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Vision Statement

The Houston Fire Department is committed to providing a superior level of emergency service that continually improves the quality of life, health and safety of the people we serve--the citizens of Houston.


Mission Statement

We are committed to a superior emergency service organization, which continually improves the quality of service delivered to our customers, the citizens of Houston.



Serving the Houston Community with Courage, Commitment and Compassion


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Schedule a Speaker, Fire Truck Visit or Tour

Schedule a fire truck or speaker to visit your school, parade, or event. HFD needs at least a 4 weeks notice prior to the event.


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Safety Tips for Dry Weather Conditions

Although the City Fire Code prohibits all open-burning within the City Limits at all times the HFD would like to remind citizens to be extra vigilant in activities that may lead to accidental fires.


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Safety Tips for Warmer Weather

HFD stresses the importance of taking safety measures when outdoors to avoid heat-related medical emergencies as well as those in pools and water.

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Free Children's Immunizations at Select Locations

Throughout the year,and The BlueCross BlueShield Care Van is giving free childhood vaccinations to children, birth to 18 years at select Houston Fire Stations. Since 2005, more than 5,000 children have been vaccinated through this program in participation with HFD.


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Become a Houston Firefighter!

The Scores and Ranks from the April 15, 2010 Civil Service Exam are now posted!


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Careless Cooking is the #1 cause of residential fires


It is always best to prevent a fire than to have to deal with one. A third of residential fires are caused by careless or unattended cooking.

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After The Fire...

A fire can be one of the most tragic events in your life. Often when a fire strikes, the hardest part is knowing where to begin the recovery process of your home.

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About the Fire Chief

HFD Fire Chief Terry Garrison, photo by Matthew Milam


Terry A. Garrison was confirmed by council, on September, 15, 2010, as the 35th Fire Chief of the City of Houston, having been selected by Mayor Annise Parker.


Garrison began his firefighting career in 1977 with the Phoenix Fire Department...


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Emergency / Life Threatening Calls
Houston Emergency Center


HFD Administration
600 Jefferson, 7th Floor
Houston, Texas 77002
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Quick Stats


In April 2011, the Houston Fire Department responded to  106 Residential Fires, compared to 118 in March.


40 Percent of these residences had either a non-working smoke detector or no smoke detector present.


Top Determined Causes:
30 percent caused by careless or unattended cooking
18 percent related to electrical issues
5 percent caused by carelessly discarded cigarettes

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Questions & Answers...


Question - I am looking for the most recent version of the Houston Fire Code. Where can I find this?


Answer - The City of Houston has adopted the International Fire Code, 2006 Edition, with the Houston Amendments, as the Houston Fire Code. The Fire Code may be purchased from the publisher. This fire code went into effect on 12/31/10.


Question - Can you tell me what the City Ordinance on outdoor fire pits?  I wanted to purchase a fire pit, but wanted to be knowledgeable about the proper use.


Answer - Outdoor burning is illegal anywhere inside the Houston City Limits.



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