Fire Rescue

Mission

The mission of Oconee County Fire Rescue is to save lives and property, to strive to provide the best emergency services possible, and to promote fire safety to make Oconee County a safer place to live.

Responsibilities

Fire Rescue is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing the fire prevention and suppression activities of seven volunteer fire stations in Oconee County.  These seven fire stations are staffed with 166 volunteer firefighters and first responders, who provide Fire and EMS support services to Oconee County. 

Fire Rescue is also responsible for:  responding to all structure fires in Oconee County and other applicable calls; keeping updated records for ISO (Insurance Services Organization) and working to achieve the best ISO rating; coordinating joint training for all stations; providing fire safety classes for schools and daycare centers; working with local and state agencies on arson investigations; recruiting new volunteer firefighters and coordinating volunteer firefighter training.

 

Contacts

Bruce Thaxton, Fire Chief/EMA Director
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Ken Parsons, Deputy Fire Chief
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P.O. Box 732
1291 Greensboro Highway
Watkinsville, Georgia 30677


Phone: 706-769-3975
Fax: 706-769-3994

Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

FAQs 

Burn Permits:  Burn permits are required.  Before burning anything, contact the Georgia Forestry Service to obtain a permit by calling 1-877-652-2876 (1-877-OK2-BURN) or click here for the Georgia Forestry Commission website (www.gatrees.org).  

NO BURNING IS PERMITTED FROM MAY 1 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30 EACH YEAR.

 

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