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Retired Lowell Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Wallace Arthur “Wally” Saunders, 76, passed away at home October 4th, 2017. He was born in Carrolton, Ohio, son of the late William Arthur and Mary Jane (Francis) Saunders. In Addition to his parents he was preceded in death by daughter, Rosemarie Williams; son, Robin Long; sister in law, Ann McKnight, and several siblings.
Wally was retired from Tyco Industries. He was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church and a member of the Lowell Volunteer Fire Department with thirty years of service and ten years as Fire Chief. Wally was in the US Army for eight years serving in the 1stCavalry Division in Vietnam.
                  Amongst many accomplishments as Fire Chief, Chief Saunders was instrumental in both Local and Regional initiatives some of which included the Gaston College Regional Emergency Services Training Center, Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Gaston County Firefighters Association. During Chief Saunders tenure as Fire Chief he exhibited strong leadership skills with an equally as strong passion to serve. Chief Saunders will be remembered for setting a course of success for the future of the Lowell Volunteer Fire Department and as a shining example of pride in being a firefighter.
                  Survivors include his loving wife of fifty two years Jane (Morrow) Saunders; granddaughters, Christie Gulley (Travis), Ashley Eller (Kenneth), Hayley Navey (Jacob), Kelsey Williams (fiancé Randall); six great grandchildren; brother-in-law, James McKnight; nieces, Sharon Waynick (Scott), Kim Collins (Zack); four sisters, and one brother.
                  The family will receive friends from 1:00pm until 2:45pm, Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at Woodlawn Baptist Church, with a memorial service to follow at 3:00pm with the Rev. Dr. Mitch Evans and Rev. Walt Griggs officiating. Interment will follow in Gaston Memorial Park.
                  The Family would like to extend a special thank you to Paula Robb of Gaston Hospice and our dear friend Mrs. Sheila Langley.
                  Condolence messages may be sent to www.mcleanfuneral.com


 Congressman McHenry Announces $156,952 Homeland Security Grant to Lowell Fire Department in Gaston County


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Lowell Firefighters Participate in 9/11 Stair Climb.

Left to Right: FF Mark Buchanan, FF Jake Hendrix, FF Paul Mattox, FF Blake Buchanan, FF Wayne Tanner, FF Will Heath IV.


ISO Class 3!!!

Fire District Receives New Rating After Inspection
State Officials Award New District Rating
RALEIGH – North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced today that the following Fire Districts completed their routine inspection and received the listed rating, on listed effective dates. The inspection, conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of
State Fire Marshal (OSFM), is required on a regular basis as part of the North
Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS). Among other things, the routine
inspections look for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper
maintenance of equipment, communications capabilities and availability of a water source.
District Type Rating Effective
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Lowell Municipal 3 01/01/2017
Pinhook Smyre Rural 3/9E 01/01/2017
The NCRRS rating system ranges from one (highest) to 10 (not recognized as a
certified fire department by the state), with most rural departments falling into
the 9S category. While lower ratings do not necessarily indicate poor service, a
higher rating does suggest that a department is overall better equipped to respond to fires in its district. Higher ratings can also significantly lower homeowners insurance rates in that fire district.
“I’d like to congratulate Chief Moore for the department’s performance and for the hard work of all the department members,” said Commissioner Goodwin. “The citizens in the Town of these districts should rest easy knowing they have a fine group of firefighters protecting them and their property in case of an emergency.” State law requires OSFM officials to inspect departments serving districts of 100,000 people or less, which makes up all but six of the state’s fire districts.


Click here to see our Media Advisory on the 2016 FEMA AFG Grant Receipt!

Remembering Richard Sheltra!

Thank you to all of the citizens of Lowell for bringing cookies by to remember Richard Sheltra! ‪#‎PVFD73‬


Click HERE to see our Media Advisory on our 2016 State Grant Receipt.

Lowell FF Marcus Usery makes the local paper with this special gender reveal!

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Lowell FF Miller,  Thank you for your service!


2016 Lowell Freedom Festival

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Congrats To FF Mark Buchanan On 40 Years Of Service


“Rowdy” Rescued From A Storm Drain

 On February 28th, firefighters from Lowell and Cramerton went to the rescue of a small dog “Rowdy” that had found his way stuck in a storm drain. Captain Hale, Lieutenant Skeen, FF Christenbury, FF Heath, FF Williams, FF Woods (41), FF Karagias (41).

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New Members Tanner, Hendrix, and Carter Learning About The Ladder Company

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Message From The Chief

I want to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Lowell Fire Department website, and thank you for dropping by. Please check back often, as we will always be changing and updating. Our goal is to provide you with information about our department, as well as the services that we provide.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Lowell Fire Department to save life, conserve property, and stabilize any incident in which we respond. It is the mission of Lowell Fire Department to assist any and all agencies that request our help, and to provide the highest quality care to all citizens in the Lowell fire district. This being said, it is the charge of every member to adhere to this mission, and strive to complete it at all cost.


It is an honor to inform you that the Lowell Volunteer Fire Department has been selected as the Gaston County Jaycees Outstanding Gaston County Volunteer Fire Department this year. Lowell VFD was selected by the Gaston County Jaycees DSA Committee.


Left to Right:

Chief Scott Moore, FF Rusty Stamey, FF Micheal Watkins, Safety Officer Bryan Kiker,  Lieutenant Jake Skeen, FF Blake Buchanan, Assistant Chief David Thornburg, FF Jantzen Lewis, FF Mary Williams

 Click HERE to see our Media Advisory on our recent rescue certification.

Click HERE to see our Media Advisory on our 2015 State Grant Receipt.


Firefighter Sam Boyles was greeted by his Firefighter Family with a going away cake during this Tuesdays Training Night.  Sam will be headed off to Appalachian State University this fall.  Congrats Sam!

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