A Day in the Life

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Decatur firefighters typically work 24 hours on duty and 48 hours off duty in three shifts of 12 personnel each.  A typical day may shape up like this:

 7:30 a.m.                     Rise and Shine! Shift meeting/review daily agenda/radio check
 8:00 a.m.                     Truck and radio assignments (Rescue One, Air and Light One, Quint One, Engine Two)
 8:15 a.m.                     Check assigned apparatus including all fire suppression, extrication and medical equipment
 8:30 a.m.                     Station duties (Clean bathrooms, offices, wellness room, mop floors, empty trash)
 8:45 a.m.                     Add fuel to trucks/replace missing tools or supplies (each apparatus has an inventory)
 9:00 a.m.                     Special assignments (see below)
 10:00 a.m-noon           Classroom training session/special assignments
 1:00-5:00 p.m.             Practical training session/special assignments
 5:00 p.m.                     Special assignments
 6:00 p.m.                     Dinner
 7:00 p.m.                     Clean kitchen
 8:00 p.m.-7:30 a.m.     Free time-study, read books, sleep, rest as time permits between emergency calls


Firefighter Special Assignments

(Different from day to day)

  • Respond to emergencies                          
  • Fire prevention at schools
  • Child passenger safety seat check
  • Hydrant maintenance
  • Hose testing
  • Report entry into computer
  • Personal assignments
  • Public relations
  • Special events
  • Blood pressure checks
  • File of Life program presentation
  • CPR classes                                                                                                                
  • Individual meetings with supervisors
  • Testing of specialized equipment
  • Kitchen night (detailed cleaning)
  • Truck day (detailed cleaning and maintenance)
  • Technical training
  • Building walk-throughs
  • Pre-incident/fire planning
  • Ladder maintenance
  • Orientation of new hires
  • Re-stocking fire station supplies
  • Night training drills
  • Other assigned tasks

Fire Department Public Education Programs

Members of the Decatur Fire Department do more than just fight fires and give medical assistance. They also work with the community through the following programs:

  • Child passenger safety seat installations
  • Home inspections
  • Free smoke detector installations
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Car Fit for seniors
  • Medicine cabinet cleanout
  • Food drive
  • File of Life
  • Smart 911
  • Smart Prepare
  • Summer fan giveaway
  • Free CPR training
  • Adopt a School program
  • Junior Fire Marshals


  • Citizens Assisting Public Safety-fire academy
  • High school intern program
  • P.R.I.D.E. parent-teen driving class
  • Community fire safety presentations
  • Fire station tours
  • School visits
  • Teen awareness programs
  • Fire extinguisher classes
  • Partnering with Decatur schools, various events
  • Health Fair
  • Pet sticker program




 For more information about any of these programs, contact the Decatur Fire Department, 404-373-5092.



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