NOTICE: This page is for requesting Fire Department related public records only.
The North Carolina General Statues (NCGS) 132-1(a) defines public record(s) as: “…all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, films, sound recordings, magnetic or other tapes, electronic data-processing records, artifacts, or other documentary material, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance in connection with the transaction of public business by any agency of North Carolina government or its subdivisions.
Rocky Mount Fire Department is committed to making public records available to members of the public in a timely manner. All fire department related public records requests must come through the fire department’s administrative office. You may submit your request via the electronic form below, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via US mail at:
City of Rocky Mount Fire Department
Attention: Public Records Request
375 E. Raleigh Blvd.
Rocky Mount, NC 27801
When making a request via email or US mail, the request should include:
- Date of the request
- Requester’s name
- Requester’s full mailing address (name, organization, street address, city, state, ZIP)
- Requester’s day time phone number
- Requester’s email address
- A complete description of the fire department record(s) being requested including any known dates
- Whether the requester intends to inspect the records during the department’s business hours (no charge) or obtain copies (fees may apply)
For recent, single incident fire reports, members of the public may also visit Fire Station One located at 375 E. Raleigh Boulevard or the Fire Marshal’s Office located at 404 S. Church Street to obtain copies without prior written notice of the request.
Fees: In most cases, public records are easily retrievable and provided electronically via e-mail at no cost to the department or requester. Pursuant to NCGS, 132-6.2 (b), no public agency shall charge a fee for an uncertified copy of a public record that exceeds the actual cost to the public agency of making the copy. A special service charge can be applied. If the request is such as to require extensive use of information technology resources or extensive clerical or supervisory assistance, then the agency may charge, in addition to the actual cost of duplication, a special service charge, which shall be reasonable and shall be based on the actual cost incurred for such extensive use of information technology resources or the labor costs of the personnel providing the services. The special service charge will be the hourly rate of the paid employee(s) who would be conducting the work.
The department will not charge for access to data that is readily accessible without significant cost. Before any fees are incurred, the department must notify the requester of the estimated cost to respond, including a breakdown showing how those costs were determined and the requester must pay the estimated cost before the records will be retrieved and released.
HIPPA Compliance Notice
Rocky Mount Fire Department has adopted this HIPP A Compliance Notice in order to recognize the requirement with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPPA”), as amended by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HIIBCH”) Act of 2009 (Title XIII of division A and Title IV of division b of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act “ARRA”) and the HIPPA Omnibus Final Rule (Effective Date: March 26, 2013). We acknowledge that full compliance with the HIPPA Final Rule is required by or before September 23, 2013
Rocky Mount Fire Department hereby acknowledges our duty and responsibility to protect the privacy and security of Individual Identifiable Health Information (“IIHI”) generally, and Protected Health Information (“PHI”) as defined in then HIPPA Regulations, under the regulations implementing HIPP A, other federal and state laws protecting the confidentiality of personal information, and under principle of general and professional ethics. We also acknowledge our duty and responsibility to support and facilitate the timely and unimpeded flow of heath information for lawful and appropriate purposes.
This notice governs General HIPPA Compliance for ROCKY MOUNT FIRE DEPARTMENT. All personnel of ROCKY MOUNT FIRE DEPARTMENT must comply with this notice. Demonstrated competence in the requirements of this notice is an important part of the responsibilities of every member of the department.
Officers, employees, agents, business associates, contractors, affected vendors, temporary workers and volunteers must read, understand, and comply with this notice in full and at all times.
- ROCKY MOUNT FIRE DEPARTMENT here recognizes its status as a Covered Entity under the definitions contained in the HIPPA Regulations
- ROCKY MOUNTFIRE DEPARTMENT must comply with HIPPA and the HIPPA implementing regulations, in accordance with the requirements of 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164, as amended
- Full compliance with HIPPA is mandatory and failure to comply can bring severe sanctions and penalties. Possible sanctions and penalties include, but not limited to: civil monetary penalties, criminal penalties including prison sentences, and loss of revenue and reputation from negative publicity
- Full compliance with HIPPA strengthens our ability to meet other compliance obligations, and will support and strengthen our non-HIPPA compliance requirements and efforts
- Full compliance with HIPPA reduces the overall risk of inappropriate uses and disclosures of Protected Health Information (“PHI”), and reduces the risk of breaches of confidential health data
- The requirements of the HIPPA Administrative Simplification Regulations (including the HIPPA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules) implement sections 1171-1180 of the Social Security Act (the AC1), sections 262 and 264 of Public Law 104-191, section 105 of 492 Public Law 110-223, sections 13400-13424 of Public Law 111-5, and section 1104 of Public Law 111-148