Fire Department FAQ



  1. Why do I have to change the batteries in my smoke detector when it hasn’t gone off?
  2. How often should I change the batteries in my smoke detector?
  3. Why does my CO (Carbon Monoxide) detector goes off for no apparent reason?
  4. Why can't I burn my garbage in Whitfield County?
  5. Can I burn yard debris and fallen tree limbs after a storm or high wind?
  6. How can I obtain a burn permit?
  7. What do I do in case of a fire in my home or business?
  8. How many smoke detectors do I need?
  9. Which Fire Station is closest to where I live?
  10. How many Fire Stations does Whitfield County Have?
  11. How can I become a firefighter?

  1. Why do I have to change the batteries in my smoke detector when it hasn't gone off? Top
    The smoke detector is monitoring your house all the time and this will drain the battery.

  2. How often should I change the batteries in my smoke detector?Top
    It is recommended that you change the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clocks, in the spring and fall of each year, for Standard Time and Daylight Savings Time.

  3. Why does my CO (Carbon Monoxide) detector goes off for no apparent reason?Top
    Battery operated CO detectors store CO and must be taken down and put outside to clear it. Electric CO detector will check and burn off low amounts of CO and continue to operate correctly.

  4. Why can't I burn my garbage in Whitfield County? Top
    After a county reaches a population of over 65,000 it is considered a no burn county by the state

  5. Can I burn yard debris and fallen tree limbs after a storm or high wind?Top
    You are allowed to burn tree limbs and debris after obtaining an outdoor burn permit from the Georgia Forestry Commission.

  6. How can I obtain an outdoor burn permit?Top
    You can visit the Georgia Forestry Commission’s website and follow the links to apply for an outdoor burn permit.  You must obtain a permit from the GFC before you do any outdoor burning. You can also call for further instructions 706-272-2943.

  7. What do I do in case of a fire in my home or business?Top
    Get out as soon as possible then call 911. Stay on the phone with the operator until you are told to hang up. Whether at home or work everyone should have a meeting place so everybody is accounted for.

  8. How many smoke detectors do I need?Top
    One in each room of your house except kitchen and bathrooms, hallway detectors shouldn’t be placed close to bathroom doors because steam can activate them.

  9. Which Fire Station is closest to where I live?Top
  10. You can find the information on the Fire Station Index Page or the Fire Station Location Map

  11. How many Fire Stations does Whitfield County Have?Top
    Whitfield County has a total of 10 Fire Stations and a Headquarters. Click here for the Fire Station Location Map

  12. How can I become a firefighter?Top
    Apply online by clicking here

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