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 1,800 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. 

Station one is located at 1002 E. Avalon Avenue.  Adjacent to station one is the administration building housing the office of the fire chief, the assistant fire chief, fire marshal and fully equipped gym.  Station two is located at the Northwest Alabama Regional Airport on T. Ed Campbell Drive and station three 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 1&2, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Instructor 1&2, Fire Apparatus Pumper, Aerial, ARFF and Mobile Water Supply, Fire Officer 1&2, Aircraft Rescue Firefighter, Inspector 1, Live Fire Instructor and Emergency Medical Technician. He attended Northwest 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 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

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 Haz-mat 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 send an email to