The Paris Fire Department became a fully paid department in 1960. The first Fire Chief was John McClure who served from 1960 to 1982 when he retired. Upon the retirement of Chief McClure, George Atkins was appointed Chief and served until his retirement in 2000. At that time, Don Cox was appointed Chief until his retirement in June, 2008.
Michael Williams was appointed Chief in July, 2008.
The Paris Fire Department operates two stations with a minimum of four persons at station one and two persons at station two, 24 hours a day.
The department operates two shifts with either an Assistant Chief or Captain in charge at station one and a Lieutenant in charge at station two at all times. The shifts operate on an amended 24 on, 24 off schedule. The Chief and Fire Marshal work a basic 40 hours per week schedule.