Fire Department


 Welcome to the official site of Muscle Shoals Fire Rescue! 

The Muscle Shoals Fire Department is a career department located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  Muscle Shoals is one of four cities clustered in Northwest Alabama in an area known as the Shoals.  Muscle Shoals Fire Rescue responds to emergency calls from three stations located strategically throughout the city.  The Muscle Shoals Fire Department serves an area of twelve square miles with a city population of 13,146.  The department averages over 2,000 emergency calls annually and provides mutual aid to area paid and volunteer departments.

The department provides fire suppression, rescue and extrication, hazardous materials mitigation, non-transport emergency medical care and water rescue and recovery.  The Muscle Shoals Fire Department is staffed by 30 state certified career firefighter-emergency medical technicians and officers.  Personnel are divided into three shifts that maintain 24 hour, 7 day a week vigilance over the city. 

Fire Station #1 is located at 1002 E. Avalon Avenue.  Adjacent to Fire Station #1 is the administration building housing the office of Fire Chief McMullins, Assistant Fire Chief Malone, Fire Inspector Stafford and a fully equipped gym for our Health and Wellness Program.  Fire Station #2 is located at the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport on T. Ed Campbell Drive and Fire Station #3 is located at 401 Ford Road.

Tim McMullins, Fire Chief

Chief McMullins began his career with the Muscle Shoals Fire Department on May 31, 1986 working as a firefighter for nine years. In 1995 he was promoted to the position of driver serving the capacity for three years. In 1998 he advanced to lieutenant, and in 2002 he became captain. Chief McMullins was promoted to Assistant Chief in February 2006. After working almost seven years as Assistant Chief he was promoted to Fire Chief February 4, 2013.Chief McMullins holds Alabama certifications in Firefighter I & II, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Instructor I & II, Fire Apparatus Pumper, Aerial, ARFF and Mobile Water Supply, Fire Officer I & II, Aircraft Rescue Firefighter, Inspector I, Live Fire Instructor and Emergency Medical Technician. He attended Northwest Shoals Community College from 1987 to 1993 where he took Fire Science courses and accounting. He holds National Fire Academy courses such as Initial Company Tactical Operations, Incident Command System and Leadership I, II and III. Chief McMullins has received all the classes for the National Incident Management System and is a Train-The-Trainer for the state and course coordinator for the city. He has training in Natural Gas Firefighting, Defensive Driving and Bomb Incident Management. Chief McMullins is a member of the Colbert County Hazardous Materials Team, Adjunct Instructor for the Alabama State Fire College and course coordinator for Aircraft Rescue Firefighting and a board member for Colbert County E-911 since 2004. Chief McMullins and his wife, Kay have one daughter, Christy, and two granddaughters, Jacey and Brynn. Christy is married to Jason Meade and lives in Houston Texas. Contact Chief McMullins at 256-386-9230 or email him at

Shawn Malone, Assistant Fire Chief


Assistant Fire Chief Malone began his career with the Muscle Shoals Fire Department on April 3, 1995 and has held every rank in the fire department: firefighter, driver, lieutenant, captain and was promoted to Assistant Chief in March 2013. In his education Chief Malone has completed classes and certifications in firefighter I & II, Apparatus Operator: pumper, aerial and arff, Officer I & II, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Inspector I, Fire Instructor I & II, Specialized Rescue, Fire Service Supervision, Leadership I, II and III, National Incident Management, Fire Science courses at Northwest Shoals Community College. Chief Malone is a member of the Colbert County Hazardous Materials Team, an adjunct instructor, and course coordinator for Aircraft Rescue Firefighting with the Alabama State Fire College. Chief Malone and his wife Lisa have two sons Trevor and Drew. To contact Assistant Fire Chief Malone, call 256-386-9230 or email him at

Brian Stafford, Fire Inspector

 Fire Inspector Brian Stafford began his career with the Muscle Shoals Fire Department on June 22, 2002.  Inspector Stafford was promoted to Fire Inspector in May of 2017.  Inspector Stafford earned his Associates in Applied Science Degree in Fire Science/Fire Service Management from Northwest-Shoals Community College, Muscle Shoals Campus in May of 2001.  Inspector Stafford earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration from Athens State University, Athens, Alabama in May of 2004.  Inspector Stafford has earned numerous State and National Pro Board Accredited Certifications through the Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission, among which include the following:  Airport Firefighter, Apparatus Operator: Aerial, Apparatus Operator: ARFF, Apparatus Operator:Pumper, Fire Department Safety Officer: Health & Safety Officer, Fire Department Safety Officer: Incident Safety Officer, Fire Fighter I & II, Fire Inspector I & II, Fire Instructor I, Fire Officer I & II, Hazardous Materials Technician, Public Fire & Life Safety Educator I, Rescue Technician: Confined Space, and Rescue Technician: Rope.  Inspector Stafford holds National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians with a State of Alabama Basic Level.  Inspector Stafford has completed numerous levels of the National Incident Management System.  Inspector Stafford handles all of the Fire Prevention and Public Fire and Life Safety Education for the City of Muscle Shoals Fire & Rescue.  Inspector Stafford teaches and Promotes Public Fire & Life Safety Education through Fire Drills, Escape Planning, Speeches and other Demonstrations at various locations throughout the City.  Some locations include the Muscle Shoals City Schools, Muscle Shoals Senior Living Center, Assisted Living Facilities and any other entity that may need Fire Prevention information to promote Fire & Life Safety in their Place of Occupancy.  Inspector Stafford inspects all Businesses, Schools, Churches, Assisted Living, Hospitals, and Day Cares in the City of Muscle Shoals Fire Jurisdiction to help prevent fires from occurring.  Inspector Stafford also handles all Arson Investigations, which include the process of determining the Origin, Cause, and Development of Fires and/or Explosions.  Inspector Stafford and his wife Teri have two sons, Austen and Braden.  For any questions, concerns, comments, or to obtain a Burn Permit or a Fire Incident Report, contact Fire Inspector Brian Stafford by calling Fire Station #1 @ 256-386-9230.  Also you may visit the Fire Prevention Office located at 1004 Avalon Ave. (Administration Annex to Fire Station #1), or you can also reach him via email at