Fire Department

Jerry Palmer, Fire Chief

The City of Clarkesville Fire Department (CFD) is located just off the square in Downtown Clarkesville. Our department is a 30 member, combination career/volunteer department that provides First Response for Emergency Medical Services, Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention and Education, Extrication, Hazardous Materials Response, Water Rescue, and Technical Rescue to the citizens of our community. The Department houses 3 Pumpers, 1 Ladder Truck, 1 Rescue/Light/Air Truck, and 1 Quick Response Vehicle.

In an unprecedented accomplishment, Clarkesville Fire recently reduced their Fire Protection rating from a Class 5 to a Class 3 ISO rating. This places the Department in the top 4% in both Georgia and the U.S. Only a few other fire departments in Georgia share this rating. This improved rating has resulted in a substantial savings on fire insurance premiums for both Residential and Commercial property owners, making Clarkesville a great choice for relocation of a home or business. The average response time to emergencies in the city is 4.4 minutes with a 700 call per year average number of responses and utilizes the National Incident Management System for scene organization.

Message from the Chief
"Thank you for visiting our website. As an integral part of the team approach within the various City departments, the Fire Department is dedicated to the protection of life and property, making living, working, and visiting Clarkesville a safe and enjoyable time. We hope that you too will make the choice to come see for yourself and...Experience Clarkesville!"
Jerry Palmer
Fire Chief
Clarkesville Fire

L-R: Capt. Kevin Sprinkle, Capt. Johnny Irvin, Fire Chief Jerry Palmer, Asst. Fire Chief Jason Poole, Capt. Jonathan Knight


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