Fire Department


Macon-Bibb County Fire Department
1191 First St.
Macon, GA 31201

P: (478) 751-9180

F: (478) 751-9137

Mission Statement:

To protect life and property from fire and other peril, To give our customers maximum value for their investment, and To contribute as much as possible to the welfare and well being of our community in the process.

General Information:

  1. Service Area — 266 square miles (Macon 56 square miles)
  2. Population – 156,462
  3. FY2013 Budget Amount — $23,600,000
  4. 426 Personnel Employed
  5. 20 Fire Stations

The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department has accomplished much in the past 125 years, but with progressive leaders, brave personnel and supportive citizens, the next 100 years will be even better.

We train harder that we may serve better and it is with dedication we serve! 

Responsible for orientation and training of new personnel as well as continuing education and training for line personnel.

Training consist of:

  • New personnel go through 12 weeks of training (480 hours) in which they become certified First Responders and Georgia State certified firefighters.
  • Hands-on training in several rescue techniques, such as: High Angle Rescue, Confined Space, Vehicle Extrication and AED Certification.
  • Coordinate the burning of depilated housing.
  • Conduct Emergency Medical Technical (EMT) training classes.
  • Conduct Defensive Driving in conjunction with Central Georgia Technical College (CGTC)
  • Coordinate activities of the USAR Team (Urban Search & Rescue)
  • Maintain all ISO records.
  • Coordinate Smoke Detector Grants and programs in conjunction with Georgia Division of Public Health.
  • Coordinate community CPR through classes held in conjunction with American Red Cross.

Our Fire Safety Education Program is an instrument in educating all members of our community in the
importance of fire safety. Our Fire Safety Officer
is responsible for programs in the community such
as: Smoke Detector and Community Education
Program which includes visiting local Personal Care Homes, Nursing Homes and Housing Authority residents to teach and promote fire safety.

The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department provides full-time, paid, professional fire protection and educational services for the City of Macon and Bibb County. This department has earned the rating of “Class 1” in the City of Macon and a“Class 3” rating in Bibb County by the Insurance Services Organization (I.S.O.). There are less than 50 fire departments with this rating in the nation. This rating allows for very low homeowner insurance premiums for city and county residents.

This department is earnestly working with public and private partnerships to raise funds to purchase Thermal Imaging Cameras. This device is the latest in search and rescue technology and has saved hundreds of lives since implemented in the fire service.

The main purpose of this division is to save lives and property through education and prevention. Through this division, Fire Inspectors enforce codes that relate to life and fire safety. Macon and Bibb County has adopted the standard fire prevention codes of the Southern Building Code Congress International, and all local codes which reference the NFPA standards and ordinances.

The bureau’s responsibilities are to:

  • Inspect all businesses at least once per year, enforcing all codes.
  • Check all gasoline and L.P. gas tank installations.
  • Check all new business license applications.
  • Make chimney inspections and recommendations.
  • Check all new construction plans for water supply, access and other important information.
  • Hold fire drills and fire safety programs throughout the county — schools, hospitals, etc.
  • Answer complaints in reference to lots, vacant houses, etc.
  • Make voluntary home inspections upon request.
  • Work closely with other enforcement agencies throughout the city and county.
  • Set occupant loads in all public place of assembly.
  • Set up fire brigades in industry and health care facilities, and hold fire evacuation programs.
  • Work closely with architects and engineers in relation to building construction and water supply.
  • Attend community meetings with clubs, groups, etc., that are concerned with fire safety. Issue permits for burning, blasting and fireworks.

The Fire Suppression Division is responsible for responding to emergency fire calls, rescue calls and Hazardous Material calls. Our Fire Suppression Division receives and responds to an average of 13,000 calls per year. This division is comprised of 19 fire stations with 373 sworn firefighting personnel, which are divided into two districts and shifts. The districts are lead by highly trained and experienced officers. Our firefighting personnel are certified as First Responders, including over 150 certified EMTs and Paramedics. We also have certified Hazardous Material Technicians, Scuba Divers and Aircraft Fire/Rescue personnel. We are the hub for the Georgia Search & Rescue Team (GSAR)

Below is a list of all of our fire stations.

Fire Station #1
195 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31201

Fire Station #2
491 Monroe Street
Macon, Georgia 31201

Fire Station #3
4065 Forsyth Road
Macon, Georgia 31210

Fire Station #5
2285 Second Street
Macon, Georgia 31201

Fire Station #6
525 Pio Nono Avenue
Macon, Georgia 31204

Fire Station #7
1111 Rocky Creek Road
Macon, Georgia 31206

Fire Station #8
3611 Mercer University Drive
Macon, Georgia 31204

Fire Station #9
2303 Shurling Drive
Macon, Georgia 31211

Fire Station #10/Headquarters
800 Oglethorpe Street
Macon, Georgia 31201

Fire Station #11
3020 Riverside Drive
Macon, Georgia 31204

Fire Station #12
5565 Bloomfield Road
Macon, Georgia 31206

Fire Station #101
2302 Weaver Road
Macon, Georgia 31217

Fire Station #102
Macon Municipal Airport
Macon, Georgia 31297

Fire Station #103
5077 Northside Drive
Macon, Georgia 31210

Fire Station #104
5898 Mount Pleasant Church Road
Macon, Georgia 31206

Fire Station #105
8456 Eisenhower Parkway
Lizella, Georgia 31052

Fire Station # 106
7099 Price Road
Macon, Georgia 31210

Fire Station # 107
3410 Jones Road
Macon, Georgia 31206

Fire Station # 108
7100 Peake Road North
Macon, Georgia 31220

Fire Station # 109
5264 New Forsyth Road
Macon, Georgia 31210

Macon-Bibb County Fire Chief


Marvin Riggins

Chief Marvin Riggins, named Fire Chief for the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department, began his career with the department in 1979, rising through the ranks as a Private, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Chief of Training. In June 2000, he was appointed Assistant Fire Chief, and in April 2008, he was appointed Fire Chief by Mayor Robert Reichert.

Chief Riggins’ professional goal is to ensure the citizens of Macon-Bibb County continue to enjoy the absolute best in fire and emergency services protection. His personal goal is to be a blessing to his family, and community. During his career, Chief Riggins has been recognized numerous times, including being named Firefighter of the Year three times and receiving the Macon Optimist Community Service Award, the Shields Club Award, Paramedic of the Year Award, and the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs President Award.

A member of “Who’s Who in Leadership of America,” Chief Riggins volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Georgia and at the Booker T. Washington Center. He is a longtime advocate and now Board Member of the American Cancer Society of Central Georgia and Board Member of United Way of Central Georgia. He is also a member of the Epsilon Beta Lambda Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Chapter of Macon, Georgia.

Chief Riggins is a graduate of Central Georgia Technical College (Paramedic Technology), Macon State College (Public Management), and Georgia College and State University (Political Science). He also earned his Master’s Degree in Governmental Public Administration from Georgia College and State University.

Chief Riggins was born in Macon, Georgia, March 1961, and is a proud graduate of Twiggs County High School Class of 1979. He is married to the former Gloria Ann Stephens; they have a daughter, 20-year-old Keenya Monique. They are faithful members of the Union Baptist Church of Macon.