Gastonia Fire Department
The mission of the Gastonia Fire Department is to save lives and property and proudly serve the citizens and visitors of the City of Gastonia.
In 2011, the Department responded to more than 8200 calls. The Gastonia Fire Department strives to meet the benchmark set by The Center for Fire Accreditation International which recommends that a department respond to 90% of fire calls within 7 minutes and 20 seconds or less. The Gastonia Fire Department currently responds to all fire calls within 7 minutes and 5 seconds, 90% of the time.
A Brief History
The City’s first firefighters were members of the volunteer company formed in 1901 with George G. Glenn as Chief. Equipment was scarce. The fire hose was wound on a small hand reel which had to be pushed or carried to the fire. In 1905, the City bought a team of “fine fire horses” and L. L. Jenkins donated a fire wagon and some harnesses. Today, the City has eight fire stations and more than 141 firefighters operating state-of-the-art suppression, ladder, rescue, and hazardous material vehicles.
For more information about the Department or its programs, see the Quick Links to the right or contact:
Dawn Martinez, Administrative Asst.
Ellen McClain, Administrative Asst.