Texarkana Texas Fire Department

Texarkana Texas Fire Department Our Mission is to protect the Citizens of Texarkana and their property from the dangers of fire. Our Mission: To protect the Citizens of Texarkana and their property from the dangers of fire and other hazardous conditions through public education, fire prevention, code enforcement, and professional emergency response.

To prepare ourselves for response through regular, effective training. To protect ourselves through an effective safety program.

Operating as usual

October is fire prevention month. Unfortunately our area has already had two fire deaths this week. Please test your smo...
10/04/2020

October is fire prevention month. Unfortunately our area has already had two fire deaths this week.
Please test your smoke alarms for proper operation and replace batteries or replace the alarm if 10 years old. Check your friends and family to make sure they have smoke alarms and are working properly.
If we can help you with checking or replacing your smoke alarm, please call us. We would rather come see you to check your smoke alarm than fight a fire in your home.
903-798-3994.
Always here for you. TTFD.

The City of Texarkana, Texas
09/18/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

The tornado sirens were accidentally set off this morning. We apologize! There is no inclement weather in our area. Enjoy your day!

California wildfire pictures from Captain Chuck Weerts.The firefighters are working 24 hour shifts battling these fires ...
09/17/2020

California wildfire pictures from Captain Chuck Weerts.
The firefighters are working 24 hour shifts battling these fires in this treacherous terrain.

A few pictures as the team prepares to get to work this morning.
09/14/2020

A few pictures as the team prepares to get to work this morning.

Captain Chuck Weerts and Texas Strike Team 141 have arrived at the Creek Fire in California. The picture is what it actu...
09/13/2020

Captain Chuck Weerts and Texas Strike Team 141 have arrived at the Creek Fire in California.
The picture is what it actually looks like there in the middle of the day. Visibility and breathing are both compromised due to all the smoke.

Texas firefighters making a pit stop earlier in Arizona. Should reach California tonight.
09/13/2020

Texas firefighters making a pit stop earlier in Arizona. Should reach California tonight.

Captain Chuck Weerts and his team have been assigned to the Creek Fire in Fresno County, California. This size of this f...
09/12/2020

Captain Chuck Weerts and his team have been assigned to the Creek Fire in Fresno County, California. This size of this fire is nearly 200,000 acres. That,s right 200,000. It is only 6% contained. Long, hard days ahead for all the firefighters involved.

TTFD Captain Chuck Weerts is on his way to California to assist with the massive wildfires. Capt. Weerts is traveling wi...
09/12/2020

TTFD Captain Chuck Weerts is on his way to California to assist with the massive wildfires.
Capt. Weerts is traveling with members from fire departments throughout north and east Texas.
They met up with other teams from Texas in Lubbock, to then convoy to their posts in California.
We wish them all safety in their travels and work.

Texarkana Texas Fire Department's cover photo
08/26/2020

Texarkana Texas Fire Department's cover photo

Texarkana Texas Police Department
08/15/2020

Texarkana Texas Police Department

TxDOT is ready to start the first phase of the I-30 construction project in Texarkana.

Phase 1A is scheduled to begin on Sunday evening after 8:00. That will consist of reconstructing the existing outside shoulders on both the eastbound and westbound lanes. That's going to mean that they will have to restrict traffic to one lane while work is performed - which is scheduled to be done primarily at night between 8:00p and 6:00a. Work will begin in the area of Kings Highway on the eastbound lanes.

If you're interested in some more information about the overall project, TxDOT has created a website for you. Go check out https://tinyurl.com/I30-texarkana.

#texarkanapolice
#betterintexarkana

Texarkana Texas Police Department
08/04/2020

Texarkana Texas Police Department

Get Ready... It starts tomorrow.

Crews will begin setting up barricades and construction warning signs along Interstate 30 on Wednesday as a major construction project to widen the roadway begins. Actual construction and some lane closures will begin later this month.

The $88.9 million TxDOT project is expected to take four years to complete. They will be completely reconstructing the highway and widening it from four to six lanes from just west of Kings Highway all the way to Stateline Avenue. They are also adding concrete barriers with safety lighting to divide opposing lanes of traffic.

