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 reminds citizens about the importance of taking safety measures when outdoors to avoid heat-related medical emergencies, this also includes making sure caregivers "Look Before They Lock" for children left in vehicles.
It's Hurricane Season. Are You Prepared?
Hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. The City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) urges residents to prepare now for the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from Tuesday, June 1, through Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.
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.
Firefighters 18 Percent Pay Increase
On June 30, 2021, Houston City Council voted to approve an Ordinance providing Houston Firefighters with an 18 percent pay raise over 3 fiscal years. Beginning the first full pay period in July 2021, firefighters will receive 6% pay increase, and an additional 6 percent per year in each of the follow two fiscal years.
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.