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Kinston Fire Department

The Community:

Located on the Neuse river, 80 miles east of Raleigh, Kinston North Carolina, has a population of 21,500, a recipient of the prestigious All-America City award. Kinston’s revitalized downtown is a destination for visitors and is home to the nationally renowned Chef and the Farmer Restaurant, Mother Earth Brewing and Mother Earth Lodge, Three Stacks Distillery and Lovick’s Café. Kinston is also one of the first stops along the African-American Music Trail celebrating legendary jazz and blues musicians.

Fall, spring and summer temperatures in the area allow outdoor enthusiasts to take advantage of a multitude of opportunities such as watching future major league players at historic Grainger Stadium, home of the Down East Wood Ducks, a class A minor league team; paddling along the Neuse river, strolling the River Walk, cooling off at the Lions Waterpark Adventure, or listening to music at Kinston Music Park. In addition, a community fitness center, USTA tennis courts and multiple fields provide residents an opportunity to participate in sports such as basketball, softball, baseball, soccer and football. Kinston is the home to a proportionately high number of current and former professional athletes who grew up participating in world-class athletic training programs offered through partnerships between the schools and the parks and recreation department.

Kinston is also home to a number of large and small businesses. Spirit AeroSystems manufacturing center as well as Lenoir County’s Global TransPark secure the area as a major player in the aerospace industry. Other manufacturing and agriculture-based companies thrive in a community with Lenoir Community College.