Atlanta Fire Rescue Department

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Atlanta Fire Rescue Department
The patch of Atlanta Fire rescue Department- 2014-04-19 11-50.jpg
Operational area
Country United States
State Georgia
City Atlanta
Agency overview[1]
Annual calls87,320 (2014)
Employees1,125 (2015)
Annual budget$107,490,763 (2015)
StaffingCareer
Fire chiefRandall Slaughter
EMS levelALS and BLS
IAFF134
Facilities and equipment[citation needed]
Battalions7
Stations35
Engines35
Trucks17
Squads3
USAR2
Airport crash10
Rescue boats4
Website
Official website
IAFF website

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department provides fire protection and first responder emergency medical services to the city of Atlanta, Georgia.[2] The department is responsible for an area of 132.6 square miles (343 km2) with over 519,000 residents.[2] The current Fire Chief is Randall Slaughter [3]

History

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department got its start in February 1848 when residents were ordered to have fire buckets ready in their homes. It wasn't until three years later, after several major fires, that the Georgia Legislature approved a bill that authorized the formation of Atlanta Fire Company No. 1, which went into service on March 25, 1851.[4]

Stations and apparatus

The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department currently operates out of 34 fire stations, located throughout the city of Atlanta, organized into 7 Battalions, including an Airport Battalion commanding 5 Fire Stations that serve the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Below is a list of all of the fire station locations in the city.[5][6]

Fire Station Number Neighborhood Engine or ARFF Engine Company Truck, Tower or ARFF Quint Company Special Unit Division or Battalion Chief Battalion
1 Castleberry Hill Engine 1* Truck 1 Decon. Unit 1, Air Unit 7, Air Shuttle Unit Division 1 3
2 Lakewood Heights Engine 2* Truck 2 Decon. Unit 2, Air Bag Unit 2 1
3 North Buckhead Engine 3 Mobile Command Unit 6
5 Westside Engine 5* G.S.A.R. Unit 61 (collapse rig) Battalion 4 4
4 Old Fourth Ward Engine 6* Squad 4, T.S.U. 1 5
7 West End Engine 7* EMS-2* 4
8 Hills Park Engine 8 Battalion 2 2
9 Adamsville Engine 9* 2
10 Grant Park Engine 10 Truck 10 Antique Light Truck Battalion 5 5
11 Atlantic Station Engine 11 Tower 11 Mini-Pumper 11, Swift Water/Dive Rescue Unit 3
12 Edgewood Engine 12 Truck 12 5
13 East Atlanta Engine 13* 5
14 Oakland City Engine 14 Truck 14 1
15 Midtown Engine 15* Truck 15 Battalion 3 3
16 Washington Park Engine 16* Truck 16 2
17 Westview Engine 17* 4
18 Kirkwood Engine 18 5
19 Inman Park Engine 19 3
20 Capitol View Manor Engine 20 1
21 Buckhead Forest Engine 21* Truck 21 Air Bag Unit 21, G.S.A.R. Unit 6 Battalion 6 6
22 Grove Park Engine 22 2
23 Berkeley Park Engine 23* Mini-Pumper 23 3
24 Hartsfield–Jackson Airport Engine 24 (ARFF) Truck 47 ARFF 1, ARFF 2, Squad 24, Mini-Pumper 51 7
25 Cascade Heights Engine 25 Truck 25 4
26 Westminister Engine 26* Truck 26 6
27 Chastain Park Engine 27 Hose Tender 27 6
28 Riverside Engine 28 Foam 28, 2
29 Piedmont Heights Engine 29 Truck 29 6
30 Glenrose Heights Engine 30* Battalion 1 1
31 Ben Hill Engine 31 Truck 31 4
32 Hartsfield–Jackson Airport Engine 32 (ARFF) Med. Unit 1, ARFF, ARFF 7
33 Hartsfield–Jackson Airport Engine 33 (ARFF) Truck 43 (ARFF Quint) ARFF 5, ARFF 6, EMS 3* 7
34 Poole Creek Engine 34 Mobile Ambulance Bus 1 1
35 Hartsfield–Jackson Airport Engine 35 (ARFF) Med. Unit 2, ARFF 7, ARFF 8, ARFF Reserve Battalion 7 7
38 Brookview Heights Engine 38* Truck 38 2
40 Hartsfield–Jackson Airport Engine 40 (ARFF) Truck 41 (ARFF Quint) Med 3, ARFF 3, ARFF 4, Squad 47, Stair Unit 48 7

Notable incidents

Great Atlanta fire

The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 broke out in the Old Fourth Ward around 12:30 pm on May 21, 1917.[7] At the time of the fire, the department had simple horse-drawn fire apparatus and the city's fire hydrants were running with low pressure. It is unclear just how the fire started, but it was fueled by hot temperatures and strong winds.[7] After nearly 10 hours, 300 acres (120 ha) had burned, destroying 1,900 structures and displacing over 10,000 people. Damages were estimated at $5 million, ($98 million when adjusted for inflation).[7]

Winecoff Hotel fire

The Winecoff Hotel fire, which occurred on December 7, 1946, was the deadliest hotel fire in United States history, killing 119 hotel occupants, including the hotel's owners.[8] The Winecoff Hotel had been advertised as "absolutely fireproof." While the hotel's steel structure was indeed protected against the effects of fire, the hotel's interior finishes were combustible, and the building's exit arrangements consisted of a single stairway serving all fifteen floors.[8] All of the hotel's occupants above the fire's origin on the third floor were trapped, and the fire's survivors either were rescued from upper-story windows or jumped into nets held by firemen.

Fire Station No. 16

During the civil rights movement, members of the African-American community pressured the Mayor and City Council of Atlanta to integrate the city's fire department. In 1962, Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. authorized the first hiring of sixteen African American firemen. On April 1, 1963, after completing training, they were housed at Fire Station No. 16, as stations were not yet integrated. Located in 1048 Simpson Rd. (now Joseph E. Boone Blvd.), the station was built upon the former property of Theodore "Tiger" Flowers, the world’s first African American middleweight champion. Continuing the efforts to diversify the fire department, Mayor Maynard Jackson ordered the hiring of seven African-American women to serve as firefighters in 1977.[9]

Bluffton University bus accident

The Bluffton University bus accident was an automobile crash that occurred during the early morning hours of March 2, 2007, on Interstate 75 in Atlanta. A chartered motorcoach was carrying 33 members of the Bluffton University baseball team when at about 5:38 am EST, the bus rolled off of an overpass killing seven and injuring 29 others. The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department was the primary agency on scene for the crash.

References

  1. ^ "2015 Adopted Budget". City of Atlanta. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "About Us". Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Atlanta, GA : News List". www.atlantaga.gov.
  4. ^ "History". Atlanta Fire Rescue Department. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Fire Station and NPU Locations". Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  6. ^ "Fire Station and NPU Locations". Retrieved 2016-01-24.
  7. ^ a b c Watts, Gabbie (30 April 2015). "Old Fourth Ward Remembers Great Atlanta Fire Of 1917". WABE. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Tragedy In The South: The Winecoff Hotel Fire of 1946". The Winecoff Hotel Fire. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  9. ^ Seibert, David. "Fire Station No. 16". GeorgiaInfo: an Online Georgia Almanac. Digital Library of Georgia. Retrieved 18 November 2016.

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