The last fire I watched, I saw fire trucks from other cities in Hurst. Why?
The City of Hurst contracts with the City of Fort Worth for fire protection and emergency response in the southeastern portion of the city. Fort Worth Station #27 is located at 108 Holder Drive. Fort Worth fire trucks are a common site in this portion of the city. Hurst is also fortunate to be surrounded by neighboring cities that maintain their own fire departments. The City of Hurst participates in Mutual Aid agreement with each of it's neighboring cities, along with most cities in Tarrant county. These agreements are of mutual benefit to the cities involved, in that each city can reduce their number of on-duty firefighters and equipment to a level that can handle the normal size fire and emergency response. The larger emergency service demands for firefighters and equipment are much less frequent. These unusually large events are then staffed and equipped with "mutual aid" fire companies from neighboring cities.
What is the average response time in the City of Hurst for a fire truck?
Hurst Fire units respond to calls in approximately 4 minutes on average.
How many fire stations are there in Hurst?
There are three fire stations in the City of Hurst, two of which are staffed by Hurst Firefighters, the third is staffed by a Fort Worth Fire Truck that responds to about one third of the city by contract.
I have seen a fire truck with its lights and siren on go through an intersection, then turn its lights off. Why?
This is more than likely because the call was a multiple unit response and another arriving unit radioed back to the others that either their response wasn't necessary or doesn't warrant the dangers of running with lights and sirens.
A fire truck, ambulance, or police car is approaching with its lights and sirens on. What should I do?
When an emergency vehicle approaches you with its lights and sirens on, when it is safe to do so, pull to the right and stop .... even if you are in the left hand lane. If it is not safe to do so, stop where you are and wait for all the emergency vehicles to pass. Don't pull into an intersection if you are at a traffic light or stop sign. Please be courteous, remember the emergency we're responding to may be yours. Be safe!
What can a Paramedic do for the sick or injured?
Thirty Hurst Firefighters are trained as Paramedics. These Paramedics can perform Advanced Life Support (ALS) in the field. ALS skills include EKG interpretation, Defibrillation, Intravenous access, Life saving drug administration, Endotracheal intubation and some minor surgical techniques.
Why does a fire truck show up when I call 9-1-1 for an ambulance?
There are more fire apparatus than ambulances in the City, and they are more strategically placed. Each fire engine is equipped and staffed for Advanced Life Support (ALS) emergencies, therefore, dispatching a fire engine ensures a quick response for ALS care. The fire crews also provide needed assistance.
What information should I give the call taker when I call 9-1-1?
What type of emergency do you have, the location of the emergency. Try to keep it short, but remember stay on the line until the call-taker says you can hang up. Remember: stay calm! If they can't understand you, they can't help you.
When is Fire Prevention Week and the Hurst Fire Department Open House?
Fire Prevention Week is the first week in October every year. The Hurst Fire Department tries to schedule Open house during that weekend. For specific dates please call Fire Administration at (817) 788-7238.
Who is in charge of finding out how fires start in Hurst?
The person in charge of Fire Investigations in the City of Hurst is Fire Marshal Brent Craft. His number is (817) 788-7245.
Why does the Hurst Fire Department have red fire trucks?
Hurst has had yellow fire apparatus from approximately 1970 to some of our current vehicles. In 2006 the Department was given permission by the City Council to go back to red vehicles. So beginning with ambulances delivered in 2006 the new red and white design has been running calls in Hurst. In January of 2008 the first red fire apparatus was placed in service at Station 2.
Where can I find the Hurst Fire Administration building?
The Fire Administration office is located at the Main Fire Station #1. Our address is 2100 Precinct Line Rd. Please call 817-788-7238 for further questions/information.
How do I make my home and family safer?
This could be a very long answer, which is good. There are so many things we all can do to improve safety. A few examples are: Learn CPR, Get a fire extinguisher and become familiar with the proper techniques for use, Make a fire exit plan for your home (and practice exit drills!), know at least two ways out, have a safe exit from a two story house, have a safe meeting place outside. Learn first aid. There are so many more.
Please visit the education page or contact the Hurst Fire Department for more information.
Have you ever saved someone?
A simple answer would be yes!
But it takes a tremendous amount of training and practice to become confident and proficient in life saving. Saving a life is something that many people never get to experience. It is a wonderful, fulfilling and life changing experience for a person who is involved in saving a life or assisting in delivering a new born into the world. The Hurst Firefighters are trained in many phases of life saving, such as: delivering a new born, giving CPR, Advanced Life Support, including defibrillation, intubation and intravenous therapy, rescuing someone from vehicle accidents, and especially from fires.