Demopolis

Demopolis Fire Department

P.O. Box 580
Demopolis, AL 36732

Fire Chief - Chief Vernon Waters

vernon.waters@demopolisal.gov

Headquarters Station 1:
306 Hwy 80 West   

Station 2:

211 N Cedar Ave

Station 3:

1715 Hwy 80 E

Phone:  (334) 289-1212
Fax:  (334) 289-0120
Emergency:  911

History of the Demopolis Fire Department

          The first meeting to establish an official volunteer fire department in the city of Demopolis was held at the courthouse on June 22, 1869, but the meeting was inconclusive. Another meeting 9 months later on March 22, 1870 was successful, and more than thirty men were enrolled as Volunteer Firemen. At a third meeting on March 31, 1870, the group adopted the name of "The Eagle Hook and Ladder Company No. 1", and elected its first officers. Thus the Demopolis Fire Department was born. The newly formed Eagles' were given $1000.00 by the Demopolis City Council to obtain their first fire wagon with all the necessary accoutrements. The contract to build the wagon was awarded to a local carriage maker and the wagon was delivered in early October.

          The newly formed and equipped fire company was fully ready for service by November 7, 1870, and received its first alarm on Monday night January 9. 1871 at about 7 pm, which turned out to be nothing more than a few burning boxes and old cheese barrels. The Eagles' first big fire was at a large mercantile establishment on the night of February 26, 1871. The fire began in a shoe room and spread rapidly. Very little of the inventory was recovered but the warehouse was saved, "though badly scorched".  Cinders flew across the street and ignited a residence and several other buildings, but these flames were also quickly extinguished, and so the Eagles had their first trial by fire. 

          This fire though, highlighted the problem of the fire company's inadequate water supply, the solution was to form an auxiliary bucket company.  In the next two weeks more than sixty black men of Demopolis signed up as official members of the Eagles' bucket company.  Since these early beginnings 130 years ago in our city's long history, the Demopolis City Fire and Rescue Service exists today as a highly professional, full-time, paid fire department. 

          The Demopolis Fire Department currently has three stations, three front-line trucks ( a 2006 Pierce engine, a 2008 Pierce engine, and a 1996 Pierce 75' ladder truck). The Demopolis Fire Department is staffed by 30 fire fighters, administrative personnel, and officers, protecting about 8 square miles and responding to approximately 800 calls per year. This includes fire calls, vehicle accidents, and other service calls.



Emergency Services

•  Structural Fire Fighting
•  Vehicle and other Miscellaneous fire calls
•  Confine Space Rescue
•  Structural Collapse Rescue
•  Hazardous Materials Response
•  River Rescue/Dive Team
•  Vehicle Accidents
•  Assistance to EMS


Non-Emergency Services

Public Assistance calls  Fire Inspection/Prevention Public Fire & Life Safety Education

•  Animal Nuisance

   calls
•  Other Service Related

   calls

•  Building Plan Review
•  Fire Code Enforcement
•  Pre-Incident Planning
•  Fire Cause/

   Determination

•  Fire Safety Program for  

   Children
•  Fire Extinguisher Training

   for Local Businesses
•  CPR Training



Level of Training

Most of the fire fighters in the Demopolis Fire Department are trained to the following level:

•  Fire Fighter I & II
•  Hazardous Materials: Technician
•  Apparatus Operator: Pumper
•  Rescue Technician: Confined Space
•  Apparatus Operator: Aerial


Additional Training:
•  EMT Basic
•  Fire Cause & Determination
•  Fire Inspector
•  Fire Officer
•  Fire Combat Tactics & Strategy

•  Fire Instructor
•  Fire Instructor II
•  Fire Investigator
•  Hazardous Materials: Awareness and

   Operations



Frequently Asked Questions


   Q.  What is the City of Demopolis' ISO Rating?

   A.   The City of Demopolis has a class 4 ISO Rating.


   Q.   When I dial 911, who answers the call?

    A.   When you dial 911 from a land line the call is routed to the E-911 center which is located in the basement of the Demopolis Civic Center.


   Q.   Is it possible to visit the fire station?

    A.   Yes. We welcome visitors in our stations, the best time to come by is during the hours of 8 am to 5 pm but anytime before 10 pm is ok.  If you have a group we ask that you call a few days in advance to schedule a time so that we can be prepared for your visit. 


    Q.   How often should I change the batteries in my smoke detectors?

    A.   You should change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year, the best time to do this is at time change in the spring and fall.


    Q.   If I have leaves or other brush I need to clean up, can I get a permit to burn them?

    A.   Yes, we do issue burn permits as long as there isn't a "No Burn" restriction imposed by the State due to a drought. You may get a burn permit by calling 289-1212 and give the location where you want to burn. Someone from the fire department will come to that location to inspect the site for safety, then issue a permit which will be good for seven days.