We pride ourselves on being properly trained and prepared to offer our citizens the best possible service and response during times of emergency. As such, the Centertown Fire Department believes in our training program and strive to constantly learn and improve our services.

Fire Suppression

Our firefighters are all required to comply with state law mandating basic training for all fire suppression personnel. Each new recruit is required to attend a 64 hour course in basic firefighting, as well as a 22 hour live burn training session, conducted by the Tennessee Fire & Codes Enforcement Academy. This training is mandated by state law for all firefighters, both volunteer and paid. Once firefighters graduate from this course of training, they are then subject to additional in-house training, as well as field training by firefighters & officers with advanced training and experience prior to performing actual interior fire attack. This training is mandated as a minimum for all firefighters, while many have additional advanced training through TFACA and other organizations.

 Emergency Medical Response

Centertown Fire Department personnel who volunteer for emergency medical response duties are all required to be trained and licensed by licensed by the State of Tennessee prior to assuming responsibility for patient care in the emergency setting. Our medical personnel are licensed to, at minimum, the Emergency Medical Responder level, with the majority of personnel being licensed as Emergency Medical Technician-IV (Advanced EMTs) or Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedics. Many personnel hold advanced training and instructorships in areas ranging from Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support to Advanced Cardiac Life Support. 


Personnel engaged in rescue or rescue support services are trained and practiced to provide response at the appropriate levels as dictated by the nature of the emergency. Our roster includes personnel trained in search & rescue (SAR), open/surface water rescue, hazardous materials (HazMat), vehicle rescue/extrication, and high & low angle (rope) rescue.