Welcome to the Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department web site. This site is designed to provide you with information about the department, fire prevention activities, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, ISO rating, and our kid’s corner. We welcome all e-mailed comments or questions. Thanks for visiting! The Department serves about 30,000 people, and over 9500 homes, businesses, churches and schools in a 30 square mile service territory in the areas of Hixson, Soddy-Daisy, Lakesite, Middle Valley, Hidden Harbor, Stonewall Farms, Dallas Bay and Falling Water. The Department provides emergency protection and services from the Chattanooga City limit on the south, to Sequoyah Access Road on the north, east to the Tennessee River and west to the Soddy-Daisy City Limit. The Department also has one of two regional fire/rescue boats that are responsible for responding in Homeland Security District 3 in Tennessee which includes Hamilton and 9 surrounding counties.
The Department has 60+ trained fire and medical volunteers on call at all times that respond to from three stations located in the district. Except for the Chief, none of the members or staff of the department is paid, and none receive an allowance for routine expenses. Members use their own vehicles at their expense to respond to the stations, answer calls and participate in training and other department activities such as Station and vehicle/equipment maintenance.
- In 2015, your Department spent over 787.5 man-hours responding to both emergency and non emergency calls.
- 1107 calls were for first responder emergency medical services
- 130 calls were for various types of fires.
- 474 calls were for a variety of other situations, both emergency and non-emergency, e.g. citizen assists, wires down, spills, gas leaks, water rescues, and automatic fire alarms.
- The average response time for all calls in our service area was 4 minutes and 28 seconds. Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department receives a small operational allotment from Hamilton County, but the bulk of the operational budget comes our community. We find it necessary to respectfully ask for a tax deductible (501.C.3) payment of $70 per year or $35 twice a year (March and September).
Your tax deductible payment is used for:
o Capital expenditures for property and equipment; operational expenditures for maintenance and fuel.
o Utilities and supplies for the three fire stations and emergency medical supplies.
o Equipment and personal protective gear for fire fighters and rescue personnel. It costs almost $8,000 to completely outfit a firefighter.
o Insurance for vehicles, stations, personnel and equipment.
o Training and community fire prevention education
Thank you for your support as we continue to provide the excellent care and service you deserve.
On a Special Note:
We have an ISO-3 rating that puts our department in the top 1% of paid and volunteer fire departments in Tennessee and in the top 5% in the United States.