Houston Fire Department

The Houston Fire Department at a glance, as of 2016:

(For a complete history of the HFD, go here.)
 
Suppression:

  • 93 Fire Stations
  • 88 Engine Pumpers
  • 33 Ladder Trucks
  • 5 Tower-Ladders
  • 11 Booster Trucks
  • 21 District Fire Stations w/District Chiefs
  • 3 Safety Officers
  • 2 Deputy Chiefs

 
EMS:

  • 58 BLS Ambulances
  • 34 ALS Ambulances
  • 11 ALS Squads
  • 7 EMS Supervisors
  • 2 Sr. EMS Supervisors
  • 1 EMS District Chief

 
Special Operations:

  • 3 Technical Rescue Units
  • 8 Swift-Water Rescue Boats
  • 6 Swift-Water Rescue Jet Skis
  • 10 Flat-Bottom Evacuation Boats
  • 2 HAZMAT Units
  • 1 HAZMAT Foam Engine
  • 12 ARFF Crash Trucks

 
Support Units:

  • 3 Mobile-Air Cascade Units
  • 2 Rehab Units
  • 1 Command Van
  • 1 AMBUS Mass Casualty Mobile Hospital/Transport Bus

 
Houston Fire Department Facts:**

  • HFD is the fourth largest fire department in the United States.
  • HFD is the largest ISO Class 1 organization in the United States.
  • HFD responds to over 250,000 EMS calls each year.
  • HFD responds to over 50,000 Suppression, Rescue, & HAZMAT calls each year.
  • HFD has suffered 72 Line of Duty Deaths (as of 2016).
  • HFD employs approximately 4,000 firefighters. Most carry at least an EMT-Basic certification.
  • HFD is comprised of 97% Male, and 3% Female.
  • HFD is comprised of 63% White, 19% Hispanic, 17% Black, and 1% Asian.
  • Starting pay for a Houston Firefighter is $28,023.58

 

**Statistics are from the most recent official Houston Fire Department Annual Reports & the official HFD website, which can be accessed here.