, Ramseur, NC, died Sunday, January 4, 2015 at his residence.

Funeral Services, 3:00 PM, Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at Concord United Methodist Church, Coleridge.

Officiating, Rev. Ed Carter, George Kivett.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Larry was a native of Guilford County, a retired electrician from Eveready with 25 years of service, and a member of Concord UMC for 53 years. He was a fireman with Coleridge Fire Department for 38 years, serving as Captian, Assistance Chief, and Chief. He was preceded in death by father, Charles B. McAlister, two grandchildren, Whitney Gentry, Savannah Gentry.

Survivors: wife, Pat Powers McAlister, of the home, daughters, Lisa McAlister Capps, and husband Kenny, of Milton, FL., Susan McAlister Leonard, and husband, Ty, of Coleridge, mother, Ruth McAlister McCrickard, of Ramseur, grandchildren, Matt Rector, and wife, Stephanie, of Ramseur, Tyler Leonard, and wife, Jennifer, of Yokota Air Base, Japan, Autumn Capps, of Milton, FL., great granddaughter, Aria Elizabeth Leonard.

The family wishes to express a special thank you to Hospice of Randolph County, Coleridge Fire Department, family and friends.

Visitation, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, at the Coleridge Fire Department, and other times at the residence.

Condolences may be made online at http://www.loflinfuneralservice.com.

Arrangements by Loflin Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ramseur.

Memorials may be made to the Coleridge Fire Department, 4495 NC Hwy 22 South, Ramseur, NC 27316.

Any fire department wishing to have apparatus participate in the funeral procession, please contact us at cevfd@rtmc.net

Coleridge-Erect Fire Department See Highest Call Volume Year in 2014

In 2014, the Coleridge-Erect Volunteer Fire Department responded to 388 incidents (unofficial), which is the highest call volume since electronic records began in Randolph County in 1993. This number is subject to vary slightly as the remainder of call reports are entered into NFIRS.

Once the call reports are finalized, we will post a breakdown of the statistics on this site.