The Irving Fire Department responds to fire emergencies within the city limits. Mutual aid agreements with other Dallas County fire departments allows Irving to assist other cities when large or multiple emergencies exceed their capacity. These agreements also provide for assistance to the Irving Fire Department, when needed. The Irving Fire Department has 310 personnel assigned to Suppression Operations. Station personnel operate on a 24 hours on-duty, 48 hours off-duty shift
The department has a Hazardous Materials Unit, assigned to Station 8, to respond in the event of a chemical spill or release. Our hazardous materials team consists of two in-service fire companies with two specialty support vehicles. Private contractors are used for the cleanup at the property owner's expense.
Irving's firefighters have been trained in various types of technical rescues, such as high angle rescue, trench rescue, heavy machinery rescue, and vehicle extrication. This service provides rescue to victims trapped in hard to reach areas such as the bottom of holes, on building ledges, train trestles, or window washer platforms. The Technical Rescue Team is assigned to Station 6.
Texas weather often causes high water conditions. The three lakes that are located in the city, the creeks, canals, and the Trinity River provide our firefighters with an opportunity to practice water rescue. The Swift Water Rescue Team is assigned to Station 1 which has a zodiac boat and trailer for swift water responses as well as Boat 8 on Lake Carolyn.
The Irving Fire Department staffs eight Mobile Intensive Care Units, MICU, with a minimum of two paramedics. The MICU staff provides treatment and transport for medical emergencies to hospitals in Irving and adjoining cities. All of the fire engines in the city are paramedic fire engines, meaning they are staffed with a minimum of one paramedic. Paramedic fire engines are supplied with all the tools necessary to provide initial emergency care to accident victims. The Irving Fire Department has 175 Paramedics and 63 EMT rated personnel.
The Fire Prevention Division of the Irving Fire Department has 14 people assigned to it, including the Fire Marshal and Assistant Fire Marshal, and 3 Fire Prevention Lieutenants. All 14 are State of Texas Certified Fire Inspectors and Fire Investigators. Seven are Texas Certified Arson Investigators. Fire Prevention staff operate out of the Fire Administration office, the North Inspection office located at Station 11, and at the Public Education Station.
The duties of the Fire Prevention Division include:
The Fire Training Academy is located at 2603 Esters Road. The staff at this facility coordinates continuing education as well as new product and refresher training for the Irving Fire Department. The training academy also maintains state-required training records. The Training Academy for the Irving Fire Department has one Captain and two Lieutenants assigned to it.
The Irving Fire Department has a state of the art fire alarm office. Irving has been a part of 911 since the early 1980's. A computer aided dispatch system was installed in 1994 to aid in the timely response to emergency situations. Fire Communications for the Irving Fire Department is done by one Battalion Chief, four Lieutenants, eight Fire Equipment Operators, and four Firefighters.
The Irving Fire Department has; 11 front line engines the oldest of which is a 2000 Pierce 1500GPM pumper, 4 front line trucks the oldest of which is a 1997 Pierce 105 ft Aerial, 8 Frazier Ambulances all of which are 2007 or newer, one 2005 Brush/Parking Garage unit, one 2004 Haz-Mat truck, one Decon Trailer, one Mass Casualty Trailer, one 2008 HarbourGuard Fire Boat, one Swift Water Rescue inflatable boat, 2 Battalion Chief Suburban type vehicles, plus various support vehicles.
The Irving Fire Department provides free blood pressure screenings at fire stations throughout the city. If you are not familiar with the location of the fire station nearest you call (972) 721-2755 for directions. Your health is very important, do not wait for an emergency to call on your fire department.
Your Irving Fire Department has placed new Thermal Imaging Cameras into service on all front line fire apparatus. These instruments allow the firefighters to:
The cameras are readily available on each unit and are taken in on all structure fires to search for victims.
The Irving Fire Department Property Room is located at Fire Administration and is operated by a Property Coordinator and a Property Technician. They supply the department will all necessary items to operate on a daily basis.
9-1-1 is the number to call when you need help in an emergency. Call 9-1-1 when you need police, firefighters or an ambulance. After you call, stay calm and speak slowly and clearly. Tell the dispatcher what is wrong and do not hang up until you are told to.
This information was provided by the National Emergency Number Association and the Texas Advisory Commission on State Emergency Communications© 1995 Texas Advisory Commission on State Emergency Communications.
History of the Irving Fire Department
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