Maury County Fire Department was not always Maury County Fire Department. In the beginning it was the Maury County Civil Defense on Riverside Drive and began operation in 1970 operating mostly search and rescue type operations and performing today what would be considered Emergency Management Operations under
Director JC Inman.
In 1980 the Rural Fire side of the Civil Defense was established with the purchase of mini-pumpers from a TVA grant.
In 1981 Director Inman and Asst Director Oliver financed the purchase of the first set of Hydraulic Rescue tools also known as the Jaws of Life following a train wreck that occurred on West 7th. That purchase made the Civil Defense the single provider for Vehicle Extrication covering all of Maury County including the city of Columbia until 1996 when Columbia started providing their own Vehicle Extrication.
In 1999 the Department moved from Riverside Drive to Tradewinds Drive which was the old Maury County EMS building. At this time with the departments expansion to full firefighting and rescue operations the name was changed to Maury Rural Fire and Rescue.
During all this time there had been other volunteer fire stations through out the county that were community based. Examples were the Culleoka Volunteer Fire Department and the Santa Fe Volunteer Fire Department.
In 2005 Jim Bailey, County Mayor at the time created the Maury County Fire Department and took all the departments across the county and brought them under one board of directors with a chief appointed by the county commission. This not only allowed for budgetary streamlining and improvements across the county it also made equipment standards and training to be equal.
2009 The department moved from Tradewinds Drive to the Headquarters it is in today on Mapelash Ave. Also that year construction on Station 2 in Mount Pleasant was started along with plans being created for Station 10 in Oak Lake area and Station 11 in the Bethel area.
2013 6 full time firefighters were hired through a grant provided by the federal government to help communities the government identified as needing full time fire protection. These funds allowed the community to start the program immediately with no out of pocket cost and then budget for the employment cost over time to continue the protection. 2013 also saw the completion of Station 11 in the Bethel area.
2015 those 6 firefighters were laid off and then rehired a few months later after the federal government again provided grant funds for 2 more years of employment.
2017 Station 10 in the Oak Lake area has been completed and is operational.