OUR SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
The men and women of Williamson County who serve are dedicated to the protection of lives and property, giving their time and efforts to the people with a heart of serving.
WHAT WE DO
The Williamson County Rescue Squad is responsible for Fire, EMS, and Rescue response for central and western rural Williamson County outside the city limits of Franklin, Brentwood, Fairview, and Spring Hill, we also are the primary fire department for the Town of Thompson's Station, our coverage area accounts for approximately 352 square miles. The Williamson County Rescue Squad provides primary and secondary rescue services to all of rural Williamson County through automatic mutual aid agreements in addition to providing automatic mutual aid to the City of Fairview Fire Department for all Structural Fire Assignments. The Williamson County Rescue Squad also provides mutual aid to Franklin, Brentwood, Nashville, Columbia & Maury County, Spring Hill, and other surrounding county Fire Departments as requested. Below you will see a district map of Williamson County, this is the most recent image that is available so please note that district lines may be different than depicted. Williamson County Rescue Squad districts include: 12, 14, 21, 22, 23, 24, 30, and 35.
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The Williamson County Rescue Squad, unlike most Rescue Squads, provides complete fire suppression services to its jurisdiction. The Department serves the county with 1 Heavy Rescue/Engine, 8 Engines, 1 104' Aerial Ladder, 3 Tankers, 1 Light Rescue/Brush, , 2 Brush/Med. units, and multiple support vehicles. Four of the eight stations are complete with living quarters which house three live-in personnel. These members reside in the stations, providing quicker response times for these districts, especially during night time hours.
RESCUE SERVICES AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS
The Department provides complete rescue services to the residents of Williamson County. Each station is fully capable of performing vehicle extrication with most of our first out Engines having basic extrication tools. Our 1 Heavy Rescue (Franklin) which responds to all MVC's and we have 1 Light Rescue (Thompson's Station), which supports the Southern area of the county. The Department is a TARS members and certifies our firefighters in vehicle extrication. The Squad also provides swift-water rescue & recovery services through Rescue One and portable boats. The Department's Heavy Rescue truck and the Engine (Grassland) are capable of providing rope rescue & high angle services as well as limited Hazardous Materials Response. HazMat technician services are provided through Williamson County Emergency Management.
VEHICLE RESCUE AND EXTRICATION
The Williamson County Rescue Squad was one of the first agencies in the State of Tennessee to operate Hydraulic Rescue Equipment (a.k.a. The Jaws of Life) and used to respond, mutual aid, from state line to state line answering calls for help from various agencies across the state. The Squad continues to answer the need for vehicle rescue/extrication services in the county. Each Fire District is capable of providing initial vehicle rescue services within minutes of the alarm. The Department's Heavy Rescue Company responds out of our Franklin (Station 14) to all motor vehicle accidents to provide support to the other fire districts rescue capabilities. This truck carries more equipment and some of the more heavy duty rescue tools for larger accidents. Most of our other fisr stations carry the Hurst "Jaws of Life".
WATER RESCUE AND RECOVERY
When rivers and flood water rise, the Williamson County Rescue Squad is ready. The Rescue Squad stays prepared and is able to mitigate water rescue operations throughout the entire region. The Department is equipped with a Rescue One and other portable boats that are used for water rescue operations. These boats are fully equipped with swift-water rescue gear to be used by the department's trained swift-water rescue swimmers. The Department also takes part in the humble task of assisting with recovery operations throughout the region and regularly answers calls for assistance from department across the state that are involved in these recovery operations.
As a part of the Department's rescue priorities, The Rescue Squad performs technical rescue operations throughout the county. Squad 14 is the first out Heavy Rescue company for the department and carries High angle/Rope rescue, confined space rescue, and Swift-water Rescue equipment in its payload.
The Williamson County Rescue Squad is capable of performing operational response for hazardous material incidents throughout the county. The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency supports the Williamson County Rescue Squad by supplying equipment and training for these events.
DISASTER RELIEF AND OPERATIONS
When natural disasters strike Williamson County, the Squad responds to assist its citizens. Not only through Technical Rescue Operations for collapsed structures, Swift water Rescue, or Fire suppression. The department also responds for community assistance and to help those affected by these tragedies.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE
The Department operates at the Emergency Medical Responder Level for Emergency Medical Response. The Williamson County Rescue Squad responds along with Williamson Medical Center EMS to nearly all medical calls occurring within its jurisdiction. Nearly all of the Department's personnel are Licensed by the State of Tennessee to practice as Emergency Medical Responders, with many of the Department's personnel holding licenses up to Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Advance Emergency Medical (AEMT) level and Paramedic (EMT-P) level. Personnel holding these certifications and licenses are required to not only meet the necessary continued education requirements by the State, but are also required to participate in 6 hours of medical in-service every year as part of Williamson Medical Center's medical direction. The Department responds to Emergency Medical calls with 2 of its Brush/Medical units (Stations 14 & 21), 1 Light Rescue (Station 23), and our various support vehicles are also equipped to handle EMS calls. The Department's Heavy Rescue company is also fully capable to respond, if needed, to any EMS calls.
The Williamson County Rescue Squad's Division of Fire Prevention is responsible for investigations, education, and prevention of fires within the W.C.R.S. response districts. The Division is also responsible for reviewing plans for any new subdivisions and performs commericial inspections for reported non-compliance.
PUBLIC SAFETY EDUCATION
One of the Department's highest priorities is providing Public Fire Safety Education throughout the county. You may have seen the Rescue Squad at your child's school, or a birthday party, or perhaps a grand opening or other event. It is through these events that the department promotes fire safe education to the children, adults, and senior citizens of this county. The Division of Fire Prevention is responsible for coordinating these events throughout the year. Many of public relations and education services that are provided include: fire safety talks for children, fire safety in the home presentations for adults, Mother's Day Out programs, fire engine demonstrations for children, fire station tours, grand opening appearances, and much more. If you would like the Squad to come to your school, work, business, or other special event, simply fill out the form at the end of this section for a request to our Division of Fire Prevention. If needed you may contact our headquarters at (615) 790-5821.
The Division of Fire Prevention investigates the cause and origin of all structure fires and vehicle fires within the Williamson County Rescue Squad's jurisdiction. In addition, the Division investigates the cause and origin of any ground cover fires of a suspicious nature. These fire are investigated so as not to overlook a fire of incendiary cause. The Division of Fire Prevention works hand-in-hand with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Williamson County Sheriff's Department to prevent arson crime in Williamson County. Investigations are performed by Certified Fire & Explosion Investigators. If you have any questions or information for the Division of Fire Prevention call headquarters at (615) 790-5821 or e-mail .
The Department maintains several automatic mutual aid agreements with many departments across Williamson County. These agreements are in place to assist fellow firefighters across the county with vehicle extrication and technical rescue as well as for fire suppresion support. The department also graciously recieves support from neighboring departments when needed.
PUBLIC PROTECTION CLASSIFICATION / ISO
The firefighters of the Williamson County Rescue Squad have a long and proud heritage. So many have given their time and personal resources for the protection of life and property. Most do not know that because of their dedication, your property insurance is rated less than much of the United States. The men and women of the fire departments train and are evaluated regularly by the insurance industry. As a result, you have lower insurance rates because of their expertise in fighting fires. Often home owners and their insurance companies want to make sure they are being provided with the most competitive insurance rates, this is often based on your Public Protection Classification (PPC). Our Fire Marshal often reviews and provides feedback on PPC, if you would like to have information on your PPC, fill out the form to the right.