Cherokee County Fire
& Emergency Services

Special Teams

Hazardous Materials Team - Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services operates one of the most well trained and equipped hazardous materials teams in Georgia. The Hazardous Materials Team is staffed with full time firefighters and supported by volunteers who have received extensive training on a wide range of hazardous materials. The team responds to dozens of hazardous materials incidents across Cherokee County annually and to requests for assistance from other communities all across northern Georgia.

Dive Team - The Cherokee County Fire-Emergency Services Dive Team is made up of volunteers who are specially trained to perform rescue dive missions across Cherokee County and surrounding communities in northern Georgia. The team is equipped with the latest protective equipment, tools, a dive rescue truck and 3 rescue boats.

Search & Rescue Team - The Cherokee County Fire-Emergency Services Search & Rescue Team is made up of very highly trained volunteers who perform search & rescue operations in Cherokee County and areas all across Georgia.

Rope Rescue Team - The Rope Rescue Team performs high angle rescue missions using the latest and most advanced equipment possible. The team is made up of volunteers who receive hundreds of hours of training that enable them to safely complete each assignment.

Honor Guard - Formed in the year 2000, the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Honor Guard is presently composed of 20 county firefighters. The Honor Guard is called upon to perform a variety of functions, including parades, opening ceremonies, and funerals for fallen fire and emergency service personnel. The Honor Guard has appeared at the Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary Celebration in Atlanta and presented the colors at a NASCAR event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The honor guard has also presented the colors during the opening day of baseball for the Atlanta Braves.

Explorers Post #469 - This program is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America and is for males and females between 14 and 21 years of age. The Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Explorers Post was founded with the goal to establish skills, knowledge, and experience for future careers in the fire and emergency services profession by participating in emergency calls and assisting in the community. Members of the Explorers attend monthly meetings at an area fire station for training and provide help within the fire department with trained leaders. For more information regarding the Explorers contact Michael Sims:(phone) 678-644-1377 or by email at You may also visit their Facebook page at

The Chaplain Response Unit - This unit was formed in May of 2007, to assist fire department personnel with the stresses and difficult calls that personnel handle in the fire service. The Chaplain Unit is a Non-Denominational group that is made up of ministers in the county. The team also helps in spiritual guidance, family life, and assist citizens in the county when faced with the unexpected death of a loved one. The team also is a part of the Critical Incident Stress Team for Cherokee County, takes part in The Ghost Out programs with Safe Kids of Cherokee and also has been to other counties in the state to help with fire departments that do not have a Chaplain in their county. When a Chaplain meets with anyone the information is kept confidential between the individual, personnel, and family members and the Chaplain. To contact a Chaplain call dispatch and ask them to page a Chaplain, or email