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CHIEF OFFICERS

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Chief Riewestahl Certifications:

NC Firefighter I & II

HazMat Level 1 - Ops

NC Technical Rescuer

NC TR - Water Rescue

NC TR - Structural Collapse

NC Driver / Operator

NC Aerial Operator

NC Fire Instructor 1 & 2

Qualified D/O Instructor

Certified Fire Investigator

NC EMT - Basic

NC Chief 101

NIMS Type III Planning Section Chief

Child Car Seat Technician

Justin Riewestahl

Chief of Department

The Chief of Buies Creek Fire & Rescue is hired by the Board of Directors to carry out the daily operations of the department, provide leadership, and perform oversight for all administrative functions of the fire and EMS divisions. The Chief is considered a part time employee, but also responds to incidents the same as all other volunteers at all hours of the day, night and weekends to assist our residents in need. 

 

Chief Riewestahl is a Buies Creek native who began his fire service career with our department in 2003. As he progressed and learned his place in the department, he impressed the members and leadership which was proven by him being chosen as Firefighter of the year consecutively in 2005 and 2006. As his skills impressed, he was chosen and promoted to officer in the ranks and was selected by the membership as Officer of the Year consecutively in 2007 and 2008. Chief Riewestahl continued his progression up the ranks of our department continuously giving his all to make this department better in every aspect of the service that we provide our residents.  His love and dedication for Buies Creek and this department were rewarded in 2013 when he was chosen by the Board of Directors as the Chief of the Department. 

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Chief Riewestahl leads a department that consists of four full time employees, approximately 15 part time employees and 40 volunteers.  He has been at the helm during the implementation of a technical rescue team, creation of a swift water rescue team, purchase of a state of the art aerial platform, purchase of an ambulance, purchase of a tanker, additions to our station and numerous other pieces of equipment to better serve our community. During his tenure as Chief, the members and employees of Buies Creek Fire & Rescue strived in their effort to prove their skills and documentation of abilities which proved to be beneficial when they were able to obtain a Class 3 Insurance Rating which aids our citizens with lower insurance premiums.

Chief Riewestahl also has a full time career in the fire service as a Battalion Chief with the Town of Fuquay- Varina Fire Department.  He is married and has two sons.  

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Deputy Chief Huber Certifications:

NC Firefighter I & II

HazMat Level 1 - Ops

NC Driver / Operator

NC Aerial Operator

NC Fire Officer 1

NC Technical Rescuer

NC TR - Water Rescue

NC Swift Water Boat Operator

NC Fire Instructor 1 & 2

EMT - Basic

Child Car Seat Technician

Ryan Huber

Deputy Chief

The Deputy Chief of Buies Creek Fire & Rescue is elected by the members of the department annually. The Deputy Chief assists the Chief of the Department with all responsibilities as assigned. Currently, the Deputy Chief assists with operations and has the administrative responsibility for overseeing the fire training program and issued protective equipment for members.

 

Deputy Chief Huber is a Buies Creek native who joined the department in 2014 as a junior firefighter. As he learned the foundations of the fire service and the department, he built his knowledge and as his age grew, so did his rank. Huber eventually progressed in age and to the rank of firefighter when he reached the age of 18. As he continued his service to Buies Creek, he was  promoted to Lieutenant in 2019 and was voted Officer of the Year  his first year as Lieutenant. Huber continued to serve and was promoted to Captain in 2022 where he served until 2024 when he was elected by the members to be the Deputy Fire Chief of the Department.

 

Deputy Chief Huber is married and serves as a volunteer for Buies Creek, but is also a career fire engineer for an area town fire department. 

