Marietta's fire department is staffed with men and women licensed and certified in a variety of areas that include Hazardous Materials Specialists, Air Rescue with FF LoadingCPR Instructors, SWAT Medics, and Specialty Rescue Technicians. The number of highly-qualified individuals who apply for firefighter positions has increased to the point that many departments seek those with college degrees and advanced level of training.
Marietta Firefighters respond to about 12,000 calls for service each year. The calls range from structure fires and emergency medical events to motor vehicle accidents and natural gas leaks. In addition to these widely recognized fire department services, Marietta Firefighters also respond to hazardous materials calls, confined space rescues, high angle rescues, water rescues, suicide attempts, bomb threats, SWAT calls, airplane crashes, trees down on buildings or power lines, and a wide variety of requests for assistance.
When Marietta Firefighters are not answering emergency calls, they train, maintain their equipment and fire houses, perform business inspections and preplan buildings, test hydrants, participate in physical fitness activities, provide fire safety training for schools and city businesses, and attend public events.