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As part of its fire education/prevention efforts, the fire department welcomes groups or individuals to tour the fire station. The average duration of a station tour is 30 minutes. You may schedule a tour by contacting Battalion Chief Randy Barkley at 817.514.5791.
In the City of Watauga, the ambulances are part of the fire department. All fire engines are equipped with much of the same lifesaving equipment that you would find on the ambulance; the firefighters are trained to deliver emergency medical care prior to the arrival of the ambulance, as all of our emergency response personnel are dual certified as paramedics and certified firefighters. Many times the engines arrive minutes before the ambulance.
The International Fire Code 2012 prohibits any open burning of brush, trash or debris within the City of Watauga.
If you meet the above requirements, the City of Watauga will announce a testing date to conduct a general aptitude written examination for entry-level firefighter, followed by a physical agility test.
The physical agility test elements will include:
For any emergency, you should dial 9-1-1. This will connect you with the Communications/Dispatch Center located in North Richland Hills. The Center will determine the proper agency and type of equipment that needs to respond to your situation. Be prepared to answer the call taker’s questions about your location and what type of problem you’re having.
Fire hydrants are installed and maintained by the Public Works Department. The City water utility directly charges customers for Public Fire Protection to pay for the production, storage, transmission, sale and delivery of water for public fire protection purposes.
The firefighters are working 48 hour shifts, beginning at 7a.m. each day. They are required to purchase their own meals and typically pool their money for the day’s meals. The units and personnel are always available to respond when they are at the grocery store.
The fire department inspects buildings to ensure they remain free from hazards that may endanger the occupants. The inspections are required by Texas Statutes and Fire Codes. Most buildings are inspected once per year. The inspections are performed by the Fire Marshal and firefighters working in the fire stations, who have special training in building construction, fire detection and alarm systems and fire suppression systems.
During the course of a day it is not unusual for two or three emergencies to occur at the same time. If our ambulances or fire trucks are busy, we will dispatch a unit from another city. This mutual-aid works both ways; therefore our ambulances and fire trucks are commonly dispatched to neighboring municipalities as well.