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About The Fire Department

The Port Neches Fire Department, with one fire chief, one assistant chief, 12 paid firefighters and 15 volunteers, stands ready to serve you and the community.

The Port Neches Fire Department (PNFD) was established on November 7, 1930, with a paid fire marshal and a handful of volunteer firefighters.  The organization has transformed into a combined fire department, with positions filled by career and volunteer firefighters. Today, the PNFD consists of 15 full-time staff (one Fire Chief, one Assistant Fire Chief, three Captains, three Engineers, six Firefighters, and an Administrative Assistant) and a current cadre of 13 volunteer firefighters.

The PNFD provides fire suppression, technical rescue, hazardous materials, and EMS response to the citizens and visitors of Port Neches.   Additionally, emergency services are provided to the neighboring towns of Groves and Nederland through Automatic Aid Agreements.   These three departments of the Mid County area answer the call to assist each other at emergency scenes and collaborate on many regional projects.

The Fire Department provides vital functions throughout the city.  Many of the services provided are for the safety and well-being of every citizen, whether providing protection from life-threatening fires or just a friendly helping hand.  Some of these services include:
  • Emergency Medical Services - Emergency medical services provided by the Fire Department are provided free of charge for the citizens of Port Neches.  We work with our local ambulance provider, Acadian, to provide for expedient patient care.  Call 911 if there is an emergency and you need assistance
  • Fire Education - Programs on various aspects of public fire safety will be presented to any group free of charge
  • Access to a Combined Space & High Angle Rescue Team
  • Automatic External Defibrillator trained personnel
  • Water rescue boat and access to scuba divers
  • Hazwoper trained personnel with some Hazardous Material response equipment and access to a Hazmat Team
  • Fire Station Tours - Tours are available at the Port Neches fire station.  You may schedule a tour by calling the duty Captain at (409) 722-5885

Additional Information about the Port Neches Fire Department

The Port Neches Fire Department is a combination department with 14 paid members, one administrative assistant and 15 volunteers.  Under the direction of the Fire Department, the City has an ISO rating of 4. The department maintains a 4-person staffing model and utilizes two front line engines, one 105 foot quint, rescue truck and a rescue boat. 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 firefighters from Groves and Nederland for a minimum of 7 paid firefighters and one Assistant Chief responding to any fire incident.  Additionally, there may be a strong contingent of volunteers depending on the time of day. 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 career staff are 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, emergency medical responses, water rescue/recoveries, fire & arson investigations, training, captial improvements, homeland security, grants management and fire prevention.  The department  responds to emergency medical calls on approximately 70% of all calls for service.  In order to provide quality emergency medical assistance, all career staff are certified as either ECA and EMT-B. 

The department has also placed Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) on each of its engines.

Department members also give fire prevention programs to many audiences each year. Annual inspections to all commercial businesses are conducted using the 2006 Edition of the International Fire Prevention Code.

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