FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I do if I see fire trucks approaching with their lights and sirens activiated.
Tennessee State Law states that: (1) The driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of he roadway clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer.
To read the entire TN Statute/Code regarding operation of Emergency Vehicles, please click here.
Why do I sometimes see the fire trucks going though traffic and intersections with their emergency lights and sirens on, only to see them cut there lights and sirens off and turn around a short time later?
The Elizabethton Fire Department responds emergency traffic to all fire alarms and smoke investigations. Sometimes when the first arriving fire personnel get on the scene, they may determine that an emergency situation does not exist and therefore tell incoming fire apparatus to either continue on to the scene non-emergency traffic or to return to there stations altogether. EFD takes every potential emergency situation serious, but we also do not want to disturb or interrupt normal traffic anymore than is necessary.
How do I get a burn permit?
For information on open burning in the City and how to obtain a burn permit in the county, please click here.
How can I obtain a copy of a fire report.
You can pick up a copy of your fire report at EFD Fire Station #1, 121 S. Sycamore Street. If you will call ahead, we can have the fire report already printed off for you when you arrive.
Why aren't all fire hydrants the same color?
The color of each fire hydrant indicates to us how many gallons per minute (GPM) of water that each fire hydrant is capable of providing. For more information about fire hydrant pressures, colors and maintenance, please click here.
How can I get a job with the Elizabethton Fire Department?
Please click on this link for information about our hiring process.
Can I volunteer with the Elizabethton Fire Deptartment?
No. The Elizabethton Fire Department is a fully paid department. If you are interested in joining a Volunteer Fire Dept., you can contact one the 7 local VFD's about volunteer opportunity's. You can find VFD phone numbers at this link.