Test Your Smoke Alarms
The Haltom City Fire/Rescue Department reminds you that every bedroom in your house needs a working smoke alarm. Half of home fire deaths happen between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., when most people are asleep. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement. Larger homes may need more alarms.
For the best protection, install interconnected smoke alarms in your home. This way, when one sounds, they all sound.
Be sure to test alarms at least once a month by pushing the alarm's test button. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 year sold or if they do not sound when tested. Some people, especially children and older adults, may need help to wak up. Make sure it is someone's responsibility tol wake them if the smoke alarm sounds.
If your alarm does go off, get outside and stay outside. Meet all inhabitants at a predetermined meeting place outside of your home. Call the fire department from a cellphone or a neighbor’s phone, and stay outside until the fire department says it’s safe to go back inside.
Street Address Visibility
The Haltom City Police & Fire/Rescue Departments would like to emphasize that single family dwellings should have their street address number clearly visible, sized at 3.5" by .5”, with contrasting colors. The address can be displayed on the curb/driveway approach, mailbox or home dwelling.
There are a number of homes in the Haltom City that either don’t have addresses clearly visible or they are in such poor condition (faded, hidden or plain missing) that they are extremely difficult to see, especially at night. This hinders/slows emergency services should they have to respond to such an address.
There are several do-it-yourself address marking kits online and at local stores that are cheap and effective.
The International Residential Code states that:
“The 2012 International Residential Code R319.1 and 2012 International Fire Code 505.1 state single family dwellings shall have approved numbers of a minimum 3 1/2" in height, minimum spacing width of 1/2" and a color contrasting with the background (structure, mailbox or curb) clearly visible and legible from the street fronting the property and rear alleyway where such alleyway exists. Where access is by means of private road and the building address cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign or means shall be used to identify the structure.”
HCFD Business Inspections
Inspectors with the Haltom City Fire Department will be out once again conducting inspections in businesses operating within the Haltom City. The goal of the inspections is to help make the city a safer place to live and work. When the inspectors arrive at your business, what can you expect? A common misconception is that the inspectors are only there to check on your fire extinguishers. Checking the fire extinguishers is important, but only one of many items they will be looking for.
The following is a short list of some of the items the inspectors will be checking:
- Fire extinguishers: must have a current inspection tag or proof of purchase within the past year. IFC 906.2, 901.6
- Exits: Exits must be clear and unobstructed. Exit lights (if so equipped) must be operable. IFC 1003.6, 1011.3
- Housekeeping: Clutter and debris is a fire and safety hazard. This is a common problem around town. IFC 315, 508.5.4
- Sprinkler systems: If your business is equipped with a fire sprinkler system, it must be serviced by a licensed technician each year. IFC 901.6.1
- Fire Alarms: If your business is equipped with a fire alarm, it must be serviced by a licensed technician each year. IFC 901.6
- Wiring: Any exposed wiring must be repaired or removed. Electrical problems will be reported to the City code enforcement and the building official. Access to the breaker panel must be maintained. IFC 605.6, 605.3
- Fire Lanes: Fire lanes must be maintained and properly painted. IFC 503.3
This list in not all inclusive. The fire inspectors will talk with you about your business and how to make it safer. Each business owner will have 10 business days to address the violations noted on the inspection. Failure to address the issues can result in a fine or fines.
If you have any question, please call/email Deputy Fire Chief Fred Napp.
Arson Investigation - Asst. Needed
From: Fire Marshal Fred Napp
Bulletin # 2016-001
Subject: Arson Investigation: Assistance Needed to Identify Suspect
At approximately 0500 on the morning of March 14, 2016 an unknown suspect started a fire at the business located at 4010 NE 28th Street in Haltom City. As a result of the fire, a firefighter was injured.
Security cameras caught the act on video and the suspect is shown below. The suspect appears to be in his 30s or 40s with a short, dark beard and dark, close cropped hair. He is wearing dark shoes, what may possibly be tan or rust color overalls, and a dark jacket. When he arrives at the scene is he wearing a dark satchel over his shoulder. He is approximately 5’8”to 6’ tall weighing approximately 250 to 275 pound. The suspect may have sustained flash burns to his face and hands. The suspect is seen fleeing the scene to the north across NE 28th into the cemetery.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Haltom City Fire Marshal at 817-759-8664 or the Haltom City Police at 817-281-1000.
HCFD Receives Special Visit
On the afternoon of September 30th, 2015, 14 year old Seth Brenes walked into Haltom City fire station to to say thank you to the firefighters who made a difference in his life. In order to understand the significance of the visit, one must go back to May 30th, 2015 and review the events of that afternoon.