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Assistant Chief Weissinger Certifications:

NC Firefighter I & II

HazMat Level 1 - Ops

Rapid Intervention Crew

NC Driver / Operator

NC Aerial Operator

NC Fire Officer 1 & 2

NC Technical Rescuer

NC TR - Vehicle Rescue

NC TR - Water Rescue

NC Rescue Officer

NC Swift Water Boat Operator

NC Fire Instructor 1 & 2

Qualified FF 1 & 2 Instructor

NC Fire Inspector Level 1 & 2

NC Fire Investigation Technician

Fire Life Safety Educator 1&2

NC Chief 101

NC EMT Basic

Brett Weissinger

Assistant Chief

The Assistant Chief of Buies Creek Fire & Rescue is elected by the members of the department annually. The Assistant Chief assists the Chief of the Department with all responsibilities as assigned. Currently, the Assistant Chief assists with operations and has the administrative responsibility for overseeing the maintenance of the fleet apparatus and equipment.

 

Assistant Chief Weissinger is a Buies Creek native who joined the department in 2006 as a junior firefighter. In 2008, he progressed to the firefighter rank and continued building his knowledge learning the ways of the fire service. In 2010, he was chosen as the Buies Creek Firefighter of the Year. Weissinger showed his dedication to the department and progression of knowledge in the fire service which was rewarded with a promotion to Lieutenant in 2013. As his service continued, he promoted to Captain in 2016, which was followed by being consecutively chosen as Officer of the Year in 2016 and 2017 by the members of the department. In 2020, Weissinger was elected by the members as Assistant Chief where he continues to serve today.

 

In addition to his volunteer service, Weissinger is a career firefighter at Cleveland Fire Department in Johnston County where he holds the rank of Captain.  Assistant Chief Weissinger is married and he and his wife are expecting their first child in August 2024. 

LINE OFFICERS

Line Officers carry the rank of Captain and Lieutenants.  They are appointed by the Chief of the Department with consultation of the Deputy and Assistant Chief annually.  Each Captain and Lieutenant is assigned to function as a line officer on incidents and also carries administrative responsibilities with their assigned rank. 

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James Garris

Captain

Captain Garris Certifications:

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Captain McIntosh Certifications:

NC Firefighter 1 & 2

NC Driver / Operator

NC Technical Rescuer

NC TR: Water Rescue

NC Swift Water Boat Operator

NCOSFM Flood Boat Operator

AHA CPR Instructor

NC EMT Basic

NC Basic and Intermediate Law

Enforcement Certifications​

Chris McIntosh

Captain

Captain McIntosh started in the fire service in 2014 with Buies Creek Fire & Rescue while attending Campbell University as a student.  As an undergraduate student, he pushed himself to complete his college classes during the day and attended certification classes at night and on weekends to gain his NC Firefighter 1 & 2 Certification and NC EMT Basic Certification. Captain McIntosh previously served four years as a Lieutenant at Buies Creek before being promoted to Captain. During his time at Buies Creek, he has received Firefighter of the Year in 2015 and was chosen by the members as Officer of the Year in 2023.

 

Captain McIntosh graduated from Campbell University in 2018 with a B.S. in Homeland Security.  After graduation, he began a career in public safety working at the Fuquay-Varina Fire Department as a firefighter.  After a short time as a career firefighter, he left to follow his passion of being a law enforcement officer and joined the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in October of 2020, where is still works today. Captain McIntosh is married and is a State Trooper assigned to Harnett County. 

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Josh Sorrell

Captain

Captain Sorrell Certifications:

NC Firefighter I & II

HazMat Level 1 - Ops

NC Driver / Operator

NC Aerial Operator

NC Technical Rescuer

NC TR - Water Rescue

NC Fire Instructor 1 & 2

Qualified FF 1 & 2 Instructor

NC EMT Basic

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Lieutenant Cowan Certifications:

NC Firefighter I & II

HazMat Level 1 - Ops

NC Driver / Operator

NC EMT Paramedic

Level 1 EMS Instructor

NC EMS Officer 1

Board Certified

Physician Assistant License

David Cowan

Lieutenant 

Lieutenant Cowan had a desire to work in the medical field early in life and began in the field as an explorer with Stanly County EMS while in high school in his home town of Albemarle.  He continued on his desired path in the medical field by attending Campbell University with hopes of making into the Physician Assistant program. While attending Campbell as an undergraduate student in 2015, he joined Buies Creek Fire & Rescue in the EMS division. He gave the department many hours and calls earning him the award for EMT of the Year in 2016. After joining the department, members encouraged him to pursue the fire side of the department as well and Lt. Cowan found another passion in fire protection which enabled him to be able to provide an additional service to his community. His new love for firefighting earned him the Firefighter of the Year award in 2020. As he progressed with the department, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was consecutively chosen by the membership as Officer of the Year in 2021 and 2022.

