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Fire/EMS Department

Douglas County Fire Department
Douglas County Fire Department 
Contact: Scott Spencer - Chief

6856 West Broad Street (Bankhead Highway) - Blake Gammill Memorial Building
Douglasville, Georgia 30134
Phone: 770.942.8626 - Fax: 770.920.7153

Mission Statement: "To provide the citizens of Douglas county and its municipalities with quality fire protection and emergency medical services"

EMS Payments
If services were rendered prior to May 1, 2015, please contact Michelle Green at 770.920.7591.
If services were rendered after May 1, 2015, please contact Ambulance Medical Billing at 1-855-347-1360 with any questions about the ambulance bill.
Ambulance bills may be paid in the Douglas County Finance Department.

Douglas County Fire/EMS Department
The Douglas County Fire Department was formed from the volunteer Fire Districts of Lithia Springs, Bill Arp, Winston, and Fairplay in 1975 to become a full-time career Fire Department located in the western suburbs of Metro Atlanta. The Douglas County Fire Department serves an area of 202 square miles, and provides services to Lithia Springs, the City of Douglasville, the City of Villa Rica, and the City of Austell. The department consists of ten stations strategically located throughout Douglas County, which operates ten engine companies, two ladder companies, seven Advanced Life Support Ambulances, one Heavy Rescue Squad, with over 150 employees who work a 24-hour-on, 48-hour-off rotation.

All paramedics, cardiac technicians and emergency medical technicians are certified by the Georgia Department of Human Resources. All Douglas County Firefighters are certified by the Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council.

The Douglas County Fire Department offers a full range of fire and emergency medical services, including:

  • Fire Suppression
  • Emergency Medical Transports
  • Arson Investigation
  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • Public Fire Safety Education
  • Construction Plan Review
  • Inspection of Public Buildings

Douglas County Apparatus
Douglas County Apparatus 
Outdoor Burning
Due to air quality concerns, the Georgia Department of Environment Protection enacts an outdoor burning ban for Douglas County each year that begins May 1st and continues through September 30th. No outdoor burning is allowed during this time period.

During the other months of the year, County residents wishing to burn vegetative debris may obtain a free burn permit from their local fire station. Burn permits will only be issued the day burning is to begin, and if the winds are under 10 miles per hour. Residents can dial 770-949-1212 after 8 a.m. to determine if burning permits are being given each day or check the home page of the County web site. In addition to obtaining a burning permit, residents must follow all burning guidelines. Guidelines can be found by clicking on the Burning Permit Application/Guidelines link located on the right, under "Downloadable Documents".

Douglas County Fire Department
Douglas County Fire Department 
Employment with the Douglas County Fire/EMS Department
Employment within the fire service is highly competitive. Douglas County Fire Department prides itself in providing the highest level of fire protection and patient care, and in order to continue a high level of service, we will only recruit those individuals who will provide an exceptional level of patient care, professionalism, and work ethic. Employees at Douglas County Fire Department work a rotating 24 hour on, 48 hour off schedule, and must be able to work effectively within a team dynamic. Douglas County Fire Department does not offer part-time firefighter positions, and is solely a career fire department.

  • The Hiring Process
    Douglas County Fire Department will periodically offer new hire testing throughout the year for open positions within the department. A link is provided on the right-hand side of this webpage to Douglas County Human Resources where job announcements are posted. Applications will only be accepted for open positions You must complete an online application and upload any necessary certifications. Paper applications are not accepted.

  • Requirements
    Requirements for employment depend upon the position applying for. As an emergency transport service, Douglas County Fire Department requires a minimum of State of Georgia EMT-Intermediate or Advanced EMT for employment in all non-administrative positions. Newly hired employees will have two years from their date of employment to obtain their Georgia Firefighter certification. Douglas County Fire Department has the ability to offer firefighter certification courses in house at our training complex.

    If you are not currently an Emergency Medical Technician, you can go to most local Technical Colleges and some private institutions to get this training. The EMT program takes approximately one year and you must be 18 years of age at the end of the course for licensing. Once you obtain your A-EMT training and have some experience, you can then take a Paramedic course which in general is offered at the same location. A paramedic program is typically an additional 12-18 months.

  • Requirements:
    • Firefighter/EMT-Intermediate: Must be a current Georgia certified Emergency Medical Technician. (firefighter certification is preferred, but not required), possess a valid Georgia Driver's License with a satisfactory MVR.

    • Firefighter/Paramedic: Must be a current Georgia certified paramedic. (firefighter certification is preferred, but not required), possess a valid Georgia Driver's License with a satisfactory MVR.

