Lovelady Fire & Rescue has a long history of helping Rutherford College and the surrounding communities. The department holds an ISO class 5/9 rating and operates from two different stations.

The department began with all volunteers in 1958 and has continued to grow. Currently, Lovelady Fire & Rescue is staffed Monday-Friday during the day with part-time personnel. We continue to have a roster full of volunteers that we rely on to serve our community and are always looking for new dedicated members.

The department responds to approximately 700 calls per year including medical, fire, and rescue calls. Members meet for training on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

Common Questions

How do I obtain a burning permit?

Visit this link: NCFS for obtaining a permit. You may also come by the fire department if unable to complete an online permit.

Do you fill swimming pools?

No, due to various reasons we cannot fill swimming pools.

Do you install free smoke detectors?

Yes, we install free smoke detectors through a partnership with American Red Cross. Stop by the station or call today for more information.



Station 1: (828) 879-9801

Station 2: (828) 368-0660


Station 1:

748 Malcolm Blvd

Rutherford College, NC 28671


PO Box 126

Rutherford College, NC 28671

Station 2:

1008 US 70

Connelly Springs, NC 28612