Why does a fire truck respond when I call for an ambulance?
There are four fire stations strategically located throughout the city, but only two house ambulances. Therefore, due to travel distances, it is common for a fire engine to be able to reach the emergency before an ambulance. All fire engines and personnel are equipped and trained to provide basic life support services, with some being staffed with paramedics who are capable of providing advanced life support services. By responding to calls for medical emergencies, we are able to ensure that care arrives as soon as possible.
How do I become a Brentwood firefighter?
The Brentwood Fire Department always accepts applications. Approximately once each year we contact all who have submitted applications and invite them to participate in our testing process. This testing involves a written and physical agility test and an interview by a review board. Applicants are placed on an eligibility list based on their score. Vacancies are then filled from this list. Job offers are made contingent on successfully passing a polygraph test, a physical examination by a City physician, and a drug test. For more information, see our Employment page.
What are the minimum qualifications to become a Brentwood firefighter?
Applicants must be at least 19 years old with 60 semester hours with a regionally accredited college or university or 30 semester hours with a regionally accredited college or university and two years of paid experience as a firefighter or EMT/Paramedic.
Does Brentwood Fire & Rescue have a volunteer program?
No, all of our personnel are full-time career.
Does Brentwood Fire & Rescue have an Explorer Program?
No, not at this time.
My doctor told me that I can go to the fire station and get my blood pressure checked. Is this true?
Yes. You can stop by any Brentwood fire station during reasonable hours, and the firefighters will gladly take your blood pressure.
Is outdoor burning allowed in the City of Brentwood?
Outdoor burning is limited as follows:
Lots must be a minimum of three acres
The burn site can be no closer than 300’ from adjoining property with residential dwelling.
Materials that may be burned are limited to materials grown on site. (Tree limbs, leaves, grass clippings, etc.)
Burning is only permitted between 9 AM and 3:30 PM.
Outdoor cooking is not regulated
All open burning other than for cooking requires a permit issued by the fire department.
What is the composition of Brentwood Fire & Rescue?
Currently we have 62 members in four stations. 57 members are divided into three shifts. Each shift works 24 hours and is off for 48 hours. The remaining five members are staff positions that work 8 hour days Monday-Friday.
What is the insurance class rating for the City?
Brentwood has an ISO Classification of 4. This rating is on a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 being no fire protection at all.
I locked my keys in my car; can Fire & Rescue help?
Fire & Rescue normally unlocks cars only when a small child has been accidentally locked inside.
What is the current fire code adopted by the City?
2003 Edition of the Uniform Fire Code (NFPA 1) and all referenced publications.
Can fireworks be sold or used in Brentwood?
No - The code prohibits the sale, storage, distribution, possession and discharge of fireworks within the city limits. Exceptions are shows performed by professionally qualified and insured pyrotechnics operators. A fireworks permit is required. Contact the Fire Department at 615-371-0170 for additional requirements should you choose to use a professional.
How do I schedule a public education event?
Call the Fire Marshal or the department’s Secretary at 615 371-0170 during regular business hours to schedule.
What services are offered by Fire & Rescue other than fire protection?
Public education classes
Citizen’s Fire Academy
What is the Citizens Fire Academy?
The Citizen’s Fire Academy is three month program targeting adults in the Brentwood community. Classes meet on two nights each month and on two Saturdays. Participants will receive an insider’s view of the services provided by the fire department by riding along with the firefighters on spending time with them performing their daily tasks. For more information call the fire department at 615-371-0170 during regular business hours.
Does Brentwood Fire & Rescue ever solicit donations by telephone?
No – Emergency services in Brentwood are funded totally through the city budget and we will never call citizens requesting donations. Some callers may tell you that your contribution will benefit your local department, but they do not.
Can I contribute money to Fire & Rescue?
Any and all donations made to fire & rescue are deposited into the Brentwood Public Safety Trust Fund. This fund serves as a safety net to cover the needs of public safety employees that are not covered by insurance. Examples would include miscellaneous out of pocket expenses for a public safety employee after a fire, flood, tornado, etc. that would be a financial burden but that are not covered by insurance.