Fire Chief

David Palla, Fire Chief

David Palla, Fire Chief, began his career with the Hurst Fire Department in 1986 as a firefighter. He has worked as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Driver Engineer, Lieutenant and was appointed as the Assistant Fire Chief in 2002. David has also served as the Emergency Management Coordinator since 2002.  He has enjoyed helping serve the Citizens of Hurst for over 31 years. David was born in Fort Worth and has lived in the  area his entire life.

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Fire Fighter Exam Notification

Applicants for the position of Firefighter must first take and pass an entrance examination and be placed on an eligibility list to be considered for the position of Firefighter. The Notice of Civil Service Examination and the Firefighter Job Posting are provided below:


City of Hurst, TX ( will be giving an entrance examination for Firefighter at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Hurst Justice Center, 825 Thousand Oaks Drive, Hurst, TX 76054. 

Minimum Requirements are: 

  • Between the ages of 18 and 35
  • Certified or licensed as a Paramedic by the Texas Department of State Health Services or have a National Registry Paramedic Certification. At the time of entrance examination, applicants must provide evidence of Certification (or Licensure) by the Texas Department of State Health Services or National Registry Paramedic Certification. Current Paramedic students anticipating graduation in May 2019 or who have a course completion certificate will be allowed to take the test; they will not be eligible for hire until they have met the State of Texas certification/licensure requirements.
  • Honorable discharge, if served in the military
  • Vision of 20/40 or better, corrected to 20/20 with no color blindness
  • Required to become certified as a structural fire fighter by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection
  • Pass physical agility test given by Tarrant County College within the six months prior to appointment or within 90 days of being appointed

In addition to above minimum requirements, must:  

- Pass written examination
- Pass a background check
- Pass an Oral Review Board
- Pass a polygraph examination
- Pass a medical examination with drug screen 


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The eligibility list created as a result of this entrance examination will be effective for 12 months from the date of the written examination or until exhausted.

Study guides for the exam are available from IPMA-HR and can be ordered by going to  Be sure to order the guide early! 


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City Implements Ambulance Subscription Service

The City of Hurst is offering citizens an ambulance subscription service to help offset the high costs of emergency ambulance transportation. Insurance companies routinely do not pay the entire amount of ambulance transportation, leaving the patient with the responsibility of paying the balance of the bill. The purpose of the subscription service is to cover the amount not covered by your insurance provider or Medicare. For $60 per year per family, you will never have to worry about paying an ambulance bill. Read more about the service here.

* Enrollment for the 2018 year has ended. Next enrollment period begins October 1, 2018 and will run through December 31, 2018.