The afternoon of May 30th, 2015 marked the end of the Seth’s eighth-grade school year. In order to celebrate, Seth and several of his friends held an “End of the School Year Party” at a residence in Haltom City. During the course of the activities at the party, Seth’s life changed. An accident in the backyard left Seth with a severe spinal injury with the loss of function in his legs. 911 was called and Haltom City firefighters, along with Medstar, responded to the scene.
2015 Citizen's Fire Academy
Haltom City Fire Rescue is currently holding the 2015 Citizen’s Fire Academy at the Central Fire Station, located at 5525 Broadway Ave. The first class was May 28th, but it's still not not too late to sign up for this academy. The course will be held on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for eight weeks, ending on July 16th.
Participants will learn the history of the Haltom City Fire Department, along with learning how the department operates on a day to day basis. Subject will include firefighting, rescue, EMS and leadership.
For information contact Damian Vogle via email or phone, 817-759-8668.
HCFD Smoke Detector Giveaway
The Insurance Council of Texas, through its "We're Out to Alarm Texas" program, has donated 100 smoke detectors to the Haltom City Fire Department. These are available on a first-come first-serve basis to Haltom City low income, elderly, disabled and special needs residents.
The accompanying video explains the importance and relevance of the "We're Out to Alarm Texas" program, as representatives from the insurance industry, the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Insurance Council of Texas were in town Thursday, October 2nd to deliver these alarms to Fred Napp, HCFD's Deputy Fire Marshal. Call 817-759-8660 to receive a smoke detector and to schedule an installation.
Patriot Day Ceremony - Video
On Thursday, September 11th 2014 the Haltom City Fire and Police Departments hosted a Patriot Day flag ceremony at the Haltom City Fire Station #1 flag pole. This event memorialized those that have lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attacks and in the war against terror. You can watch a video of the ceremony here or you can watch it below.
HCFD Thanks Donors
The Haltom City Fire/Rescue Department would like to thank the following businesses for donating funds and/or gifts for the first Haltom City Fire/Rescue Awards Banquet. The banquet was held April 12th at Diamond Oaks Country Club.
- Waste Connections
- Russell Feed Store
- Frost Bank
- Diversified Fire Protection
- Jerry Jones/Dallas Cowboys
- Diamond Oaks Country Club
- Paul's Flower Boutique
- Flawless Faces by Sidney
- Texas Star Golf Course
- Bluebonnet Cafe
- 24-Hour Fitness (NRH)
- McDonald's (Denton Hwy.)
- Academy Sports (North Tarrant)
- State Farm (Bill Carter)
- Hoffbrau (Haltom City)
- Sydney Waits
- O'Reilly Auto Parts
- JenCare Pharmacy
- Sprad's Hardware (Haltom City)
- Schlotzsky's Deli (Haltom City)
- Iron Horse Golf Course
- Sonic (Haltom City)
- Boomer Jack's (North Fort Worth)
- Lone Star Bar-B-Q (Haltom City)
- Bass Pro Shops (Grapevine)
- Dillard's Cosmetics (Northeast Mall)
- Belk (North Tarrant)
- First Choice Emergency Room
The event was sponsored by the Fire Services Board and the donations were made to the board to pay for the banquet and to use as door prizes.
HCFD Debuts New Ladder Truck
Haltom City Fire/Rescue has purchased a new ladder truck from Rosenbauer Fire Apparatus. The new truck is the result of a three-year process of planning and purchasing by the fire department and city officials. The truck is the largest piece of equipment ever purchased by the Haltom City Fire/Rescue Department. The ladder can reach a height of 100 feet and has a basket at the end to enable firefighters to stand while rescuing people.
Prior to placing the vehicle into service, the members of the fire department underwent training from the manufacturer, whose dealer is located here in Haltom City at 6000 Huddleston Street. The apparatus will respond to all calls for assistance within the city and for calls for aid in our surrounding communities. This new ladder truck now joins a fleet of city fire apparatus that includes a 75 foot ladder/pumper, two front-line pumpers, a grass fire truck, a heavy rescue truck and two reserve pumpers. This fleet of apparatus, funded by the citizens of Haltom City, helps Haltom City Fire Rescue provide a high level of emergency services.
The new ladder truck is housed at the Central Fire Station, 5525 Broadway Avenue.
USFA Kid's Fire Safety Page
A great resource for kids to learn about fire safety is avaiable on the U.S. Fire Administration for Kids web page. Check it out here.
HCFD Station #2 Dedication Pics
Check out the image gallery of the dedication ceremony for the new Haltom City Fire Station #2 that took place Saturday, September 14th, 2013.
The new station is located at 5700 Midway Rd.