Fire Department FAQs

Fire department operations-common questions

Why are windows broken or holes cut in the roof?

As a fire burns, it moves upward then outward. Breaking the windows and/or cutting holes in the roof (called ventilation) slows the damaging outward movement, helps remove blinding smoke that obscures the actual fire and enables firefighters to fight the fire more efficiently. The result of this action is less damage to the structure in the long run.

Why are holes cut in walls?

This is done so that the fire department is absolutely sure the fire is completely out and that there is no fire inside the walls or other hidden places.

Is it possible to obtain a copy of the fire report?

You can obtain a copy of the fire report for a fire that takes place in the City of Marietta. Our offices are located next door to Marietta City Hall on the second floor of Fire Station #51. Our business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on holidays. Once you determine that your fire took place within the city limits, call 770-794-5466 for more information. Fire reports can be requested online here.

Remember you may have a Marietta address and still live in the county's fire jurisdiction. If you have a fire and live outside the city, contact the Cobb County Fire Department at 770-528-8000 to obtain information on your fire report.