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Fire Department
Chief's Welcome
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As Fire Chief, I would like to welcome you to the Gainesville Fire-Rescue website. We are pleased to be able to share an overview of our organization with you. We provide a broad spectrum of both emergency and non-emergency services to the citizens and visitors of our community. Those services include safety education, fire code and life safety inspections, fire investigations, emergency management planning, hazardous materials, and fire and rescue response services.

Our personnel are among the finest in the business and are very dedicated to the profession. We respond out of three fire stations with forty one paid personnel in addition to reserve staff. We also provide early severe weather warning with trained and dedicated personnel. We respond mutual aid with eleven volunteer departments in the county. We are very fortunate to have the strong support of both the City Council and the City Manager's office to offer the quality services we provide. Thank you for visiting our web site.
Wally Cox, Fire Chief
Gainesville Fire Rescue

Mission Statement:
Gainesville Fire-Rescue exists to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the City of Gainesville from the danger of fire and to provide rescue services to those whose lives are imperiled. Gainesville Fire-Rescue will promote life safety through a comprehensive program of fire suppression and rescue activities, public safety education, proactive fire prevention activities, and enforcement of the fire codes and ordinances adopted by the City Council. The administration and employees of Gainesville Fire-Rescue are prepared to take great risks to save lives, calculated risks to save savable property and will protect its employees by taking no risks to attempt to save un-savable lives or property.

Vision Statement:
Gainesville Fire-Rescue will use the full extent of resources approved and provided by the City Council to protect the lives, property, and tax base of the city. Through the mission of Gainesville Fire-Rescue, the quality of life and the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the City of Gainesville may be preserved.