South Toe Volunteer Fire and Rescue has several founding members still as active today as they were in 1972 when the Department was founded. Our motto is to manage the Departments budget just as if it was our own. We strive to seek grant funding first and foremost and always plan ahead. We are merely stewards of what God has blessed us with.
Board Chairman-Gary Murphy
Gary has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the last 15 years and a member for nearly 30 years. Gary is a retired US Forest Service Engineering Technician with a background in Wildland Firefighting over his 30 year career. Gary has extensive knowledge in Incident Management Systems (ICS) coordinating and managing various incidents.
Board Member-Randy Wilson
Randy was a past assistant fire Chief and has been a member for the past 20 years. Randy is a local business man who owns Wilson Brothers Construction. Randy has a background in project management and, as a pilot, has an extensive knowledge in aviation services related to Incident Management.
Board Member-Larry Blevins
Larry has been a member of South Toe Fire and Rescue for the past 30 years. Larry is retired from North Carolina Department of Environmental Natural Resources at Mount Mitchell State Park. He has a vast knowledge in search and rescue with a focus, and is an expert with the State and US Forest Service Trail System. Larry is a Deacon at Mount Mitchell Baptist Church here in the Community.
Board Member/Treasuer-Gary Shuford
Gary is the newest member of the Board of Directors and has been a member for the past 5 years. Gary is employed by Blue Ridge Regional Hospital and carries an extensive background in logistics and purchasing. He has carried certifications in general contracting, electrical, and is a licensed CBA. Gary is a Deacon at South Estatoe Baptist Church here in the Community.
Board Member-Billy Edwards
Billy is a past Department Chief (where he served for 10 years) and has been a Department member for over 30 years. Billy is the owner and operator of the local wrecker service Wheels-n-Deals located in Celo. Billy is our “can do, will do” member; no obstacle is too large or small. Billy has an extensive knowledge of fire apparatus, pumps and any other fire equipment.