Shelby County Fire Department

Our Mission

The mission of the Shelby County Fire Department is to "protect the lives and property of the people of Shelby County from fires, natural disasters, and hazardous materials incidents; to save lives by providing emergency medical services; to prevent fires through prevention and education programs; and to provide a work environment that values cultural diversity and is free from harassment and discrimination."

Responsibilities & Services

Answering more than 16,000 calls each year, the Shelby County Fire Department stands ready to provide the best possible protection for the residents of the county. The department operates with nine engine companies out of eight engine houses dispersed throughout the county. More than 160 firefighters, inspectors, and trainers operate equipment, including pumper and ladder trucks, air trucks, and brush trucks, as well as special rescue and hazardous response equipment.

The Fire Department was first established in 1972 with an annual budget of $18,000, a paid staff of 21 and eight pumpers. In its first year, the Shelby County Fire Department received 249 calls. Today, the annual operating budget is approximately $18 million, and the professional emergency protection teams respond to an average of 50 calls per day. The Shelby County 9-1-1 dispatch office has 16 full-time employees handling emergency calls.


The Shelby County Fire Department was one of the first in the State of Tennessee to receive national Journeyman Fireman certification for employees. Shelby County firefighters hold the latest certifications including all levels of fire fighting, emergency medical care, hazardous materials waste management, and rescue. We cover well more than 300 square miles that include over 46,700 commercial and residential structures and more than 152,000 citizens.