Welcome to WRES

Waldens Ridge Emergency Service, Inc. is an all-volunteer Fire and Rescue service consisting of 55 members with two stations supporting Signal Mountain in Hamilton County.

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“You don’t know how valuable this service is until you, your family or a neighbor needs emergency responders in just a matter of minutes 24/7.” —Robert Spalding, Original Founder, WRES

WRES in Action

Our typical response to a fire, a vehicle crash, a hazardous materials incident, or the need for a medical evacuation consists of a pumper first and a tanker second. Our area is under-served by fire hydrants. Less than half of it is within 1,000 feet of a hydrant. We use a tanker for our water supply on the scene of a fire. Our maintenance program for all vehicles includes an annual D.O.T. inspection as well as regular service and lubrication. We also pump-test our trucks annually as required by National Fire Protection Association standards. All members assigned to fire suppression have been trained to the NFPA 1001 standard.

Serving Our Community Since 1976

Waldens Ridge Emergency Service, Inc. is an all-volunteer department consisting of 55 non-paid members with two stations supporting a mountainous district of 33 square miles. We are located on Signal Mountain in Hamilton County, Tennessee. Our two stations are at 2100 Taft Highway in the Town of Walden and 7339 Sawyer Pike in an unincorporated area. Mutual Assistance. We automatically respond to calls in the Town of Signal Mountain, the Lone Oak Community of Signal Mountain, and the City of Red Bank. Through the Tri-State Mutual Aid Association, we are linked to almost 40 other departments in Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama.