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Check with us for your burn permit!

Banks County Fire and Emergency Services
155 Yonah-Homer Road
Homer, Georgia 30547

(706) 677-1812

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Fire Safety Tip:
Test the alarms monthly.
Replace the batteries at least once every year.
Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.

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The mission of the Banks County Fire and EMS is to provide safe, professional service through education, prevention, emergency services, and community relations.

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Fire Station Locations:
Station 210 4173 Old Highway 441 North Baldwin, GA 706-776-3504
Station 220 3433 Yonah Homer Road, Homer, GA 706-677-4352
Station 230 (Volunteer) 104 West Banks Drive Alto, GA  
Station 240 (Volunteer) 144 HIckory Flat Road Gillsville, GA  
Station 310 181 Industrial Park Blvd. Commerce, GA 706-335-2791
Station 320 (Volunteer) 245 Sims Bridge Road Commerce, GA  
Station 330 (Volunteer) 195 Carson Segars Road, Maysville, GA  
Station 340 (Volunteer) 1679 Hwy 326 Commerce, GA  
Station 410 2348 Damascus Road Baldwin, GA 706-677-2239
Station 420 (Volunteer) 3232 Hwy 63 Homer, GA  
Station 510 (Administration) 155 Yonah Homer Rd Homer, GA 706-677-1812

BURN PERMITS:  Georgia has a burn ban in effect from May 1st through October 1st each year.

A burn permit is required for burning all natural vegetation that is hand piled, including leaves that fell on the premises, vegetative debris, disposal from storm damage, weed abatement, and disease and pest prevention.  It is unlawful to burn man-made materials such as tires, household garbage, and lumber. 
·         Never leave a fire unattended
·         Have a shovel or rake, and a charged water hose nearby
·         If a fire spreads, contact 911 as soon as possible
·         The Fire Department has the authority to extinguish a fire if it is deemed to pose a health or fire hazard 
You may obtain a burn permit by calling: 1-877-OK-2-BURN or at

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:How can I get a fire extinguisher recharged?
A: Residential fire extinguishers are typically not rechargeable unless you purchase the type that is commercially distributed. Should you have the typical multi-purpose residential extinguisher, it should be discarded after use.
Q: How do I get a fire investigation report?
A:  Fire reports issued by the Banks County Fire Department can be obtained at the administrative offices at 155 Yonah-Homer Road, Homer, GA 30547.
Q: When an emergency vehicle is approaching with lights and sirens, what should I do??
A: You should always move to the right…remember, “Move to the right for sirens and lights.”
Q: How do I obtain an Ambulance Transport report?
A: Please call 706-677-1812.  Due to HIPPA laws, only the person transported can receive a copy of the transport report.
Q: How do I receive a statement or invoice if I was transported by Banks County Fire & EMS?
A:  Call 706-677-1812.  Please have your name, date of birth, as well as the date of transport.  We will place a invoice in the mail.

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Dialing 911 

In an emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately from any wired or wireless phone.

An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance. Examples include:
A fire
A crime, especially if in progress
A car crash, especially if someone is injured
A medical emergency, such as someone who is unconscious, gasping for air or not breathing, experiencing an allergic reaction, having chest pain, having uncontrollable bleeding, or any other symptoms that require immediate medical attention

Important: If you’re not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, officials recommend calling 911 and letting the call-taker determine whether you need emergency help.

When you call 911, be prepared to answer the call-taker’s questions, which may include:
The location of the emergency, including the street address
The phone number you are calling from
The nature of the emergency
Details about the emergency, such as a physical description of a person who may have committed a crime, a description of any fire that may be burning, or a description of injuries or symptoms being experienced by a person having a medical emergency

Remember, the call-taker’s questions are important to get the right kind of help to you quickly.

Be prepared to follow any instructions the call-taker gives you. Many 911 centers can tell you exactly what to do to help in an emergency until help arrives, such as providing step-by-step instructions to aid someone who is choking or needs first aid or CPR.

Finally, do not hang up until the call-taker instructs you to.

If you dial 911 by mistake, or if a child in your home dials 911 when no emergency exists, do not hang up—that could make 911 officials think that an emergency exists, and possibly send responders to your location. Instead, simply explain to the call-taker what happened.

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