A: Even though we began as a volunteer department, St. George made the transition to a career fire department during the mid to late 1990's. The District outgrew the capability of part-time and volunteer staff to provide adequate fire and medical services. We employ approximately 178 full-time employees.
A: Obviously, not all fire engines are red. For example, Baton Rouge fire engines are white. St. George's vehicles are painted Lime Yellow, sometimes called Safety Yellow. This color offers greater visibility in low light conditions, such as fog, rain, and nighttime.
Q: How did you get the name "St. George"? ... Are you named after the church?
A: The Department was originally chartered in 1966 as the "Village St. George Volunteer Fire Department and Social Club." So, the original "St. George" was named after the neighborhood off Perkins Road which it was formed to protect and where many of its founders lived. By all accounts, the subdivision was named after the church.
A: The St. George Fire Department is governed by the Board of Commissioners of the St. George Fire Protection District. This is a five member body appointed by the Metro Council. Each Board member's term is for two years. Board members serve without compensation. The Fire Chief works for and reports to the Board of Commissioners. Every other employee of the District works for the Fire Chief.
A: When conducting a fire inspection our Fire Prevention Officers will inspect the tag on the fire extinguisher to assure its inspection history is current. We do not, however, actually inspect or repair fire extinguishers. That service is performed by private firms licensed by the State Fire Marshal. One may be found in the Yellow Pages or online.