Vision Statement:“To provide the most efficient service for our community, we will act and perform in a safe, courteous and professional manner. As members of the fire service, we have chosen to protect the lives and property of the citizens of our community. Our members have chosen to be part of a team that takes pride in representing the Mission Fire Department. We will strive to create a strong bond with the community by involving them in fire education, prevention and protection.”
About the Fire Department
The Mission Fire Department concept of operations is vast in nature and technical in terms. The following divisions are the components of the department, Administration, Operations, fire prevention,training, and Emergency Management.
The administration Division manages fire department resources including procurement of goods and services, fleet services, maintenance facilities and equipment maintenance. The City of Mission ISO rating is (4) out of ten.
The Mission Fire Department operates a staff of 76 members: Fire Chief and six (6) administration staff members; Operations Division, fifty seven (57) staff members; Fire Prevention Division, Six (6) staff members; Training Division, 1 Training Captain and Emergency Management Division, Emergency Management Coordinator, and the Communications Divisions of Four (4) Communications Officers.
The Fire Department operates five (5) fire stations and a fleet of 20 Emergency Response Units. The fire stations and emergency response units are strategically located throughout the city to provide the best response time possible.
Operations oversees all suppression personnel and activities and operates out of 5 fire stations:
- Central Fire Station located at 415 W. Tom Landry St.
- Station #2 located at 200 W. 1st St.
- Celestino Ramirez Fire Substation located at 1804 N. Shary Road
- Hollis Rutledge, Sr. Fire Substation located at 3408 N. Inspiration Road
- Station #5 located at 4500 S. Glasscock, Bldg (B)
The operations function area of concern include Fire Suppression, Rescue, (Special Operations), Emergency Medical 1st Response, Hazard Material Response and Non-Emergency Services.
Fire Prevention Division
The objective of the Mission Fire Prevention Bureau is to direct its resources to provide effective service delivery in areas of public education, construction, planning strategy, economic development, fire protection systems installation and use, fire investigation, and code enforcement.
The Mission Fire Prevention Bureau will continue to be “Dedicated to the Community We Protect… and Serve”.
The Fire Prevention Bureau is a division of the Mission Fire Department. The bureau’s main responsibilities are the enforcement of city ordinances, fire codes, plan reviews, fire inspections, provide fire safety education and undertake fire investigations.
The Fire Prevention Bureau’s responsibility is to protect the public and fire service personnel with coordinated efforts in code enforcement, fire inspections and public education thereby reducing the risk of loss of life and property due to fire and other emergencies in the City of Mission.
The majority of daily activity is the increase in compliance of fire codes through inspections and education. The Fire Prevention Bureau continuously educates property owners and tenants while conducting inspections. This helps to obtain voluntary compliance, as well as limit the number of repeat violations in the future.
The Fire Prevention Bureau’s educational programs provide up to date life safety messages in fire and injury prevention through direct training programs, as well as presentations and demonstrations. While many programs are aimed towards children audiences, safety tips and programs are also addressed to senior citizens and businesses.
The Fire Department operates a 24 hour Communications Center that takes emergency calls and dispatches fire units to those calls.
Emergency Management Program
Appointed by the Mayor, the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining emergency management programs and the City’s Emergency Operations Plan to minimize injury and loss of life and property to the citizens of Mission as a result of man-made or natural disaster.
The EMC works on all aspects of emergency management programs including mitigation planning and preparedness. The EMC is a key figure during emergency operations activations that may include response, recovery and resources.
The EMC is responsible and required professional development and training of staff on emergency management functions through the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
The Mission Fire Department Training Division is responsible for developing, implementing and delivering comprehensive training programs for all certified firefighters, volunteer firefighters and organizations within our community.
As we continue to grow we must keep up with changes to deliver the best possible service to our citizens and visitors. Since September 11, 2001, the fire department has recognized the need to train as an all hazards response organization. Firefighters must now be trained in the following:
- Emergency Medical Services
- Weapons of Mass Destruction/Hazardous Materials Handling
- Specialized Responses such as confined space rescue, trench rescue and hazardous materials.
- Swift water rescue and SCUBA
- Community Services and Professional Development. Additionally, as a first responder organization, we provide quality pre-hospital emergency care to the community. The Training Division has set a goal to increase the levels of EMS certification to the EMT-Basic level for all firefighters within the Mission Fire Department within the next five years.