The Gardendale Fire and Rescue Service is the only full time fire department currently operating in the North Jefferson County area. It employs eighteen full time fire/medics, Fire Marshal Jason Murrell, and Fire Chief Clint Doss. Gardendale Fire and Rescue Service covers approximately 50 square miles and averages 150 alarms monthly with 80% assigned to medical-related alarms. The staff is trained and certified in various levels of service, ranging from paramedics, high angle/rope rescue, confined space, trench rescue, fire prevention, swift water, haz-mat to other individual certifications. Gardendale Fire and Rescue is surrounded by a large number of volunteer departments that depend on our city services.
Operating out of the main station, Fire Station #1, located at 1811 Decatur Highway, fire department administrators and city officials have added a satellite station, Fire Station #2, in the western area of the city located at 1648 Fieldstown Rd. Future plans include an additional satellite station in the eastern area of the city to cover the growing number of new subdivisions and businesses.
Through the dedication, knowledge and experience within our department staff, we feel we can provide the citizens and patrons of Gardendale with the finest protection, best services, and the highest quality of life possible. If you would like to know more about the additional services provided by the Gardendale Fire Department Staff, please see our Fire Department Services list.
The City of Gardendale Fire and Rescue service was chartered in 1956 with thirteen volunteer members. By 1992, increased call demands led to the Mayor and City Council hiring a full time Fire Chief, Clint Doss, to oversee the operation, growth and services of the Fire Department.
As the city grew, so did the demands on the fire service. In 2003, the Mayor and City Council, at the recommendation and request of the Fire Chief, began the process of transitioning from a volunteer to a full time firefighter/paramedic department.