Division Chiefs (left to right): Wesley Howes (B shift); Kevin Hart (A shift); John Parker (C shift)
By far the largest division within Paulding County Fire & Rescue is Operations. 160 paid-professional firefighters staff 12 stations 7x24x365 and respond to approximately 13,000 911 calls per year.
The Operations Division is overseen by the Deputy Chief who has three Division Chiefs each of whom are responsible for daily shifts.
Paulding County is separated geographically into two Battalion’s – north and south. Battalion Chiefs manage operations in their respective areas. All of our stations are staffed with Firefighters, Paramedics & EMT’s, and Hazardous Materials specialists.
Our Firefighters do much more than just fight fires. They are responsible for a wide variety of services within the community such as:
- Provide emergency medical services.
- Work within the community to educate and raise general awareness on issues of fire safety.
- Physically inspect commercial and multi-residential buildings for fire safety compliance.
- Assist citizens who are physically disabled or need physical assistance ambulating in their homes.
- Perform investigations of suspicious fires.
- Actively participate in community events and organizations.
- Provide "walk-in" blood pressure screening at neighborhood fire stations.
- Give free fire station tours upon request.
- Conduct hydrant maintenance semi-annually to insure hydrants operate properly during emergencies.