The primary goal of Huntsville Fire & Rescue is to serve the public by protecting life, property and the environment. The department is staffed with well-trained personnel and teams with diverse and highly specialized skill sets to meet the wide ranging demands for the City of Huntsville, Alabama. Because our firefighters are often the first responders to citizens  in need, Huntsville firefighters provide many other valuable services to the community in addition to fire suppression, including emergency medical treatment, technical rescue services and response to hazardous material releases. On a daily basis the department staffs and coordinates nineteen engine companies, five ladder trucks, four rescue trucks, along with a Special Operations Division which includes, Hazardous Materials Units, Technical  Rescue Units, and several specialized support units. Huntsville Fire & Rescue also has Fire Investigations, emergency response dispatch, logistics, and training divisions, all of which are diverse, innovative and efficient. 

Under the general guidance of Fire Chief Howard McFarlen, the department is staffed on a 24/7/365 basis and at your service every second of every day in every neighborhood.

 The City of Huntsville Fire Department  Maintains A Class 3 ISO Rating as graded by the
Insurance Services Office

Howard W. McFarlen
Interim Fire & Rescue Chief

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Chief Howard McFarlen's Office  256-427-7401
Chief Tim Barnack - Training/Safety/Education 256-851-4031
Chief Steve Britton - Special Operations 256-851-4034
Captain Frank McKenzie - Public Relations Office 256-650-4760
Copies of Fire Reports256-427-5150

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