Atlanta Fire Department

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Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD)
The patch of Atlanta Fire rescue Department- 2014-04-19 11-50.jpg
Operational Area
Country United States
State  Georgia (U.S. state)
City Atlanta
Agency Overview
Established 1882
Annual calls 96,890(2012)[1]
Employees 1,000[2]
Staffing Career
Fire chief Kelvin J. Cochran
IAFF local 134
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions 1
Battalions 6
Stations 34
Engines 34
Trucks 17
Squads 2
Rescue Boats 4
Ambulances 4
EMS Level ALS & BLS
USAR 2
Airport crash 8

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD) provides fire protection and first responder emergency medical services to the city of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department was founded in 1882 and protects an area of approximately 132 square miles.[3] In 2012, the department responded to 96,890 emergency calls.[4]

History[edit]

The history of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department dates back to February 2, 1848, when the Atlanta City Council formed a committee to investigate a fire problem in the brand new town. Only a week later, residents were ordered to have fire buckets in their homes. It would take three more years and several serious fires before the Georgia Legislature would approve a bill authorizing the formation of Atlanta Fire Company No. 1, which went in service on March 25, 1851. In 1852 fire cisterns were constructed in several areas downtown, during which the State Legislature again provided assistance to the fire service by requiring buildings to have a short ladder and two fire buckets.

Citizens, obtaining city and state charters, formed four separate fire companies. By early 1860, the City Council requested that the four companies combine and form one fire department. On January 20, 1860, all four companies were placed under one command structure.

The War between the States, and the eventual burning of Atlanta in 1864, devastated the small volunteer fire department. Union forces seized and/or destroyed all fire apparatus in the city. Atlanta remained an all volunteer department until July 1, 1882, when the six remaining volunteer stations were dissolved and the Atlanta Fire Department began with three “paid” fire stations.

Atlanta Firefighters have battled several major conflagrations over the years, and have fought several multi-fatality fires including the Winecoff Hotel and the Baptist Towers. These tragic events led to significant changes in fire safety codes, both within the city and nationally, in an effort to prevent a reoccurrence. Many of these changes not only affected fire safety in the United States, but throughout the world.

The fire service in Atlanta, from the days of volunteers to the professional paid department, has a rich history in saving lives and protecting property. From those meager beginnings the Atlanta Fire Department, and now the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, has grown to what it is today.

The history of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is a “work in progress”. We look forward to adding additional history about the City of Atlanta’s fire service, and hope you will continue to check back.[5][6]

Decommissioned Fire Stations Still Stanging:

  • 7, located at Whitehall and Oak St., abondoned
  • original 11, located at 30 North Ave., now known as Engine 11 Firehouse Tavern
  • original 16, located at Marietta St. and McLendon St., abondoned
  • original 13, located at Flat Shoals Ave. and Metropolitan Ave., abondoned

Organization[edit]

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department is divided into four divisions: Chief of Staff; Office of Support Services; Field Operations; Airport Operations. The Chief of Staff Division is commanded by Deputy Chief Wilmond Meadows. The Office of Support Services Division is commanded by Deputy Chief Michael Simmons. The Field Operations Division is commanded by Deputy Chief Randall B. Slaughter. The Airport Operations Division is commanded by Deputy Chief Joel G. Baker and is responsible for providing fire and emergency medical services to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Operations[edit]

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department currently operates out of 34 Fire Stations, located throughout the city of Atlanta, organized into 6 Battalions, including an Airport Battalion commanding 4 Fire Stations that serve the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.[7]

Staffing: Atlanta Firefighters work 24 hours on (7am until 7am the next morning) and 48 hours off continously.

