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The purpose of emergency warning equipment is to let drivers and pedestrians know that an emergency vehicle is on the way to an emergency. By Tennessee state law, we do have certain privileges extended to us. Those being, to carefully proceed through controlled intersections and travel against the designated flow of traffic. These privileges have rules that the legislation and department policy put on the drivers of these emergency vehicles. The main rule is that we cannot do these things unless there are lights flashing and sirens going. Even in the middle of the night.

A fire truck will sometimes arrive at an incident first because it is the closest emergency unit to the scene and we are committed to getting help to your location as fast as possible. The City has two fire stations spaced strategically in the City, many of our firefighters are also first responder trained. First responders initiate treatment to stabilize patients and provide information to the paramedics en route to the call so they will be aware of any additional advanced life support equipment that will be needed on the scene.

The colors represent how much water that particular hydrant will flow, this provides a quick reference for the fire dept. in the event of an emergency.

Yes, the fire dept. will assist with installation of your smoke detector as long as you sign a liability waiver. We also provide home owners with 2 free smoke detectors that are provided to us thru participation in the state fire marshals office " GET ALARMED " program, however per state law TN code ann. 68-102-151 we do not provide detectors for rental properties as this is the responsibility of the property owner and or landlord. We do not provide or install carbon monoxide detectors.

Yes, we provide written literature on fire safety for all ages when available and we can do presentations when requested. We are also able to provide fire extinguisher training. We can provide classes to corporate businesses and industries as well as groups.  We will provide one on one guidance and advice for fire extinguisher operation and what type and size to purchase. Please feel free to stop by the fire station or call at (865) 882-3072.

You are required by TN Forestry and state law to obtain a burn permit from Oct. 15th to May 15th. Per EPA and TDFC you are only allowed to burn natural foliage (leaves, brush, branches, etc.), it is prohibited to burn any construction or building materials, furniture or household trash of any kind. In the event of an emergency while burning, such as the fire spreading or getting out of control please call 911.

All of the convienance centers in Roane County take used oil and antifreeze except for the Pumphouse location, the Post Oak location also takes oil and latex paint and stains on Tuesdays only. Roane County does not take chemicals or pesticides.

Contact the Fire Department at (865) 882-3072

The battery is low. Replace it immediately. Remember to test your detector once a month and change the battery when you change your clock to and from daylight savings time.

NO! Kerosene heaters are not intended for use inside a residence. They are for use in non-airtight out buildings like barns, garages, etc. Kerosene heaters produce a poisonous gas called carbon monoxide and can kill in an airtight confined space.

Generally, NO. However, you can get a permit for public displays. Please see the city municipal code below for details: 


7-401. Definition.
7-402. Manufacture, sale, and discharge of fireworks.
7-403. Bond for fireworks display required.
7-404. Disposal of unfired fireworks.
7-405. Exceptions.
7-406. Seizure of fireworks.

7-401. Definition. "Fireworks" shall mean and include any combustible
or explosive composition, or any substance or combination of substances, or
article prepared for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect by
combustion, explosion, deflagration or detonation, and shall include blank
cartridges, toy pistols, toy cannons, toy canes, or toy guns in which explosives
are used, the type of balloons which require fire underneath to propel the same,
firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, Daygo bombs, sparklers, or
other devices of like construction and any devices containing any explosive or
flammable compound, or any tablets or other device containing any explosive
substance, except that the term "fireworks" shall not include auto flares, paper
caps containing not in excess of an average of twenty-five hundredths of a grain
of explosive content per cap, and toy pistols, toy canes, toy guns or other devices
for use of such caps, the sale and use of which shall be permitted at all times.
(1974 code, sec. 7-301)

7-402. Manufacture, sale, and discharge of fireworks.
(1) The manufacture of fireworks is prohibited within the city.
(2) The storing, offering for sale, exposing for sale, or selling at retail
any fireworks is permitted within the city on the following conditions:
(a) Upon approval of the police chief; and
(b) Upon approval of the fire chief. The police chief and the fire
chief shall consider the effect of the business on traffic flow, its location,
the nature of the business, the type of structure, zoning regulations, etc.
(3) The fire chief shall have power to grant permits for supervised
public displays of fireworks by the city, fair associations, amusement parks, and
other organizations. Every such display shall be handled by a competent
operator approved by the chief of the fire department of the city, and shall be of
such a character, and be so located, discharged or fired as in the opinion of the
chief of the fire department, after proper inspection, shall not be hazardous to
property or dangerous to any person.
(4) Applications for permits for public displays shall be made in
writing in advance of the date of the display. After such privilege shall have
been granted, the sale, possession, use and distribution of fireworks for such
display shall be lawful for that purpose only.
(5) No permit granted hereunder shall be transferrable. (1973 code,
sec. 7-302, as amended by ord. 875-A, sec. 1, and ord. 882, sec. 1, as replaced by
ord. 887, sec. 1)

7-403. Bond for fireworks display required. The permittee shall furnish
a bond in an amount deemed adequate by the fire chief for the payment of all
damages which may be caused either to a person or persons or to property by
reason of the permitted display, and arising from any acts of the permittee, his
agents, employees, or subcontractors. (1974 code, sec 7-303)

7-404. Disposal of unfired fireworks. Any fireworks that remain unfired
after the display is concluded shall be immediately disposed of in a way safe for
the particular type of fireworks remaining. (1974 code, sec. 7-304)

7-405. Exceptions. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prohibit
any resident wholesaler, dealer, or jobber to sell at wholesale such fireworks as
are not herein prohibited; or the sale of any kind of fireworks provided the same
are to be shipped directly out of the city; or the use of fireworks by railroads or
other transportation agencies for signal purposes or illumination, or the sale or
use of blank cartridges for a show or theater, or for signal or ceremonial
purposes in athletics or sports, or for use by military organizations. (1974 code,
sec. 7-305)

7-406. Seizure of fireworks. Policemen and firemen shall seize, take,
remove, or cause to be removed at the expense of the owner all stocks of
fireworks offered or exposed for sale, stored, or held in violation of this chapter.
(1974 code, sec. 7-306)