The Operations Division is the largest section of the CFD. The men and women assigned to it provide all the emergency response activities that CFD is tasked to perform, as well as non-emergency work provided by the CFD. Firefighters work in rotating shifts - A, B, or C. Typically, each firefighter is on-duty every third day. One of the main objectives at CFD is to ensure that every firefighter be certified, at a minimum, as a TCFP Firefighter, TDHS EMT-B and Vehicle Extrication Technician.
67.24% of the CFD’s calls for service are responses to rescue and medical emergencies. The department’s medical capabilities provided are:
Technical Rescue Team
- Response to all medical emergencies calls for service.
- Manage medical and life safety coverage for community events.
- Develop policy and procedures dealing with all aspects of emergency medical services.
- Manage certifications and training, in conjunction with HRMC and Hunt Co. EMS, as a provision to provide Basic Life Support to the community.
- Operate a Quality Assurance (QA) program for the delivery of Emergency Medical Services.
All members of the Technical Rescue Team are certified at the Rope and Swift Water Rescue Technician Level and comply with NFPA 1670: Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue. The initial training and equipment was awarded through an Assistance to Firefighters Grant in 2015. The Team not only serves the CFD response area but is capable of assisting all Hunt Co. FD’s in their Technical Rescue needs.
The TRT conducts quarterly in-house training in their specialized fields and attends annual refresher courses to keep their skills sharp. The TRT is responsible for teaching the remainder of the Operations Personnel, operational level skills so that they may work as a force multipliers and support the TRT in its rescue efforts.
The team remains on a constant on-call basis outside of their regular station staffing assignments and are called in to staff the station additionally when dangerous weather is imminent, providing for an immediate response. The TRT is capable of mitigating the following incidents:
- Low or High Angle Rope Rescue
- Swift Water Rescue or Flood Rescue
- Boat Rescue
- Land Based Search and Rescue
20.09% of CFD’s calls for service are responses to fires in nature. In order to effectively mitigate these incidents, we take a very aggressive approach on fire suppression and training in order to save as many lives and as much property as possible. Some of these calls for service include:
- (Un) Controlled Burns
- Vehicle Fires
- Structure Fires
- Trash Fires