Though the area was settled in the early 1830s, the City of Woodstock was not established until 1897. The early settlers probably used bucket brigades as a means of fire protection. Records indicate an organized volunteer fire department was established in 1947. The department was located in the train depot at the corner of East Main Street and Arnold Mill Road. Volunteers were notified of a call by sirens that were located on opposite sides of the depot.
Through the 1950s and on into the 1970s the department remained volunteer based. It wasn’t until the mid 1970s that the department received its first turnout gear. This gear was a gift from neighboring Cobb County. Woodstock and its Fire Department grew slowly until the completion of I-575 just west of the city. The economic growth brought about by the interstate prompted the city to begin hiring its first paid firefighters. The Fire Department also moved from the train depot to a metal structure on Arnold Mill Road. By 1986, the Fire Department had six paid fulltime firefighters and two engines. The department ran 300 calls in 1986. The city hired David Ray in 1987 to be the first paid chief.
We are always striving to increase the safety and well being of our citizens with activities like hydrant testing, preplans, training, and accurate record-keeping. These activities directly affect our ISO rating. The Fire Department achieved an ISO rating of 1 effective April 1, 2015. We work hard to maintain the highest rating possible year to year.