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Fire Department


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The Chattanooga Fire Department (CFD) is a career department that responds to over 16,000 emergencies annually. The department serves the citizens, properties and visitors of the city of Chattanooga, which has the fourth largest population in the state of Tennessee at 167,674 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010). The department protects an immense and growing 155 square miles in Hamilton County, and has additional technical rescue duties. Every citizen, visitor, and every square foot provide the basis for the department's existence and mission.

CFD Mission Statement
"The Chattanooga Fire Department is dedicated to protecting life, property, and community resources through prevention, preparation, response, and mitigation."

Many divisions are encompassed in the CFD supporting the overall mission. See CFD Divisions for further details.


What We Do:

Emergency Response
Life Safety - As stated in our mission, the CFD is ultimately in existence to provide life saving actions in real emergencies. Your life and the lives of your loved ones are our #1 priority! It's a mission the department desires to perform through professional service.

Property Conservation - While Life Safety is always first and foremost, protecting property is also part of the department's mission. To the extent possible, firefighters make every effort to protect your structure and belongings. They value what you value! 

Incident Mitigation - When the big, red fire truck rolls up, the situation is expected to get better. It is our goal for that to happen from fender-bender clean-ups to three-alarm apartment fires. Firefighters are trained to bring incidents to a close. Obviously, closure depends on many factors outside of a firefighter's control, but we pledge to mitigate incidents in a thorough manner, as quickly as is safely possible.

Fire Prevention and Public Education
Fire Code Enforcement - The best fire is one that never occurs! Or, if it does occur, one that minimally impacts life and property. That's what enforcing the fire code is all about, and it's our Fire Prevention Bureau's main job.

Public Education - Another facet of preventing avoidable fires, injuries, and even deaths, is to educate citizens and business/property owners on how to react in the event of a fire.

Fire Administration
910 Wisdom Street (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37406
(423) 643-5600
(423) 643-5610 (fax)

Fire Prevention Bureau
910 Wisdom Street (map)
Chattanooga, TN 37406
(423) 643-5604
(423) 643-5611 (fax)

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