Rutherford County Fire and Rescue Department

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RCFR Needs Your Help with Upcoming Blood Drive

RCFR and other city and county public safety agencies are participating in the well-known "Battle of the Badges" (Fire/EMS vs. Police) Blood Drive event in May! To ensure that the American Red Cross has enough volunteers on hand to assist with the event, they have asked participating agencies to get commitments from potential donors in advance of the drive. Those interested in donating are urged to contact RCFR PIO Lisa Sloan at by Friday, February 22. Sloan will need your name, phone number, email, and preferred time to donate between the hours of 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.

There will be donation locations on the north and south ends of the county. Dates and locations will be announced the last week of February – check back here, or watch our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates!

Show your support for the Thin Red Line – invite your family, friends and neighbors to participate!

In July 2010, five volunteer fire departments and two rescue squads in Rutherford County were combined together to form the new Rutherford County Fire Rescue Department. The department is headed by Fire Chief Larry Farley in a full time paid position. Currently, there are 26 paid personnel and 30 volunteers. Station 1 on Barfield and Station 5 on East Jefferson Pike are fully staffed fire stations. Since its inception, the department has been making great strides in improving services to citizens of the county by increasing training requirements and staffing availability.  In recent months average response times to motor vehicle accidents have dropped from 16 minutes to 6.8 minutes, and fire responses have dramatically decreased.

The county is also blessed with the resources of five other Volunteer Fire Departments. These departments consist of volunteers who expend countless hours of training and response time outside of their normal lives. They selflessly risk their own personal safety on each and every run they make.  Just like our full time staff, these volunteers are dedicated to protecting life and property for the citizens of Rutherford County. These Volunteer Fire Departments receive limited funding from outside sources and depend largely on contributions/donations from the people they serve.