Fire Department

The Gainesville Fire Department is committed to providing exceptional fire protection and education to citizens, evidenced by its ISO - Class 1 Fire Insurance Rating.

Fun Facts

  • Established in 1876 as a volunteer fire department under the name "Gainesville Hook and Ladder" with an initial start-up cost of just $457
  • In the late 1890s, was renamed the Gainesville Fire Department
  • Became an all-paid career fire department in the early 1900s
  • Fire Station No. 1 was destroyed by the tornado of 1936
  • After the tornado, the new Fire Station No. 1 was rebuilt on Green Street at Jesse Jewell Parkway and is still standing to this day
  • The building now houses the Gainesville Community and Economic Development Department