Our History

Fall Branch Volunteer Fire Department was chartered in May of 1952. The handful of members met at Sampson’s store, and operated with a 1926 Seagrave pumper truck. George Bacon was the first chief officer, followed by Elmer Sampson, Dwight Carr, Jimmy Dawson, Roger Phillips, and current Chief James Dawson.

In April of 1972, there was a reorganization of the fire department and a seven-member Board of Directors was elected. The by-Laws were written to serve as guidelines for the years to come.

In February of 1974, property was purchased and in November of 1975, construction on a fire hall began. We then joined with Gray, Limestone, Sulphur Springs, Embreeville, Jonesborough and Nolichuckey Fire Departments in forming the Washington County Volunteer Fire Department Association to buy equipment and train together.

On August 17, 2006, we held the ground-breaking ceremony for our new fire station. Our new facility is nearly 14,000 total square feet with 7,000 square feet of living space. It is located at 106 Ruritan Road in Fall Branch.

We currently have approximately 35 active firefighters and several members who are our support staff. We have approximately 107 square miles of coverage radius in both Washington and Greene Counties, including 9 miles of Interstate 81. We have 2 engines, 1 tanker, 2 brush units, 1 medical first responder truck, 1 utility/personnel truck, and 1 multi-purpose trailer.

We have several lifetime members. Without their service, dedication, and innovative thinking, especially in the early years, we would not be where we are today. To these members we say thank you:

  • Clifford Carr
  • Jerry Wilson
  • Dwight Carr
  • Jim Dawson
  • Roger Phillips
  • Jerry Chatman
  • Jackie Beard
  • Troy Hood
  • Joe Anderson
  • Todd Fleenor
  • Charlie Williams
  • Gregory Williams
  • Jared Dawson
  • Kenny Whaley
  • Michael Connally

We hope that our history continues to grow and thrive as much as our community has. As we strive to make a difference in our community and surrounding areas, we hope to continue to grow with your help and support!