Fire & Rescue

Fire Chief:
Fire Chief Tracy Thornton

Department Phone:
(256) 341-4862

Department Fax:
(256) 341-4871

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Office Address:
4119 Old Highway 31 SW
Decatur, AL 35601

Office Hours:
7:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Monday – Friday

Operations Division:
Deputy Fire Chief Ashley England
(256) 341-4861

Fire Prevention Bureau:
Fire Marshal, Battalion Chief Jason Jones

Human Resources:
Dot Bragg
Christine Weed


Do you think you have what it takes to be a member of Decatur Fire & Rescue?

Our firefighters benefit from flexible scheduling, competitive pay, educational reimbursements, and numerous advancement opportunities.

Submit your electronic application today!

For additional employment information, call the City Human Resources Department at (256) 341-4890.

Decatur Fire & Rescue offers a number of services that include:

  1. Fire Suppression
  2. Fire Prevention/Investigation
  3. Safety Training
  4. Public Relations/Education
  5. Emergency Medical Services
  6. Technical Rescue
  7. Hazardous Materials Mitigation

Fire Administration

Fire Administration is responsible for budgeting, bill payment, purchasing, research and development, records management, annual reporting, personnel training records, Insurance Service Office (ISO) rating, physical fitness compliance and communications.

The Administration Office provides a vital role in insuring the Fire-Rescue Department is up to date with the technical advances of the modern fire services and homeland security issues. This office monitors trends and statistics to insure that all dollars allocated are used efficiently and effectively.

Contact Personnel:
Deputy Fire Chief Nathan Springer
(256) 341-4858

Fire Prevention Bureau & Public Education

The Bureau of Fire Prevention at Decatur Fire and Rescue provides a wide range of services that includes the inspection of all commercial, business and public facilities. This office also addresses plan reviews and assistance in planning special events and burn permits. Fire investigation and fire cause determination are included in this division’s functions.

Decatur Fire and Rescue conducts fire and life safety programs developed specifically for the audience making the request.

Contact Personnel:
Fire Marshal, Battalion Chief Jason Jones
(256) 341-4870

Emergency Medical Services

Decatur Fire and Rescue provides both basic and advanced life support in trauma and life threatening situations; providing expert care in the critical minutes before a patient arrives at a hospital. The department currently has crossed trained Firefighters, licensed as Emergency Medical Technicians, and Paramedics. Each fire engine in the city is equipped with a defibrillator.

Our in-station services include free blood pressure checks and diabetes screening at all eight fire stations. Results are kept confidential so that trends can be monitored and the need to see a physician can better be determined.

For more information, contact Battalion Chief Christopher Phillips  at (256) 341-4872.

Technical Rescue/Hazardous Materials Mitigation

Decatur Fire and Rescue has a full service Technical Rescue and Hazardous Materials Mitigation Team trained to respond to special rescue situations and control chemical spills and releases.  With the industrial background and growth of the City of Decatur, Hazardous Materials Mitigation Team has proven to be a valuable part of  our department.  For more information, contact Lieutenant Randy Butler at (256) 341-4865.

Fire and EMS Training

Decatur Fire and Rescue is keeping abreast of all current training as it relates to the fire and EMS services.  In order to effectively provide and control the programming, training activities are planned and scheduled by our training and education committee.  This committee has devised a plan and schedule that utilizes our modern Fire Training Center located in the Flint area of Decatur.  For information on classes or to schedule a visit to the center contact Battalion Chief Christopher Phillips at (256) 341-4872.

Purchasing & Logistics:
Lieutenant Michael Bowling
(256) 341-4864

Human Resources:
Dot Bragg
(256) 341-4868

Christine Weed
(256) 341-4863