Walker County Emergency Services proudly protects 60000 people living in an area of 465 square miles. We operate out of 18 stations that protect a primarily rural area. Our department is a public department whose members are on a combination of paid and volunteer status.
Walker County Emergency Services is a combination paid/voulnteer agency with an ISO rating of a 6/9 that was started in 1995 by the combining of units/stations of Chickamauga Fire Dept.,West Armuchee Fire Dept.,and Walker County Rescue under one command structure. In 1996 Fort Oglethorpe Fire and Rescue turned over the stations and trucks it had in Walker County to WCES making WCES a true county wide fire and rescue agency in the unicorparated areas of the county. WCES serves 465 square miles and a population of around 60,000.WCES provides the fire and firstresponder/rescue services for all unincorparated areas of Walker county and the city of Chickamauga,in addition as providing the firstresponder/rescue services for the cities of Lafayette and Lookout Mtn.. WCES is dispatched by a central 911 center located in Rock Spring,GA.. WCES has 18 stations and approx 85 pieces of appartus raging in age from 9-2002 Ford F550 4wheel drive service/rescue duel role companies, 15-1997 Freightliner FL80 Pumper/Tanker duel role companies to much older equipment. Stations 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 11and 14 are equipped with hydralic rescue tools(jaws of life)used for extrication of accident victims and forcible entry on buildings. Stations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 have AED-automatic external defibrilator(shock the heart)used on heart attack victims to restore a heart beat. Stations 2 and 11 are equipped with 20 ton air bags for lifting heavy objects off of people. Station 10 is a HAZ-MAT station and is known as Taskforce 10-it respondes any where assistance is requested on a HAZ_MAT call in our area. Station 21 is a cave and cliff response station . WCES is funded by Walker County through a fire fee paid by every property owner. The average fee is $70 for a single family home but is based on property size and use. WCES answered 2,292 calls in the year 2000. WCES provides the fire prevention education in the county. WCES members meet every monday night from 1900-2200(7 PM to 10PM)for training,the exeception is station 10 and 21 which meet at different times. WCES membership varies but at present we have 10 paid members and approx 190 members on roll(as for how many are active I don't have the numbers for that but it is my belief that around just a little under 100 are).In November-2001 a 4 member paid day crew started, They staff Squad One which is a 1000 gal Pumper and a Gerogia State Certified ALS Firstresponder unit. To become a member you need to go by the station that is closest to your residence on a monday night and fill out an application. WCES like most volunteer agencies needs help,REMEMBER IT COULD BE YOUR OWN FAMILIES LIFE OR PROPERTY YOU HELP SAVE!