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The Houston Fire Department was established in 1838 and after having provided volunteer firefighting services for 57 years, the City of Houston Fire Department began paying its firefighters in 1895. HFD is the third largest fire department in the United States and is responsible for preserving life and property to a population of more than 2 million in an area totaling 654 square miles.

Our commitment to the public we serve is unwavering and consistent. This commitment is fully expressed in our motto: “Courage, Commitment, and Compassion”. Our menu of responsibilities is ever changing, but our basic areas of service are prevention and enforcement, public education, pre-hospital emergency care & transportation, and fire control. Our service has evolved to include hazardous materials, technical rescue, tactical medicine, swift water rescue, and social service calls. Our commitment to the public we serve is unwavering and consistent. This commitment is fully expressed in our motto: “Courage, Commitment, and Compassion”.


HFD Media Releases

KBR and the Houston Fire Department to Unveil New Community Outreach Vehicle

HOUSTON - The Houston Fire Department (HFD) and KBR,Inc. (NYSE: KBR) will hold a Media Availability on Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in front of the KBR Tower at 601 Jefferson St. in Downtown Houston, during KBR’s annual ZERO HARM Day event. The day's objective is to recognize people and p...

KBR and the Houston Fire Department to Unveil new Community Outreach Vehicle

HOUSTON - The Houston Fire Department (HFD) and KBR,Inc. (NYSE: KBR) will hold a Media Availability on Thursday, Feb 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in front of the KBR Tower at 601 Jefferson St. in Downtown Houston, during KBR’s annual ZERO HARM Day event. The day's objective is to recognize people and p...

HFD Firefighter involved in Fatal Accident

Houston Fire Department Jason D Hamilton Houston – The Houston Fire Department is deeply saddened by the death of our beloved brother Jason D Hamilton. According to authorities, Hamilton was involved in a motor vehicle accident on I-10 and Brookshire while off duty. Hamilton was...

LyondellBasell Donation Provides Specialized Training for Houston Fire Department and Other Local Fire Departments

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB), one of the world's largest plastics, chemical and refining companies, announced a donation of $100,000 to fund specialized emergency training for six Houston-area fire departments that serve key industrial corridors during a press conference, today, January 13, 2017. ...

Fire Chief to be Sworn into Office

Today

Samuel Peña, who was named the 39th Fire Chief for the Houston Fire Department earlier this month, will be sworn into office Today, December 19, 2016, at 3 p.m. in the City Hall Legacy Room. Chief Peña has been a member of the American Fire Service for 22 years. He was chosen as Fire Chief for...

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HFD Incident Updates

Correction: Houston Fire Department Hazmat Units working a Chemical Spill in South Houston

Address Correction

What: Chemical Spill in South Houston. When: Sat. 18 Feb. 2017 at 6:37 p.m. Where: 2026 Houston Blvd, SOUTH HOUSTON 77587 Injuries: None Reported Damage: None Reported Cause: Leaking Tanker Truck Details: HFD Hazmat Team 1 and 2 along with other HFD units are currently working a Chem...

Houston Fire Department Hazmat Units working a Chemical Spill in South Houston

What: Chemical Spill in South Houston. When: Sat. 18 Feb. 2017 at 6:37 p.m. Where: 2026 TX -3 Dickinson, TX 77539 Injuries: None Reported Damage: None Reported Cause: Leaking Tanker Truck Details: HFD Hazmat Team 1 and 2 along with other HFD units are currently working a Chemical Spi...

HFD Captain Recovering From Assault during Rescue

Houston Fire Department HFD Captain Kenneth Willingham HOUSTON- On January 6, 2016 the Houston Fire Department responded to a fire at the Kwik Kar Lube and Tune at 2490 South Highway 6 at Westheimer Rd. In the course of fighting the fire, crews heard a voice inside an exterior storage ...

Commercial Building Fire in West Houston

What: Building Fire of a commercial occupancy in West Houston. When: January 6, 2017 at 12:51 a.m. Where: 2698 S. Highway 6, Houston TX 77082 Injuries: One Firefighter and one fire victim were transported to nearby hospital. Damage: Moderate damage to an equipment room in the struct...

Update:House Fire in Northwest Houston

Three Fatalities Reported

What: House Fire in Northwest Houston. When: December 30, 2016 at 5:31 a.m. Where: 1300 block of Richelieu Houston TX 77018 Injuries: Three fatalities reported. Damage: Significant- Intial units reported large flames coming from the home. Cause: Under Investigation by Houston Arson Bur...

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HFD Public Service Announcements

The Houston Fire Department Urges Citizens to use Safety when using Heating Devices

The National Weather Service (NWS) and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are warning of winter weather throughout the region over the next few days. The Houston Fire Department urges citizens to be careful and follow some simple safety tips when using space heaters, fireplaces...

HFD Encourages a Safe New Year Celebration

The Houston Fire Department hopes everyone has a safe and happy New Year celebration by reminding citizens about firework use. Not only are Fireworks dangerous, but they are also illegal in the City of Houston and in many areas of the Harris County. The possession, manufacture, sell and/or ...

The Houston Fire Department Urges Citizens to use Safety when using Heating Devices

The Houston Fire Department urges citizens to be careful and follow some simple safety tips when using space heaters, fireplaces and other supplemental heating sources. Any shift away from the exclusive use of central heating presents an increased possibility for fire. Citizens should always k...

The Houston Fire Department Recommends Safety Tips for Labor Day Weekend Activities

As we pay tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the United States this Labor Day Weekend, the Houston Fire Department urges citizens to follow some simple safety tips if enjoying the outdoors: Barbecue Grill Safety Tips ◾Portable barbe...

HFD Reminds Citizens Fireworks are Dangerous and Illegal to Use in The City

The Houston Fire Department would like to remind citizens that it is illegal to discharge fireworks in the City of Houston and parts of the county. Although fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the holiday season, they can be dangerous, possibly causing serious burn and ey...

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HFD Fact Sheets

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