About the Department
Our department serves roughly 65 square miles of both incorporated city, and unincorporated county areas, plus we have over 10 square miles of Lake Lavon responsibility. We operate out of 3 fire stations supported by a fire administrative office. We employ an all hazards approach to response, with advanced life support (ALS) capability. Our team consists of 42 full-time and part-time personnel with 33 of these members in operations, and 9 in support staff. Our fleet consists of engines, aerial ladders, tactical wildland, water tenders, and other various command/support vehicles, with a few unique special operations vehicles (boats, and UTV). Our Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating is a 2.
Our operations firefighters assigned to emergency response duties all carry Texas Commission on Fire Protection certifications (TCFP) and Department of State Health Services (DSHS) medical certifications of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic. The majority of our members hold multiple certifications with the state, and carry years of experience in the community serving as first responders. Our goal is to provide an effective, well-trained, and competent team of professionals to be there when called upon.
Our duties consist of fire prevention, fire investigation, public education, emergency management, and emergency response. Our team works around the clock 24/7, 365 days a year. Our operations firefighters spend many hours training and serving the community while responding to over 3,200 calls for emergency service annually. In addition to responding to emergencies, our firefighters also provide public education programs and assist the Fire Marshal's Office with fire prevention initiatives. Our fire prevention branch performs inspections, investigations, plans review, and fire code enforcement. Our administrative staff support the operations and prevention branches with planning, direction, policy, and evaluation. Commendably, our employees also stay committed to our responsibilities with professional development and education on their own personal time.
To provide the City of Princeton and the surrounding community with the highest level of customer service delivery through a qualified and competent team of trained professionals whose primary focus is to protect life, property, and the environment through effective public education, fire prevention, and emergency incident management.