Deputy Chief John Gatlin began his employment with the Tallahassee Fire Department in 1989, during which he has held the positions of; firefighter, driver/operator, inspector, investigator, captain and division chief. Chief Gatlin has and continues to serve as a liaison for the Department at both the local and state level. Chief Gatlin holds a bachelor degree in Fire Science and Florida certificates in both firefighting and law enforcement. Chief Gatlin is a Tallahassee native.
The following are the various divisions of the Tallahassee Fire Department. More information on each division can be found linked below.
Fire Suppression and Rescue
The Tallahassee Fire Department responds to nearly 400 structures fires, both commercial and residential, as well as approximately 200 vehicles fires, over 900 brush and rubbish fires, and more than 1100 vehicle rescues annually. As a result of the diversity of emergency calls, personnel must be properly equipped, trained, and at the ready to respond and mitigate any of these emergency situations. Beyond Leon County, the department also provides emergency response via mutual aid to communities in the surrounding area.