  • BLS Engine Companys consists of a Driver, Officer, and (2) EMT-A/Firefighters.
  • ALS Engines Companys consists of a Driver, Officer and (2) Paramedic/Firefighters.
  • Truck Companys consists of a Driver (2 Drivers for tiller trucks), Officer, and (2) firefighters.
  • Battlions consists of a Driver and a Battalion Chief.
  • Squads consist of a Driver, Officer and (4) Hazmat-Tech/Rescue-Tech/Firefighters.
  • QIC units consist of an EMT-A Driver and a Medic.
  • EMS Supervisor units consist of a Medic Supervisor.
  • ARFF Strikers consist of a Driver and a Officer.
  • ARFF Medic Ambulances consist of (2) Medics.

Apparatus Profile (2014)[edit]

Frontline Fire Companies[edit]

  • 34 Engine Companies
  • 17 Truck Companies
  • 2 Heavy Rescue/Haz-Mat Units
  • 2 Urban Search and Rescue Units

Chiefs[edit]

  • 6 Battalion Chiefs
  • 1 Division Chief

Special Units in (Battalions 2,3,4,5,6)[edit]

  • 2 EMS Supervisor Units
  • 3 ALS Quick Intervention Crew Units
  • 2 Decontamination Units
  • 1 Mass Decon Tailer
  • 1 Mass Ambulatory Bus
  • 1 Air Supply Unit
  • 1 Air Shuttle Unit
  • 2 Mini-Pumpers
  • 1 Collapse Rescue Unit
  • 2 Airbag Units
  • 1 Urban Search and Rescue Unit with (1) rescue boat
  • 1 Swift Water Truck & Trailer with (3) rescue boats
  • 1 ATV
  • 1 Foam Unit
  • 1 Hose Tender
  • 1 Tactical Support Unit
  • 1 Antique Lighting Unit
  • 1 Canteen Unit
  • 1 Mobile Command Center
  • EMS Bike Team

Special Units in (Battalion 7-Airport)[edit]

  • 1 Heavy Rescue/Haz-Mat Units
  • 1 Mass-Casualty Unit
  • 2 Mini-Pumpers
  • 8 Striker Crash Rescue Trucks
  • 4 Medic Ambulances
  • 1 Stair Unit
  • 2 Deluge Gun trailers
  • 1 utility trailer
  • 1 utility tanker truck
  • 1 shuttle bus
  • EMS Bike Team

Fire Station Locations and Apparatus[edit]

Below is a list of all of the fire station locations in the city of Atlanta according to Battalion.[8][9]

(*) ALS Unit.

