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State Recognition

Reference Number: MTAS-240
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: November 09, 2016
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State Recognition and Local Approval Required
T.C.A. §§ 68-102-301, et seq., require state recognition before a firefighting organization may operate or raise funds as a fire department. The state fire marshal enforces this law and sets standards and qualifications for becoming and remaining a fire department. Certificates of recognition are valid for three years, after which the fire department must apply for a renewal. T.C.A. § 68-102-306 provides that no new fire department may be created or recognized without the approval of the local governing body. Any person violating the law is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine only under T.C.A. § 68-102-307.

The rules for fire department recognition may be found at