Haley Fortson
Fire Chief


The mission of the Elberton Fire Department is to deliver the professional services that are necessary to prevent and/or minimize the loss of life and property that are threatened by the hazards of fire, rescue emergencies, hazardous materials emergencies, and all disaster situations that threaten our community. We will be professional, courteous, and efficient, showing genuine concern for the safety and well being for the citizens of our community.


1. Prevent emergency incidents from occurring by enforcing fire codes, educating the public with the latest fire prevention and fire safety programs.

2. Provide the superior quality of professional services for our citizens.

3. To mitigate all hazards in a professional manner.

4. To believe that we are accountable to those we serve.

5. To be sensitive and responsive to the community needs, and will strive to be an integral part of the community.

6. Promote the health and safety of our fire fighters.


The Elberton Fire Department has one fire chief with one fire inspection/prevention officer, and three shift commanders, which report directly to him. The shift commanders oversee the three shifts consisting of six firefighters per shift. Overall there are twenty full-time fire fighters and fifteen volunteer fire fighters.

The three shifts rotate every 24 hours handling all incident calls in the city. Each shift has an officer in charge, a driver/operator, and a minimum of two firefighters that respond with the fire engine.


Elberton is a part of Elbert County and is located in Northeast Georgia. The department response area is approximately 3.5 square miles with a population of 6,000 residents. We provide protection for approximately 3800 residential structures and 240 business structures.


The Elberton Fire Department currently has a CLASS 4 ISO RATING, compared to the best CLASS ISO RATING (1) and the worst CLASS ISO RATING (10). The department responds out of one fire station located in the Municipal Complex at 202 North Thomas Street.


The department responds with two basic types of apparatus; two pumpers and one aerial ladder. The aerial apparatus is a 1975 Pirsch, 75 foot Quint. It is equipped with a 1,000 GPM Hale single stage fire pump and a 75 foot aluminum aerial ladder. We have two Ferrara 1,250 GPM pumpers which are our frontline responders. Engine 11 is a 1998 4-door Freightliner FL-80 with 300 horsepower Caterpillar diesel engine coupled to a 5-speed fully automatic Allison transmission. It is equipped with a 750 gallon booster tank and a 500 GPM, 3 inch stationary monitor. Engine 10 is a 1992 GMC with a 250 horsepower Caterpillar diesel engine coupled to a 5-speed manual Spicer transmission. Both pumpers have the capacity of pumping 1,250 gallons per minute.


The Elberton Fire Department is committed to the safety and education of the community it serves. Our goal is to provide every citizen within our city the highest level of safety awareness training available. The department can best accomplish this through Fire Safety Education. We currently can provide a number of fire safety education programs for you. The programs can be for large groups of small groups of all ages, at your location or at the fire station, at times convenient for you or your group. The department can provide information and literature on many topics of fire safety, from home fire safety to workplace fire safety. If you are interested in obtaining this training, contact the Fire Prevention Officer at the fire station of call 706-213-3152.


Fire in the United States

1. The U.S. has one of the highest fire death rates in the industrialized world.

2. About 5,000 people die each year in this country as the result of fire, and another 25,000 are injured.

3. About 100 fire fighters are killed annually in duty-related incidents.

4. Fire is the third leading cause of accidental death in the home; at least 80% of all deaths occur in residences.

5. Each year fire kills more Americans than all natural disasters combined.

6. More than two million fires are reported each year. Many others go unreported, causing additional injuries and property loss.

7. Direct property loss due to fires is estimated at $9.4 billion annually.

Causes of Fires and Fire Deaths

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires in the U.S. It is also the leading cause of fire injuries. Cooking fires often result from unattended cooking and human error, rather than mechanical failure of stoves and ovens.

Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths. Smoke detectors and smoldering resistant bedding and upholstered furniture are significant fire deterrents.

Heating is the second leading cause of residential fires and ties with arson as the second leading cause of deaths. However, heating fires are a larger problem in single family homes than in apartments. The heating systems in single family homes are often not professionally maintained.

Arson is the third leading cause of residential fires and a leading cause of residential fire deaths. In commercial properties, arson is the major cause of deaths, injuries, and dollar loss.

Who Is Most At Risk?

Senior citizens and children under the age of five have the greatest risk of fire death.

The fire death risk among seniors is more than double the average population.

The fire death risk for children under five is nearly double the risk of the average population.

Children under the age of ten accounted for an estimated 20% of all fire deaths in 1997.

Men die or are injured in fires twice as often as women.

What Saves Lives

A working smoke alarm dramatically increases a person's chance of surviving a fire. Approximately 90% of U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm. However, these alarms are not always properly maintained and as a result might not work in an emergency. There has been a disturbing increase over the last ten years in the number of fires that occur in homes with non-functioning alarms. It is estimated that over 40% of residential fires and three-fifths of residential fatalities occur in homes with no smoke alarms.

Residential sprinklers have become more cost effective for homes. Currently, few homes are protected by them.

Information Courtesy of the U.S. Fire Administration.



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