Jackson County’s fire protection is provided by both paid and volunteer Fire Departments divided into eleven districts. North Jackson Fire District is governed by an elected Board of Directors who set the budget and mil rate for the district. The Fire Chief is responsible for the operation of the Department.

The North Jackson Fire District covers 37.5 square miles. The Department is made up of men and women from all walks of life. The current company includes farmers, postmen, retirees, bus drivers, civil engineers, airline pilots, etc.

The Fire Department issues gear and provides extensive training to all members. Additional benefits include incentive programs and a state pension plan.

Department History

In 1973 several men in the community saw the need for a fire department in the North Jackson area. These pioneers included Smith Bridges, Claude Pardue, Jerry Fletcher, Frank Davis and others.

This group of men started the North Jackson Fire Department. In the beginning, they operated two engines. Through their dedication and the dedication of all volunteers of the North Jackson Fire Department, the department has grown to the organization that exists today. Funding in the early days was raised by BBQ, ham and egg suppers, a reverse raffle for a Cadillac, and wrestling matches.

Department Equipment

The Department currently has three stations. The stations are located in the local towns of Pendergrass and Talmo, and in the community of Fairview.


The North Jackson Fire Department is an all-volunteer force that has attained an ISO Rating of 3 for area with a county water source. The Department is always happy to help the community by participating in events such as school programs and festivals. Community citizens are encouraged to become volunteer members to help maintain the level of high-quality service that is needed for our growing community. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Department is encouraged to contact any of the officers listed on the contact page to ask questions or obtain information about qualifications for becoming a volunteer firefighter.