Fire Chief, Lee Turner
As part of our “all-hazards” operational philosophy, the Jefferson City Fire Department provides fire inspections, codes enforcement, site plans review, and community outreach programs.
- You live in the City of Jefferson City (if you live outside the City of Jefferson City, find your fire department here and contact them to make your request).
- You do not already have a working smoke alarm in your home.
- The smoke alarms in your home are older than 10 years old.
- The smoke alarms in your home are NOT hard-wired.
- You reside on the property you are requesting alarms for.
- The home is not a new construction (new residential construction is ineligible for the program).
- 911 Simulator – With a firefighter simulating the 911 operator in the control room, students can practice calling 911 to report an emergency and answering questions that an emergency operator would normally ask during a 911 call.
- In the kitchen/living room/classroom area, students can learn to identify common household dangers such as matches/lighters, candles, and hot stovetops. Students will also learn the importance of smoke alarms and what to do when they sound.
- In the bedroom, students will be taught the importance of having two ways out of every room in the house. With the assistance of a special heated door, the student must feel the door for heat, learning that there may be fire blocking their primary exit, so they must yell for help or escape through their secondary exit: the window.
- During the finale, the smoke alarm sounds and non-toxic, water-based theatrical fog will be introduced to simulate “smoke.” The students will then crawl low under the smoke and follow directions to exit the Family Safety House safely.
- The escape route will lead students to their pre-determined Outside Meeting Place, where they will be instructed on how to make a 911 call via a cellular device.
- The fire triangle
- Classes of fire/fuels
- Types of fire extinguishers
- Fire extinguishment theory
- The P.A.S.S. (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep) method of operating a fire extinguisher
- Practical portion of actual hands-on extinguishment of real fire
The Jefferson City Fire Department utilizes the Knox Rapid Access System to quickly enter commercial and residential properties in emergencies.
- Go to knoxbox.com
- Click on “Buy”
- Enter your location/ fire department
- Order directly from Knox Box
- The JCFD will verify your order to confirm it is keyed to the correct jurisdiction
- The 3200 series is the most often indicated for single tenant spaces/ buildings
- For larger buildings with multiple tenants, the 4100 or 4400 series models may be required
- For all models, we recommend the hinged door with recess mount for added security
- The building owner is responsible for installing the Knox Box.
- It must be mounted on the exterior of the building within 3′ of the main entrance, on the left side, at a height of 5′ to 7′.
- Once the Knox Box is installed, the building owner must contact the Jefferson City Fire Department to finalize the installation.
- Fire personnel will inspect the Knox Box and install the access keys.
- The access keys should be labeled as to what doors they fit. It is also suggested that fire alarm system master keys be placed in the Knox Box as well.
A Burn Permit is required for open burning in Jefferson City. The Jefferson City Fire Department is responsible for issuing these permits. Certain requirements that must be met to receive a Burn Permit include:
- Water or other extinguishing materials must be available on site.
- An adult over the age of 18 must be present during the burn.
- No accelerant (gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, flammable solids, etc.) may be used.
- Wind velocity must be less than 5 miles per hour at time of burn.
- All burning must comply with the State of Tennessee Air Quality Law. The issuance of a Burn Permit by the Jefferson City Fire Department does not relieve you from obtaining necessary State permits when required.
- The receipt of complaints may void the permit and require extinguishment of the fire.
The Jefferson City Fire Department is a combination fire department. This means that we employ full-time career firefighters as well as part-time and reserve firefighters. Part-time and reserve firefighters respond alongside our career firefighters and provide a force multiplier for our emergency response operations.
- Being a member of a progressive, active emergency response organization
- Free training (paid $20 per training drill attendance)
- Free uniforms and personal protective equipment
- Station stand-by stipend program ($85 per 12-hour shift standby)
- Must possess a high school diploma or GED
- Must possess a driver’s license valid in the State of Tennessee with the ability to safely operate a motor vehicle
- Must submit to and pass a medical examination
- Must pass a pre-employment physical agility test
- Must attend and successfully complete the JCFD Basic Fire Recruit Academy within one year of membership (special exemptions for firefighters with previous experience/certifications)
The Jefferson City Fire Department uses Hyper-Reach to provide rapid notifications to the community about hazardous and urgent situations. Sign up to receive these alerts.
The Jefferson City Fire Department daily responds to a variety of emergency calls. Here is a breakdown of the number and types of calls received by the Jefferson City Fire Department each month.
Frequently Asked Questions
The City of Jefferson City requires Burn Permits for all open burning (with exceptions) occurring within the Corporate Limits year-round. Exceptions to this rule are warming fires, campfires, or fires smaller than two feet. Burn Permits can be obtained by visiting the fire station. Burning of anything other than naturally grown vegetation, grown on the property when the burning will occur, is prohibited. Burning shall begin after sunrise and conclude before sunset (unless otherwise permitted). We also require that a competent adult be responsible for the fire, a means of extinguishment is at hand, and no fires are kindled within fifty feet of a structure.
The Jefferson City Fire Department reserves the right to cancel all issued permits due to changing conditions at any time.
Most likely, the apparatus has been canceled by our 911 dispatchers. Our apparatus and personnel communicate with the Jefferson County 911 Central Dispatch Center by radios in our vehicles.
Often, several units are dispatched simultaneously to an incident. The first unit may arrive on scene, assess the situation, and communicate to all the other units that a single engine can handle the emergency. At this point, all other units are canceled by radio and are available and ready to take another call for service.
Please pull to the right and stop. Emergency response vehicles will always try to pass vehicles on the left. This allows fire apparatus or other emergency vehicles adequate and clear lanes to safely and quickly continue their response.
Remember to look before continuing on as there may be more engines responding after the first one.
Fire department apparatus and resources are dispatched according to the information received by the 911 caller to the 911 Center. The Jefferson City Fire Department responds to incidents with adequate resources to provide the best, most competent level of service to its citizens and visitors. In other words, our firefighters respond and are prepared to deal with the worst possible case scenario upon arrival based upon the information received from the initial caller. If fire personnel wait to call for needed resources after arrival, it will likely be too late. Unfortunately, we have learned that it is easier to cancel emergency responders when not needed than to request them once it is determined that more responders are needed.
A structure fire requires a significant number of trained, competent firefighters to immediately accomplish all of the assigned tasks to maintain firefighter and resident safety. Firefighting teams are assigned certain responsibilities such as fire extinguishment, search and rescue, ventilation, utility control, firefighter rapid intervention, salvage, safety, accountability, running the fire pumper, and incident command.