Athens Fire & Rescue

Shop With a Firefighter 2019 

The Athens Fire Rescue annual Shop with a Firefighter event was held on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at Wal-Mart. This event is put on by the Athens Fire Auxiliary and is made possible through all of the sponsors and donors to the Auxiliary. This year we were able to assist over 50 children. We would like to thank all of our sponsors and donors that make this event possible. We want to say a special thank you to Wal-Mart for hosting our event and the grant they provided our organization. We also want to say a special thank you to Steelcase for being a large sponsor and several of their employees for participating in the shopping event. If you would like to learn more about our Shop with a Firefighter event, participate, or donate, please read more about the Athens Fire Auxiliary here.. Thank you to all of our past and current donors and supporters. Without you, we could not have this special event each year. 


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!