Founded in 1937, DeKalb County Fire & Rescue has been labeled as a premier fire and rescue department, ready to serve the needs of their community. Not only are the more than 800 men and women employed in the department working to provide fire suppression, emergency medical services, and fire safety education to the population, but citizens of DeKalb have also taken an active role in making their community safer and better prepared by volunteering in their local Fire Corps program, known as the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Corps.


Located just outside of Atlanta in Decatur, Georgia, the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Corps has had numerous accomplishments. The program was recently awarded an Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) grant from FEMA, which enables the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Corps to operate a mobile canteen/rehab unit that supplies food and beverages for firefighters and emergency responders during lengthy emergency incidents. In addition to the rehab unit, volunteers participate in fundraising activities, assist with administrative tasks, and operate an auxiliary program. Many have also completed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to better educate themselves in the event of a natural disaster or manmade catastrophe.


Another notable accomplishment has been the success of their Explorer Post #901. Fire Service Explorer posts help youth gain insight into a variety of programs in the fire service through hands-on, fun-filled activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth. The DeKalb County Fire Rescue Corps currently has the largest Explorer program in Georgia with over 50 teenagers, ranging from ages 14 to 18. Through this program, Explorers are called during severe weather to assist the department with various activities, such as staffing the department command center and providing food for department personnel. Explorers also assist the DeKalb Community Education Unit with various projects, such as teaching public fire and life safety education. In August, the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Corps partnered with the DeKalb County School System Career Technology Program to create an intern program for its Explorers. Through this program, high school students receive high school and college credit for attending classes at the local Fire/Rescue Academy.


For more information on the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Corps, please contact Chief Sue Loeffler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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