5024 Broadway Ave.
Haltom City, TX  76117
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5525 Broadway Ave.
Haltom City, TX  76117

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Fire/Rescue Department - News & Events

Haltom City Fire/Rescue Department's news and events are listed here.


Basic Tornado Safety Guidelines

 haltom city firerescue logoHaltom City encourages all citizens to maintain situational awareness during severe weather events and be prepared to "shelter" in place if necessary. Here are basic tornado safety tips that will help you find the most ideal location to take shelter during a storm:

  • Find and situate yourself in the lowest possible level of a building or structure, such as the first floor, basement or storm cellar
  • Take cover in an interior room with no windows, such as a closet or bathroom
  • Get underneath a sturdy piece of furniture and cover your neck and head
  • Avoid places/rooms with wide-span roofs (cafeterias, gymnasiums, shopping malls)
  • Mobile homes are not safe shelters; make plans, before storm season arrives, to take shelter at a qualified designated location
  • Apartment dwellers should have a plan in place to get to an apartment on the lowest level of the complex...contact your leasing office
  • Do not attempt to "outrun" a tornado in your automobile, instead seek shelter inside a nearby building...and do not take shelter in a facility with a wide-span roof
  • If stranded outside lie down in a ditch or low lying area away from any vehicles, while remaining aware of possible flash flooding
  • Do not seek shelter underneath a bridge or overpass

Haltom City does not have public storm shelters. While they may seem like a good idea they often come with more risks than benefits to residents, including:

  • Opening public buildings as storm shelters gives a false sense of security and offers no more protection than a well-built residential structure
  • Traveling to a public storm shelter could put you at greater risk than if you took shelter in your current location...also traffic is likely to get congested if everyone is heading towards one location and an automobile is one of the most dangerous places to be during a tornado
  • Tornadoes can occur at night, so if a serious storm wakes you at 2:00 a.m. there likely won’t be enough time to gather your family members, load them into a car and drive to a storm shelter...taking shelter in place affords you the quickest and best protection for a short notice event such as a tornado
  • The City has not built public storm shelters because it would be impossible to shelter even a small percentage of the population...if we were to do this, we are required to build enough shelters to hold more than over 200,000 residents

More information about tornado safety can be found at ready.gov and noaa.com.

 

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New Ladder Truck Arrives in HC

haltom city ladder engineIn September of 2012 Haltom City Fire/Rescue's only ladder truck was severely damaged by an electrical fire in the cab. In order to replace this important piece of equipment the city council approved an emergency purchase of a replacement ladder truck. The new ladder truck, with a purchase price of $548,000, was recently delivered to the City of Haltom City. Since being delivered the fire truck has been outfitted with radios and other equipment to enable it to serve the citizens of Haltom City.

Labeled Quint 471, the new truck can function both as a pumper and as a ladder truck. The truck's tank can hold 300 gallons of water and has a fire pump that can flow up to 1500 gallons of water per minute. The ladder can be extended to 78 feet. This new piece of equipment will respond to all types of emergencies here in Haltom City and the surrounding communities.

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Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

carbon monoxideAs the seasons change, temperatures get colder and storms cause the loss of electricity, more families are using gas appliances to keep their homes warm. Fuel-powered devices can provide wonderful benefit to families when used properly, but they also underscore an important necessity in the home: the need for a carbon monoxide alarm.

Carbon monoxide is a gas that you cannot see, taste, or smell. It is created  when fuel, such as gasoline, kerosene, propane, natural gas, oil, wood or charcoal do not burn properly. Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or cars left running in garages. At its worst, carbon monoxide can cause severe side effects or even death.

Young children are especially vulnerable to the effects of carbon monoxide because of their smaller bodies. Children process carbon monoxide differently than adults, may be more severely affected by it, and may show signs sooner. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, nausea, and drowsiness.

Safekids.org has a list of tips to help eliminate risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home.

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Video-HCFD Firefighter Clowns

fire safety for kidsCheck out a video of the Haltom City Fire/Rescue Firefighter Clowns as they take their show on the road to the Academy at West Birdville elementary school.

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Home Fire Safety Checklist

The Haltom City Fire Department has issued a list of home fire safety tips (PDF file).

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