Fire & Rescue

Senior Command Staff:
Division Chief Trent Putman
Division Chief Tracy Thornton

Department Phone:
(256) 341-4862

Department Fax:
(256) 341-4871

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

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

Operations Division:
Division Chief Tracy Thornton

Fire Prevention Bureau:
Fire Marshal, Battalion Chief Jason Jones

Human Resources:
Dot Bragg
Christine Weed

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

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

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:
Division Chief Trent Putman 
(256) 341-4862

Division Chief Tracy Thornton
(256) 341-4837

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. 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 Ashley England  at (256) 341-4861.

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 Division Chief Tracy Thornton at (256) 341-4837.

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 Ashley England at (256) 341-4861.

Purchasing & Logistics:
Lieutenant Mark Schrimsher
(256) 341-4869

Human Resources:
Dot Bragg
(256) 341-4862

Christine Weed
(256) 341-4863

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