5024 Broadway Ave.
Haltom City, TX  76117
817-222-7700

Divisions of the Haltom City Fire/Rescue Department

The Haltom City Fire/Rescue Department is comprised of four divisions.


Haltom City Fire Administration

Containing the office of the Fire Chief, the division of Fire Administration directs the administrative and operational activities of Fire/Rescue, encompassing the coordination of agreements, budgeting, policy and program development, data collection and analysis, resource management and public information.

 

Fire Chief

Haltom City Fire/Rescue Emergency Management Corrdinator Perry BynumAppointed Fire Chief in June, 2017, Chief Perry Bynum has been with the Haltom City Fire/Rescue Department since 1989.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Assistant

west amyAdministrative Assistant Amy West has been with Haltom City since 1979 where she began as the Secretary to the Building Official. She was made the Secretary to the Fire Chief in 1982 when the Building Inspection office was placed under the direction of the Fire Chief. Amy grew up in Haltom City graduating from Haltom High. She and her husband Keith live in Haltom City and have a daughter.

Haltom City Emergency Management

Emergency Management Coordinator

 The Division of Emergency Management is responsible for the warning system that notifies residents of impending dangerous situations that may endanger city residents and property.

Haltom City Fire Services

Fire Services is comprised of Fire Marshal Fred Napp as well as Asst. Fire Marshal/Community Outreach Coordinator Derek Wood.

Fire Services is supported by the Fire Operations Division, which conducts commercial inspections, multi-family inspections and public education programs. Fire Services performs new occupancy and follow-up inspections that focus on code compliance and enforcement. Fire Services conducts plan reviews for site development, building construction and fire-safety/suppression equipment within facilities. Fire Services coordinates all fire and arson investigations as well as activities and training with police and fire dispatch, R.A.C.E.S. volunteers and the Juvenile Firesetter Program. Each element of Fire Services is interrelated and focused being on prevention of injury and loss of life or property of Haltom City citizens and visitors.

Haltom City Fire Suppression

Headed by the Deputy Chief, the Fire Suppression Division is responsible for providing emergency responses for fire, rescue, emergency medical services, hazardous material containment and explosives.

Additional activities include training personnel to meet state standards and provide high proficiency. The division performs annual multi-family housing and commercial building inspections to eliminate fire hazards. It also provides fire prevention education programs to Haltom City schools and daycare centers and performs hydrant testing, pre-fire planning and fire investigations and maintains apparatus, equipment and stations.

HCFD Emergency Management System

The Division of Emergency Management is responsible for the warning system that notifies residents of impending dangerous situations that may endanger city residents and property.


Outdoor Warning Test Procedure

There will only be one tone for an emergency or a test. The difference between a test and an actually emergency warning will be the length of time the siren is activated. If an emergency arises you will hear the sound for a minimum of three minutes whereas a test will only sound for a maximum time of one minute. The sound will be a steady tone and is called an alert tone. Exception: In the event of an air or nuclear attack, a different tone will be activated. This tone will have a one-sec/one-sec sweep rate and will not be used for testing or other emergencies. This one-sec/one-sec sweep rate is called the attack tone which means it will change pitch every second. In either case of emergency it is recommended you go inside and listen for instruction from your local television or radio station.

When is the System Activated

In Haltom City, residents can experience a variety of emergencies, including the affects of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and hazardous materials accidents. The warning system would be used to notify the public of these conditions or any other type of emergency. The warning system may be activated for severe weather which may include, sustained winds of 70 miles per hour or greater, hail one and a quarter inch or larger or at times when the National Weather Service is tracking a tornado or severe storms which could affect residents in Haltom City. There may be isolated emergencies that would warrant activation of the warning system such as hazardous materials or hazardous substance spills or releases (gas leaks, etc.)

Things to Know About Warning System

A central control computer or encoder, operated by Haltom City Public Safety Communications personnel, sends a secure digital message to each siren, telling the siren to operate. The message is capable of activating one or all sirens by zoning capability. Once the siren receives the message, a motor turns the siren, allowing it to broadcast the warning in all directions.

The system in Haltom City is a network of five warning sirens placed on poles fifty feet from the ground surface. These warning sirens are placed in strategically located areas throughout the city.

What to Do When You Hear a Warning

  • Remain calm and go inside immediately. Turn on your radio or television.

NOTE: In this area, WBAP Radio 820 AM is the designated Emergency Alert System (EAS) station. Most other radio and television stations will also broadcast information regarding emergencies.

  • Listen carefully to instruction provided by the EAS station.
  • Take whatever action is necessary to protect yourself and your family. -Stay inside unless you receive information that contradicts staying inside. It is almost always safer to stay inside until the emergency has ended. 
  • Please do not call 911 unless you must report a life-threatening situation. 
  • Keep blankets, water, food (non-perishable), flashlight, personal hygiene items, necessary medications, portable radio and spare batteries readily accessible. 
  • Have your driver’s license, checkbook, cash and credit cards with you.
  • Always keep at least a half tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times. 
  • If you have a cellular telephone, keep it charged and accessible for these emergencies.

"StormReady" Designation

On April 1st, 2010, Mark Fox, of the National Weather Service, presented Haltom City Emergency Management Coordinator Perry Bynum and Mayor Bill Langford with the StormReady Community Designation. Haltom City is one of sixty seven communities in Texas that have received the StormReady designation.

There are three steps to becoming StormReady: written application, verification visit(s), and local board action. Applicants with jurisdiction over a community and unincorporated areas of the surrounding county need only submit one application with the combined populations. The application requests a basic accounting of emergency technology and a brief narrative describing preparedness and planning activities. The narrative aids in assessing such things as the hazardous weather plan, exercises and public safety programs.

