Stoney Point Fire Chief, Freddy L. Johnson Sr., a retired Army Sergeant Major and native from Germany who began his fire service career at 22 years old in 1975 while serving in the United States Army at Fort Bragg, with the Lake Rim Volunteer Fire Department. In April 1976, Chief Johnson joint the Stoney Point Volunteer Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter.
Working his way through the various volunteer ranks, Chief Johnson was appointed fire district’s 5th Fire Chief on March 1st, 1980. Under his leadership, Stoney Point continued expanding to meet the growing community needs and currently is one of two volunteer fire departments Internationally Accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). The department has undergone major transformations expanding its services from a fire only provider to a full service, two station delivery agency that includes Rescue and Emergency Medical Services. The Department responds to over 1500 calls for service annually throughout the urban and rural areas of Cumberland and surrounding counties.
Chief Johnson and his wife Clarkie have three grown children, and five grandchildren. Chief Johnson continually works to improve public service initiatives on a County-wide basis through his active participation with the Cumberland County Fire Chief’s Association where he currently serves as President. He also is actively involved with community oriented functions by serving on various boards and committees, and is a member of the North Carolina Fire & Rescue Commission as well as various local and national fire service organizations.
In 2012, he was selected Volunteer Chief of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Fire Chief’s (NCAFC) and the Southeastern Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (SEIAFC). He is a recipient of “The Order of the Long Leaf Pine” which is North Carolina’s highest civilian award given by Governor. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and with over forty years in the fire service, coupled with his strong fire department operations and administration background, received the Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFO) from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). He is a nationally certified Pro-Board/IFSAC Fire Officer IV, Fire Life Safety Educator III, IFSAC Certified Fire Instructor II, Firefighter II, Hazardous Material Operations, Driver / Operator Aerial & Pumps, Emergency Vehicle Driver, Fire / Arson Investigator, Fire Investigator Technician (FIT), Emergency Rescue Technician, Rescue Technician Rope Rescue, Rescue Technician Surface Water Rescue, Rescue Technician Vehicle & Machinery, Agricultural Rescue Technician, and a North Carolina Executive Emergency Manager certifications as well as a North Carolina Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. In 2013, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Pierce Manufacturing, and Fire Chief Magazine in Chicago Illinois during Fire-Rescue International (FRI) named Chief Johnson the national Volunteer Fire Chief of the Year In March 2017 Chief Johnson was recognized by the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) and was awarded the organizations Life Time Achievement Award in Washington DC.
Freddy L. Johnson, Jr.
Deputy Fire Chief
Deputy Fire Chief Freddy L. Johnson, Jr. spent his entire childhood residing next door to the Stoney Point Fire Department where his father served as Fire Chief. During this time, he witnessed key changes within the department before officially joining as a Junior Firefighter in 1985. After graduating from South View High School in 1989, he was hired as a full-time firefighter. At the same time, he attended Fayetteville State University in pursuit of a Criminal Justice Degree.
Working his way through the various volunteer ranks, the Board of Directors appointed Freddy Assistant Fire Chief in July 1994. In 1995, he joined the North Carolina State Highway Patrol as a State Trooper and was assigned to Robeson County while at the same time maintaining his volunteer firefighter responsibilities. He is now a Major assigned to Field Operations in Raleigh. In July 1996, he was appointed to his present position of Deputy Fire Chief. He provides leadership and guidance to the overall fire department operations, ensuring overall readiness to efficiently respond to needs of our community. He responds to major incidents and fills assorted roles at incident scenes including incident command, operations, safety and other critical key roles as needed. He holds responsibility for administrative duties encompassing training, emergency operations, emergency rescue & medical services, fire prevention, and hazardous materials. Freddy is a Credentialed Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC), he is also a certified IFSAC/Pro-Board Fire Officer IV, IFSAC Fire Instructor II, Firefighter II, Hazardous Material Level II, Driver Operator Pumps & Aerial, Emergency Vehicle Driver, Basic Rescue Technician, North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B), and holds a Basic, Intermediate and Advanced North Carolina Law Enforcement Certification. He is also a graduate of the North Carolina State University Administrative Officer Management Program (AMOP). He played a major role in the department’s nationally accredited agency status with the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). He served as the Insurance Service Office (ISO) coordinator and prepared the department for the October 2012 Department of Insurance (DOI) ISO inspection resulting in our current Class 3 rating effective 1 May 2013. Freddy is married to his wife Dawn and they have one son Trey.