It's going to be very nice when it is all done, but you should expect that things will likely be difficult for drivers out there for the next few years. We suggest that you start scouting out alternative routes now so you can avoid all the construction headaches.

#texarkanapolice
#betterintexarkana

The City of Texarkana, Texas
07/02/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

Gov. Abbott this afternoon issued an Executive Order requiring Texans to wear face coverings in public in any county with more than 20 positive COVID-19 cases. That means Bowie County is included.

The order applies to all commercial entities, buildings and spaces open to the public, including outdoors, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from those outside your household.

The exceptions to his order include:

- Children under 10 years old
- Anyone with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering
- Eating or drinking, or seated in a restaurant to eat or drink
- Exercising or engaging in physical activity outdoors (as long as distance is maintained)
- Driving alone or with passengers from the same household
- Obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening or a need for specific access to the face (i.e. visiting a bank or obtaining a personal care service involving the face), but only to the extent necessary for the temporary removal
- While in a swimming pool, lake or similar body of water
- Voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher or actively administering an election (though a face covering is strongly encouraged)
- Actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship (though a face covering is strongly encouraged)
- Giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience

Not excepted from the requirement are those attending a protest or demonstration involving more than 10 people who are not practicing safe social distancing of six feet from people outside their household.

Following a verbal or written warning for a first-time violation, the order includes a fine of up to $250 for subsequent violations.

The governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings larger than 10 people. We will keep you updated if Bowie County Judge Bobby Howell or Mayor Bob Bruggeman issue any further restrictions, but none have been issued at this time.

The City of Texarkana, Texas
06/29/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

Heads up, pet owners!

Today, Tomorrow and Saturday!
06/18/2020

Today, Tomorrow and Saturday!

A no-cost COVID testing site will be set up Thursday, Friday and Saturday THIS WEEK in Texarkana. This is the first time we've been able to offer testing on the weekend, and no appointment will be required.

The City of Texarkana, Texas
05/12/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

Another round of no-cost COVID testing will be provided in Bowie County this Friday. You'll need to register for an appointment, but the state's appointment desk won't open up scheduling for the Bowie County site until Thursday. Mark your calendars!

The City of Texarkana, Texas
05/04/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

No-cost COVID 19 testing will be offered in Texarkana, Texas and New Boston, Texas on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. An appointment is required.

To register for an appointment, call 512-883-2400 or visit https://txcovidtest.org/. To be tested, a patient must be experiencing one of the following symptoms: Fever and/or chills, Cough (Dry or Productive), Fatigue, Body aches/muscle or joint pain, Shortness of Breath, Sore Throat, Headaches, Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea, Nasal Congestion, or Loss of Taste and/or Smell.

Testing locations will be at 4102 Gibson Lane, Texarkana, Texas (the old Excel ER location) and #1 Trail Head Park Plaza in New Boston, Texas (the Pavilion at Trail Head Park just west of the Three Bostons' Museum).

Our prayers go out to Captain Bunting’s family and our brothers in blue.
04/30/2020

Our prayers go out to Captain Bunting’s family and our brothers in blue.

It's with a broken heart that we share the passing of Texarkana Texas Police Captain Joe Bunting, who died unexpectedly at his home after work last night.

Joe served law enforcement for over 40 years - including 35 years of exemplary service with our department. He held the rank of captain for the last 19 years of his career. He had previously worked for the Stephen F. Austin University and Nacogdoches Texas Police Departments. He was also a Marine Corps veteran.

During his devoted service to this department, Joe served as a Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Office of Professional Responsibility, City Marshal, Uniform Services Commander, Investigative Services Commander, and Interim Chief of Police.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Alice Bunting, and three sons, Joey, Sam, and John - as well as his brothers and sisters at the Texarkana Texas Police Department.

Please keep Joe’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this most unexpected loss.

