Preserve life, property, and environment
Gainesville Fire Department operates four fire stations equipped with a total of ten fire trucks (five engines, two aerials, one rescue, and two squads). There are currently 93 employees working on three shifts (24 hours on, 48 hours off) and 10 administrative staff members.
The budget for the Fire Department is $6.5 million dollars. Our response area is 36 square miles with approximately 36,000 citizens during evening hours and as many as 150,000 citizens during working hours. In 2011, the Fire Department responded to 6,687 emergency calls.
Gainesville Fire Department is one of only seventeen ISO Class II fire departments in the State of Georgia. This rating allows our residents and businesses to receive lower insurance premiums and superior service. To maintain the Class II, the department routinely conducts training classes and exercises. Members are required to attend a minimum of 240 hours of training per year. This specialized training also benefits our growing industrial community.
In addition to firefighting, personnel are trained in the areas of emergency medical, high angle rescue, & confined space/trench rescue. And, in response to our ever changing society, we also train in hazardous material emergency response with Hall County Fire Department.