Engine Company Truck Company Special Unit Chief Battalion Address
Engine 1* Truck 1 Decon 1, Air 7, Air Shuttle Unit Division 1 3 71 Elliott St. S.W.
Engine 2* Truck 2 Decon 2, Air Bag 2 5 1568 Jonesboro Rd. S.E.
Engine 3 Mobile Command Unit, Canteen Unit 880, 6 721 Phipps Blvd.
Engine 5* GSAR 61(Collapse Rescue Unit) Battalion 4 4 2825 Campbellton Rd. S.W.
Engine 6 Squad 4, QIC 6*, TSU 1 3 309 Edgewood Ave. S.E.
Engine 8 Battalion 2 2 1711 Marietta Blvd. N.W.
Engine 9* 2 3501 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. S.W.
Engine 10 Truck 10 Antique Light Truck Battalion 5 5 447 Boulevard S.E.
Engine 11 Truck 11 Mini-Pumper 11, Swift Water Unit & Trailer, ATV 11 3 165 16th St. N.W.
Engine 12 Truck 12 3 1288 Dekalb Ave. N.E.
Engine 13* 5 431 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E.
Engine 14 Truck 14 4 1203 Lee St. S.W.
Engine 15* Truck 15 Battalion 3 3 170 10th St. N.E.
Engine 16* Truck 16 QIC 16* 2 1048 Joseph E. Boone Blvd.
Engine 17* EMS 2(Supervisor)*, QIC 17* 4 1489 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd.
Engine 18 5 2007 Oakview Rd. S.E.
Engine 19 3 1063 N. Highland Ave. N.E.
Engine 20 4 590 Manford Rd. S.W.
Engine 21* Truck 21 Air Bag Unit 1, GSAR 6 Battalion 6 6 3201 Roswell Rd. N.E.
Engine 22 2 817 Hollywood Rd. N.W.
Engine 23* EMS 1(Supervisor)*, Mini-Pumper 23 6 1545 Howell Mill Rd. N.W.
Engine 24(ARFF) Truck 41(ARFF)(Quint) Medic 24(ARFF), ARFF Striker 7, ARFF Striker 8, Squad 24(ARFF), Mini-Pumper 24(ARFF) 7 3300 N. Inner Loop Cir., Airport
Engine 25 Truck 25 4 2349 Benjamin E. Mays Dr. S.W.
Engine 26* Truck 26 6 2970 Howell Mill Rd. N.W.
Engine 27 Hose Tender 27 6 4260 Northside Dr. N.W.
Engine 28 Foam 28 2 1931 Hollywood Rd. N.W.
Engine 29 Truck 29 6 2167 Monroe Dr. N.E.
Engine 30* 5 10 Cleveland Ave. S.W.
Engine 31 Truck 31 4 2406 Fairburn Rd. S.W.
Engine 32(ARFF) Medic 32(ARFF), ARFF Striker 1, ARFF Striker 2, Mini-Pumper 32(ARFF) 7 8500 N. Terminal Rd., Airport
Engine 34 MAB 1 (Mass Ambulatory Bus) 5 3671 Southside Industrial Pkwy.
Engine 35(ARFF) Medic 35(ARFF), ARFF Striker 5, ARFF Striker 6 Battalion 7(ARFF) 7 2150 Central Cargo Cir., Airport
Engine 38* Truck 38 2 2911 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy. N.W.
Engine 40(ARFF) Truck 43(ARFF)(Quint) Medic 40(ARFF), ARFF Striker 3, ARFF Striker 4, Squad 47(ARFF Mass Casualty Unit), Mini-Pumper 40(ARFF), ARFF Stair Unit 48 7 4600 ASR Rd., Airport

Apparatus Specifications[edit]

Below is a complete list of all AFRD apparatus, their manufacturer and specifications, and date.

Engine Companies[edit]

  • Engine 1 - 2013 KME Predator Severe Service 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 2 - 2010 KME Predator Severe Service 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 3 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 5 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 6 - 2013 KME Predator Severe Service 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 8 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 9 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 10 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 11 - 2008 KME Predator Severe Service 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 12 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 13 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 14 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 15 - 2014 KME Predator Severe Service 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 16 - 2013 KME Predator Severe Service 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 17 - 2013 KME Predator Severe Service 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 18 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 19 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck (Ex-Engine 7)
  • Engine 20 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 21 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 22 - 2010 KME Predator 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 23 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 24(ARFF) - 2013 KME Predator Severe Service 1500gpm./500gal./60gal. Foam Pumper Truck
  • Engine 25 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 26 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 27 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 28 - 2013 KME Predator Severe Service 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 29 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 30 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 31 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 32(ARFF) - 2013 KME Predator Severe Service 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 34 - 2001 Spartan/Quality 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 35(ARFF) - 2013 KME Predator Severe Service 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 38 - 2014 KME Predator Severe Service 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck
  • Engine 40(ARFF) - 2013 KME Predator Severe Service 1500gpm./500gal. Pumper Truck

Truck Companies[edit]

