Fire Department

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Burn Permits

Burn ban information and permits

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FREE Smoke Detector

Schedule an appointment

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Firefighter's Prayer

A traditional blessing

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Winter Home Heating Tips

Check furnaces, vents, chimneys & flues to make sure they are all in proper working order.

Use a fireplace screen and clear area of ashes weekly.

More Prevention Tips

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ISO - Class 1 Rating

This fire insurance rating by the State of Georgia allows residents and businesses to receive lower insurance premiums and superior service.

The general information section explains how this rating is achieved.


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Fire Safety

Our #1 goal is to keep you from needing our services. Learn about fire prevention for your home & business including inspections, burn permits and family education.


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Fire Inspections

Most common code violations are an easy fix. Review this list to improve the safety of your home or business even before the inspector arrives.

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Biannual Testing

Hydrants are inspected twice a year for adequate water flow & system pressure using a testing protocol by the National Fire Protection Association. Any hydrant issues should be reported immediately.

Fire Hydrant Testing

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, currently housing the Gainesville Community and Economic Development Department

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Gainesville Fire Department

Established in 1876

History of the Fire Department