Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Mutual Aid Agreements
Through a mutual aid agreement known as the Ellis Dallas Unified Command Team (EDUCT), Waxahachie Fire-Rescue assists other cities when emergencies exceed their capability or capacity. This same agreement also provides assistance to Waxahachie Fire-Rescue when needed. In addition to Waxahachie Fire-Rescue, member organizations of EDUCT include the fire departments from the cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Ennis, Ferris, Glenn Heights, Hutchins, Lancaster, Midlothian, Ovilla, and Red Oak.
Additionally, our department also participates in the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) as part of Task Force Red. Currently, 18 members of the department are TIFMAS credentialed as Structure and Wildland Firefighters. Through TIFMAS, Waxahachie Fire-Rescue supplies and is able to receive aid from member departments throughout the state.
Since 2013, Waxahachie Fire-Rescue has staffed its own Dive Team which consists of 19 members who are PADI certified as Public Safety Divers. The Team and its equipment are assigned to Station 2. In addition to response within the City of Waxahachie, the Dive Team is available for response within Ellis County as well as the member Cities of EDUCT.
Several members of the department have been trained in various types of technical rescues, such as high angle rescue, trench rescue, confined space rescue, and vehicle extrication. Red Oak Fire-Rescue and Dallas Fire-Rescue provides assistance for rescues beyond our scope of training and equipment.
Hazardous Materials Response
The department does not have its own Hazardous Materials Team for response to a chemical spill or release. However, our department does respond to such emergencies to control the spill and lessen the associated dangers until we are able to obtain a response from the Hazardous Material Team of Dallas Fire-Rescue. Once the emergency is under control, private contractors are used for any cleanup that is required at the expense of the property owner.
The Fire Prevention Division of Waxahachie Fire-Rescue has 2 members assigned to it, including the Fire Marshal and a Battalion Chief. The Fire Prevention staff operates out of the Fire Administration office (407 Water Street). The duties of the Fire Prevention Division include:
- Enforcing the laws of the City of Waxahachie and the State of Texas pertaining to fire prevention and arson.
- Conducting Certificate of Occupancy and other inspections to ensure compliance with fire and safety codes and ordinances.
- Scheduling and conducting comprehensive educational programs on fire safety and fire prevention for commercial businesses and industrial organizations.
- Investigating the cause of fires, determining facts, and gathering evidence of suspicious and suspected arson fires.
- Assisting in the formulation and revision of ordinances, and fire codes.
- Reviewing building plans to ensure compliance with life and fire safety requirements.
Fire Training for Waxahachie Fire-Rescue is headed by Assistant Chief Randall Potter. The department has a drill tower and burn building which are located at 211 Lion Park Road. EMS Training for the department is conducted by Navarro College.
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