Through the years, not only has the Alcoa Fire-Rescue Department served as the Cityís first response team for fires and other emergencies like diving rescue situations for area lake or river emergencies. The department also created the City of Alcoa annual FreedomFest fireworks show that celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2006.
The Alcoa Police Department has had three previous service locations: the Mule Barn on Hall Road in the late 1940ís and 50ís, the former Municipal Building on Bessemer Street in the 1960ís, and the Joule Street location (now Alcoa Fire-Rescue Department Station #2) from 1972 to 2001.
The present facility, the City of Alcoa Public Safety Headquarters, is a state of the art facility designed by the members of the police department. With approximately 20,000 square feet, it is 5 times larger than the Joule Street location. In 1972, the department employed 21 police personnel. Today, Alcoa Police Department employs 49 people at the North Wright Road headquarters.
Since the early years, both Alcoa Fire-Rescue Department and Alcoa Police Department play a key role in the community. Each department brings opportunities for educating citizens on home and personal safety through schools, churches, or member organizations.