Frequently Asked Question

What other responsibilities do firefighters have other than fighting fires?

Firefighting actually represents a relatively small portion of the work of a typical fire department in today’s world. The number of residential and commercial fires has steadily decreased over the years due to a variety of factors including improvements in construction, a greater public awareness of the risk factors leading to fires and a significant reduction in smoking nationwide.

Fires, however, are only some of the emergencies to which the Madison County Fire Department responds. Approximately seventy percent of the Fire Department’s emergency responses are, in fact, calls for special weather events, assisting EMS with lift assist and injury accidents. Other calls for emergency response involve hazardous materials releases, response to fire alarms and other calls for public assistance.

Firefighters also spend quite a bit of time maintaining equipment, training for all types of emergency responses and filling out the reports and paperwork associated with these activities.