Can I be a volunteer firefighter for the Fire & Rescue Department?
The Fire & Rescue Department is an all career department and as such does not have volunteer firefighter positions. However, the department does have part-time positions. Please contact Human Resources for an application and more information.
Can I burn leaves/trash/rubbish in my yard?
Generally open burning is prohibited in the city limits. However, open burning of yard waste materials may be permitted in cases where a resident does not have reasonable access to curbside pick up. A permit issued by the Fire Marshal is required. Contact the Fire Marshal's Office for more information.
Can I use an outdoor fire pit/fire place?
Yes. Fixed and portable outdoor fire pits/fire places/chimnea's are allowed. No permitting is required.
I had a medical emergency at my home. Why was the fire department sent?
All Fire & Rescue Department staff members are certified EMT's, and the department responds to certain medical emergency's in the city to provide operational support for the paramedics. Since city firehouses are located throughout the city, and the ambulance service serves the entire county; it is common for the Fire & Rescue Department to arrive at the scene of the emergency first and begin rendering aid in advance of the arrival of the paramedics.