Fire Department

Mission Statement:
Arab Fire Department is dedicated to protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Arab and surrounding communities through fire suppression, fire prevention, fire investigation, technical rescue, first response EMS, hazardous materials awareness, and public education.

Arab Fire Department pledges to provide these services to the best of its ability and in a professional manner at all times.

Arab Fire Department
653 4th Avenue Northwest
Arab, Alabama 35016
(256) 586-8819 – business line
(256) 931-3992 – fax line
Emergency: Dial 911

Ambulance Service
Marshall Medical Center
(256) 571-8846 – business line

Core Values:
Honesty ● Respect ● Dignity ● Drive ● Knowledge ● Service

The 3 R’s of our Department:

Respect for the duties entrusted to you, for your fellow firefighters, and all those our department renders any and all kinds of aid to.

Responsibility to yourself, your fellow firefighters, your equipment, and your Department as a whole.

Reliability with any aspect of your duties, always have the drive to see it done, start-to-finish. Anything worth doing is worth doing well.

Arab Fire Department is a full-service fire, medical and emergency service provider that provides basic and advanced life support medical services, fire suppression, fire prevention, fire investigation and a host of other emergency services.

Arab Fire Department has a staff of 17 highly trained, professional personnel serving with 3 Engine Companies, 1 Ladder Company and 1 Wildland Brush Company from the main station strategically located on 4th Avenue NW just off
of the Brindlee Mountain Parkway.

Under the general guidance of Chief Ricky Phillips, AFD crews are on-duty 24 hours a day. Crews are divided into three 24-hour shifts supervised by a Captain and Lieutenant on each shift. There are a total of 5 personnel on duty around the clock to serve the citizens of Arab during an emergency.

Special Operation:

Various members of Arab Fire Department have specialized training that is utilized by serving on a number of specialized state, regional and local teams. Members of our department serve on:

  • Alabama Urban Search/Rescue Task Force (AL USAR TF3)
  • Marshall County Heavy Rescue Team (HRT 10)
  • Marshall County Swift Water Rescue Team
  • Marshall County Arson Task Force

Participation on the various teams is accomplished by local mutual aid agreements, memorandum of understandings and participation in the Alabama Mutual Aid System (AMAS).

As a part of these teams, Arab Fire Department personnel have been deploy to large scale events including Hurricane Katrina and Ivan, numerous state and local disasters such as tornadoes and other natural disasters.

Fire Codes and Standards
The City of Arab Fire Department utilizes the 2006 edition of the International Fire Code, as well as State and local ordinances and regulations for the enforcement of fire and life safety concerns.

Outdoor Burning
Outdoor burning within the City of Arab is strictly regulated by local ordinance and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) regulations. Requests for burn permits are very restricted and considered on an individual case-by-case basis. Please contact the fire department prior to starting a fire.
Typically, outdoor burning is restricted to land development and construction improvements. The burning of leaves, yard debris and trash is STRICTLY PROHIBITED and no request for a permit will be granted for such.

The possession, sale and use of fireworks within the City of Arab is limited by City Ordinance and the Alabama State Fire Marshal’s Office. Please contact the fire department for additional information.

Fire Chief Ricky Phillips – Chief Phillips also serves as Fire Marshal and EMA Director.
Assistant Fire Chief Michael Hall

Email Directory
Chief Ricky Phillips
Assistant Fire Chief Michael Hall

Additional Resources
Marshall Medical Center 
Marshall County Emergency Management Agency
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
U.S Fire Administration (USFA)

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Arab City Hall

740 North Main Street
Arab, Alabama 35016

Monday - Friday


Mission Statement

The City of Arab has a mission to foster and sustain a living environment that cultivates progressive awareness and the acceptance of diverse cultural differences, while maintaining a wholesome family atmosphere.

The mission also includes an improved quality of life through economic growth and development, continuously seeking ways to increase revenues, and the ongoing expansion of local Infrastructure.