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The City of Red Bank Fire Department was organized in 1971. Prior to that fire service was provided by a private concern on a subscription basis. Funding for the department comes from city taxes and $821,505 was budgeted for fiscal year 2007.

Red Bank Fire Department in 1971

The department responds not only to fires, but also provides rescue services, hazardous materials response, service calls and public education programs. During 2006, the RBFD responded to 678 alarms. Due to the actions of the department, an estimated $159,078,265 worth of property was saved in the city.

The RBFD operates out of 2 stations, which are manned 24 hours a day. The membership consists of members who work full-time as their career, members who receive compensation for working part-time shifts and are paid on call, and volunteer members who receive no compensation for services rendered. All members are treated equal and all members carry pagers in order to respond to alarms when needed.

Red Bank Fire Department Fire Station #1,
located at 3127 Dayton Blvd.,
Apparatus Housed, Engine 1, Engine 8,
Hose Truck 1, Rescue 1

The equipment currently consists of 4 engines, 1 hose / service truck, 1 rescue truck, and 2 - staff vehicles. When an emergency occurs that will require more resources that the RBFD has, extra help will come from surrounding departments, which are in an agreement with one another to provide extra assistance. This is known as a mutual aid agreement and the RBFD is a member of the Tri-State Mutual Aid Association, which consists of more that 35 metro area departments.

Red Bank Fire Department Fire Station #2,
located at 4851 Dayton Blvd.,
Apparatus Housed, Engine 2, Engine 9 (reserve)

The members of the RBFD are State Certified Fire Fighters. Included in the membership are Rescue Technicians, Hazardous Materials Technicians, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians. The members are continuously going through training in order to be efficient and abreast of the latest strategy and tactics. This is necessary in order to provide an effective, well-coordinated fire department with standard methods and procedures of operation.

Firefighter Staffing, Safety, & Company Operations...

".....Bunker Gear is Critical...But It Takes Firefighters In That Gear, at the Scene, to Safely & Effectively Do This Job..."

This is a short film that visually demonstrates the dangers and challenges faced by firefighters during a structure fire. This film serves to educate recruit firefighters, elected officials, city hall dwellers and the public in fire department operations. It demonstrates the need for a safe aggressive interior attack coupled with adequate resources in order to save lives and reduce property loss.
(Click the above photo to view)


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Chattanooga/Hamilton Co Air Pollution Control Bureau
Chattanooga/Hamilton Co Health Department
Department of Homeland Security
Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance
Tennessee Fireman’s Association

Tennessee Fire Chief’s Association


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