Fire & Rescue

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The Mission of the White House Fire Department is to serve the citizens and businesses of the City of White House by protecting life, property, and the environment from the hazards and dangers of fires, medical emergencies, and disasters through fire prevention, education, and timely incident response.



Welcome to the White House Fire Department, the purpose of this site is to provide an inclusive overview of our department and staff in addition to providing informative and educational information.

Founded in 1980, the department was started as a strictly volunteer organization, and has since grown to a career department with a Fire Chief, Asst. Fire Chief, Fire Inspector, and Administrative Assistant, with 16 full-time firefighters, and 9 part-time firefighters. We have two fire stations that provide multiple services to the citizens and visitors in the 9 square mile area of the City of White House with an estimated population 0f 11,500 residents. Currently, the department’s fleet consist of three engines, one ladder truck, a brush unit, and three support vehicles. The department is organized into a fire operations bureau and a fire prevention bureau that are unified to meet the department’s goals and objectives with an ISO rating of 3.  

Please take the time to view our webpage and the services we provide, if you have any questions I will be happy to answer them.



Joe Palmer


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Chief Joe Palmer is from White House and graduated from White House High School in 1979. He began serving as a volunteer firefighter in 1981 and served in that capacity until 1989. At which time the City of White House Fire Department became a combination fire department and hiredtheir first three full-time firefighters. In 1997 he was appointed training officer of the department. In August 1999 he was appointed as fire chief. He is a state certified fire officer, fire inspector, firefighter, fire instructor, and medical first responder. Chief Palmer is a member of the Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association and the Tennessee Fire Safety Inspectors Association.