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Albany Fire Department

Fire Chief


Ron H. Rowe Jr., a native of Albany, Georgia, joined the Albany Fire Department in 1985. Since coming to the department, he worked his way up through the ranks beginning as a Firefighter, Apparatus Operator Engineer 1988, Fire Lieutenant 1996, Fire Captain 1999, Assistant Chief of Training 2006, Deputy Fire Chief 2008 and presently Fire Chief/EMA Director 2015.
His family has been a part of the Albany Fire Department since 1941. His wife’s grandfather, Carl Callaway, is a former Fire Chief of 30 years (1941-1971) with Albany Fire Department and his father, Ron H. Rowe Sr., is a retired Captain of 30 years (1969-1999) with the Albany Fire Department.

He is a graduate of Albany High School and has a degree in Fire Science Technology. He has been married to Debra Callaway Rowe, who is the Marketing Director at the Albany Mall for 25 years and has two sons, Spencer who is a firefighter in Statesboro, Georgia, and Hayes who is a senior in high school. 


The Fire Department's primary function is to save lives and property by fighting and preventing fires through fire prevention efforts such as inspections, code enforcement, education, as well as arson investigation and prosecution. The Fire Department's responsibilities are defined in the City Charter and state statutes. This department consists of five divisions: Administration, Operations, Fire Prevention, Fire Training, and Emergency Management. The department operates eleven fire stations.

Mission Statement:

The Fire Department's mission is to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors of the City of Albany and Dougherty County by protecting lives and property through fire suppressions, rescue, disaster preparedness, fire prevention and community education.

WebEOC: The purpose of WebEOC is to provide an enhanced Web capability of the Emergency Operating Center (EOC).  This includes maintaining connectivity of 23 counties, which makes up the Area 2 Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).


CodeRED Emergency Notification System

Dougherty County in association with CodeRED Emergency Notification System has established an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications. This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of the County in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action; where rapid and accurate notification is essential for life safety. 

The system is only as good as the database.  If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called.  To ensure no one is omitted click on the CodeRED logo and follow the directions.  Be sure to check the CodeRED weather warning, if you would like to receive automated tornado, flash flood, and severe weather warnings to your home or cell phone.  Those without internet access may call the Albany Fire Department at (229) 431-3262 Monday through Friday (8AM-5PM) to give their information over the phone. 

CodeRED will only be used in the event of an emergency requiring immediate notification and information entered into the database will not be used for any other purpose.  Questions should be directed to the Emergency Management Agency, (229) 431-2155.