City of Harlingen Fire Depart.
Fire Prevention/Code Enforcement:
The Harlingen Fire Department with a fire force of 109 members and 3 administrative staff is responsible for fire and rescue services to the City of Harlingen, Combes, Palm Valley, Primera, and approximately 60 square miles of Cameron County. The department maintains seven fire stations on ready-status, twenty-four hours a day throughout the year.
Our Goal is to deliver Fire Suppression, Rescue, and Emergency Medical Services to the citizens of Harlingen and surrounding areas by providing a well-trained professional work force.
The First and Foremost Objective of the Harlingen Fire Department is to serve, without prejudice or favoritism, all citizens of the City of Harlingen, Cameron County and neighboring cities by safeguarding their lives and properties against the perils of fires, explosions, hazardous materials, emergency medical and any other threatening force that falls within our realm of jurisdiction and responsibilities.
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WINTER HOLIDAY SAFETY
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The Harlingen Fire Department is divided into a number of divisions and sections. The following is a brief description of the Harlingen Fire Department major divisions.
The Operation Division responds to fires, medical emergencies, hazardous material incidents, rescue, Aircraft & Rescue Firefighting and other emergencies. Shift personnel conduct pre-fire planning inspections of businesses and apartments within their respective districts:
The Assistant Fire Chief is responsible for operations, purchasing and personnel management. The Harlingen Fire Department Administration staff prepares payroll and maintains account payables records. The Administration staff also prepares the Fire Department's Annual Budget.
The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for:
Operational personnel make up most of the fire department. Firefighters assigned to operations work a 24-hour shift and are off for 48 hours. The firefighting staff is divided into three shifts ("A", "B", & "C"). Firefighters are assigned to a team on a particular fire apparatus (engine, aerial truck, rescue unit) at a fire station.
A Lieutenant is in charge of a fire company and is the ranking supervisor. Lieutenants are also responsible for their respective fire stations.
A Captain is responsible for three or more companies which are assigned particular districts. The City is divided into two districts with a Captain in charge of each district.
A Battalion Chief is assigned to training and a deputy chief is assign to the Fire Prevention Office as the Fire Marshal. One Assistant Chief is appointed by the Fire Chief. The Fire Chief is appointed by the City Manager with the approval of the City Commission.
Fire Department Management