Why do firefighters show up to medical emergencies?

There are two fire stations strategically located throughout the city, but only three ambulances station operating 5 ambulances in the county. Therefore, due to travel distances, it is common for firefighters to be able to reach the emergency before an ambulance does. All firefighters are trained as Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) to provide basic life support services. By firefighters responding to calls for medical emergencies, we are able to ensure that care arrives as soon as possible.

How do I obtain a burn permit?

If you live in the city limits of Ashland City, you can stop by Station 1 during business hours (8AM to 4:30PM) Monday through Friday to have a permit issued to you. If you live outside the city but in Cheatham County, please visit BurnSafeTN.org to get a permit from the Tennessee Division of Forestry.  If you’re unsure where your burn setting is exactly located, feel free to call 615.792.4531 and we’ll assist you.

Can the Fire Department install or check my child’s car seat?

Yes we can assist you. Please call 615.792.4531 during business hours (8AM to 4:30PM) Monday through Friday and speak with Tracey Knack to schedule a time to inspect/install it.

Do you offer free smoke alarms?

We have a supply of smoke alarms we can offer to you free of charge from the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s office. Please call 615.792.4531 during business hours (8AM to 4:30PM) Monday through Friday and ask for Fire Marshal Nicholson to arrange for a detector installation.

When I'm driving, what should I do when I see or hear an emergency vehicle coming towards me?

You as the driver of the vehicle shall yield the right of way and shall immediately drive to a pull over and as close as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway, clear of any intersection as safely as possible, and shall stop and remain in that position until the emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer.

You should NOT stop immediately or slow down in the lane UNLESS there is no other option.

Why is the top of fire hydrants painted different colors?

The different color tops or bonnets of fire hydrants dictate the water flow available for that particular hydrant.  Water flow is measured in gallons per minute (gpm). The standard flow for each are as follows:

  • Blue: 1500 or more gpm
  • Green: 1000 to 1499 gpm
  • Orange: 500 to 999 gpm
  • Red: 499 or less gpm

Does the Fire Department conduct blood pressure/vital checks?

Yes we do. Please call 615.792.4531 to schedule a time or stop by during business hours (8AM to 4:30PM) Monday through Friday and we can check your vitals.

What is the insurance class (ISO) rating for Ashland City?

Ashland City has an ISO Classification of 4. This rating is on a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 being no fire protection at all.

I am locked out of my home (or vehicle). Can the Fire Department help me?

If personnel are available, we or the police department will try to assist you. You can call Cheatham County Dispatch’s non-emergency phone line at 615.792.2098 to help you.

Why are some fire trucks red and some are yellow?

While red has been a traditional color for fire apparatus, not just in North America, but worldwide, yellow variants are probably the next most common color. Some departments made the break with tradition in the belief that a change in color scheme could improve the visibility of fire trucks, improving safety for civilians and firefighters alike.

There is considerable controversy as to whether yellow really is more visible than red, which has been a defense of the coloring of apparatus, but with many studies being done, none of them being absolutely definitive as to which is really.

Many modern fire apparatus utilize reflective and retro-reflective striping combinations to increase visibility as well. While some communities have converted their fire fleets to fluorescent green, others have since gone back to the classic fire-engine red, in the interest of making the vehicles highly recognizable. Some departments made the break with tradition in the belief that a change in color scheme could improve the visibility of fire trucks, improving safety for civilians and firefighters alike.

Why does fire trucks sometimes turn their emergency lights off while driving by?

We respond to emergencies as soon as we receive call information.  Sometimes we get more calls or information after we are already en route. Typically this new information is dictates the call is no longer an emergency.  We cancel our response and turn our emergency lights off and return to the station.

Does Ashland City Fire Department have an Explorer Program?

No, not at this time. Feel free to contact us to express your interest in participating in a future program.

Does Ashland City Fire Department ever solicit donations by telephone?

No – Ashland City Fire Department is funded through the city budget, partially through the county, and by state & federal grants. We will never call citizens requesting donations. Some callers may tell you that your contribution will benefit your local department, but they do not.

Why do we see firefighters at a local restaurant or store?

Firefighters work a 24-hour shift and they live and work in the fire station during that period. They eat together during the day and will sometimes opt to eat at a local restaurant or go shopping to cook a meal. They are on-call and prepared to respond at all times. They are required to stay within their designated district for meals and while shopping for food to cook at the stations.

How do I become a volunteer firefighter?

Please review the requirements and process to join the department.  When you are ready, please submit an application. Interested but still have questions? Fill out our interest form.