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Dallas Fire-Rescue Department

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Dallas Fire-Rescue Department
Dallas Fire-Rescue Department Logo.png
Operational area
Country United States
State Texas
City Dallas
Coordinates32°47′N 96°48′W / 32.783°N 96.800°W / 32.783; -96.800
Agency overview
Established4 July 1872 (1872-07-04)
Employees1,939 (2017)[1]
Fire chiefDominique Artis
EMS levelALS and BLS
IAFFLocal 58
Facilities and equipment
AmbulancesFront-line: 40
Peak Demand: 7
Airport crash5 [2]
Wildland1 Team [3]
Rescue boats6
Official website
IAFF website

The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department is a career organization that provides fire suppression, emergency medical services, technical rescue response, hazardous materials response, wildfire suppression,[4] water rescue, life safety education, fire prevention and arson investigation services to Dallas, Texas as a member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Emergency medical services include advanced life support response by ALS (Advanced Life Support) capable engines and transport units.


Area served

The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department provides fire-rescue, emergency medical, hazmat response, and technical rescue services for the public living in the city and county of Dallas, Texas. Nearly 1.2 million people live in the DFRD response area, and the department responds from 58 stations to provide their professional services.[5][6] Outside the immediate city limits of Dallas, DFRD has stations spreading out around the city. To the north, DFRD has stations neighboring Carrolton, Plano, Richardson, and Garland. To the east, the DFRD response area is bordered by Mesquite, and to the south by Duncanville and Seagoville. To the west is Grand Prairie and Irving.[7] DFRD often provides mutual aid responses into these neighboring jurisdictions, as well as receiving help from these other agencies when needed.

Units can respond to building types that range from wood-frame single family homes and large apartment complexes, or from stadiums to high-rise structures. The DFRD response area also includes a number of large bridges and tunnels, large parks and brush areas that can give rise to major fires,[8] in addition to the large DART network, and bus lines, and two major airports at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field. DFRD provides care for a very large and diverse area, responding from stations scattered strategically throughout their jurisdiction.


The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department is headed by Fire Chief (FC) Dominique Artis,[1] under whom the department has the command of numerous units assigned to it. Also, the department includes the office of strategic planning, the public information officer (PIO),[9] the office of financial services, and the chief of staff - Assistant Chief Ted Padgett.

Under Assistant Chief Ted Padgett are four bureaus, each headed by another assistant chief (AC):[10]


  • Emergency Response (ERB) & Special Operations: AC Randal Stidham
  • EMS & Communications: AC Daniel Salazar
  • Fire Prevention & Investigation (FP&I): AC Tameji Berry
  • Administration: Vacant

Under each divisional assistant chief will be deputy chiefs (DCs) or managers who head a specific program or branch.

Emergency Response Bureau and Special Operations include field deputy chiefs, special ops, and safety. Safety in turn includes field safety battalion chiefs (BCs) [11]

EMS & Communications includes EMS, communications, and geographical information services.[12]

Fire Prevention & Investigation includes the Fire Marshall's Office and arson investigation.[13]

Administration includes all training services (including recruiting, fire protection, EMS, and USAR), maintenance and warehousing, and the chaplain service.[14]

The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department operates out of 58 stations.[15]


The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department was organized on July 4, 1872 in a response to a large fire that occurred twelve years earlier in July 1860.[16] During that interim, there had been an unorganized response, with delays partially due to the American Civil War, but the department became fully salaried in 1885.[17]

Fire Chief Dominique Artis[18] assumed the role in December 2018 after his predecessor, FC David Coatney, resigned to become director of Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.[19]

USAR Task Force

The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department was involved in the creation of Urban Search and Rescue team Texas Task Force 2,[20] abbreviated TX-TF2, to function as one of two state urban search and rescue (USAR) teams in the State of Texas.[21] It is managed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service and headquartered in Dallas.[22]

Notable incidents that the DFRD members of Texas Task Force 2 have responded to, have included the West Fertilizer Company explosion, Hurricane Dolly (2008), Hurricane Ike,[23] and Hurricane Harvey.[24][25]

Notable incidents


The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department has unfortunately suffered a number of Line of Duty Deaths (LODD) during the course of its operational history.[28][26] The department has a memorial to their fallen members at the department museum, but also maintains an interactive list that explores the individual's lives and the events that led to their line of duty death.[29]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Dallas Promotes New Fire-Rescue Chief From Within". 28 December 2018.
  2. ^ "City of Dallas: Dallas Fire-Rescue Department".
  3. ^ "City of Dallas: Dallas Fire-Rescue Department".
  4. ^ Campbell, Eric (2016-09-09). "WiId!and Urban Interface Program Memo" (PDF).
  5. ^ lamster, mark (20 May 2016). "Style has substance at Dallas' new fire stations".
  6. ^ "Current Dallas, Texas Population, Demographics and stats in 2019, 2018".
  7. ^ "Texas Maps - Tour Texas".
  8. ^ Gonzalez, A.C. (2012-01-20). "Dallas Fire-Rescue Wildland Strike Deployment Team Memo" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Public Information".
  10. ^ "Organizational Chart" (PDF).
  11. ^ "Emergency Response Special Operations".
  12. ^ "EMS Communications".
  13. ^ "Inspections and Investigations".
  14. ^ "Training Support".
  15. ^ "Fire Stations".
  16. ^ "Archives_1991-025".
  17. ^ "Leadership History".
  18. ^ "Dallas Promotes New Fire Chief from Within". Firehouse.
  19. ^ "Dallas Chief Leaving for Higher Education". Firehouse.
  20. ^ "Urban Search & Rescue (US&R)".
  21. ^ "Dallas Regional Urban Search & Rescue Task Force" (PDF). 2006-09-19.
  22. ^ "Texas Task Force 2 to be managed locally by TEEX".
  23. ^ "Texas Task Force 2: Response to Hurricane Ike" (PDF).
  24. ^ Oder, Michael. "Texas Task Force 1 & 2 still rescuing people as flood waters recede".
  25. ^ "Deployments". Texas Task Force 2. 1 February 2018.
  26. ^ a b "The Worst Fire in Dallas History".
  27. ^ "Dallas Fire-Rescue chief speaks out on officer shootings". FireRescue1.
  28. ^ "Draft of Dallas LODD report more critical than official version". FireRescue1.
  29. ^ "City of Dallas: Dallas Fire-Rescue Department".

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