100 Blackjack Rd. Argo, AL 35173

Notice of Change To Burn Permits

Effective immediately, burn permits will no longer be issued online due to the way the State of Alabama requirements rules concerning open burning are complied with. The State of Alabama requires all open burns to be inspected prior to burning. Any request for permits must be done by calling Station 1 during normal business hours(8am-4pm) at 205-352-2109. A representative from the department will come out to inspect what and where the burn will take place. Please read the following ordinance and rules to be followed during open burning:

The following are permitted within the corporate city limits of the City of Argo upon obtaining a written permit from the Argo Fire Department.

1. Fires for recreational or ceremonial purposes. Any person or organization to set fire for recreational or ceremonial shall provide written notification to the Argo Fire Department no later than three (3) working days prior to event.

2. Fires for disposing of vegetation, subject to the following conditions. Any person or organization desiring to conduct an open burn to dispose of vegetation must obtain a written authorization and/or permits required for such activities from the Argo Fire Department no later than three (3) working days prior to the planned open burn. Permits for this activity shall not issue unless the following conditions are met:

a. The location of the burning must be at least one hundred fifty (150) feet from the nearest public road/highway; at least five hundred (500) feet from the nearest residence or business not on the property on which the burning is being conducted, and at least one thousand five hundred feet (1500) from any school, daycare, healthcare facility, park, athletic field, recreational area, church or other community activity/gathering center.

b. All materials to be burned shall be dry and in all respects be in a state to sustain good combustion. The amount of dirt in the materials to be burned shall be minimal.

c. Adequate water and / or other fire control equipment shall remain on site and the fire must be monitored by an adult (21 years or older) until the fire is properly and completely extenguished.

d. Asphaltic materials, rubber, plastic, tires, demolition or construction waste, or any material other than vegetation shall not be burned.

e. Only vegetation from the authorized clearing site shall be burned. Materials shall not be imported from other sites.

f. No fire shall be started or combustible material added to the fire except during the period from 8:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

g. The authorization / permit may be revoked at any time by the Argo Fire Department if any of the conditions of the authorization / permit are violated, or if the burning at any times is deemed to create, or has the potential to create, a public health nuisance.

Argo Breast Cancer ProjectJoin the Argo Fire Department as we come together to fight against breast cancer, and support awareness through the Pink Ribbon Project.  For the first 2 weeks of October our firefighters will be wearing breast cancer awareness t-shirts as an effort to show support for the fight against breast cancer.  On October 1st,we will also have a limited amount of the t-shirts for sale to the public on a first come first serve basis.The shirts will cost $15 for a Short sleeved shirt, and $20 for a Long sleeved shirt, with all proceeds going toward Breast Cancer research and awareness. If you would like to help us fight breast cancer by purchasing a shirt please contact us at 205-352-2109.

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The holiday season is rapidly approaching and with this fun and exciting time comes a few safety concerns. Here are the top 10 causes of residential structure fires:


1. Cooking Equipment

2. Heating Equipment

3. Careless Smoking

4. Electrical Equipment

5. Candles

6. Children playing with fire

7. Inadequate electrical wiring

8. Flammable liquids

9. Christmas Trees / decorations

10. Barbeques


Read more: Safety Tips


History and Location


The Argo Fire department was started in 1987 when a group of local leaders came together and provided a solution to the need of fire protection to the rapidly growing unincorporated area between Trussville and Springville. At first the fire department was a completely volunteer department, and relied on the selfless acts of the members to respond to emergency calls in the area. These members gave up countless hours of their lives to make sure that the people who lived in the area had fire protection, and emergency medical service. One of the first orders of business for the newly formed fire department was finding and purchasing a fire engine. Through a massive fundraising effort a used 1967 Seagrave pumper was purchased, and became the department’s first vehicle. Now a station was needed, so through a lot of hard work the volunteers were able to secure a building near the area where the drive in is now located to use as a temporary station. Over the next few years the fire department quickly grew in size and helped spearhead an effort to incorporate the area of Argo into the Town of Argo. The fire department continued to grow and was funded by holding several fundraisers, including Barbeques, Pancake Breakfasts,   In 1998 under fire chief John Songer Argo Fire Dept hired it’s first employee, a part-time firefighter, and soon after that 2 additional part-time firefighters were hired, so that one firefighter would be on duty Monday through Friday, from 8am-4pm. With the growth of the town and through various grants manpower was slowly increased to help with the volunteers. Currently Argo Fire Department is staffed with a minimum of 2 certified firefighters each day and is able to provide fire service and Advanced Life Support medical service 24 hours a day 7 days a week.





Sunday, 19 August 2018

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