Pender County Emergency Management Director Tommy Batson announced the hiring of Amy Burton as the new Pender County Fire Marshal. She is the first female to fill the role of a fire marshal in the county.
Burton served as the deputy fire marshal prior to her promotion, which was effective May 29. As fire marshal Burton oversees fire safety codes, new construction plan reviews, and fire investigations, and serves as a liaison between the county and the various fire departments within Pender County.
“Amy is a team player and an asset to the emergency management department as well as the county,” said Batson.
Burton grew up in Kinston where her father pastored a church. Her family owns a farm in Jones County. She attended Chowan University as a music major in vocal performance. Her first experience in fire and public safety began as a member of the Wyse Fork Rescue Squad. She studied to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and took her first paying jobs in Wayne and Jones counties in the EMS units. Burton is also a paramedic.
“I loved the knowledge, just knowing what a person was experiencing and then how to respond,” said Burton of her EMT training.
In 2015 she moved to Wilmington and was employed by the Leland Fire Department. She studied to become a firefighter and rose to the rank of EMS Battalion Chief – the first woman to hold that rank in Leland.
She later worked for New Hanover Medical Center and soon discovered she missed the feel of a small town.
In 2021 Burton was hired as the deputy fire marshal. She served under now-retired fire marshal Mark Haraway.
“I learned so much from Mark,” said Burton. “He is a load of information and experience.”
Burton said she loves the family and small-town feel of Pender County. She believes that as the county grows, so do the opportunities for growth for women who want to join the ranks of fire and EMS.
Burton said her hobbies include driving her Jeep, fishing, enjoying family, friends, and her dog, Mallie.