- All firefighters receive 240 hours of NFPA training annually, plus 60 hours of drivers training, 40 hours of medical training, 30 hours of Hazmat Training annually, and 16 hours of vehicle extraction annually.
- All firefighters are trained in-house to become certified to the National Professional Qualification (NPQ) Firefighter II Level to include certification at the Hazmat Operations Level. All Fire Officers are trained and certified at the Fire Officer II Level.
- Advance training in the areas of Hazmat Technician, Confine Space, High Angle Rescue and Trench Rescue are available to all certified firefighters.
- The RHFD offers highly skilled instructors.
- The RHFD operates under all State of Georgia mandated requirements to include Standard Operating Procedures that comply with NFPA and Firefighter Safety Standards.
- The RHFD has a Firefighter Health & Safety program which includes daily workout at the local YMCA and provides annual physicals at no charge to our firefighters.
- The City of Richmond Hill pays each firefighter’s annual dues into the Georgia Firefighters Pension Plan and the mandated Georgia Firefighters Cancer plan.
All fire apparatus carries the latest technology in firefighting equipment to includes AED’s, thermal imagers, light weight attack hose, on board mobile data computers and medical equipment. All fire apparatus are NFPA compliant and are tested annually. Our latest addition to the fleet is a 2017 Pierce Puc Rescue / Engine that has a 1,000 gallon water tank, 1500 gpm pump, carries 1,000 feet of 5 inch hose, has a Husky foam system and is capable and equipped to handle structure fires, medical calls, vehicle extractions, or any major emergency we encounter. Our philosophy is based on "TEAMWORK" creating a team of highly skilled and fast reacting motivated firefighters. Our main focus is the safety of our personnel. RHFD provides a career advancement plan to each certified firefighter. When an opening becomes available, we look "within" the ranks first to promote. Firefighters who wish to advance in their careers are given opportunities to attend advance courses.- All firefighters are encouraged to obtain higher education. Being a member of the RHFD has many rewards. Our community takes pride in the department. They know from our past accomplishments we will be there in a time of need. Being a fast growing community, RHFD will face many challenges and opportunities in the upcoming years. With growth we will need more personnel, more firefighting equipment, and more fire stations. Growth will allow us to provide more services to our community Firefighting has a rich tradition and heritage and the RHFD embraces that tradition. We believe in honoring the men and women that came before us and carrying on our honored profession.
The RHFD is an effective combination department comprised of 2 stations, 3 engines, 1 rescue unit, 1 quick response vehicle and a 105’ platform. The RHFD provides quality fire protection and life saving services to one of the fastest growing communities in the State of Georgia. We have 18 firefighter / EMT / paramedics, 3 officers, and 1 volunteer member who proudly serve our community by providing 24 hour fire and rescue services. Firefighters work a 24 hour shift, which consists of 24 hours on duty and 48 hours off duty.
Our goal is to provide a community based all-hazards emergency service delivery system in which the community is provided public safety services in a professional and cost effective manner.
We meet this goal through mutual respect, open communication and teamwork operating as one efficient and effective department.
The Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) is the manual ISO uses in reviewing the firefighting capabilities of individual communities. The schedule measures the major elements of a community’s fire suppression system and develops a numerical grading called a Public Protection Classification (PPCTM).
Ratings are 1 to 10, with 1 being the highest, or best, and 10 being the lowest, or worst.