  • Truck 1 - 2014 KME Predator Severe Service 101' Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 2 - 2000 Spartan/AI 105' Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 10 - 2000 Spartan/AI 105' Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 11 - 2009 Pierce Arrow XT 100' Rear-Mount Platform Tower Ladder Truck
  • Truck 12 - 2000 Spartan/AI 105' Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 14 - 2014 KME Predator Severe Service 101' Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 15 - 2000 Spartan/AI 105' Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 16 - 2014 KME Predator Severe Service 101' Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 21 - 2000 Spartan/AI 105' Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 25 - 2004 Spartan/LTI 90' Mid-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 26 - 2004 Spartan/LTI 90' Mid-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 29 - 2004 Spartan/LTI 90' Mid-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 31 - 2004 Spartan/LTI 90' Mid-Mount Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 38 - 2000 Spartan/AI 105' Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck
  • Truck 41(ARFF)(Quint) - 2009 Pierce Arrow XT 2000gpm./85' Rear-Mount Platform Tower Ladder Quint
  • Truck 43(ARFF)(Quint) - 2009 Pierce Arrow XT 2000gpm./85' Rear-Mount Platform Tower Ladder Quint
  • Truck 47(ARFF) - 2014 KME Predator Severe Service 101' Tractor-Drawn Aerial Ladder Truck

Command Units[edit]

  • Battalion 2 - 2008 Chevrolet Suburban SUV
  • Battalion 3 - 2014 F250
  • Battalion 4 - 2013 F250
  • Battalion 5 - 2014 F250
  • Battalion 6 - 2013 F250
  • Battalion 7 - 2007 Ford Expedition SUV
  • Division 1(Assistant Chief of Operations) - 2013 F250
  • EMS 1(Supervisor) - 2014 F250
  • EMS 2(Supervisor) - 2014 F250

Special Units[edit]

  • Squad 4(Haz-Mat./Heavy Rescue) - 2006 Spartan/Emergency-One Heavy-Duty Walk-Around Rescue Squad Truck
  • Squad 24(ARFF Haz-Mat/Heavy Rescue) - 1995 Spartan/Hackney Heavy-Duty Walk-Around Rescue Squad Truck
  • Squad 47(ARFF Mass Casualty Unit) - 1995 Freightliner FL70/Hackney Mass Casualty Truck
  • QIC 6 - 2006 Ford Expedition SUV, Fast Medical Response Unit
  • QIC 16 - 2008 Ford Expedition SUV, Fast Medical Response Unit
  • QIC 17 - 2008 Ford Expedition SUV, Fast Medical Response Unit
  • Decon 1 - 1980s Chevrolet C3500 Mobile Decontamination Truck
  • Decon 2 - 1990s Chevrolet C3500 Mobile Decontamination Truck
  • Air 7 - 2007 International 4400/Emergency-One Breathing Air Supply Truck
  • Air Shuttle Unit - 2007 Chevrolet C4500 Breathing Air Supply Truck
  • Tactical Support Unit TSU1 - 1995 GMC/Fonatine
  • Lighting Unit - 1966 Chevrolet, Antique
  • Mini-Pumper 11 - 2008 Ford F-350 XL Super-Duty 250gpm
  • Mini-Pumper 23 - 2008 Ford F-350 XL Super-Duty 250gpm
  • Mini-Pumper 32(ARFF) - 2004 Ford F-350 XL Super-Duty 250gpm.
  • Mini-Pumper 40(ARFF) - 2009 Ford F-350 XL Super-Duty/SAS 250gpm.
  • GSAR 61 - 2009 International Heavy-Duty Non-Walk-Around Collapse Rescue Truck w/Supply Trailer
  • Air Bag Unit 1 - 2001 Ford Air Bag Truck
  • Air Bag Unit 2 - 2001 Ford Air Bag Truck
  • GSAR 6 - 2004 Spartan/Rosenbauer Heavy-Duty Tractor-Drawn U.S.A.R. Rescue Truck w/Trail King Compartment Trailer
  • Hose Tender 27 - 2007 Ford F-250 Hose Tender Truck
  • Foam 28 - 2014 Kenworth T800, Cummins 600HP, Hale 3000gpm Single-Stage Pump, 2000 Gallon Poly Tank, Class A and B Foam Truck
  • Mobile Command Unit - 2007 International Workstar 7600/Custom Truck and Body Works Mobile Command Truck
  • Command Unit - 2008 International 4900 Command Truck
  • Canteen Unit FSU880 - 1984 Chevrolet P30 Mobile Canteen Step Van
  • ARFF Striker 1 - 2009 Oshkosh Striker 9000 ARFF Crash Rescue Truck
  • ARFF Striker 2 - 2006 Oshkosh Striker 9000 ARFF Crash Rescue Truck
  • ARFF Striker 3 - 2006 Oshkosh Striker 9000 ARFF Crash Rescue Truck
  • ARFF Striker 4 - 2006 Oshkosh Striker 9000 ARFF Crash Rescue Truck
  • ARFF Striker 5 - 2006 Oshkosh Striker 9000 ARFF Crash Rescue Truck
  • ARFF Striker 6 - 2006 Oshkosh Striker 9000 ARFF Crash Rescue Truck
  • ARFF Striker 7 - 2006 Oshkosh Striker 9000 ARFF Crash Rescue Truck
  • ARFF Striker 8 - 2006 Oshkosh Striker 9000 ARFF Crash Rescue Truck
  • Medic 24(ARFF) - 2003 Ford E-350 Ambulance
  • Medic 32(ARFF) - 2008 Ford E-350 Ambulance
  • Medic 35(ARFF) - 2008 Ford E-350 Ambulance
  • Medic 40(ARFF) - 2007 Ford E-350 Ambulance
  • ARFF Stair Unit 48 - 2007 Ford F-550 Portable Stairway Truck
  • ARFF Utilty 45 - GMC 2009 tanker truck

