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Fire Department



507 Shoe Factory Rd
Blairsville, GA 30512

Contact Person:
Chief: R. David Dyer
Battalion Chief: Richard Jones
Training Officer:  Brent Long
Administrative: Jeannie Matheson

Contact Details:
Emergency Phone: 911
Non-Emergency Phone: (706) 439-6095


Union County Fire Department is responsible for fire protection, prevention, and emergency services within the borders of Union County and the City of Blairsville. The department also serves as the staff and operational members of the Emergency Management Agency of Union County. The department is a combination department consisting of 12 stations. Station 1 is the Headquarters station and is centrally located near the City of Blairsville. The other stations are strategically located throughout the county.

The members of the department include the career staff of 16 firefighters and officers. The department operates four firefighters and an officer each shift at Station 1.  It also has a firefighter stationed in Suches M-F from 08:00 to 16:00. The administration staff includes one administrative assistant, one EMA staff person, one Battalion Chief, and the Fire Chief.  The volunteers consist of 85 firefighters and officers who operate, manage, and respond from the volunteer stations. The department responds to all types of emergencies and averages 2,400 calls per year.

The ISO Rating for the county is a class 4/4Y. Residence within 5 miles of one of these stations and 1,000 feet of an approved water source are rated 4.  Residence within 5 miles of one of these stations but further than 1,000 feet of an approve water source are rated 4Y.

The Mission of Union County Fire Department

The mission of Union County Fire Department is to prevent or minimize loss of life and property due to fire or other emergencies.

Our Motto

“Our Family Protecting Your Family”

Our Motto is a statement and reminder to each Union County Firefighter and to our customers that Union County Fire Department is a Family and as a Family, we will protect other families. 

Our Core Values

  • Faith – We value our faith
  • Family – We value our family at home and our family within the department
  • Honesty – We value honesty for it is a symbol of our profession
  • Integrity – We value doing what is right and good
  • Professionalism – We value our commitment to be professional at all times
  • Compassion/Love – We value the love we have for our families, each other, the department, citizens, and community.


The Vision of Union County Fire Department

The vision of Union County Fire Department is to continuously improve ourselves and our department through appropriate strategic planning; recruiting and developing of personnel; obtaining and utilizing available resources to the highest potential; incorporating fire education and prevention; and by consistently evaluating and responding to the needs of our families, department, community, customers, and stakeholders.





A Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 5:00pm in the Union County Courthouse, 65 Courthouse Street, Blairsville, Georgia.

The purpose of this hearing will be for Union County to provide information and answer questions regarding the proposed revisions of the Union County Code of Ordinances pertaining to Chapter 10, Article III, Section
10-80 addressing Temporary Special Event Licenses for the sale of alcohol, Chapter 38, Article III, Section 38-51 addressing Tattoo and Body Piercing Establishments and the proposed Commercial Firing Range Facilities Ordinance.

Please send your comments via regular mail or to the email address listed on our website at


At the County Meeting scheduled for October 19, 2023 at 6:00pm, Union County Government will be adopting the proposed Ordinance for Cryptocurrency and Data Mining.

The final draft of this Ordinance will be available on the website and hard copies will be available in the Union County Commissioner’s Office and with the Union County Clerk of Superior Court on
Wednesday, September 20, 2023.

The following meetings have been held in relation to this ordinance:

1st Reading – June 15, 2023
Public Hearing – July 20, 2023
2nd Reading – August 22, 2023

When: October 28, 2023 10am - 12noon.
Where: Union County Sports Center (Across from high school)