About Us

A Message From Chief Shane Boyd

Shane BoydI want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Opelika Fire Department (OFD). We are honored to provide the citizens of the City of Opelika and all visitors to our city with All-Hazards Emergency Response. We recognize the trust you place in us and the responsibility we have in doing the right thing on every incident every day. We understand the dedication it takes to be ready for any and all emergencies in or around the City of Opelika. 

The Opelika Fire Department consists of 72 state-certified Firefighters and Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technicians. Our department is a diverse and well-trained workforce of some of the most dedicated and compassionate people in the fire service. I cannot say it enough, but we are honored to serve the citizens of Opelika, and I could not be more proud of the professionals we have on our team.

We respond to over 5,900 calls for service annually, and our responsibilities are for all kinds of emergencies; from the primary mission of fire suppression, to the efficient delivery of the many varied types of emergency services required today. This department is an all-hazards organization, providing fire protection (structural and wildland), advanced life support emergency medical services, technical rescue (Swiftwater, high and low angle rope, confined space, vehicle/machinery, and trench), hazardous materials response, aircraft rescue, and firefighting emergency services. 

We are an active community partner, having established many mutually beneficial relationships with other public safety and community organizations, including the Opelika Police Department, Lee County Sheriff's Office, Lee County Emergency Management Agency, and the Opelika Chamber of Commerce. Our Community Risk Reduction program serves as an outreach to other community organizations, such as homeowners groups and other social networks and services. In 2021, we partnered with the Alabama Fire College to become a Regional Training Center, which greatly enhances our abilities to train our employees as well as those of neighboring jurisdictions. We also joined the Alabama Mutual Aid System (AMAS) to enhance our multi-jurisdictional response capabilities, and to expand our professional network in preparation for inevitable local disasters.

Our department is continually searching for opportunities to improve our services, promote efficiency, and increase community and firefighter safety. We are accomplishing these goals at a time when it is imperative to capitalize on every expenditure and opportunity. We have entered into collaborative efforts with neighboring fire agencies to facilitate and promote cost savings and improve effectiveness. We will continue to increase collaborative efforts as an avenue of fiscal efficiency, employee safety, and community service. We are confident that we can improve our services, and we are committed to community safety, firefighter safety, and financial stewardship.

“We are dedicated to preserving the past, protecting the present and leading the future”.

Thanks again for taking the time to learn more about us.

D. Shane Boyd