Carnesville Fire Department

Carnesville Fire department is completely staffed by local volunteers here in the area. Carnesville FD generally has between 60-75 calls per year ranging from structural fires, vehicle extrications to cats in trees. We currently have 14 members in the department with 11 open positions and meet on the first and third Mondays of every month. The service is fully funded by the City of Carnesville even though our jurisdiction extends far greater than that of the city limits. Our general operational area is exit 160 on I85 to exit 166 both north and south bound lanes. We also extend north on both highways 320 and 106 and south down 145 to stars bridge road and 106 south to middle river church road. All the school buildings in the area are in the Carnesville fire jurisdiction from Carnesville elementary school, middle school, and high school. We operate 24/7 365 days a year and are alerted to calls via a text and radio paging system. Carnesville Fire operates four fire apparatus Engine 21, 22, 23 and Tanker 21. Carnesville Fire also responds to agency assistance calls with Franklin Co EMS roughly 25 calls per year. All training is provided free of charge by the department and funded by the city for a total of 100 hours offered. All protective equipment is custom ordered for recruits upon completion of Fire 1 training. To become a Firefighter, you must qualify by the following.

O.C.G.A. 25-4-8 specifies that a person certified must complete the following criteria:

a.) Be at least 18 years of age as verified by the Fire Chief or his/her designee through an inspection of a birth certificate, a valid Georgia Driver’s License or a government issued photo identification that includes the applicant’s date of birth.

b.) Be a legal United States citizen of possess valid and current documentation to be legally employed in the State of Georgia.

c.) Not have been convicted of a felony in any jurisdiction within ten years prior to employment/appointment (except as provided in OCGA 25-4-8). For registration of volunteer personnel, original or certified copies of the original criminal history search made of local and state databases to disclose any criminal record. Criminal history documents used to determine the eligibility for fire service personnel must be current.

d.) Has successfully completed the GFSTC approved minimum training course curriculum or equivalent.

e.) Has successfully completed the GFSTC approved physical agility test (The physical agility test requirement for Support Volunteer Firefighter registration shall be determined by the fire chief).

f.) Has successfully completed the written examination as approved by the GFSTC within one year.

g.) Have a good moral character as determined by investigation of the criminal history of the candidate to verify that there are no recent patterns of criminal involvement or intent related to stealing, cheating, lying, or other offenses that may indicate a disregard for the law or ethical and moral conduct under the procedure approved by the GFSTC.

h.) Be in good physical condition as determined by a medical examination.

i.) While not required at this time, GFSTC recommends that all volunteer personnel possess or achieve within 12 months after employment/appointment a high school diploma or a general education development (GED) equivalency. However, this is a requirement for a State Certification.

All candidates that meet the above criteria are subject to a 6-month probationary period before becoming a full-time member of the department. All firefighters that meet the requirements according to Georgia Firefighter pension fund will receive a retirement package paid by the city of Carnesville once 15 years of service has been completed. If you are interested in becoming a firefighter with the city of Carnesville, please reach out to Asst Chief Clayton Bryant for further information. 

Carnesville Fire Department