Pikeville Volunteer
Fire Department

Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department

Our Mission

Our mission is to protect lives, property, and the environment while serving our community with courage, commitment, and compassion.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be a progressive organization that leads the community in public safety – the service we provide will be of the highest quality afforded to the citizens.

Fire Department Station

The Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) responded to about 124 calls for emergency service in 2022, providing both fire and emergency medical services to our citizens.  PVFD personnel also provided emergency medical services to the citizens outside the Pikeville City limits, along with mutual aid fire protection to our neighboring departments.  The Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department is an active member of two Mutual Aid Organizations. When requested by another county fire department, Pikeville Fire responds to any emergency scene in Bledsoe County through the Bledsoe County Fire Mutual Aid Association. In addition, the Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department is a member of the Sequatchie Valley Mutual Aid Association composed of 10 other Cities stretching all the way to South Pittsburg. As a member of both organizations, the department can either request aid or send aid in the form of apparatus, equipment, and manpower depending on the need and severity of the emergency.

In the Pikeville Fire Department’s 64-year history, it has only had eight fire chiefs to date. The department’s first fire chief was Sam H. Brown, followed by John T. Therrell, Alfred Holland, Bill Stephens, Charles Walling, William Holland, George E. Young, and currently Paul H. Swafford. As of January 2023, our department is blessed with 24 volunteers who have varying backgrounds and areas of expertise.

Chief Paul Swafford

Garrett Angel, Fire Chief

Physical Address:
87 Municipal Drive, Pikeville, TN 37367

Phone:  (423) 447-6222
Email: CityofPikevilleFD@gmail.com

Request Incident or Fire Report:
Email: Reports@PikevilleFD.com

Firefighters recognized as Firemen of the Year

The Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) had two of its members, Captain Garrett Angel and firefighter Dylan Davis, recently receive the prestigious Tennessee Firemen Association (TFA) Firefighter of the Year award. This recognition took place at the 90th annual TFA Conference, which was conveniently hosted by the Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department (pictured in the photo below this article) in Cookeville on October 13-16, 2023.

The Firefighter of the Year award is highly regarded within the firefighting community and is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and service in their role. Captain Angel and firefighter Davis were rightfully honored due to their outstanding commitment to the fire service. Not only did they excel in their duties at the fire station and training grounds, but they also performed acts of heroism during a tragic double-fatality fire in 2022.

In November of that year, a distress call led Captain Angel, firefighter Davis, and the PVFD to a devastating fire at a residence in Brockdell. Upon arrival, they fearlessly entered the burning building to battle the flames and save lives. However, their bravery was tested when a section of the flooring unexpectedly collapsed, placing their lives in extreme jeopardy. Despite the immense danger, both men managed to escape the burning structure unharmed.

Their ability to think quickly and act decisively in such a perilous situation exemplifies the qualities that the TFA Firefighter of the Year award seeks to recognize. Captain Angel and firefighter Davis exemplified what it means to go above and beyond, risking their personal safety to protect others. Their heroic actions, combined with their exceptional commitment to training fellow firefighters and educating their community on life safety, made them deserving recipients of this esteemed accolade. The Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department can be immensely proud of their outstanding members who constantly strive to make a difference in the lives of others.

The Firefighter of the Year award is highly regarded within the firefighting community and is reserved for individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and service in their role. Captain Angel and firefighter Davis were rightfully honored due to their outstanding commitment to the fire service. Not only did they excel in their duties at the fire station and training grounds, but they also performed acts of heroism during a tragic double-fatality fire in 2022.

In November of that year, a distress call led Captain Angel, firefighter Davis, and the PVFD to a devastating fire at a residence in Brockdell. Upon arrival, they fearlessly entered the burning building to battle the flames and save lives. However, their bravery was tested when a section of the flooring unexpectedly collapsed, placing their lives in extreme jeopardy. Despite the immense danger, both men managed to escape the burning structure unharmed.

Their ability to think quickly and act decisively in such a perilous situation exemplifies the qualities that the TFA Firefighter of the Year award seeks to recognize. Captain Angel and firefighter Davis exemplified what it means to go above and beyond, risking their personal safety to protect others. Their heroic actions, combined with their exceptional commitment to training fellow firefighters and educating their community on life safety, made them deserving recipients of this esteemed accolade. The Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department can be immensely proud of their outstanding members who constantly strive to make a difference in the lives of others.

Fire Chief Swafford recognized for his service as President

PVFD Chief Paul Swafford (pictured above) has been a pillar of dedication and service to the association, and his remarkable work has not gone unnoticed. Serving as President of TFA for the past year, Chief Swafford has consistently demonstrated his unwavering commitment to its success. His passionate advocacy and ceaseless efforts have undoubtedly contributed to the association’s growth and progress.

This is not Chief Swafford’s first encounter with the presidency of TFA. In fact, it is his second term leading the association, a testament to his exceptional leadership skills and ability to inspire positive change. During his previous term in 2019-2020, he set a precedent for excellence and effectiveness, leaving an indelible mark on the association’s history.

Recruit and Retain

The Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department is continually seeking ways to recruit and retain trustworthy men and women who would like to volunteer some of their time to help our neighbors during an emergency. The department’s membership meets every 1st and 3rd Monday night of the month (except holidays) at 7:00 PM central time. Our door is always open and we welcome anyone to stop by and apply.

Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department

The Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department is staffed by 24 volunteer professionals, who have varying backgrounds and areas of expertise.

Request an Incident or Fire Report

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Fire Prevention

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan.

Residents and business owners in areas serviced by The City of Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department, can participate in the Knox Box Key Safe Program.

Volunteer Firefighters Needed

Have you ever considered volunteering to help your community?

The Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department is actively recruiting volunteer firefighters.

Volunteer Fire Dept History

Learn a little history about the Pikeville Volunteer Fire Department.