Thomasville Fire Services
229-227-7015 for non-emergency contact
Thomasville Fire Rescue History
The City of Thomasville’s first fire department (known as the “Neptunes”) was established as a volunteer organization in December 1866. The Thomasville Fire Department became a career entity by ordinance in 1897. On February 17, 1913, the Thomasville Fire Department’s first motor driven fire apparatus (a Type 10 American La France pumper) was placed in service.
Today, the department is known as Thomasville Fire Rescue, and employs 43 full-time personnel, many who are EMT or Paramedic certified. Hazardous Materials Technician certification is an employment requirement. Thomasville Fire Rescue has an ISO classification rating recently updated to two, and operates from three fire stations located within the City of Thomasville. Thomasville Fire Rescue covers a primary response zone of approximately 18-square miles, covering the city limits of Thomasville. The department operates three Engine companies, one Ladder company and a Command Unit on a 24-hour basis, with a rescue vehicle and Engine company in reserve. All Suppression Units are equipped with Basic Life Support medical supplies and respond to medical emergencies within the Thomasville city limits.
All candidates of the Thomasville Fire Rescue must meet state and local regulations prior to employment. New personnel receive 120 hours of initial training prior to emergency response. Personnel must continue training (approximately 150 hours annually, along with required core-competencies) to retain Georgia Firefighter Certification status. Training is provided locally by the Thomasville Fire Rescue Training Division and through the Georgia Fire Academy (located at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center). Instruction is also provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other safety and special response education facilities in the southeast.
Fire Prevention/Inspection Division
The Thomasville Fire Rescue actively pursues fire safety education through various programs. Fire Inspection is also an integral component of fire prevention through the enforcement of fire safety and life safety codes.