The Johnson City Fire Department is a full-time career department serving 63,141 city residents as well as 12,390 East Tennessee State University students, 400 Veterans Affairs-Mountain Home residents and thousands of daily commuters. The Department has 120 members, 110 of whom are dedicated to Fire Suppression, Haz-Mat and Medical First Response Operations. The department operates three shifts with approximately 35 firefighters working per 24-hour shift. Firefighters respond from nine fire stations, operating nine pumpers, three ladder trucks, and one incident command vehicle.
The department has a mix of paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and first responders. Nine engine companies, equipped with automated external defibrillators, IV fluids, and vehicle extrication equipment, respond to medical emergencies and motor vehicle accidents as required.
The Fire Department has a variety of hazardous materials technicians, TEMA Haz-Mat specialists, structural collapse technicians, and rope rescue technicians. We are currently developing teams that specialize in hazardous materials, confined space and USAR response to meet the increasing demand for specialized incident stabilization. These team members will continue to sharpen and advance their skills to provide technical rescue services to the citizens of Johnson City.