The City of Greensboro is located in central Piedmont of North Carolina, midway between Washington, DC and Atlanta. The town was incorporated in 1808 and is the county seat of Guilford County. The City of Greensboro is the third largest city, by population, in the state of North Carolina and the largest city in Guilford County and the surrounding Piedmont Triad metropolitan region.
Greensboro has a population of 281,038 and presently covers a land area of approximately 132.9 square miles while the total area protected by the Greensboro Fire Department is 144.5 square miles. The total population protected by the department, including its rural fire districts, is 277,755. Daytime population is estimated to be 334,796. The department protects areas that have population densities ranging in excess of 6,951 people per square mile to less than two people per square mile.
The Greensboro Fire Department's primary mission is to provide fire, medical, hazardous material, and technical rescue response within the geographic boundaries of the City and first responder medical support to county Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers. Fire protection is provided by 578 positions operating 25 fire stations, 24 engine companies, 11 ladder companies (quints), 5 Battalion Chief vehicles, a heavy rescue company, two Hazardous Materials Teams, a Commander, and necessary support equipment and personnel.
The Support Services Deputy Chief provides the fiscal oversight, planning and management of the department’s $47.3 million budget. The department, funded by the City's fiscal budget, subdivides its budget into four major categories: salaries, benefits, operating, and capital. Approximately 87 percent of the department’s total operating budget is appropriated for salaries and benefits.