Always wear your life jacket and practice boating safety. For specific information and education resources on boating safety in Tennessee, please visit Boating in Tennessee from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
All boats, including canoes and kayaks, must be equipped with one wearable Personal Flotation Device (life jacket) for each person on board or for each person being towed on water skis, etc. More information is available on the State of Tennessee website.
The Nashville Fire Department uses fire boats and rapid response rescue boats to provide essential emergency assistance, for the residents and visitors of Davidson County using waterways for recreational enjoyment, means of commuting and/or commerce.
The Mission of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is to preserve, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors.
If you are on a waterway in Davidson County and have a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you are on a waterway in Davidson County and are experiencing something that requires urgency without emergency, please call the non-emergency line at 615-862-8600.
Generally, we do not offer a towing service. There are several liability issues that prevent us from towing boats. However, we will always do a welfare check on a disabled boat to ensure there is no medical emergency and get you in contact with one of the towing companies on the lake.
Marine Operations responds to residents and visitors of Davidson County who have an emergency while on a waterway. All our personnel are Emergency Medical Technicians and can assist with medical emergencies until we are able to get patients to the nearest dock. Once on shore we can have ambulances and other apparatus waiting to further assist the patient.
Complete the permit payment refund form and submit per the instructions.
Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction. See more details on our Open-Flame Grills on Balconies page.
Metro residents can bring all kinds of unused or expired pharmaceuticals or over-the-counter medications to any Metro Police Precinct or Police Headquarters.
For customer questions regarding bills:
Please contact our Billing Service at 615-622-9354 or 1-866-850-1453.
If further assistance is needed after contacting our Billing Service, please contact NFD-EMS Customer Service Department at 615-862-5367 or email us at [email protected]
Anyone can submit a set of plans to the Codes Department for review. Permits can be obtained without a licensed contractor, if the project does not exceed $25,000.
The Fire Marshal’s office is involved for the purposes of determining fire-flow for firefighting purposes, Fire Department access and fire hydrant locations. This requirement is found in Appendix B, Table B105.1 of the International Fire Code. There is a specific requirement for amount of water required for houses of certain square footages. These requirements are based on construction type and square footages only. This requirement is separate from the requirements for a specific occupancy.
Plans need to be as detailed as possible. Show exit doors and life safety features (exit signs, emergency lighting, alarm devices, etc.) as well as stairwells and other levels.
No. The sprinkler shop drawings will be reviewed separately by the Sprinkler Review Section of the Fire Marshal’s office. We do not hold you up getting your permit. We put in our review, when and if, it is “required” to be sprinkled.
The Fire Marshal’s office has water flow requirements for commercial construction. These requirements are specifically for calculating water for fire flow requirements. The requirement comes from the International Fire Code, Table B105.1. There are additional requirements per the occupancy. If there is a more stringent requirement from another Code, the more stringent requirement stands.
When you make an application at the Codes Department, Building Codes requires 2 sets of plans. The Fire Marshal’s office requires one paper set and one disc in PDF format.
Section 16.28.010 of the Metro Code of Laws specifies that, "It shall be the duty of every person desiring to construct, alter, repair, enlarge, move or demolish any building or structure or part thereof or any appurtenances connected or attached thereto... to first make application to the Director of Codes and Building Safety and obtain the required permits.
We see customers from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This allows the reviewer’s time to finish paperwork for the day.
The Nashville Fire Department is funded by property taxes and does not conduct fund-raising activities.
Nashville Fire Department Emergency Medical Services utilizes our Firefighters as first responders. All of our fire fighters are EMTs and/or Paramedics. Within Davidson County there is not any coordinated program for emergency medical response. We suggest that you contact some of the fire departments outside of Nashville / Davidson County as they may likely use EMR Certifications in their system. (Surrounding counties are Wilson, Williamson, Rutherford, Robertson, Sumner, and Cheatham)
Fire hydrants are the property of Metro Water Services. Please contact them at 615-862-4600.
To obtain a tent or propane permit, please visit the Fire Marshal's Office at 615-862-5230.
To learn CPR please visit the American Red Cross or American Heart Association.
You can get your blood pressure checked at any fire station.
To obtain a free smoke alarm please contact Fire Department Headquarters at 615-862-5421.
To find out what events are scheduled please visit our News and Events page.
Please visit our Contact page to reach a department in the Nashville Fire Department.
There are requirements for specific occupancies (apartments, hospitals, etc.). We have adopted appendix B of the IFC which involves “Fire Flow Requirements for Buildings”, Table B105.1. These requirements are based on construction type and square footages only. This requirement is separate from the requirements for the specific occupancy. This requirement is to insure there is adequate water flow in the event of a fire.
No. The fire department does not allow private parties or functions to be held at our fire stations. If you have further questions contact Public Information Officer Joseph Pleasant at 615-880-2011. You can also email him at [email protected]
Metro Health Department issues permits for organization bonfires and construction site Air Curtain Systems via the Air Pollution Control Office. Additional approval once that permission is granted comes from the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Air Pollution Control: 615-340-5653
Fire Marshal’s Office: 615-862-5230
Yes. The Permit Issuance Department will require a stamped, approved set of drawings from the Fire Marshal’s Office to get a fire alarm permit. Plans Review will require to you make application and get an application number to be provided on these plans. You can make the application online or in person.
Fire Fighter I (FF 1) and Fire Fighter II (FF 2) certification and reciprocity is accomplished through the State of Tennessee.
Backyard fire pits are legal in Nashville with certain restrictions. See our Backyard Fire Pits page for full details.
The Nashville Fire Department operates under the 2012 International Fire Code with Local Amendments and the 2012 Life Safety Code with Local Amendments.
Please see our Fire Department Code Editions page for full details.
To schedule a education program or fire station tour please contact the Public Education department at 615-862-5230.
Yes, check our Fire Station Locations page. You can also use our interactive mapping tool to find nearest fire stations and fire hydrants to any address in Davidson County.
To obtain a patient report, please contact Emergency Management Services Billing at 615-862-5367.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is the only entity authorized to check the installation of child restraint devices.
To schedule a fire truck or ambulance for a public safety function or an Nashville Fire Department Guest Speaker, please email Community Risk Reduction at [email protected] For full details of the request and restrictions, please visit the Fire Truck or Ambulance Request page.
All fire engines carry emergency medical technicians and/or paramedics, and they are medically trained first responders.
Paramedic/EMT certification and reciprocity is accomplished through the State of Tennessee.
Yes, you will get billed for EMS transport services, please contact the EMS Billing office at 615-862-5367 for more information.
To obtain a fire and/or inspection report please email [email protected]
Unfortunately, the Nashville Fire Department does not give away or sell patches.
The current qualifications to become firefighter or Emergency Medical Technician is to have a High School Diploma and valid Tennessee Drivers License.
Currently we do not have a volunteer program.
The Nashville Fire Department does not fill swimming pools. We suggest that you contact Water Services at 615-862-4600. If your pool is located near a hydrant you may rent a meter to use the hydrant to fill your pool.
We do not, for liability reasons, allow ride-alongs unless you are in a program with an agreement with us.
The Nashville Fire Department does not sell any polo or t-shirts.
To apply for the Nashville Fire Department, please visit the Metro Nashville Government Employment Opportunities page.
Residents in Metro Nashville's Urban and General Services Districts have their brush and yard waste collected four times a year on a rotation schedule along 12 routes. Public Works also offers free brush disposal at certain locations. See the Public Works website for details on these programs.