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.
ISO Fire Protection Classification
Gainesville's Fire Protection Classification Rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO) for 2010 is Three/Nine (3/9). The nine rating only applies to undeveloped land not served by the hydrant system. The next scheduled ISO inspection will be in 2014.
8 Stations including 1 Airport Firefighting Station; 145 Combat Personnel; 21 Support-Administrative Personnel; 6 Engines, 2 Towers, 1 Quint, 1 Hazmat Unit, 1 EMS Squad, 2 District Chiefs, 1 Air and Light Truck, 3 Aircraft Firefighting units. Total adopted budget for FY13 = $16,172,574. Operates with an automatic aid agreement with Alachua County 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.