The Rome Fire Department is responsible for protecting Rome’s 33,000 citizens in a 75.7 square mile area. The response district includes an array of urban, suburban and rural areas. Also included is the Griffiss International Airport and the Griffiss Business and Technology Park, formerly Griffiss Air Force Base.
The department has an authorized strength of 85 personnel working out of two fire stations. They respond to over 5,000 calls per year providing fire suppression, Emergency Medical Services, Hazardous Materials Response, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Technical Rescue including High Angle and Confined Space Rescue, fire Cause and Origin Investigations and Hazards Mitigation. The department is also in Disaster Preparedness and Planning, Juvenile Fire Setter Counseling, Codes Enforcement Inspections and participates in a High School Student Internship Program.
Rome Fire Department History
1819 - The Village of Rome was incorporated, and the first piece of firefighting equipment was purchased - a hand operated pump and some leather hose.
1891 - The paid department came into existence. There was a new Chief, four drivers, two stokers, and two engineers