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
- 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)