The Fire Suppression Division is staffed by 29 firefighters. The Fire Suppression Division provides fire suppression, rescue services, and fire inspections to the citizens and visitors of Knoxville. Knoxville Firefighters responded to over 2,429 calls for service in 2021.
Through a series of mutual-aid agreements, the Knoxville Fire Department assists neighboring communities with emergencies and training. A typical member of the Knoxville Fire Department will participate in 20 hours of training per month. Knoxville Fire Department members participate in both the EMS Division and Fire Division.
The Fire Suppression Division is led by Battalion Chief Trenton Bacus and Lieutenant Mike Merrill. The Fire Suppression Division staff are constantly reviewing state of the art techniques to improve fire protection for the citizens of Knoxville.