Operations Division

The Fire Department responds to over 12,000 calls for service each year. There are approximately 150 residential fires and approximately 175 total structure fires annually. In past history, there was an average of 2 to 4 fire related deaths each year. The fire department responds to emergencies such as commercial or residential structure fires, vehicle fires, grass fires, vehicle accidents, ship or vessel fires, a variety of types of rescue operations; and as first responders, we also respond to any medical emergencies within our jurisdiction. Medical emergencies are an important part of our service as they include about 70 percent of our emergency responses.



 The Operations Division is responsible for providing reliable and efficient emergency services within Port Arthur. Operations is comprised of (7) engine companies and (1) ladder/rescue company; each with (3) paid personnel (Captain, Engineer, and Firefighter). The Operations Division also maintains and operates various marine, underwater rescue, and Hazardous Material response equipment and apparatus. The Operations Division is broken into (3) shifts to provide 24-hour a day protection for the citizens. Each shift is supervised by a Battalion Chief.


OPERATIONS:
Battalion Chief's office (409) 982-9598   

 

Fax (409) 983-9599





The Port Arthur Fire Department has a number of highly trained special teams which respond to calls for service with special circumstances or hazards causing immediate danger to individuals or the public as a whole. These teams include special activities such as:

Hazardous materials response: The numerous industrial areas, waterfront facilities, and petrochemical and refining plants in our protection area increase the risk of emergencies resulting from accidents involving hazardous or toxic materials spilled or released within our pro. If there is any chance any of these emergencies will affect our citizens, every precaution will be taken to advert casualties and property damage from occurring. Sometimes this may include taking steps such as issuing a 'shelter in place' directive, or calling for an evacuation of the affected area until the incident is controlled and safe for the public. Our hazmat team is highly trained and they have the specialized equipment to effectively handle these type emergencies.



High-angle rescue: Many of our industrial facilities have structures or towers of such great height which make rescue of individuals who become trapped or injured difficult. These individuals may require assistance to reach safety or medical treatment. Our rescue team has specialized training the equipment to reach these individuals and extricate them from the dangerous situation.

 Confined space rescue: Industrial facilities often have tanks or other type structures, where workers doing construction or maintenance operations may become trapped or they may be overcome by a hazardous atmosphere within the space. These individuals usually require assistance from emergency responders to escape to safety and receive any medical treatment they may require. These types of rescues often require specialized equipment and preparation for working with hazardous materials. Our department often trains with other rescue teams with industrial facilities in our area.

Dive team: Automobile accidents where a vehicle leaves the roadway and enters a waterway, boating accidents, and other emergencies where people become trapped or incapacitated underwater require assistance from a specialized rescue team trained in scuba diving operations. This team is called upon for emergency underwater rescue or recovery operations.

Swift and Deep water rescue: Our area has a substantial amount of water; whether it is a river, canal, lake, or open water. People enjoy water activities such as swimming, boating, or fishing and sometimes accidents occur where these individuals need assistance from emergency responders. Also, our area has commercial fishing operations and they may have need of rescue when an accident occurs. The fire department operates a number of watercraft and vessels specifically for use in these type emergencies.



Special equipment and apparatus are required to conduct these special operations and with the assistance of federal grants, equipment such as a hazardous materials / heavy rescue truck, a hazardous materials response equipment trailer, and (5) water rescue vessels in a variety of different sizes were purchased and put into operation.

In addition, the Fire Department houses and maintains a Mobile Unified Command Vehicle which may be used for joint operations during large emergency responses or emergencies of long duration.



Each year Port Arthur firefighters work together collecting funds for donations to fight Muscular Dystrophy. The 'Fill the Boot' champagne is used across the nation as a method for firefighters to raise money to help find a cure for this debilitating disease. Our firefighters take pride in the fact that they have been part of such a worthy and important cause. We sincerely thank our citizens for their generosity during this event.