Recruiting Letter

The Pecan Plantation Volunteer Fire Department needs your help!

No experience is necessary.  We will train you based on your ability and your desired job functions. Your opportunities are only limited by you. Come by the Fire Station and check us out. Take a tour of our facilities and equipment. Bring your kids or grandkids.  They’ll love it.

As a child, did you ever want to be a fireman?  Here’s your chance to fulfill that childhood dream and give something back to the wonderful community where you live.  You will also make some new friends that you can keep for a lifetime. 

As our population ages, we need to replenish our ranks with younger members.  We are looking for reliable, energetic people, who are dedicated enough to volunteer some of their free time to save lives and property in and around Pecan Plantation.  We are not asking anyone to take on another full-time job, but if you can attend one or two training sessions per month and are willing to respond to emergency calls when you are available, you may be just the person we are looking for.  Our training meetings are 8:30 to 11:30 AM on the first Saturday of the month and 6:00 to 8:00 PM on the third Thursday of the month. 

The residents of Pecan Plantation are very fortunate to have both Fire and EMS emergency service providers located right here in our community.  Our members deserve and expect the best emergency services we can provide.  We are one of the best-equipped and best-trained fire departments in Hood County.  We recently upgraded our equipment and procedures which allowed us to achieve an ISO PPC-3 rating, which puts us in the top 6 percent of all fire departments (paid and volunteer) in the United States.  We were previously rated PPC-5, so this upgrade will also save you money on homeowner’s insurance premiums.

We are trained and equipped to handle any kind of emergency. We have one CAFS pumper tanker used for structure fires. One Rescue Engine with state-of-the-art extrication and rescue tools for automobile and aircraft incidents, as well as equipment for high-angle and water rescues. We have 3 brush trucks for fighting wildland fires. We have a Rehab truck to provide support facilities for firefighters.  We have a Zodiac-style rescue boat for lake and river rescues, including swift-water rescues. We also have a 7-passenger ATV, with a Stokes basket, that can go anywhere on our golf courses to rescue a sick or injured golfer or it can be used to access the Brazos River for water rescues. 

Our safety record is the best in Hood County.  We have had only 2 minor injuries in the past 25 years. We stress safety in all aspects of our operations. We train with safety in mind so that we all can go back to enjoying the lifestyle that Pecan Plantation is known for.  We make sure that “Everybody Goes Home.”

If you are at least 18 years old, physically active, and can pass a standard background check, you may qualify.  Currently, we have members ranging in age from 20 to 80 years old. No prior experience is necessary.  We will train you based on your ability and desire to serve. We have 3 job classifications, Fire Support, Firefighter, and Engineer.

The Fire Support group is ideal for someone who has no prior experience or whose physical abilities would limit them as an interior firefighter or a fire engine driver.  They provide a support function for the firefighters, such as traffic control, staging tools, fire hydrant operations, rehab support (providing bottled water and Gatorade to firefighters when they need to take a rest and change air bottles), and assistance with crash scene clean-up. It is a great place to start.  You can learn about all the functions of the fire department while providing a valuable service that a firefighter or engineer would have to provide if the Fire Support were not there to do it. 

Firefighters are trained to suppress structure fires (both exterior and interior) and wildland fires (grassland and woodland), as well as extrication and fire suppression for automobile and aircraft incidents.  We also assist our EMS team by performing rescue services, such as high-angle, swift-water, or golf course rescues, and providing helicopter landing zone support for the air ambulance services.  Safety is stressed in all aspects of firefighting.  

Engineers drive the fire engines and brush trucks and operate the pumps that deliver the water to the firefighters. Engineers are trained in safe driving techniques and procedures. They are trained in all aspects of pump operations, including fire hydrant operations, drafting operations, and water shuttle operations.  We have an excellent safety performance record.

If you have an interest in learning new skills, making new friends, and being an integral part of our community, or if you just want a tour of the fire station, stop by and pay us a visit.  Fire Captain/Paramedic Scott Christy is on duty at the station from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Our fire station phone number is 817-573-1643 and it is located at 9518 Monticello Drive. The e-mail address is .


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