Sean C. Johnson
Assistant Fire Chief
Assistant Chief S. Johnson has been in the fire service for as long as he can remember. Growing up next door to the Stoney Point Fire Department provided the catalyst for a lifelong volunteer career within the Cumberland County Fire, Rescue & EMS Service. He officially started with the Stoney Point Fire Department as a Junior Firefighter in 1990. During those early years, Sean attended as many fire, rescue and EMS training as possible and attained numerous Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Certification. Throughout his tenure, he’s served as a Firefighter/EMT, Engineer, Lieutenant, Shift Captain and presently in his current position of Assistant Volunteer Fire Chief. His current responsibilities revolve around several areas including Driver Operator, Technical Rescue, Physical Fitness and Safety training as well as assisting with the department’s national accreditation. Sean was one of two volunteer chief officers to complete the North Carolina Fire Officer IV pilot program and was awarded his Fire Officer IV certification in August 2014. He concurrently serves as a Sergeant with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol stationed at the Highway Patrol Training Center in Raleigh. Sean is married to Tracie and they have two sons, Walker and Pierce.
In 2012, Sean was selected as the Volunteer Firefighter of the Year by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) chapter, and is a past department Firefighter and Fire Officer of the year. He is actively involved with community oriented functions serving on boards and committees, and is a member of multiple local and national fire service organizations. He is a certified North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician, IFSAC/Pro-Board Fire Officer IV, IFSAC Fire & Rescue Instructor II, Firefighter II, Hazardous Material Level II, Fire & Life Safety Educator III, Driver Operator Pumps, Emergency Vehicle Driver, Emergency Rescue Technician, Rescue Technician Rope Rescue, Surface Water Rescue Technician, Agricultural Rescue Technician, Rescue Technician Vehicle & Machinery, graduate of the North Carolina SCBA Breathing Equipment School and holds a Basic and Intermediate North Carolina Law Enforcement Certificate.
Kevin T. Murphy
Assistant Fire Chief
Assistant Fire Chief Kevin T. Murphy hails from Allendale, New Jersey where he started his firefighting career in 1971 as a junior firefighter. Joining the United States Army in 1981, his military career stationed him at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Settling in the Stoney Point Fire District, he became a member of the Stoney Point Fire Department in1996.
During his tenure with the Allendale Fire Department, he served as a junior firefighter, firefighter, firefighter-engineer and rose through the officer positions from lieutenant to assistant chief. He achieved status as a New Jersey State Exempt Fireman. Kevin is a charter member of the Upper Saddle River Rescue Squad where he served as a rescue man and rescue lieutenant. He received the Northwest Bergen Mutual Aid Association Valor Award for a rescue performed August 15, 1974. He certified as a Level II Firefighter and was on the Bergen County Vocational School Rescue Program instructor staff teaching Collapse Rescue and Operational Risk Analysis.
Joining the Stoney Point Fire Department in 1996, he served as a firefighter, engineer, Captain, EMT and now Assistant Chief. As the Department’s training officer, he holds responsibility for planning, coordination and execution of in-service and external training for this eighty-two member volunteer department that provides fire, rescue and EMS throughout its 32 square mile response district.
His military career spanned thirty years of enlisted and commissioned service in Army Special Operations and Airborne Infantry where he retired in 2013 as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his long and distinguished military career, he fulfilled ninety-two months of combat and peacetime command ranging from platoon through combined/joint special operations task force levels. He is a 1998 graduate of the United States Air Force Air Command and General Staff College.
