ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Fire Department is a 14 man paid department with one secretary which also maintains a 15 to 20 man 501 (c) 3 Volunteer Fire Department. The Fire Department has an ISO rating of 4. The department equips fire apparatus with 4 paid firefighters 24/7/365 using two front line engines, one 105 foot quint, and a rescue truck. The department responds to structure fires with Automatic Assistance Coverage (AAC) agreements with the two (2) contiguous cities of Groves and Nederland, Texas. This means there are a minimum of 3 paid firefighters from Port Neches and two each paid firefighters from Groves and Nederland for a minimum of 7 paid firefighters and one Assistant Chief responding plus a strong contingent of volunteers depending on the time of day. Part of the off duty paid firefighters and part of the volunteers report to the Station to man the remaining engines for coverage of the city during active emergencies. The paid department is governed by Texas Local Government Code 143 (Civil Service).
The Port Neches Fire Department is usually very busy each year in all aspects of the fire service including fire suppression, hazardous materials response, first on scene emergency medical responses, water rescue/recoveries, fire & arson investigations, training, capital improvements, homeland security, grants management and fire prevention. The Fire Department responds to several calls each year with few or no fire deaths. The Fire Department responds to first on scene emergency medical calls on approximately 70% of all calls for service. The department is making great strides in providing quality first on scene emergency medical assistance by certifying and providing continuing education for ECA and EMT certifications for nearly all fire fighters. The department has also placed Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) on each of its engines.
The Bureau of Fire prevention gives fire prevention programs to many audiences each year. There is an average of 2 arson arrests made each year. The Bureau inspects commercial businesses each year while operating under the 2006 Edition of the International Fire Prevention Code.