Gardendale Fire & Rescue

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The Gardendale Fire & Rescue Service serves the City of Gardendale by responding to fires and medical and hazardous materials emergencies over a 50 square-mile area. It is currently the only full-time fire department operating in North Jefferson County.

The city's fire marshall is Jason Murrell and the department's chief is Joe Thomas, who oversees 18 full-time employees. The department was transitioned to a full time fire and paramedic department in 2003.


The department was chartered in 1956 with 13 volunteer firemen. By 1992, increased call demands led to the Mayor and City Council hiring a full time Fire Chief, Clint Doss, to oversee the operation, growth and services of the Fire Department. Doss retired at the end of 2017 and was replaced by Joe Thomas.

As the city grew, so did the demands on the fire service. In 2003, the Mayor and City Council, at the recommendation and request of the Fire Chief, began the process of transitioning from a volunteer to a full time firefighter/paramedic department.


Fire station #1 plaque
Fire station #1 sign in 2017


  • McCarty, Sarah A. (June 3, 2013) "New fire station in Gardendale slated for October opening." The Birmingham News
  • McCarty, Sarah A. (March 18, 2014) "Gardendale opens Fire Station No. 2; Chief says residents now within 3-mile radius." The Birmingham News
  • Davis, Rachel (December 6, 2017) "Gardendale names new fire chief, secures new developer for property." North Jefferson News

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