Frequently Asked Questions

We often get questions about how our station operates from members of the community. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions.

  • How much does it cost to outfit a firefighter?
    It costs over $6,000 to safely equip each of our members with appropriate protective firefighting equipment. This equipment protects the firefighter from the hazards of heat and moisture. For a full list of the price of outfitting a firefighter, please click the image to the right.
  • When I call 9-1-1, it takes a few minutes for you to show up. Why is the delay so long?
    Freemansburg Fire Company is an all-volunteer station. Our firefighters come from whatever they are doing to answer your emergency call. They must leave their home, place of work, or activity and proceed safely to the fire station, where they will board the fire engine and arrive at your emergency. Select officers of the company (chiefs, fire police, etc.) may respond directly to the scene in their personal vehicle to provide specialized services, give an update to incoming crews, or to take command of the incident.
  • I have a scanner, and I can’t hear Freemansburg Fire. What frequencies should I listen to?
    Freemansburg Fire Company is dispatched by Northampton County Emergency Management Services, and they are responsible for our radio communications. The relevant frequencies to listen to Freemansburg Fire are as follows:
    154.34 MHz – NC Dispatch 1 (our dispatching and paging frequency)
    500.6375 MHz – NC OPS 1 (primarily EMS calls)
    500.8125 MHz – NC TAC 2 (primary frequency for fire calls in southwestern corner of the county)
    501.9625 MHz – NC Talkabout 2 (primarily fire police communications)
  • Where should I put smoke detectors in my house?
    There should be a minimum of one smoke detector on each floor of a house, as well as a smoke detector within each bedroom.
  • How often should I change the batteries in my smoke detectors?
    Smoke detector batteries should be changed every six months. We, as well as the National Fire Protection Association, recommend changing your batteries on the “spring ahead” and “fall back”clock change days.
  • I need help changing the batteries in my smoke detector. Can you help me out with that?
    Absolutely! Feel free to call the Northampton County dispatch center at 610.759.2200 and ask for a Freemansburg Fire chief officer to call you, or you can send an e-mail to