The Gallatin City Charter was adopted in 1953 and the fire department was still volunteer. In April 1960, the 1st paid fire department was established. Joe St. Charles who was chief of the volunteers, was named Chief. Billy Deering was hired as the 1st full-time fireman. The 4 full-time, paid firefighters worked 24 hours on and 24 hours off. If there was an emergency, the 2 men on duty would drive the engine to the scene and the others would be called to fight the fire.