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Alachua County Fire Rescue

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Chief Harold M. Theus


Welcome to the Alachua County Fire Rescue website. Please take the opportunity to scan through our various pages to learn more about what we do and the faces of our organization.

Alachua County Fire Rescue (ACFR) serves the citizens and visitors throughout 963 square miles of Alachua County by way of direct and indirect contract services. Emergency Medical Service Transport is handled exclusively through ACFR’s (13) thirteen Advanced Life Support (ALS) Rescue Units that operate 24 hour a day, 365 days a year. Additionally, ACFR operates (5) five ALS Peak Load Rescue Units that are on duty each day during the highest demand for responses.  Together, these rescue units respond to over 42,000 requests for services annually. Our fire service delivery system is very effective but can be complicated to understand. ACFR has partnership contracts with various municipality and non-municipality fire departments for fire response. We also provide direct services in unincorporated areas as well as the cities of Alachua, Archer, Hawthorne, and Waldo. ACFR fire units (all ALS) respond to over 15,000 requests for services annually.

The mission of Alachua County Fire Rescue is very clear:

Public Servants dedicated to enhancing and caring for the lives of those in our community through preparedness and an immediate response to any and all of life’s’ emergencies.

The men and women wearing the ACFR badge take our mission statement to heart. We continually strive to be a diverse group of individuals who are “whatever it takes” public servants, the citizens and visitors of our community are our customers and we train diligently to make sure we are prepared for all emergencies. Our goal is to provide superior customer service every time.

I hope that that this website offers you the information you are seeking but if you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.



Thank you,​ 


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    Alachua County
  • Fire Rescue
  • PO Box 5038 
  • Gainesville, FL 32627-5038
  • Office Phone: (352)-384-3101
If you are interested in a   career with Alachua   County Fire Rescue,  please visit the Alachua County Human Resources  page for additional information.
We are proud to serve the citizens of Alachua County and our guests. If you are looking for information about a fire or EMS related program or topic and have been unable to locate it on our site, please email and we will see if it can be included.

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