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In 1908, the City of Winder was experiencing tremendous growth in the manufacturing business. At that time, there were 34 automobiles in Winder making it the auto center of Northeast Georgia.

Because of its growth, the city's volunteer fire department was organized with C.M.Ferguson as the first fire chief.

There were four companies with eight firefighters from each ward.    Firefighting  equipment was listed as four hose wagons and one hook and ladder outfit. There were a total of 36 firefighters. A large bell mounted on a high scaffold near the center of town beside the Gainesville  Midland tracks was rung to call volunteers to duty. In 1923, the first motorized fire truck was purchased by the city.

In 1979, the department consisted of 22 volunteer firefighters, three full-time employees, one fire station and six pieces of motorized equipment.

Today, the department has 35 full-time personnel (30 suppression firefighters and 5 administrative staff).

Equipment consist of three (3) pumpers, one (1) ladder truck, two (2) rescue trucks, seven(7) support vehicles, one (1) rescue boat, and one (1) air trailer. This equipment is housed in the city's two (2) fire stations.

The department has a Class 2 ISO Rating.


Fire Chiefs 1908 - Present

1908-1936      C.M. Ferguson

1936-1947       L.J. Lanthier

1947-1976       L.W Lanthier

1976-1980       Monroe Wise

1980-1987      John Etheridge

1987-1992      Timothy Szymanski

1992-2011       Raymond J. Mattison

2011--Present   Matthew Whiting


Major Fires

  • 1938    Winder City School
  • 1972    Winder Barrow High School
  • 1977    Maxwell's Store
  • 1985    Rick's Home Furnishings 
  • 1996    John Rich Pentecost American Legion Post 53
  • 2012    Candler Street Church (Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit)


 patch 2014