Rest in Peace, Captain Bunting…

As businesses begin to open or expand their openings, we want to remind owners/managers that all fire codes are still be...
04/28/2020

As businesses begin to open or expand their openings, we want to remind owners/managers that all fire codes are still being enforced. Be sure your exits and exit ways are clear of obstructions. All fire exits should be clearly marked and operational. If you have any questions or concern about any of the fire/safety regulations, please contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 903-798-3994.

The City of Texarkana, Texas
04/27/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

A quick guide to what's changing in the next few days:

A great picture of Central Fire Station by our very own Brad Smith as the storms prepare to roll in to town. This is our...
04/25/2020

A great picture of Central Fire Station by our very own Brad Smith as the storms prepare to roll in to town. This is our oldest station still in service. It was built in 1951.
Stay safe tonight. We will be ready if you need us.

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers for positive cases in Bowie County. We don't have complete information on those cas...
04/17/2020

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers for positive cases in Bowie County. We don't have complete information on those cases where people have recovered or are hospitalized, so we didn't included it. However, we know that there are some cases that fall into these categories.

Please keep in mind that the inmates at the Telford Unit that have tested positive are not included in our numbers. If you are interested in that information, you can find it at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website.

There was a question before about the apparent discrepancy between the numbers we have been providing and those that you can see on the Texas Health and Human Services website. Our local Emergency Operations Center is working with healthcare providers and private testing centers, so positive cases are usually identified here at the same time that the state is notified. We have found that there is often a delay in posting that information to the state's website. That said, the case count that you're getting from us is the most up-to-date and accurate that anyone has. We hope that this clears up any confusion that there's been on that.

Go check out www.coronatxk.org anytime for the most recent numbers and all kinds of COVID-19 information about what's happening here in our community.

#coronavirus

04/13/2020
The City of Texarkana, Texas

The City of Texarkana, Texas

Thank you, Farmers Bank & Trust for your support of the Emergency Operations Center. We are thankful for partners like you!

Latest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bowie County is 41. There have been 5 deaths. Please continue to practice s...
04/10/2020

Latest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bowie County is 41. There have been 5 deaths.

Please continue to practice social distancing and frequent hand washing.

#stayhometexarkana
#flattenthecurve

The City of Texarkana, Texas
04/10/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

A BIG thank you to NETRAC (the Northeast Texas Advisory Council) for the much needed donation of hand sanitizer to our region. This will help keep all the first responders, including dispatchers, safe as they respond to the needs of our community. They donated (6) 5 gallon buckets, (2) 1 gallon jugs, and 2 small bottles, along with some thermometers.

https://www.netrac.org/

THANK YOU!

There's a lot of information going around right now about the COVID-19 virus.  Unfortunately, not everything you're prob...
04/07/2020

There's a lot of information going around right now about the COVID-19 virus. Unfortunately, not everything you're probably seeing on social media and hearing from your friends is accurate. These are some reputable sites from which you can know you're getting the your information directly from those that really know. Take a minute to check them out and follow them while you're there to get regular updates.

In addition to these federal and state sites, you can also find the most up-to-date information about exactly what's happening right here in Texarkana at www.coronatxk.org. Of course, we are regularly posting information here on our page too.

#stayhometexarkana
#coronavirus

04/06/2020
How to Make Your own Face Covering

The newest recommendation is that we should all wear a face covering anytime we go out of our homes. However, we all know that masks are almost impossible hard to come by right now. Fortunately, most of us don't really need one of those fancy masks for what we do - just something to block the virus from getting to our mouth and nose.

You can actually make an effective face covering yourself with two common things that you probably have around your home. Here are the simple instructions.

#stayhometexarkana
#stopthespread

Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, shares ways to create your own face covering in a few easy steps. Comments on this video are allowed in accordance with ou...

The City of Texarkana, Texas
04/06/2020

The City of Texarkana, Texas

Thanks to the Texarkana Gazette for helping us get this messaging out, and to Dr. Matt Young for his leadership and guidance. We WILL get through this together.

