The Fannin County Fire Department is served by local volunteers. There are 14 stations to cover the 385 square miles of mountainous terrain. Each station serves the community it is located in, but they also work together when needed. Most of the 14 fire stations were built by and are manned by the people of the communities they serve.
There are approximately 120 volunteer firefighters and two paid officers registered with the county. Each volunteer must go through specialized fire training before they can become a certified member. Many of the volunteer firefighters also undergo specialized training in rescue and response services. Such as, swift water rescue, mountain wilderness rescue, and hazardous material response. Most have also completed a first responders course. The training they receive is much the same as that of larger fire departments.
Fannin County's beautiful mountains and vast wilderness areas are viewed by many as a blessing, however these blessings can be quite a hindrance to firefighters. With more and more people choosing to build vacation and retirement homes, away from the local communities, firefighters are having increased difficulties responding to calls. Many of theses homes are being built on the tops of mountains, or out long and steep dirt roads. The challenge is often related more to the time and the difficulty it takes to get to the home, than the firefighting itself.
Thankfully the county is blessed with a dedicated group of individuals who go over and beyond in their efforts to overcome whatever obstacles these mountains or the people building in them dish out.
Fire Chief - Larry Thomas
Deputy Chief - Rob Ross
342 West Main Street
Blue Ridge, Georgia
Please note that the Fannin County Fire Department depends greatly on contributions from the public for purchasing new equipment, engines, and supplies. These brave men and women donate their time to help citizens in their time of need, so please help them to have the best equipment avalible to do the job. Support your local fire department with a donation today.
If you would be interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter, please contact your local Fire Department for more information.
Notice: - Please use extreme caution when burning brush or leaves on your property. The dry weather and strong winds we have experienced lately has created an ideal setting for these fires to get out of control. Always check on the need for a burn permit before burning cleared brush.
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