Bessemer Fire Department

On July 28, 1886 the City of Bessemer was founded by Henry F. Debardeleben. A desire to organize a fire department to include citizens led to a meeting on December 5, 1888. At this meeting approximately 40 citizens signed the roll and the first company was formed, officially organizing the Bessemer Fire Department. On Sunday afternoon, December 16, 1888 at exactly three o’clock the Bessemer Fire Department made its first run. As reported in the “Bessemer Journal”, it was a fire that was extinguished in a little over three minutes. And so started a tradition to provide quick response and a high level of committment to the citizens of Bessemer.

The city of Bessemer Fire Department today is one of the finest in the Southeast. The department has 109 firefighters and serves the city of Bessemer through five fire stations. The city has a Class 1 ISO rating.

Mission Statement

The officers and firefighters in the Bessemer Fire Department are committed to be the best in our profession. We are committed to provide the citizens and visitors of our community, whom we are sworn to protect; with the best fire protection and emergency medical care available anywhere. Continuous training, our everyday actions, proficiency of skills, and service to our community will demonstrate this commitment.


Fire Stations

Fire Administration.

1111 Second Avenue North

Bessemer, AL 35020

Fire Station No. 1.

800 North 18th Street.

Fire Station No. 2.

1124 Hall Avenue.

Fire Station No. 3.

2316 Morgan Road SE.

Fire Station No. 4.

491 Flint Hill Road.

Fire Station No. 5.

1709 Long 12th Street North.


*A map of the fire districts can be found at


Chief Paul Syx

Chief Paul F. Syx began his fire service career in 1977 with Concord Fire Department, the community in which he lives. He has been with the City of Bessemer Fire Department since 1986 and was appointed Fire Chief in 1999. Chief Syx is a graduate of Athens State University with a B.S. Degree in Public Safety Administration. He is a National Registered Paramedic and holds many technical and leadership certifications. He served as President of the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs in 2004 and President of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs in 2012. Chief Syx was selected “Fire Chief of The Year” by the members of the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs in 2013.


Paul Syx

Fire Chief

1111 2nd Avenue North
Bessemer, Alabama 35020
(205) 428-5151 phone
(205) 428-5194 fax