Houston Fire Department
Fleet and Equipment
In the last five years the Houston Fire Department has invested in 32 new frontline engines at an approximate cost of $748,000 each and 12 frontline aerial (ladder) trucks at an approximate cost $1.4 million each.
In the last five years, 29 frontline transport units have have been replaced or upgraded at a cost of $283,000 each. Total cost: approximately $8.2 million. An additional 27 frontline transport units have been purchased and expected to go into service this year.
The average vehicle life expectancy ranges from 7 to 10 years. Due to COVID-19 and unforeseen supply chain challenges, the Houston Fire Department experienced vehicle order reversals. As a result, HFD is awaiting the arrival of 50-60 fire apparatus, which will reduce the vehicle life of units currently in service.
Accomplishments: Engine/Aerial Units
- 18 Replacement Spartan Engine trucks were equipped with independent front suspension, supplemental restraint systems, backup cameras, Anti-lock brakes, automatic traction control, hearing protection/communication systems for all occupants in the cab.
- 2 Replacement Spartan 105’ Aerial trucks were equipped with independent front suspension, supplemental restraint system, backup cameras, automatic traction control, hearing protection/communication systems for all occupants in the cab.
- 1- Quint truck, 2- Aerial trucks, 1- Tower trucks delivered in calendar year 2019.
- 7-High Water Booster Vehicles, 1-Cascade, 3-Decontamination Task Force, 1-Rescue trailer acquired in calendar year 2022.
Emergency Medical Service Units
- 43 replacement ambulances placed in service in 2023 YTD. These are the first HFD vehicles compliant with the nationally recognized CAAS Ground Vehicle Standard for Ambulances, representing the latest safety standards.
- 15 additional replacement ambulances have been funded and scheduled for procurement in FY 2024.
Water Strike TeamIn the last 18 months, HFD developed, trained and equipped an 80-member auxiliary flood response team available to staff and deploy additional high-water equipment and assets recently acquired by the HFD.
Wildland Firefighter TeamIn the last 18 months, HFD developed, trained and equipped a 42-member Wildland Firefighting team. HFD has affiliated with the Texas Forrest Service/Texas Interstate Fire Mutual Aid System for manpower and equipment response to disasters and major emergencies in our region.
(Updated March 2023)