"The Fire & EMS Department exists to reduce injuries and death related to fires, medical emergencies and rescue situations. With a focus on safety & fire prevention education and cost effective operations, the Department demonstrates courage, pride, loyalty, persistence and professionalism."
The Town of Matthews Fire & Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was formed in November 2008. The department traces its roots to the Matthews-Morningstar Volunteer Fire Department, which was formed in 1953, Matthews Rescue & EMS, founded in 1991 and U-Meck Rescue founded in 1971.
Matthews Fire and EMS is a combination department consisting of a career Chief, an Administrative Assistant, two career Captains, three career Lieutenants, nine career Firefighter/EMT's, and over 70 volunteers, ranging in rank from FF/EMT through Assistant Chief. The career staff covers the stations Monday through Friday from 6 AM - 6 PM and is supplemented by the volunteers. Nights and weekends are covered exclusively by volunteers.
Matthews Fire & EMS responds to approximately 3,000 calls for service each year. The department responds to neighboring cities and towns when requested as part of the county mutual aid agreement. In addition to emergency response, the department also participates in numerous public relations events. Such events include education/prevention at schools, birthday parties at the fire station, and apparatus displays at various businesses during safety days.
As a combination department, we are always looking for new volunteer members. For volunteer and employment opportunities within the Town of Matthews, please click here.
Fire & EMS Chief Dennis Green
Chief Green has worked for the Town of Matthews since 1991 when he was named Chief of the former Rescue & EMS Department. He had served as Deputy Chief of the Town’s Fire & EMS Department since 2008.
A native of Mecklenburg County, Dennis began his career in emergency management as a volunteer with the U-Meck Rescue Squad in 1975.
He has attended classes at Anson-Stanly Technical College and Central Piedmont Community College. He is certified as a Firefighter II, Emergency Medical Technician, and Emergency Rescue Technician. He was a certified paramedic for 12 years and served as a shift supervisor for Union County EMS. He has served as an instructor for numerous emergency management classes, EMT Courses, vehicle and rope rescue classes at CPCC and Anson Stanly Technical College over the years.
He serves on the EMS Education and Standards Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), EMS Section. He has also served on the Conference Education Committee for the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, a division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. In addition to being a member of the EMS Section of the IAFC he's is also a member of the iWomen and Volunteer & Combination Officer Sections.
Prior to his career in emergency management Dennis was a licensed locksmith and owned Green’s Lock Service.
Dennis and his wife, Kelly, who works for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, are very active in the community. He is a member of Matthews United Methodist Church, where he is involved in the missions of the church. He is an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 39 and the Post Advisor for the Fire & EMS Explorers Post. He is a Homeland Security Grant Reviewer and a former member of the N.C. Office of EMS Advisory Council. He has previously served as vice chair for the N.C. Locksmith Licensing Board.