  • Process for Employment:
    • Submit Application - You must complete an online application and upload any necessary certifications. Paper applications are not accepted. The online application can be accessed by clicking on the Douglas County Human Resources link on the right-hand side of this web page.
    • Compliance Verification - Applications received will be forwarded to Douglas County Fire Department's administrative offices and reviewed for completeness. Applicants meeting all fire department requirements will then be contacted by the administrative office for further information regarding the testing process.
    • New Hire Testing - New hire testing is explained in the link provided. Applicants must pass both a written and practical examination.
    • Physical Agility - The physical agility component is explained in the link provided, and is mirrored after Georgia Firefighter Standard and Training Council's agility testing.
    • Polygraph - A polygraph is required and typically takes about an hour.
    • Criminal Background Investigation - Background investigations are run though GCIC and include a MVR record check. Applicants will not be considered if they possess any convictions (misdemeanor or felony convictions) within the last 10 years.
    • Employment Interview - The interview panel is comprised of the Chief of the department, Deputy Chief, Fire Marshall, Chief Investigator, and the Division Chiefs of Field Operations.
    • Drug Screen/Medical Physical - Once offered a position of employment, individuals will complete a medical physical to ensure all candidates are fit for firefighter duty. A drug screen is also a component of this medical physical. Individuals using marijuana within the last 3 years, or harder drugs within the last 10 years are not eligible for employment.
    • Orientation - Douglas County Fire Department orientation is 3 weeks long and includes introduction to Douglas County Fire Department, standard operating procedures, medical protocols, a 40-hour driving course, third ride rotations on a transport apparatus, and other important information regarding employment.
    • Recruit School - Recruit classes are offered in house at the Douglas County Fire Department Training Complex. Recruit school is 10-12 weeks in length and employees will be placed on a 40 hour work week through the duration of recruit school. All employees are required to obtain their NPQ I certification within 2 years from their date of employment.

Is the Douglas County Fire/EMS Department Right For You?
The Douglas County Fire/EMS Department offers competitive salaries compared to other metro Atlanta fire departments, and offers the opportunity for advancement within the department. As a combined Fire and EMS service, it is important that all employees feel equally driven in their desire to provide our community both a superior level of Fire and EMS services. Douglas County Fire Department offers continuing training opportunities in house, and has an abundance of both Fire and EMS instructors and mentors who are available to offer advanced training; without having to search for classes or take time off work to further your education or find continual education hours. Our employees are an outstanding group of individuals who feel passionate about their career, and are the backbone of Douglas County Fire/EMS Department.

Station Locations
  • Headquarters
    12501 Veterans Memorial Highway
    Douglasville, GA 30134
  • Training Complex
    1765 Wortham Road
    Douglasville, GA 30134
  • Station 1, Lithia Springs
    7217 South Sweetwater Road
    Lithia Springs, GA 30122
  • Station 2, Winston
    2900 Conners Road
    Winston, GA 30187
  • Station 3, Bill Arp
    5202 Kilroy Lane
    Douglasville, GA 30135
  • Station 4, Fairplay
    8271 Highway 166
    Douglasville, GA 30135
  • Station 5, Chapel Hill
    3901 Chapel Hill Road
    Douglasville, GA 30135
  • Station 6, Palmer Village/Tributary
    2230 Riverside Parkway
    Douglasville, GA 30135
  • Station 7, Beulah
    11590 Veterans Memorial Highway
    Douglasville, GA 30134
  • Station 8, Mirror Lake
    2701 Tyson Road
    Villa Rica, GA 301800
  • Station 9 - None
  • Station 10, Downtown Douglasville
    6774 Church Street
    Douglasville, GA 30134
  • Station 11, North Douglasville
    7792 Highway 92
    Douglasville, GA 30134

CPR Makes A Difference
Once the heart stops beating, brain death can occur in 4 to 6 minutes. Performing CPR provides oxygen to the brain and other vital organs to give the victim the best chance of full recovery after EMS takes over. If immediate CPR is given and a defibrillator is used within the first few minutes following sudden cardiac arrest, the person's chance of survival doubles.

Learning CPR is quick and painless. Follow the links on the right to locate a CPR class near you, watch the video demonstrations, or download a free Android app.

Blood Pressure Monitoring
High blood pressure is the silent killer! Douglas County residents may have their blood pressure monitored at any fire station between 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. every day (when fire station personnel are in station).

Fire Prevention Bureau - Fire Education - Station Tours
Training Division
Burning Permits and Reports
Kids Corner
Hiring Process / Recruit Academy

Find a CPR Course Near You
American Red Cross

Learn CPR - You Can Do It !!!
This web site is to be used as a free guide and an informational resource, but it cannot replace real CPR or first aid training. Please try to attend a CPR training course in your community and help save a life

Customer Service Questionnaire
Douglas County Fire and Emergency Services strives to provide its community with the highest level of service and professionalism. Your input regarding our performance helps us to meet these goals. If you have recently requested our services, please take a few minutes to complete our customer service survey.

Douglas County Human Resources Web Page
Job Announcements and online application portal


Learn CPR - Free iPhone APP

Douglas County EMS Notice of Privacy Practices - 35.1KB

facts and figures 2015 (.pdf document, designed at 11" x 17") - 2572.5KB

Open Burning Permit Application/Guidelines - 15.4KB

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