City of Gatlinburg

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Fire Department Information


The Gatlinburg Fire Department provides emergency services 24 hours a day year round. Administrative Offices, Fire Inspectors, Records, and Billing are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (Closed on Observed Holidays).


Headquarters / Station 1
1230 East Parkway, Suite 2
Gatlinburg TN 37738
Phone: (865) 436-5112
Fax: (865) 436-5714

Station 2
309 Reagan Drive
Phone: (865) 436-7274
Fax: (865) 436-2274

Station 3
1310 Ski Mountain Road
Phone: (865) 436-8757
Fax: (865) 436-8758

Public Education

AmandaAmanda Perryman is Gatlinburg's Public Education/Fire Safety Officer. She coordinates public classes on different topics of fire safety. A landmark was reached in 2006 when every student at Ph Beta Phi Elementary School had the opportunity to participate in a fire prevention class. The topic for the class was "Watch What You Heat." The purpose of the class was to educate students about cooking hazards. Additionally, the seventh and eighth grade classes were taught how to properly operate a fire extinguisher. Students at Pittman Center Elementary had the opportunity to go through the "Kids Fire Safety House," a mobile camper-sized house that gives children a hands on opportunity to see hazards and learn what to do in case they see or smell smoke or if a smoke detector is activated.

Fire Stations

Station 1 - Headquarters

sta11230 East Parkway Suite 2
Gatlinburg TN 37738

Administrative Offices and the Fire Prevention Division are located at Headquarters.

Apparatus located at Station 1:

  • Class A Fire Engine
  • 78 Ft Quint
  • Advanced Life Support Ambulance
  • Rescue Vehicle
  • Technical Rescue Vehicle
  • Tanker
  • Fire Support Vehicles



Station 2

sta2309 Reagan Drive
Gatlinburg TN 37738

Lieutenant's Office and the Physical Fitness Center are located at Station 2.

Apparatus located at Station 2:

  • Class A Engine
  • 104' Ariel Apparatus
  • 2 Advanced Life Support Ambulances
  • Rescue Vehicle
  • Tanker
  • Hazardous Materials Trailer



 Station 3

sta31310 Ski Mountain Road
Gatlinburg TN 37738

Apparatus located at Station 3:

  • Class A Fire Engine
  • Advanced Life Support Ambulance
  • Rescue Vehicle
  • Wildland Vehicle




Fire Department History

The Gatlinburg Volunteer Fire Department was formed on September 16, 1946. The city's first fire department was all volunteer and headed up by Ralph "Doc" Shilling, Gatlinburg's resident doctor. In 1946, the department responded to eight calls. The department now responds to over 3,000 calls per year.


Some of Gatlinburg's earliest rescue vehicles included a brush truck, a rescue truck, a tanker and an engine. The last two trucks on the right were bought from the Fountain City Fire Department.

In 1969, a paid department was formed. There were two stations with eight personnel. The first fire truck was an army surplus Ford flat bed that had a front mounted pump. Currently, the department has thirty-eight paid personnel, 22 part-time paid personnel and thirteen volunteer personnel.


The city's first ambulance was a Suburban Panel Truck with an army cot. In 1972, a citizen worked with the mayor to get the fire department it's first top of the line ambulance which was a Suburban High-top along with the first portable defibrillator in the State of Tennessee. Today the department has 3 Class A fire apparatus, three rescue apparatus, two tankers, two reserve fire apparatus, a 104' aerial apparatus, a wildland fire apparatus, a technical rescue response vehicle, a support truck, a hazardous materials response trailer and an ATV (all terrain vehicle). Gatlinburg's fire response area is 238 square miles that covers a great portion of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Gatlinburg's most memorable fires over the years are:

  • A brush fire in 2000 on Lower Alpine Road which destroyed two homes during a windstorm
  • A brush fire in 1993 and 1994 on Ski Mountain that destroyed a home and threatened other homes and condominiums
  • A 1992 fire that destroyed several businesses along with the Rebel Corner building at the corner of Parkway and Airport Road that garnered national media attention
  • A 1980 fire that wiped out the Gatlinburg office of the Mountain Press


Fire Prevention

City of Gatlinburg's Open Burn Policy


Fire Inspector's Office

The fire prevention division is complied of the Fire Investigations, Fire Inspectors Office, and the Public Education Prevention
ProgMike Oakley, Fire Inspectorram.

Fire Inspector Mike Oakley is certified by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance as a Fire/Building Inspector. Oakley conducts all commercial business fire inspections throughout the city. He verifies that the businesses within the city limits conform to the fire codes and that buildings are safe.

He also oversees the maintenance and assists with repairs on the city's flood warning system,  and responds to fire and EMS emergencies as needed.


Although the Inspectors have individual roles throughout the department, they work closely with each other and the Building and Planning Departments to complete each inspection. Inspections include sprinkler systems, stand pipe systems, and life safety issues. The inspectors are also responsible for insuring that businesses comply with the property maintenance codes.


Fire Inspector, Brooks Wilson


Fire Inspector Brooks Wilson began his career with the Gatlinburg Fire Department in August 2007 as a Firefighter/EMT. Brooks joined the Inspectors office in January 2015. He is certified by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance as a Fire Inspector 1. Brooks is also a licensed Paramedic. His role in the inspectors division is to inspect all of the overnight rental properties to ensure that they are compliant with the city's fire codes and the proper safety equipment is in place. He also responds to fire, rescue, and EMS emergencies as needed.  _______________________________________________________________________________

Fire Investigation


Josh Tucker is certified by the State of Tennessee's Fire Marshall's Office as an Fire Investigator/Fire Inspector.

Tucker conducts tourist residency fire inspections throughout the city. He verifies that the rental properties within the city limits conform to the fire codes and that buildings are safe.

In the event of a fire, Tucker is the lead Fire Investigator. Additionally, the Fire Chief has developed a Fire Investigation Task Force to help conduct investigations in a timely and efficient manner.

The Fire Investigation Task Force is made up of about ten people including the Fire Investigator. Where only two of the ten people are certified fire investigators, the other eight people train monthly on topics such as introduction to fire investigation, arson detection, pour patterns and fire fatalities. When there is a fire in the city, the task force forms to help collect evidence and investigate the fire scene.