The Oxford Fire Department was formed in the 1880’s and organized on May 18, 1884. Mr. W. A. Orr was the first firefighter. The first fire vehicle was a horse drawn wagon named the “Katie G” and was pulled by a big gray horse named “George”. The Oxford Fire Department was started as a Volunteer Fire Department. On April 14, 2007, the Oxford Fire Department became a Combination Department with the hiring of the first six full-time firefighters.
The Oxford Fire Department operates out of 6 stations with 36 full-time firefighters, 2 part time firefighters and 15 volunteer firefighters and covers approximately 33 square miles and 21 miles of interstate. The fire department is a highly trained department. The Oxford Fire Department currently has a "Class 3" ISO rating and responds to about 1200 calls per year.
Station #1: Dewey D. Webb Fire Station
70 E. 6th Street
Station #2: Robert Hendricks Fire Station
1920 Friendship Road
Station #3: Dennis M. Cox Fire Station
56 Bynum Cut-Off Rd.
Station #4: Earl P. Haynes Fire Station
48476 Alabama Hwy 21 S.
Station #5: H. Kenneth Henson Fire Station
52 Dearmanville Road
Station #6: Capt. Lynn Elliott Fire Station
2022 U. S. Hwy 78 West
Dewey D. Webb was a member of the fire department from 1944 until his death in 1986 and the Fire Chief from 1960-1986. Chief Webb was instrumental in starting the modernization of the fire department.
Robert Hendricks was a member of the fire department for several years and was killed in the line of duty responding to a fire call on October 28, 1978.
Dennis Cox was a member of the fire department for 18 years and died of a heart attack while watching time trials at the Talladega Super Speedway.
Earl P. Haynes was a member of the fire department from January, 1972 until his death in August, 2014. He served as the Asst. Fire Chief from 1991 until 2014.
Kenneth Henson was member of the fire department from 1958 until his death in 1991 and the Fire Chief from 1986-1991.
Lynn Elliott was a member of the fire department from 1973 until his death in June, 2005. Capt. Elliott was also a member of the Anniston Fire Department from 1987-2004. Capt. Elliott died in the line of duty from cancer.