Special Operations

Hazardous Materials Unit

This unit is Forsyth County’s first line of defense to the potential ravages of hazardous materials. The unit responds from Fire Station 2 and operates with a full complement of hazardous materials response tools and equipment. These include a fully equipped hazardous materials truck and a decontamination trailer. Fire personnel at Station 2 are registered as hazardous materials technicians and can respond to and mitigate most any hazardous materials incident.

Wildland/Urban Interface Unit

This unit responds out of Fire Station 5 and is responsible for combating wildland and brush fires and incidents where wildland meets urban housing. The unit responds with a specially designed brush truck and has two other brush trucks available in the county for response as needed.

Swift Water Rescue Unit

This unit responds out of Fire Station 15 and is responsible for rescues involving victims trapped in swiftly moving waters. Primary responses of this unit involve the Chattahoochee River south of Buford Dam and fishermen or boaters stranded in the quickly rising waters. In 2010, a grant was received from Fireman’s Fund Insurance to help fund a new shallow water running swift water rescue boat. Delivery of the vessel was taken in 2011.

Dive Unit

This unit responds out of Fire Station 15 and is responsible for rescue and recovery involving deep water. The personnel are highly trained in safely searching for and recovering victims of drownings, and they often assist law enforcement in the recovery of vehicles from Lake Lanier and surrounding bodies of water. The unit responds with a fully equipped dive van.

Technical Rescue Unit

This unit responds to highly specialized and detailed rescues involving any number of incidents. The personnel respond out of Fire Station 12 with a heavy rescue vehicle and a technical rescue truck and trailer combination unit. The unit responds to, and rescues victims from, building collapses, trench collapses, high-angle incidents, confined spaces and many other unusual and dangerous situations.

Honor Guard

This unit is responsible for honoring fallen public safety professionals and military veterans. Training and services provided are done on a voluntary basis by members of the Fire Department. The Honor Guard responds to many service requests for funerals, flag presentations and parades each year. It is also selected annually to participate in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial Weekend at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

C.A.R.S. (Children Are Riding Safely)

This unit is the division of the fire department that is tasked with providing the public the proper training and expertise to ensure that the children of the community are properly protected while in motor vehicles. The members of this division voluntarily attain the designation of Child Safety Seat Technician and offer free car seat inspections and installation instruction.  The CARS program is a component of the public education division.

Contact Us

 Address: 3520 Settingdown Rd
Cumming, GA 30028
 Phone: (770) 781-2180
 Fax: (770) 781-2194
 Email: Contact Us

Our Mission

The Forsyth County Fire Department protects life, property, and the environment from the ravages of fire and all other emergencies, both natural and man made, and provides citizens and visitors with emergency medical pre-hospital care in a highly effective manner with the best trained personnel possible.