Employees whose work has been impacted by COVID-19, whether by a reduction in hours or a loss of their job, are encourag...
04/03/2020
COVID-19 Resources Employers | Texas Workforce Commission

Employees whose work has been impacted by COVID-19, whether by a reduction in hours or a loss of their job, are encouraged apply for unemployment benefits online or call 1-800-939-6631. Employers can also utilize online filing for mass claims they file on behalf of employee groups laid off due to COVID-19.

Having trouble filing an unemployment claim online? The Unemployment Benefit System online portal is available 24 hours a day but is experiencing a high volume of visitors. There is a lower volume on the online portal between 10:00p.m. and 8 a.m. Try back during those hours to file your claim or check the status of your claim.

https://www.twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-employers

Due to COVID-19, the due date for the 1st Quarter 2020 tax reports and payments is extended to May 15, 2020. You may begin filing after April 15, 2020.

04/02/2020
City of Texarkana, Texas Office of Emergency Management

City of Texarkana, Texas Office of Emergency Management

Thank you Red River Credit Union for your generous contribution to support our Emergency Operations Center responding to this COVID-19 public health crisis. We appreciate you!

Address

220 Texas Blvd
Texarkana, TX
75501

General information

The Texarkana Fire Department is divided functionally into three divisions: Administration, Operations, and Building Life Safety Division. All uniformed personnel in all divisions are certified through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as structural fire protection personnel. All personnel are certified through the Texas Department of State Health Services to provide emergency medical care. Most are certified as Emergency Medical Technicians-EMT, while a few hold other levels of certification, including Emergency Care Attendant, EMT-Intermediate, EMT-Paramedic, and Licensed Paramedic. The Administration Division consists of the Fire Chief / Emergency Management Coordinator and two secretaries. This division is responsible for the overall administration of the department. Its major objective is to provide the leadership and administrative support to allow other divisions to accomplish their goals. The Operations Division provides emergency and non-emergency response services to the citizens of Texarkana, protecting them and their property from the danger of fire and other hazardous conditions. This division operates five fire stations with five engine companies, one aerial platform, one aerial ladder, one rescue company, one rush truck, and one Battalion Chief, providing fire suppression, rescue / extrication and first responder emergency medical services. Emergency medical transport is provided by a privately operated service, LifeNet, Inc., which is based in Texarkana. Personnel in this division work 24 hour shifts, with three shifts providing continuous coverage. There are 72 authorized positions in this division. Each shift is supervised by a Battalion Chief and each station by a station Captain.

Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 17:00
Thursday 07:00 - 17:00
Friday 07:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(903) 798-3994

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You guys made our kids day!!! Thank yall!!!
Candlewood suites on Cowhorn creek loop. Reported this violation to the Texarkana,TX police department and he still parks there. Aren’t there laws against parking in a fire lane?
After 33.5 years at TTFD, Dennis was called Home on July 19, 2019. He is now in his final resting place!
TTFD did a great job helping out in Atlanta, TX!
Thank you for making work shop so much fun
Quick responding today at that MVA. Thank You for your dedication! Stay safe Brothers -A Former EMT
The 2018 MLK Leaders Conference Committee would like to invite your youth to participate in our annual MLK celebration. The committee has worked diligently to make this an exciting and spirit-filled occasion. We pray that your youth will have an enjoyable time as we celebrate the legacy of MLK. Our 2nd annual leadership conference will be held at Texarkana College Truman Arnold Center on Friday January 12, 2018 at 6 pm for a Meet and Greet. And back again Saturday January 13, 2018 at 10:00 am -3:00 pm. This Year’s theme is “Make every connection Matter". We ask that you allow your youth to participate during conference. Our registration is free for all participant. All teens are also cordially invited to our First Next Generation Meet and Greet, a new event that will be dedicated to encouraging teen empowerment. We hope that you will allow your youth to join us in these collaborations.
I found this friendship rock on fire hydrant at Comfort Suites, Tx., but the cannot read writing from where it got wet. so thought maybe here...all can read is post pic to Texarkana, Tx......not sure but figure here or water company....lol