Kevin earned two Master Degrees in Business Administration and Emergency Management, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Safety Administration. Fire certifications include IFSAC/Pro-Board Fire Officer IV, Firefighter I&II, Hazardous Material First Responder, Driver-Operator-Pumps and Driver-Operator–Aerials. He holds rescue specialty certification in Agriculture, Confined Space, Trench, Vehicle & Machinery and Surface Water Rescue. He is a certified Fire Instructor II for Firefighter I&II, Driver-Operator-Pumps, STICO, Fire and Rescue Instructor and Live Burn, and is a 2009 graduate of the North Carolina Breathing Equipment School. His EMS certification includes North Carolina EMT-Paramedic.
He resides in the Stoney Point area of Fayetteville with his wife Cynthia and daughter Erin. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Brandon P. Hanzal
Division Chief Brandon P. Hanzal graduated from Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington and attended Walla Walla Community College, earning an associate’s degree. He also attended Whitworth College before joining the US. Army and moving to Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He joined the Stoney Point Fire Department in January 2001 as a volunteer while continuing to serve as a combat medic in the US. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division. While serving with the Stoney Point Fire Department, Brandon met his wife Marcia (also a SPFD firefighter/EMT) and they have two daughters Reese and Natalie. Currently he serves as a day supervisor coordinating the station’s Maintenance, Logistics, Fire prevention and Department Safety Officer programs. Brandon spearheads the Departments Apparatus Replacement committee and is involved with the planning and execution of the department’s annual fund raiser, the Trail of Terror. He continuously strives to improve himself and holds the following National and North Carolina State Certifications. National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, North Carolina Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), North Carolina Department of Insurance (DOI)/IFSAC/Pro-Board Certified Fire Officer III, North Carolina DOI/IFSAC Certified Fire Service Instructor II, North Carolina DOI/IFSAC Certified Firefighter II, North Carolina DOI/IFSAC Certified Hazardous Material Level I, North Carolina DOI/IFSAC Certified Fire Life Safety Educator Level I, North Carolina DOI/IFSAC Certified Driver/Operator Pumps, North Carolina DOI/IFSAC Certified Driver/ Operator Aerials, North Carolina DOI/IFSAC Certified Rescue Technician, and a North Carolina Emergency Vehicle Driver.
Derrick. S. Clouston
Assistant Chief Clouston has been a lifelong member of the Stoney Point Fire Department and started in the Junior Firefighter program in 1987. As a volunteer, Derrick immersed himself in the fire service taking advantage of many opportunities to further himself. His ultimate goal of giving back to the department and profession has been realized numerous times. Derrick rose through the ranks and was promoted to Assistant Chief 1997. He currently leads our accreditation efforts. In 1994, Derrick was hired by the Fayetteville Fire Department where he worked for five years and was assigned to the HAZMAT team.
In 2000 and looking to further his career, Derrick accepted a job with the NC Office of State Fire Marshal as a Fire/Rescue Training Specialist. In 2007 he was promoted to Field Service Supervisor responsible for Fire and Rescue Training section and in 2017 he was promoted to Deputy Director over Fire/Rescue Training, Ratings, and Governmental Services within NC DOI OSFM.
His education includes an AAS in Fire Protection Technology from Central Piedmont Community College, BS Public Administration Fire Service Emphasis from Upper Iowa University and a Master’s in Public Administration from UNC-Pembroke. He is a state certified Level IV Instructor, Fire Officer IV, Haz-Mat Specialist, and holds many other specialty instructor certifications. Other accomplishments include graduating from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program in January of 2005 and receiving his Chief Fire Officer Designation in January of 2008 and his Chief Training Officer October 2015 by the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
He is a Chief Fire Officer Designation Peer Reviewer and a Level I Peer Assessor for the Center for Fire Accreditation International. He currently resides in Asheboro with his wife, Heather, and son, Baron.