Fire & Rescue


Athens Fire & Rescue recently underwent an evaluation from the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO). ISO’s Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), evaluates four primary categories of fire suppression — fire department, emergency communications, water supply, and community risk reduction. The FSRS includes standards set by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). From the FSRS, ISO determines a community or city's Public Protection Classification(PPC). The PPC can range from a 10(the worst score) to a 1(the best score).  Athens Fire & Rescue has maintained a Class 3 rating for many years. Earlier this year we were notified by ISO that they would be conducting an evaluation in June, so we went to work for you! Many people here at Athens Fire & Rescue spent numerous hours and put in a lot a hard work preparing for the ISO evaluation. We received our packet from ISO last week. With the hard work of your entire fire department and special dedication of those who worked on this evaluation, Athens Fire & Rescue is now Rated a Class 2/2X by ISO. We are now one of 1,164 other communities in the country with Class 2 rating, and one of 38 in State of Alabama. Chief Thornton says “Our department has been focused on reaching the best rating, which is a 1, and this brings us another step closer to that goal.” 

So what does this mean for you? Many residential and commercial insurance rates are based off of this rating. However, each company has its own guidelines for determining rates. You will need to check with your insurance provider to see if the new rating will impact your costs. It is possible a resident could see up to a 2% decrease and some commercial customers a 4-5% decrease as the policy comes up for renewal. Again, please check with your provider. As always, you can contact the Fire Department if you have any questions regarding this or any other issues.  

Some of the information presented was obtained from a press release on 8/29/31.​


In an emergency dial 9-1-1.


The Athens Fire and Rescue Department is dedicated to the service of our residents, local businesses, and visitors. Fire Chief Bryan Thornton leads a department of 40 certified firefighters, most of which are also licensed EMTs, including 2 fire prevention personnel, a deputy chief and an administrative assistant.
These certified firefighters work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that the city of Athens has constant fire services protection. The fire department covers the entire city limits which is just less than 40 square miles with a population of approximately 22,000.The department has 3 stations strategically placed to give the most efficient response possible. Through continual training and hard work the fire department maintains an ISO Class 2 rating. The fire department responds to any fire related emergency, serious medical emergency, motor vehicle crashes, HAZMAT incidents (county wide), and various other calls for assistance as needed.

Mutual Aid

The Fire Department also gives and receives mutual aid from the 13 volunteer fire departments in Limestone County upon request. Athens Fire Department wants to thank the volunteer departments of Limestone County for their hard work and dedication to their communities. We would also like to thank them for their continued support and assistance when we need it. They always answer the call when requested. If you are a Limestone County resident that lives outside the city limits, please support your local volunteer fire department in any way you can.  

911 Center

We are dispatched through the Athens-Limestone County 911 center. Without the dedicated service of the men and women at the 911 Center we could not do our jobs. They are there to receive your call for help 24 hours a day and send the correct agency as needed.

If you have an emergency in Athens or Limestone county, the staff at Athens-Limestone 911 will get you the help needed as quick as possible. We at the Athens Fire and Rescue want the thank the staff at Athens-Limestone 911 for great job they do for us and all the citizens of Limestone County!

Please contact the fire department with any questions you may have. We are here to serve you!