City of Etowah                            

A City on the Right Track


Fire Department



The City of Etowah Fire Department is a career department working 24/48 hour shifts that keep firefighters who are medically trained on staff at all times. There are 6 full time employees including a Chief and two Captains each leading one of the three shifts. The six full time members are supplemented by eleven part-time firefighters who work shifts when needed and are on call for incidents that require more man power than the on duty firefighters. The department is responsible for fire suppression and prevention, medical first response at a BLS (Basic Life Support) level, motor vehicle accidents, and light hazardous materials incidents within the city limits. The Fire Department is located at 126 8th Street just off of Tennessee Ave (Highway 411).

The City of Etowah Fire Department also is responsible for the fire safety program which provides proactive, educational and protective services to reduce fire losses and fire related injuries, as well as accident prevention awareness programs throughout the community. This is accomplished through fire safety inspections of commercial, industrial and multi-family residential occupancies and through outreach public education programs. 

Private burning within the city limits is regulated by the fire department. To obtain a burn permit please call or stop by the station to obtain a permit number. If a person chooses not to obtain a permit number or burns items not approved the person can be charged by the City of Etowah Police Department. Burn permits are issued on a per day basis and fires must be extinguished by dusk of that day.

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Chief Mike Moore
Captain Adam Hafley
Captain Derek Ingram


City of Etowah Fire Department Roster 2017

Michael Moore - Chief
Adam Hafley - Captain
Derek Ingram - Captain
Full Time
Jon Troutt
Jarrel Waymire
Cody Elliot
Part Time
Scott Brazier
Nathan Coe
Curtis Runkles
Thomas Chris Deakin
Tyler Bryson
Caleb Martin
Dustin Martin
Tommy Robinson
Shamarie Troutt


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Excerpt from Pistol Shots Rang Out, By Durant Tullock

When Etowah came into existence in 1906, all the store buildings in town were made of wood structures. Heat in those days was provided by fire stoves usually burning coal. This greatly increased the chance of fires. Etowah had no organized fire department in the earliest of days so when there was a fire, pistol shots were fired into the air to let everyone know they were needed. Bucket brigades went into action to the nearest water source which at this time was not many. Very often, dwellings burned to the ground and there was always the danger that the fire could spread to neighboring buildings.

In 1912, after the Etowah Water & Light Co. laid the water lines and installed plugs at convenient intervals, little fire houses containing hose reels were scattered about the town so that firemen could bring needed water to extinguish the fire.

In 1913, the first fire department was organized with J.A. Leath, a local funeral director as chief. Members of the first fire department were; Howard Blake, O.W. Wells, Bill McKay, L.C. Elmore, S.D. Hughes, Albert Bayless, Lee Grant, Olin Rogers, Frank Roylston, D.L. Brickey, C.C. McElroy, F.F. Abbott, Preston Fickle, Robert Powell, Henry Williams, and W.C. McKinney.

In the early 1920s, the town of Etowah bought a bright new American-LaFrance fire engine and the town built a new fire station next to Carnegie Library where it stands today.

In 1939, a fire broke out in the JC Penney’s building located next to where Johnson’s Department Store is today. Penney’s was a three story building but the fire department did not have ladders tall enough to reach the top floor. Fireman stood and watched until the top floor burnt down before they could put out the fire.
If you look at the building today, you can see where it is really 2 ½ stories high. 

Many firemen have worked on the Etowah force over the years. Fire chiefs in the earliest days included names such as Miller, Rogers, McMillan, Newman, Hoffman, Farris, Crumley, Rule, Ownbey, as well as many more. Bill Murphy served one of the longest terms as fire chief from 1932-1948.

Apparatus of the City of Etowah Fire Department


Engine 131

This is a 1991 model Emergency One/International fire engine. This pumper is capable of pumping 1,250 gallons of water per minute, and holds 750 gallons of water on board. This pumper is the first response unit of the City of Etowah Fire Department and responds on all fires, vehicle crashes, medical calls and light hazmat incidents.







Engine 13 is a 2014 Pierce Responder Pumper. Built on a Freightliner chassis, Engine 13 can rapidly transport 3 firefighters and 750 gallons of water anywhere
in Etowah. The truck is equipped with a 1,250 gallons per minute pump. This
truck replaced the 1976 model FMC pumper.


Truck 13

This is a 1994 model KME 75’ ladder truck. This truck is capable of pumping
1,500 gallons of water per minute, and holds 500 gallons of water on board. 
Truck 13 is the second due unit for the City of Etowah Fire Department on calls
that require either more manpower or equipment on scene. The primary job for
this unit is ventilation efforts, supplying water for firefighting efforts above a
single story, and rescue operations above a single story.

Service 13


This is a 2001 AEV ambulance donated to the City of Etowah Fire Department
by American Medical Response, a subsidiary of Envision Healthcare. This truck carries a mobile CASCADE system, rehab supplies,   and service company equipment as required by ISO and NFPA. (Picture coming soon)



The "Forty"

This is a 1939 American LaFrance/Chevrolet pumper. This truck was capable of pumping 500 gallons of water per minute and held 250 gallons of water on board. This truck was bought new in 1939 and arrived via rail car in 1940 and served from 1940-1984. This unit is now a parade and show truck for the City
of Etowah Fire Department. This truck is always in the Christmas parade and
will make appearances at car shows in town.