Houston Fire Department
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.
Major investment in the high-water response program has been made since Hurricane Harvey to address the Houston Fire Department’s need of flood response equipment, assets and trained personnel.
From FY18 through FY19, approximately $2.3M has been invested into development and improvement of the High-Water Rescue and Response program.
Grants and Donations:
- Evacuation Boats - $196,000
- Rescue Boats - $78,000
- High Water Vehicles - $319,012
General Fund Allocations:
- Evacuation Boats - $132,000
- Rescue Boats - $52,000
- High Water Vehicles - $398,765
- Wave Runners - $39,000
- Prime Movers - $800,000
Training: Established and 80-member Water Strike Team
- Basic Flood Water and Evacuation Boat Training
- Swift Water Ops/Technician Rescue Boat Training
- High-Water Vehicle Operation Training
- Personnel Equipment and Tools
- Total investment - $320,000