Recent Calls
Sun. Dec 16th 2018
This evening, we responded to Highway 19E at the railroad overpass for a report of a dog stuck in a hole. We assisted the owner moving dirt and rock and was able to get the dog out without any injuri...
Thu. Apr 19th 2018
Recent Calls for Bluff City VFD

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Sun. Dec 25th 2016
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On November 28, 2016, and December 2nd and 3rd, 2016, members of Bluff City VFD responded to Gatlinburg to assist with wildfires in the area. Departments from all over Sullivan County and East Tennes...
Sat. Feb 27th 2016
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On Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 4:19 pm, Bluff City VFD was dispatched to assist Sullivan County EMS/EMA on a cave rescue at Worley's Cave. On arrival, we were told that a female had fallen in...
News Headlines
Sun. Oct 7th 2018
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On Saturday, October 6,2018, members from Bluff City, East, and Sullivan County VFDs participated in the TN Fire and Codes Academy’s Emergency Vehicle Driving Simulator course. TFACA brought th...
Thu. Apr 19th 2018
In September of 2017, we were notified that we had received a grant for a cascade system to fill our air bottles. The system was ordered in November 2017, and delivered April 5, 2018. The system was...
Wed. Dec 13th 2017
2018 OfficersChiefChad LewisAssistant Chief/ChaplainScott KeyAssistant ChiefBrandon HicksCaptainBill ShorttCaptainShane HicksLieutenantIsaiah KeyLieutenantChucky Black
Fri. Sep 8th 2017
We were notified on Friday, September 8, 2017 that we received an Assistance to Firefighters Grant through FEMA. We have been awarded $47,620 to purchase an SCBA bottle refilling station.
Fri. Apr 21st 2017
The Bluff City Volunteer Fire Department is working with the US Fire Administration to start a community fire prevention program. Currently, we go to the elementary school and day care centers in our...
About Us

 

HISTORY

 

The roots of the Bluff City Volunteer Fire Department can be traced back to 1909, when Mayor E.L. Ryden and the Town’s aldermen appointed M.M. Lipps. W.S. Sproles, and A.J. Bachman to take care of any fires within the corporate limits of Bluff City.

In 1929, an ordinance was passed creating and organizing a Volunteer Fire Department for Bluff City.  The men listed are the original members of the Department and their designated responsibilities:  H.K. Eads (Chief), A.E. Harkleroad (Chief), J.B. Webb (Lieutenant/carry nozzle), L.B. Webb (Captain), H.L. Carrier and E.C. Johnston (Traffic Officers), T.K. Griffith and F. Wiles (carry hose), Jason Mast, Harmon Anderson, Howard Carrier, H.C. Webb, and A.L. Pearce (carry nozzle), and Lovall Jenkins and C.D. Carrier (carry ladder).[1]

 In 1974, after the department responded to a garbage truck fire belonging to Sullivan County, it was recommended by a County Commissioner to approach the Commission and request funding from the County.  The County was funding the other fire departments, but not Bluff City. After meeting with the County Commission, Bluff City started receiving funding and agreed to respond to calls outside the city limits when requested. 

In 1997, the Department re-chartered and separated from the City of Bluff City.  Prior to the split, the City had control of the Department’s finances, and the members felt it would be more efficient if the finances were controlled by the Department instead.  A new charter was written, and sent to the State of Tennessee Legislature for approval.  The Legislature approved the charter. 

Although the Department separated from the City, they are still the primary response agency for Bluff City, and the station is still inside the city limits on Bluff City Highway. 

The Department is still 100% VOLUNTEER today, with 25 members.

 

[1] From the book Scenes from the Bluffs


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