Cobb County has a pair of dedicated Heavy Rescue Squads. Squad 7, currently assigned to Station 7 off Hurt Road, services the South-end portion of Cobb County. Squad 16, which is assigned to Station 16 in Kennesaw, serves the North-end of Cobb County. Both Squads are assigned with at least four Technical Rescue Technicians on any given shift, with a Lieutenant serving as the Officer in Charge on Squad 7 and a Captain as the OIC on Squad 16.
Squad technicians are certified in Rope Technician, Confined Space, Building Collapse, Trench Rescue, Swift Water and Helicopter Rescues. Either Squad 4 or Squad 16 responds to every working structure fire in Cobb County. All squad members receive a 5% pay incentive.
The Public Safety Command Unit, which goes by the call sign 900, is assigned to Station 8 and is staffed 365 days a year by a certified firefighter. The Command Unit is dispatched to all working Commercial Building fires, active shooter events, Hazardous Materials events, and any other event an Incident Commander may deem appropriate.
(Located at Station #8)
The Cobb County MedOps is a highly-specialized team composed of paramedics and EMTs who, when called upon by various law enforcement agencies in Cobb County, serve as the tactical medics for hostile events. MedOps serves with the Sheriff’s office, Squad, MCS and more responding agencies and is dispatched to various active shooter events. MedOps is currently assigned to Station 13, in West Cobb County. Paramedic members of the MedOps team receive a 10% pay incentive, while EMT members receive 5%.
(Located at Station #13)
Cobb County is host to a pair of Hazmat teams. Hazmat 22 is assigned to the South-side of the county, while Hazmat 8 is assigned to Station 8 on the North-end of the county. During a large-scale Hazmat incident, the two teams work together. Along with housing the Hazmat 8 truck, Station 8 also houses the Decontamination trailer used for large-scale Hazmat scenes. Members of the Hazmat Teams receive an additional 5% pay incentive.
Cobb County is home to a pair of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) trucks, which are assigned to Kennesaw’s McCollum Airport. Members of Hazmat 8 are assigned to the apparatus on a needed basis. The ARFF trucks have unique radio call signs, being named Tomahawk 1 and Tomahawk 2.
Cobb County ’s first fire investigation unit was formed in conjunction with building inspections under the newly formed Fire Marshal’s Office in 1968. Today, the fire investigation unit consists of (5) full time investigators. The unit investigates on average between 200-250 fires annually.
All investigators are certified fire investigators, firefighters, and peace officers. Investigators are on call 24-hours a day 365 days a year to respond outside of their normal office hours. Cobb Fire Investigators are responsible for investigating all suspicious and non-suspicious fires where a cause cannot readily be determined by on scene personnel. This responsibility also includes fires resulting in injury and/or death.
We also work closely with the Fire Marshal’s Office, Public Fire & Life Safety Education Division and the Juvenile Fire Setter’s Program to identify and eliminate potential life safety hazards. We are active members of the Metro Arson Task Force (ATF), Metro Fire Investigators Association and the Georgia Fire Investigators Association.