Famous/notable fires[edit]

Other disasters include the 2008 Atlanta tornado, which ripped thorough downtown Atlanta and the Bluffton University bus accident.

Fire chiefs[edit]

The fire chief of Atlanta is the top official within the Atlanta Fire Department. Firefighters moved from volunteer to professional in the 19th century in Atlanta, and the current chief oversees a force of 1000 with a budget of $56 million. Some of the previous fire chiefs have been:

As of 14 July 2013.

Name From To
Thomas Haney
(unpaid)
Jan 1868 Dec 1868
Matthew Ryan
(first paid chief)
July 1882 July 1885
W. R. Joyner July 1885 Jan 1906
William B. Cummings Jan 1906 Jan 1915
William B. Cody
Firefighter from 1878 until his death
Jan 1915 Jan 1929
John Terrell
Only chief to die in line of duty
Jan 1929 Jan 1933
Otho J. Parker Jan 1933 Jan 1939
Charles Crawford Styron Jan 1939 Jan 1959
William H. Hamer ? Jan 1988
Tom Perrin Jan 1988 Jan 1990
David M. Chamberlin Jan 1990 Jan 1995
Winston Minor Jan 1995 2003
Kenneth Allen
As Interim
2003 2003
Dennis L. Rubin
left to be fire chief of Washington DC
2003 Jan 2007
Kelvin J. Cochran
hired from Shreveport, Louisiana
Jan 2007 August 2009
Joel G. Baker
Named Interim Chief
August 2009 May 2010
Kelvin J. Cochran
Returned
May 2010 Present

Fire station information[edit]

Historic Fire Station # 6 (1894–1991) is now the bookstore of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, and a museum exhibit on desegregation in the AFD, both operated by the National Park Service. Historic Fire Station # 7 is currently closed due to the 2009 recession.

Fire Station # 16 was redecorated in 2008 on the HGTV show Deserving Design, hosted by Atlanta native Vern Yip. Several canopy beds with curtains for quiet sleep and privacy were installed, and Christmas decorations were added. The fire company was selected because of their involvement in the community, especially around Christmas.

Fire Station # 19 (built 1924) is Atlanta's oldest operating fire station, located at 1063 N. Highland Ave. in Virginia-Highland

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