History & Quick Facts


Fire services date back to the late 1800's in Gainesville and were volunteer-based for many years.  Gainesville Fire Rescue replaced horse-drawn pumpers in 1917 and became a fully-paid fire department in 1925.  Link to see some FIRE SERVICE TRADITIONS


Click here to see GFR's organizational chart.

ISO Fire Protection Classification

Gainesville's Fire Protection Classification Rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), effective September 1, 2014, is Two/Two-X (2/2X).  Undeveloped areas on the north side of Gainesville may not be within the geographic area designated as FPC 2.  Please call 352-334-5078 with an address if you need us to check.

Quick Facts 

Eight Stations including 1 Airport Firefighting Station; 154 Combat Personnel; 21 Support-Administrative Personnel; 6 Engines, 2 Towers, 1 Quint, 1 Hazmat Unit, 2 EMS Squads, 2 District Chiefs, 1 Air and Light Truck, 3 Aircraft Firefighting units.  Budget for FY14 = $16.2 million. Funded through the City of Gainesville General Fund including revenue of approximately $5 million from the fire services special assessment. Operates with an automatic aid agreement with Alachua County Fire Rescue for closest unit response in an extended area around the City limits.  Fire Station 8 was opened June 27, 2011 at 3223 NW 42nd Avenue and houses Quint 8 and District 2.  GFR activated an additional EMS squad in southwest Gainesville in June 2014.

Click Here for Budget, Staffing, Salary, and other facts:      GFR QUICK FACTS 2019