DeKalb County Fire and Rescue
DeKalb County Fire and Rescue is the exclusive provider of Fire services for the unincorporated areas of DeKalb County, Georgia. The agency also serves all incorporated cities in the county with the exception of Decatur and the small portion of Atlanta that extends into DeKalb County from the city's eastern fringes. Stone Mountain Park which is located within the county is served by its own separate department. It still relies on the county for assistance with regards to fire and some medical related incidents. The department serves a population in excess of 700,000. DeKalb County, Georgia is the state's largest in terms of population density. In 2015, the agency responded to over 110,000 calls for fire and EMS emergencies; which is more than any other Fire Department in Georgia, including Atlanta.
DeKalb County Fire and Rescue is commanded by Chief Darnell Fullum, a veteran of Fire Services. The department consists of 26 fire stations with assorted apparatus. There is one training facility with live burn capabilities located on the south side of the county in Panthersville near Interstates 20 and 285. All firefighters within the agency are also Georgia certified EMT's or Paramedics. With this certification, crews also respond to calls for Emergency Medical Services.
Prior to July 6, 2010, the department operated its own Advanced Life Support Rescues (Ambulances) out of each of its 26 stations. The County government then awarded a new 911 contract to provide emergency ambulance services to Rural Metro. Following the contract, the department cut its ambulance fleet in half. In June 2013, the county government contracted with American Medical Response (AMR) to provide 911 ambulance services countywide. Following the AMR contract, the department ceased the entirety, with the exception of one, of its ambulances. The lone county Advanced Life Support Rescue (Ambulance) is housed almost centrally at Station 22. AMR ambulances with DeKalb County serve residents of the county in each of the 32 Fire Station Zones, including the 2 Decatur Fire Zones, and the 4 Atlanta Fire Zones.
Fire Station Zones
The City of Decatur has 2 stations (1&2), to serve its boundaries within the county. 3 Atlanta fire stations (12, 13, & 18) are located in DeKalb County to serve city residents. Atlanta Fire station 19 is located in neighboring Fulton County, however a significant portion of its service territory is located within DeKalb County, mostly corresponding with DeKalb station 1's territory. DeKalb County Fire and Rescue operates out of 26 Fire Stations. The stations belong to 5 corresponding battalion districts:
Battalion 1: Primarily serves: Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, and Dunwoody.
Station 2: Engine and Truck (Tiller).
Station 12: Engine.
Station 15: Engine, ARFF Crash Unit, Battalion Chief.
Station 18: Engine, Truck, Mobile DECON Unit.
Station 21: Quint.
Battalion 2: Primarily serves: Parts of Atlanta, Brookhaven, and Chamblee. Decatur, Doraville, Druid Hills, and Tucker.
Station 1: Engine and Truck.
Station 8: Engine, Reserve HazMat.
Station 9: Engine.
Station 19: Quint and HazMat Team.
Station 22: ALS Rescue Ambulance, Engine, Air/light Unit, Battalion Chief.
Battalion 3: Primarily serves: Atlanta, Candler- McAfee, Conley, Decatur, Ellenwood, and Stonecrest.
Station 4: Engine.
Station 6: Engine, Air/Light Unit.
Station 7: Engine.
Station 10: Engine.
Station 20: Engine, Truck (Tiller), Battalion Chief.
Station 26: Engine.
Battalion 4 Primarily serves: Conyers (Zip code), Ellenwood, Lithonia, Panthersville, Snellville (Zip code), Stonecrest, and Stone Mountain.
Station 13: Engine.
Station 14: Engine.
Station 16: Engine and Truck.
Station 17: Quint, Wildland Tractor, Battalion Chief.
Station 25: Engine and Truck.
Battalion 5 Primarily serves: Avondale Estates, Clarkston, Decatur, Pine Lake, Scottdale, Stone Mountain, Stone Mountain Park, and Tucker.
Station 3: Engine, & Deputy District Chief Car.
Station 5: Engine.
Station 11: Engine.
Station 23: Engine, Truck (Tiller), Battalion Chief, ALS Medical Supervisor.
Station 24: Quint and Heavy Rescue.