The first organized volunteer fire department in Annapolis was formed on February 25, 1839 when the Maryland General Assembly authorized the formation of the Independent Fire Company which operated until it was disbanded (1861-1865) during the Civil War. The Company was reformed in 1884 as the Independent Fire Company #2. The second fire company, Rescue Hose Company #1 organized in 1879 and the third, Water Witch Hook & Ladder Company was formed in 1885. Meanwhile on the outskirts of town the Eastport Volunteer Fire Company formed in 1886 and in 1911, the West Annapolis Fire & Improvement Company was established on the west side of the City. The West Annapolis Volunteer Fire Department would eventually relocate to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department in 1973. In 1986, the Rescue Hose, Independent and Water Witch Hook & Ladder stations were combined in the newly constructed Taylor Avenue Fire Station.
The Department’s first career fire chief; Chief Charles H. Steele (1964-1987) oversaw the progression of the career fire service in Annapolis and is credited with laying the foundation of the modern day Annapolis Fire Department. The Department continues to evolve to meet the challenges and needs of our citizens and the many tourists that visit Annapolis annually. Today, our 127 member Department serves the 38,400 residents of the City with three fire stations (Eastport, Forest Drive and Taylor Ave) operating two engine companies, one medic-engine company, one rescue squad, two truck companies, two transport paramedic units , two transport BLS units, and one 36 foot Fire Boat.
The Department operates a Hazardous Materials Unit and Decon Unit. The Fire Marshal’s Office provides Fire & Explosive Investigation services, public education and fire safety inspections. In 2010, the City’s Office of Emergency Management was placed under the command of the Annapolis Fire Department.
I hope that you enjoy your visit to our website. I am honored to serve as the 5th career Chief of the Annapolis Fire Department and I extend you an invitation to come back and visit our website often.
David L. Stokes, Sr., Fire Chief
Emergency Medical Services
The Annapolis Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division exists to provide emergency and non-emergent health care, rescue and related services to the citizens and visitors of the City of Annapolis, and to provide medical transportation to the appropriate health care facility.
The Annapolis Fire Department exists to provide a safe environment for the community by minimizing the impact of fire, disaster, hazardous conditions, illness and injury through information, public education, quality service and efficient utilization of resources.
The Annapolis Fire Department has developed a broad based public education program directed toward the department's mission. The program consists of school visits, Juvenile Fire Setter Intervention programs, fire station tours, community events, displays and demonstrations.
Becoming a fire fighter / paramedic can be extremely competitive. The recruitment team of the Annapolis Fire Department will help guide you through this process.
Safety Tips: Home & Business
The safety of your home or business is paramount to the Annapolis Fire Department. Please review these safety tips.