 

Lieutenant Cowan graduated from Campbell University in 2019 with a B.S. with dual majors in Spanish and Homeland Security.  In 2021, he graduated from Campbell with Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Practice.  He is employed as a Physician Assistant for an area emergency medicine healthcare provider and also as the Assistant Medical Director for an EMS system in the Central Region of North Carolina.  

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Lieutenant Hesselmeyer Certifications:

NC Firefighter I & II

HazMat Level 1 - Ops

NC Technical Rescuer

NC Fire Instructor 1 & 2

NIMS / ICS Instructor

EMT - Paramedic

David Hesselmeyer

Lieutenant

​Lieutenant Hesselmeyer started in the fire service in 1997 with Northview Fire Department in Lee County and moved to Buies Creek Fire & Rescue in 1998 where he served until 2006. Job relocation took him away from BCFD until 2012 when he returned and has been ever since. During his time away from Buies Creek, he continued his service with Red Oak and Patetown Fire Departments.  In his many years volunteering and working in the fire service, he has held different ranks of firefighter, engineer, lieutenant and captain.

Lt. Hesselmeyer possesses a B.A. in Government from Campbell University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from East Carolina University.  He has worked in the public and private sector of emergency services and currently is the President and CEO of On Target Preparedness, LLC which provides Emergency Services Planning and Training to government and private entities. He has had the privilege of speaking at FDIC and has had published articles in Fire Engineering magazine.  Lt. Hesselmeyer is married with three children. ​

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Vacant

Lieutenant

Lieutenant Vacant  Certifications:

APPOINTED OFFICERS

Appointed Officers carry the rank assigned by the Chief of the Department for the specific position he wishes them to hold based on the assignment they are given.  

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Vann Sorrell

Safety Officer

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Tommy Coats

Traffic Officer

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Firefighter Jernigan's Certifications:

NC Firefighter I & II

HazMat Level 1 - Ops

NC Technical Rescuer

NC TR - Vehicle Rescue

NC TR - Water Rescue

Jenny Jernigan

Daytime Supervisor

Firefighter Jernigan comes from a long line of family that has served in emergency services in Harnett County. Both of her grandfathers and her grandmother, as well as her mother and father served over 25 years at Buies Creek Fire & Rescue and Coats-Grove Fire and Rescue. Jernigan began her fire service career in 1995 as a volunteer with Coats-Grove Fire and Rescue. In 1998, she transitioned to a full time position, and was eventually promoted to Lieutenant with their Department. After serving 14 faithful years with Coats-Grove, Jernigan took a break from the fire service after the birth of her son to focus on her family as a mother and wife. With a desire to still serve, Jernigan returned to the fire service in 2021 joining Buies Creek Fire & Rescue as a volunteer.  Picking up where she left, she quickly was back in practice of her career and love for the trade and transitioned to a part time position in 2022.

 

As the department progressed, there has constantly been a need for a full-time person to assist the department and the Chief with daily administrative and operational duties. Jernigan was a great fit to fill the role based on her past experience in the fire service and her decision making abilities. In 2023, she was hired as the Daytime Supervisor and continues to serve in that position today. As part of her assignment, she assists the Chief, Deputy Chief and Assistant Chief with various duties including supervising paid personnel, scheduling part time and volunteer personnel for shifts, special event coverage, equipment check off, maintenance, entry of fire reports and training records and other duties.

 

Jernigan was selected as Employee of the Year for 2023 for her hard work and dedication to the department.  She is married with one son. Both her husband and son also volunteer as firefighters with our department and they all reside in Buies Creek. 

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