Fire

City of Alton Fire Dept.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Alton Fire Department is committed to providing the highest level of public safety services for our community.  We protect lives and property through fire suppression, emergency medical response, disaster management, fire prevention and public education.  “Excellence is our standard, not our goal”.

The Alton Fire Department has a total of 8 fire apparatuses and certified personnel on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The fleet consists of 2 fire engines, 2 brush trucks, 1 tanker and 3 command units.  All of which are fully equipped for various emergency situations.  Our staff consists of 18 certified full-time fire fighters and 10 certified reserve firefighters working around the clock to serve the City of Alton and its citizens in case of an emergency.  We encourage our citizens to always call 911 in case of an emergency, as well as reporting illegal burning and dumping of trash to our non emergency line (956) 432-0740 and/or contact the Fire Department Duty Officer at (956) 266-5868. 

We encourage the citizens of our community to follow these simple steps to prevent fire at home:

  • Don’t leave candles burning at home unattended.
  • Never leave food cooking on the stove unattended.
  • Check all electrical outlets and never leave unnecessary items on.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Never let children play with matches or lighters.
  • Don’t start fires close to the house (including BBQ pits/gas grills close to the house, inside the garage or under sheds)
  • Installation of smoke and gas detectors with routine maintenance.
  • Always have an escape plan and safe meeting place outside in case of a fire.

In case you are the victim of a house fire, the Alton Fire Department is committed to assist you as much as possible thru various assistance programs.  For example we help your process with either the Salvation Army or the Red Cross.  These agencies are available to the public in these circumstances.  These agencies will ask for a report on the damage on your property which we provide.  Remember…preventing fires at home starts with you!

 

OPERATIONS

Fire Chief/Fire Marshal:  Javier Garcia has 40 years of experience and is responsible for the overall management and planning of the Fire Department.

Assistant Fire Chief:  Conrado Martinez has 20 years of experience and is responsible on the day to day operation of the department.

Fire Suppression:  With our primary station located at 201 W Dawes and Sub-Station located on Moorefield Air Base, the Fire Department covers a total of 180 square miles of city and county jurisdiction.  The primary responsibility of this division consists of structural, vehicle, dumpster, grass/wild lands fire suppression as well as motor vehicle accidents and a wide range of medical calls.

Fire Marshal’s Office:  Carries out Code Enforcement, Fire/Site Plan Reviews, Foster & Adoption Inspections and New & Existing Occupancy Inspections.  There is currently 1 Fire Marshal, 6 Investigators and 6 Inspectors who are certified through the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement & Texas Commission on Fire Protection.

Fire Prevention:  The primary focus is making contact with various businesses, shops and schools located within our fire district and providing them with fire plan reviews, new construction inspections, existing occupancy inspections and public education.  We currently follow the International Fire Code 2012 as our reference for compliance.

Moorefield Air Base:  Established in 2015, a signed agreement with the US Department of Agriculture allows 2 fire fighters and an apparatus to be stationed at the base from Monday – Sunday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.  This program provides safety throughout the day for incoming and outgoing aircrafts, as well as hazardous material response for on-base personnel.

Emergency Management:  The Alton Fire Department is dedicated to serving our community before, during and after major emergencies such as flash flooding, hurricanes or tornados.  Through a coordinated effort of city departments and Hidalgo County Precinct 3 recourses we can provide our community with safety awareness and emergency evacuation if needed.

 

TRAINING DIVISION

Our goal is to provide our firefighters with the most up to date training available so they maintain their skill level and knowledge in their areas of expertise.  Each firefighter receives approximately 200 hours of training each year.  This training consists of classroom instruction, reviewing videos & articles and hands-on drills/skills.  Maintaining an accurate training record is vital to our department for inspections conducted by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and ISO insurance ratings.

The Alton Regional Training Center:  Offers a wide variety of on-site and online training courses such as Basic Fire Academy, Fire & Arson Investigator, Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor I, II, III, Fire Officer I, II, EMT Basic, Tactical Medic, Emergency Medical Responder, CPR and First Aid.  These courses are accredited by the following:

  • Texas Commission on Fire Protection
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • American Heart Association
  • National Safety Council

Specialized Training:  Recent training has included the use of drone robotics in wild land firefighting, hazardous material spills/leaks and outdoor search & rescue operations.  By teaching our firefighters on the use of aerial drones we are able to ascertain a safe size-up of multiple acre wild land fires, safely enter Haz-Mat areas, and searching for lost or hurt individuals without having to endanger personnel or apparatuses.

Cross Training: 6 fire fighters are crossed trained in law enforcement and actively serve with the Alton Police Department.  This program allows fire/arson investigators and police detectives to work in conjunction to solve and close cases together and stay proficient with police officer duties.