In the spirit of ensuring full transparency and for the sake of dispelling rumors we want to take a moment and update the citizens of our community on a plan for ensuring long range protection for fire, medical and rescue responses. We are confident that this plan maintains provisions for a service level at or above the level that everyone deserves and are accustomed to.

The Board of Directors of the Colfax Volunteer Fire Department Inc. are working through the process of dissolution. In this dissolution plan the Town of Kernersville Fire and Rescue Department will fully staff the Colfax fire station and become the primary provider for emergent and non-emergent calls within the Colfax fire district. From an operational aspect they will continue working with the surrounding departments ensuring the most expedient response just as we have done for many years. This decision has not been one that was made for any reason other than ensuring the protection of our citizens remained at the forefront.

Our current combination department, as most of you know, consists of volunteer, part time and career employees; working cohesively to provide a superior level of service to our citizens and commuters.

Our department, as any other throughout the nation, has seen a tremendous decline in volunteer firefighters. Over the past five years we have experienced a fifty nine percent (59%) loss of personnel. We will experience a thirty six percent (36%) decrease in 2023 due to volunteers retiring and/or being unable to meet the state training requirements.

Our Board of Directors has made a proactive decision by working with Guilford County and the Town of Kernersville to ensure that the level of protection our community deserves and expects will not be diminished.

There has been rumors that the Guilford County Board of Commissioners has started the process of disbanding the Colfax Fire Department. This is not true. Our Board of Directors have worked diligently with the Guilford County Emergency Service Director, the Kernersville Fire and Rescue Chief as well as the Colfax Fire Chief in an effort to ensure this transition is a smooth as possible.

The men and women of Colfax Fire Department truly appreciate the support that has been shown since 1958 when this department was founded and we appreciate your support during this transition.