The City of Walhalla Fire Department was founded by State Proclamation in 1871. The fire department protects the incorporated areas and surrounding unincorporated area by contract with Oconee County. The department is currently rated as an ISO Class 3 (city wide) combination department and is staffed by ten paid firefighters and complimented by thirty-seven volunteer firefighters.
The fire department is managed by a fire chief and captain. The Walhalla Fire Department serves a population of 9,803 people (2010 US Census data) and services 44.3 square miles, 3.94 square miles of that being the City of Walhalla. The Walhalla Fire District is comprised of suburban, rural, and wild land-urban interface. The fire department also covers a remote city park that is comprised of a nearly 200 ft. waterfall and surrounding forest. A large portion of the unincorporated area served by Walhalla Fire Department is remote and hard to access. The fire district also covers land managed by the US Forest Service and at times is called to assist them on emergency incidents.