Houston Fire Department
Promoting Excellence as the World's Largest Accredited Municipal Fire Agency
Slogan ~ "Courage, Commitment and Compassion"
Vision Statement ~ HFD will be recognized as a premier public service organization, respected and admired by our peers and the community as the most diverse, innovative, and efficient public safety provider in the world ...
The Houston Fire Department is guided by the Houston Health Department, Houston Local Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding best practices for protecting our firefighters and preventing the spread of the virus.
Fleet and Facilities Purchases and Improvements
In the last three years the Houston Fire Department has invested in 18 new trucks at an approximately cost of $500,000 each and five aerial (ladder) trucks at an approximately $1 million each.
Firefighter Health and Safety Initiative
Upon arrival at HFD, two and a-half years ago, Chief Peña made a priority to address long-overdue cancer prevention. Firefighters have 9% higher rate of cancer diagnoses than the general public. Vehicle exhaust fumes and other residues on protective gear; a lifetime of environmental exposure to carcinogens in a compressed time period or chronic exposure throughout a firefighting career.
Flood Response Equipment
The City of Houston is subject to flooding that may result in casualties and/or damage to property. The most frequent flood hazard in Houston is flash flooding. Riverine flooding and dam/levee failure are possible but considered less likely due to adequate maintenance practices. The most common flash flooding service demand is stranded motorist resulting from street-level flooding.
It is always best to prevent a fire than to have to deal with one. Unattended cooking is the primary cause of kitchen fires.