Lynn Murphy | Chief

50 Natchez Trace Drive Lexington, TN 38351

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Station Hours: 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week

Phone: (731) 968-4153 For Emergencies: Dial 911

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Henderson County Fire Department was chartered in 1978 and provides fire protection to all of Henderson County outside the city limits of Lexington and Scotts Hill. The department consists of eleven fire stations that are manned by 190 volunteer firefighters. The department has a full-time paid chief, one part-time paid assistant chief, and one part-time paid assistant chief / training officer.

Our protection district covers 550 square miles and has a population of 16,500 people. We have mutual aid agreements with the City of Lexington and Town of Scotts Hill.

All properties outside the city limits of Lexington and Scotts Hill have a classification 6 insurance rating. Due to our low rating, effective prevention program, and suppression capability, Henderson County property owners average saving 3.1 million dollars annually due to the existence of the fire department.

The primary goals of the Fire Department are to protect life and property from fire and educate the public on fire safety and prevention.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our eleven fire stations are manned fully by volunteer firefighters who receive no compensation for their services. The recruitment of new firefighters is an on-going process to ensure we maintain an adequate number of firefighters for the future. We encourage anyone 18 years of age or older who might be interested in serving their community to contact the Chief’s Office, or any firefighter, for a membership application.

We also have a junior firefighter program in place that allows those between 15 to 18 years of age to participate in most department functions such as training, fire prevention programs, and fundraisers.

We need dedicated men and women who are willing to serve their community! Opportunities are available for volunteers of all backgrounds and skill sets. See any of our current volunteers or contact our office if you would like more information or would like an application. We need you! Call or come by today!


Training is our most important department-wide function. As a part of basic training, all new recruit firefighters are required to complete a 64 hour basic firefighting course along with live fire training taught by the state fire academy within the first year of membership. They are also required to complete a basic driving course consisting of eight hours of classroom instruction with a practical driving exam to follow. Then, as a part of our on-going training program, firefighters are required to complete a minimum of four hours monthly training at the fire station. All training is provided by the department and at no cost to the firefighter.

Personal Protective Equipment

During basic training, new recruit firefighters will be issued protective gear consisting of coat, pants, helmet, gloves and hood. Fire service boots are required but must be provided by the firefighter. A voice pager will also be issued to allow the firefighter to receive emergency calls and other announcements such as reminders of training that are sent out through the 911 center.


Although the department receives an annual budget from local government, the budget only covers a portion of our annual operating cost such as the salary of the paid personnel, purchase of equipment such as pagers and protective gear, and maintenance and repair of equipment and apparatus. Other cost such as construction, upkeep, and maintenance of fire stations is covered through donations and fundraisers. The members of each station are responsible for the solicitation of funds from the community in which they protect, to cover any expense the station has.