After reviewing the application, the StormReady Chairperson will assign a team to visit the applicant and formally discuss the application. StormReady communities are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness. No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

This program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search, rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.

Haltom City Fire Stations

Haltom City Fire/Rescue has three fire stations in Haltom City, including the state-of-the-art Central Fire Station (Station 1) at 5525 Broadway Ave. The newest firehouse, Station 2, is located at 5700 Midway Rd. Station 3 is unique in that it sits below the water tower at 4849 NE Loop 820.


Central Fire Station

THaltom City Central Fire Stationhe Central Fire Station, located at 5525 Broadway Ave., houses Fire Administration and is the largest firehouse in the city. It opened in February of 2004 and is a state-of-the-art, two story building which can house up to 12 department members per shift, as well as accommodate the department’s fire administration staff. The Central Fire Station, or Station #1, features living quarters, drive-through bays, training room and serves as the city’s emergency operations center. It is 21,357 square feet in size. Central Station is the busiest of the three Haltom City facilities, responding to approximately 1,500 calls per year.

Station 2

Haltom City Fire Station 2Haltom City's newest station, Station #2, is located at 5700 Midway Rd. Voters approved a proposition for the construction of the new fire station in the amount of $3.655 million in a 2010 general obligation bond election. Station #2 replaced the city's oldest station on Waldemar, built in 1966.

The new facility is approximately 12,000 square feet in size, contains four vehicle bays and provides living quarters for six firefighter personnel.

Station 3

Haltom City Fire Station 3Built in 1983 and located at 4849 NE Loop 820, Fire Station #3 was the first fire station of its kind in the country. Since its opening, the dual use overhead water storage/fire station has received a great deal of attention and has been duplicated in several other cities across the country. Station #3 is 4,500 square feet and stands 134 feet high. This station responds to approximately 1,100 calls per year. The station can house up to four personnel per shift.

Haltom City Fire/Rescue Personnel

Haltom City Fire/Rescue has three shifts located at the three fire stations in Haltom City. Click a picture to scroll through personnel, where name and rank, if applicable, will be listed.


Administration

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Shift Personnel

 

not pictured:

  • Lt. Joe Brewer
  • Firefighter Aaron Ramsay
  • Firefighter Jacob Day
  • Firefighter Thomas Anderson
  • Firefighter Derek Paradise
  • Firefighter Chris Buck
  • Firefighter Ryan Topley
  • Firefighter Nick Diemicke
  • Firefighter Justin Nix
  • Firefighter Mike Kelley
  • Firefighter Daniel McCurdy
  • Firefighter Matt Bombardier

Self-Inspection Online Form

Haltom City Fire/Rescue strives to serve the citizens of Haltom City in the most professional way possible. Fire and life safety is a significant part of our mission. Yearly, the department inspects businesses to insure the safety of the citizens and to assure compliance to the fire code. The goal of the inspections is to help create a safer community for everyone. Beginning this year, several businesses were identified as “low-hazard” and placed on a self-inspection list. If you received a letter identifying your business as "low-hazard" you found instructions in the letter directing you to this link.

Low-hazard businesses now have the opportunity to complete a self-inspection. The self-inspection online form is available here.

Once the page opens, you will be asked to fill in the "ID Code #" for your business, which can be found at the top of the letter you received from the Fire Department. Simply follow the instructions, survey your business, and click "Submit" when completed with the form. We hope this new means of inspection will be as convenient for you as it is cost-efficient for the city.

Annual Commercial Occupancy (CO) Inspection

Haltom City Fire/Rescue, under the direction of the Deputy Chief of Services, and the coordination of the Deputy Chief of Operations, perform annual fire and life safety inspections of commercial facilities which include schools, churches, assisted living, day care facilities and all other facilities not defined as a single or two family dwelling.

The purpose of the annual inspection is to regulate and govern the safeguarding of life and property from fire and explosion hazards arising from the storage, handling and use of hazardous substances, materials and devices, and from conditions hazardous to life or property in the occupancy of buildings and premises.

Approximately 1340 commercial inspections will be performed this year.

HCFD Fire Chaplain's Office

The office of the Haltom City Fire/Rescue Fire Chaplain is responsible for oversight of the spiritual and emotional health of the fire department. The Fire Chaplain is available to all firefighters and their families when called on to help deal with individual and corporate family needs.

Chaplain Steve Vanzant is the Fire Chaplain of the Haltom City Fire Department, the Senior Pastor of Christian Center of Fort Worth and a member of the Federation of Fire Chaplains. He's a certified Trauma Responder and a Certified Trauma Stress Specialist with the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. He also holds certification as a Field Traumatologist with the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. Steve is a Trained-Trainer in Peer Support through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and holds specialized certifications in Emergency Services, Spiritual Care, Mass Disaster and Terrorism, and Schools and Children Crisis Response with the ICISF.

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Haltom City Fire/Rescue Apparatus

Fire apparatus are equipped in a manner to provide the delivery of a wide variety of services to the community.

Haltom City Fire/Rescue has Paramedic staffed companies at each of the three stations in the Haltom City. The desired staffing level for each engine/ladder company is four personnel with a minimum of three personnel. Fire Stations 1 and 2 are considered single company stations running a ladder truck out of Station 1 and a Quint out of Station 2. Fire Station 3 runs a double company which houses two engine companies. The rescue truck, which is also located at Station 1, is utilized throughout the city for support on traffic accidents, structure fires, and any emergencies where specialized equipment might be needed. The rescue truck is also staffed with paramedics that have advanced life support capabilities.