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Q: I have a question regarding fire codes. Who should I contact?
A: The Fire Inspections Section will be able to assist with any questions regarding Fire Codes in the City of Atlanta.

Q: Are there any ordinances that govern outdoor cooking?
A: Yes. The careless use of open-flame cooking devices has historically been the cause of numerous fires at multi-family dwellings, displacing residents and resulting in millions of dollars in property damage. Because of the danger, the City of Atlanta Fire Code, like the International Fire Code, includes regulations regarding open-flame cooking. Note that electric grills or any devices not producing open flames are not regulated by the fire code.
IFC, Section 308.3.1, Open-flame cooking devices:
Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.
    1. One- and two-family dwellings. 
    2. Where buildings, balconies and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system.
IFC Section 308.3.1.1, Liquefied-petroleum-gas-fueled cooking devices:
LP-gas burners having an LP-gas container with a water capacity greater than 2.5 pounds shall not be located on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.
Exception: One- and two-family dwellings".
To report a violation of this ordinance, you may contact the City of Atlanta Fire Inspection Section at 404-546-7099. Someone will be dispatched to follow up on the complaint. Anyone violating this ordinance will be subjected to an immediate fine issued by a fire official.

Q: How do I get a fire report? 

A: Reports involving fires that occurred in the City of Atlanta may be obtained by clicking here (ejones@atlantaga.gov) or calling 404-546-7073.

Q: Where can I get information on fire safety and education?
A: Click here (AFRcommunityaffairs@atlantaga.gov) to reach the Fire Safety and Education section or call Janet Ward at 404-546-7004.

Q: How can I get a smoke alarm?
Contact the Atlanta Smoke Alarm Program (ASAP) at 404-546-2733 or visit your local fire station.

Q: Where can I get information on inspection or installation of a car seat for my infant/child?
A: Contact AFR’s Car Seat Coordinator at 404-546-4444.

Q: How can I learn more about fire prevention?
A: AFR hosts an annual Citizens Fire Academy, a six-week training opportunity that gives you an up-close look at fire prevention and safety. For more information and to register for the next Citizens Fire Academy, contact contact Captain Teresa Hicks at TSHicks@AtlantaGa.Gov

Q: What is the best way for me to be prepared for a natural or man-made disaster?
A: The Atlanta Citizen’s Emergency Response Team (ACERT) offers free training to prepare you for emergencies. For additional information, call Captain Valerie Jackson at 404-227-0741.

Q. What is the starting salary as a FireFighter Recruit?
A. The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department starting salary as a Firefighter Recruit is $32,132.79.

Q: How do I apply to join the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department?
A: The Atlanta Fire Rescue Department strives to hire the best candidates for Firefighter/EMT positions. Our goal is to employ individuals who are well-qualified and dedicated to a career in the fire rescue service. Please note that the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department does not support a lateral transfer hiring program. All candidates are required to apply via the Entry Level Firefighter process and attend our in-house Recruit School once offered employment. 

The minimum qualifications are: 
  • Must be a citizen of the United States 
  • Must be 18 years of age or older 
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent recognized by the State of Georgia 
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license 
  • Must have honorable discharge if prior military; Anything other than Dishonorable will be   considered on case-by-case basis 
  • Must not have a felony conviction 
  • Must not have tattoos on face or neck. Tattoos below the elbow will be considered on case-by case basis 
  • Must not have body piercing to nose, face, or more than two per ear. 
  • Must have an acceptable (three-year) driving history, criminal, financial and character background 

Must successfully complete

  • Written Aptitude Test (ASSET Exam)
  • Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT)  
  • Oral interview 
  • CVSA
  • Psychological Interview 
  • Medical Evaluation
Documents needed to apply include: 
  • High school diploma, transcript or GED certification 
  • Birth certificate (4) copies 
  • Social Security card (4) copies 
  • Driver’s license (4) color copies 
  • Most recent 3-year motor vehicle report 
  • Name change document (marriage license, court order, etc.) 
  • Documentation related to any financial history involving delinquent child support 
  • Documentation related to any bankruptcy filed indicating dismissal 
  • DD214 (if prior military, honorable discharge) 

Interested applicants please email Atlanta Fire Rescue Recruitment at AFR-FireRecruitment@atlantaga.gov which is located at Public Safety Headquarters, 226 Peachtree Street SW, Atlanta GA 30303. You may also contact us by phone at 404-546-7020.

Q: Will the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department come fill my swimming pool?
A: No, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department does not fill swimming pools.
Q: May I have my child’s birthday party at the fire station?
A: No, for liability purposes, birthday parties are not allowed at fire stations. You may schedule a tour of your local fire station.

Q: Will the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department wash down our street after an event?
A: No, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department will not wash down your street after an event.
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