Atoka Fire Department Stands Up, Beginning a New Era for Town of Atoka
 
Posted on Wednesday July 01, 2015
 
At precisely 7 am on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, the Tipton County Dispatch Center sent out the inaugural tones for the Atoka Fire Department - signaling the start of service for the newest Fire Department in Tennessee.
 

Opening RemarksA new era in public service began in Atoka this morning as the Atoka Fire Department formally took over responsibility for fire protection within the Atoka municipal limits.  The Town has, for the past several decades, contracted fire protection from the City of Munford but last summer, the Town set in motion plans to establish its own, independent Fire Department.

"On June 24, 2014, the Board of Aldermen said in a unified voice that the citizens of Atoka deserve and demand a fire department of their own," said Mayor W. Daryl Walker at a swearing in ceremony last week.  "We said that when our citizens are in need, it should be our firefighters...Atoka firefighters...that are there, first on the scene."  

At 7:03 am, the Atoka Fire Department responded to its first official call - a motor vehicle accident on Atoka-Idaville Road involving two vehicles and a passenger trapped in one of the cars.  Upon completing the call, Engine 3 returned to the station for a formal push-back ceremony - breaking a ceremonial tape line across the station door and signaling the start of the AFD. 

The Atoka Fire Department is led by Chief Henry Posey, Lieutenants Bill Clark and Bill Scott and is comprised of an additional 10 full-time firefighters.  Of those firefighters, 5 also hold certification as Paramedics and 5 are certified as Advanced EMTs.  The Department operates a mainline fleet of two engines - Engine 1 and Engine 3 - along with a reserve engine, brush truck and command vehicle.  

The Atoka Fire Department...protecting what matters most.

 

 
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