The Marlow Volunteer Fire Department provides Fire and Emergency Medical Services to an unincorporated area of 65 square miles and
approximately 10,000 residents between the Oliver Springs, Clinton, and Oak Ridge city limits. There is also an automatic aid agreement
with several surrounding departments, which places our apparatus 2nd and 3rd due for all working fires and fire alarms. The Fire
Department was started in 1979 when members of the local Ruritan Club co-signed a loan to purchase a used fire truck. The Fire
Department has now grown to boast 2 Class A pumpers, 2 tankers and a Crash Fire/Rescue vehicle housed at 2 stations. Station 1
(Marlow) is located at 1019 Oliver Springs Highway and Station 2 (Donovan) at 1165 Dutch Valley Road. The Fire Department has
members who volunteer time to not only fight fires, but to repair and maintain equipment, care for the buildings and grounds, present
fire safety programs at the two local elementary schools, and manage the Department's funds and business operations. The Department is
chartered as a TN non-profit corporation and is recognized as tax-exempt by the IRS. The membership runs the Department with yearly
elections for officers including a Chief, two Assistant Chiefs, a Training Officer, Administrative Officer, Secretary, Treasurer, and
Chaplain. All operations of the Department are overseen by 3 elected Trustees. Fundraising events include bi-annual rummage sales, as
well as boot drives and our annual chili supper/auction. The major source of revenues is community response to an annual brochure
which is mailed to residents requesting contributions and outlining the department's previous year's activities, income and expenses.
The Department also currently receives $20,000 a year from the Anderson County government. On average, the Department's annual
budget is $85,000. The Firefighters put in over 2,500 man-hours annually in formal training sessions. Much of the training is in-house,
but many firefighters have gone to the TN State Fire Academy in Bell Buckle for firefighting tactics and pump operation classes. Classes
are also taught at the regional training center in Clinton, TN. Anyone is welcome to join the fire department, either to serve as a
firefighter or to help out in the many other important jobs. The Marlow Volunteer Fire Department is currently rated a split protection
level of '5/10' on the Insurance Services Office scale, depending on the road distance from either fire hall (less than 5 miles is a Class 5).
Marlow Volunteer Fire Department
1019 Oliver Springs Hwy
Clinton, TN 37716
Copyright 2012 Marlow Volunteer Fire Department
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Our department currently operates 6 trucks out of our 2 stations.
2004 Ford F550
First Responder Vehicle
2013 Ford Explorer