Athens Fire & Rescue
ALERT - INFORMATION REGARDING ATHENS FIRE & RESCUE AND RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Athens Fire & Rescue is always ready to serve the city of Athens. During these difficult and uncertain times of the outbreak of COVID-19. Athens Fire & Rescue will continue to respond and serve the city of Athens. We have taken extra steps to protect our firefighters. Please be patient with us and all first responders during this time. We are all facing uncharted waters. Please know that if you call 911 for assistance, dispatchers will be asking extra questions regarding symptoms related to COVID-19. This is not to be invasive. This is to assist you and to help protect us at Athens Fire & Rescue as well as other first responders. We are also temporarily closing our stations and administrative office to the public. If you need non-emergent assistance from the fire department, please contact us by the phone numbers listed on this website or use the email contact forms. Also, all public relation events scheduled for Athens Fire & Rescue will be rescheduled for a later date. For up to date information on COVID-19, please refer to Limestone County EMA, Alabama Department of Public Health, and the CDC.
Remembering those who have fallen, honoring those who continue serve.
At Monday’s Council meeting (Jan. 25) the Council voted to hire Albert Hogan Jr., who has worked with DeKalb County Fire Rescue in Georgia for 23 years.
“I’m ecstatic about this opportunity,” Hogan said by phone. “Athens is the place that is the right fit, and it will be a nice change of pace. I look forward to meeting everyone.”
Hogan started as a firefighter with DeKalb, became fire captain in 2006 and then battalion chief in 2016. He has served on that department’s Hazardous Materials Team, Hazardous Materials Decontamination Team, Accreditation Committee and other committees. He has a bachelor’s of science degree in fire administration from Columbia Southern University.
Hogan said he will begin the process of transitioning to Athens, which includes searching for a home and meeting with fire department staff. He hopes to start the first of March.
James Hand, who is the fire marshal for Athens Fire and Rescue, has served as interim chief since May 2020 when then Fire Chief Bryan Thornton retired.
“I want to thank James for guiding the department, especially during the budget process and during this COVID-19 pandemic,” Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said.
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. The department consists of 43 certified firefighters, most of which are also licensed EMTs, 2 fire prevention personnel, and an administrative assistant.
The Fire Department also gives and receives mutual aid from the 12 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.
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!