ELBERTON FIRE DEPARTMENT
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
respond promptly and quickly to the needs or
your concerns. We will
be professional, courteous, and efficient,
showing genuine concern for the safety and well
being for the citizens of our community.
Prevent emergency incidents from occurring by
enforcing fire codes, educating the public with
the latest building codes, fire prevention and fire safety
programs. And pre-planning businesses to ensure
they are safe and maintained.
Provide the superior quality of professional
services for our citizens.
mitigate all hazards in a professional manner.
To believe that we are accountable to those we
To be sensitive and responsive to the community
needs, and will strive to be an integral part of
Promote the health and safety of our fire
Henry McCalla has been promoted to the new Fire
Chief to succeed Haley Fortson who retired after
32-1/2 years of service to the Elberton Fire
Henry has worked for the
City of Elberton Fire Department for 26 years.
He has been a shift Commander for 6 years. The
Elberton Fire Department consists of the
- Kevin T. Jordan
Shift 1 Captain: Glenn Parham, Lieutenant:
Keith Ingram, Senior Firefighter I: Carl Walton,
Firefighter II: Michael King, Firefighter II:
Shift 2 Captain: Keith Willis, Lieutenant:
Randall Ruff, Senior Firefighter I: Calvin Tate,
Firefighter I: Joey Roberts, Firefighter I: Mark
Shift 3 Captain: Randy Lane, Lieutenant:
Glenn Gunter, Firefighter I: Robert Cordell,
Firefighter II: Robert Perry, Firefighter I:
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 4,783 residents.
We provide protection for approximately 3800
residential structures and 240 business
structures. Our Department has an automatic aid
agreement with the Elbert County Fire
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
The department responds with two basic types of
apparatus; three 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 one E-1
International 1,250 GPM pumper and two Ferrara 1,250 GPM pumpers.
Engine 6 and Engine 11 are our primary
responders with Engine 10 as our back-up pumper.
Engine 6 is a 2006 4-door E-1 International with
a 330 horsepower International diesel engine
coupled to a 5-speed fully automatic Allison
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.
Engine 10 is
a 1992 GMC with a 250 horsepower Caterpillar
diesel engine coupled to a 5-speed manual Spicer
transmission. All three 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
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
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
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
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
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
Residential sprinklers have become more cost
effective for homes. Currently, few homes are
protected by them.
Information Courtesy of the U.S. Fire
City of Elberton
Elberton, GA 30635
Elberton, GA 30635
Elberton, GA 30635