Located at 301 Industrial Ave. Serves downtown and the southern area of the fire district. Built in 2006.
Medic 1 – 2015 Frazer Dodge 4500 Ambulance
Engine 1 – 2011 Pierce Engine
Truck 1 – 2008 Sutphen 100′ Aerial Platform Ladder Truck
Brush Truck 1 – 1993 International Type 4 Engine
Swift Water Boat 1 – 2007 Achilles FRB124
Rescue 1 – 1994 SVI International Rescue
Located at 1603 Williams Drive. Serves Central Georgetown. Built in 2013.
Engine 2 also responds as part of the Williamson County Haz-Mat Team.
Medic 2 – 2014 Frazer Dodge 4500 Ambulance
Engine 2 – 2013 Pierce Engine
Battalion 1 – 2013 Ford F350 Command Unit
Haz-Mat 2 – Dodge F350 and Wells Fargo Trailer
Located at 4200 Airport Road. Serves the Georgetown Airport and the north central area of the fire district. Built in 2001.
Truck 51 – 2004 Sutphen 75′ Aerial Ladder
Georgetown Safety and Fire Education Team SAFE-T Trailer
Betsy – 1922 Seagrave Triple combination pumper
FireMedic 1 – ATV – Kawasaki Mule 4010
Located at 3600 DB Wood Rd. Serves Lake Georgetown and the northwest area of the fire district. Built in 2012.
This station houses the Training Division.
Medic 5 -2015 Dodge Frazer Ambulance
Engine 5 – 2012 Pierce Engine
Truck 5 – 2006 Sutphen 75′ Aerial Ladder Truck
Rescue 5 – 1995 International Super-Vac Rescue
Engine 51 – 2014 Pierce Contender Engine
Engine 4-61 – 2010 TIFMAS Type 6 Engine
Dive 5 – 2010 Chevy Cargo Truck
Dive Boat 5 – 2012 Rescue-One Dive Rescue Boat
Swift Water Boat 5 – 2007 Achilles FRB124
Bike Team – 1991 Wells Fargo Trailer
FTO1 – 2004 Ford F250 Safety/Training Officer
Severe Weather Information
Severe Weather Season is Here! Preparation is Our Best Defense! Severe weather season can bring frightening storms, incredible damage and change lives in the blink of an eye. The best way to meet violent Texas weather is to be prepared. KnoWhat2Do has a number of steps you can take to help each member of the family know what to do when storms are coming.
Knowing your hazards is just one component of preparedness- the next step is to ACT! Make sure each member of the family knows how to use the following resources:
Emergency Notification System
NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio (NWR) Listen for emergency information.
Emergency Alert System (EAS) Tune into your radio for instructions.
Outdoor Warning System Pay attention to sirens. Sirens may be used for all-hazard notification. When sirens are sounded, go indoors and tune in to local news and radio programs to understand the nature of the emergency.
TV Broadcasts Watch for emergency interruptions and tune into news stations.
If you live in a trailer or other housing susceptible to tornadoes or high winds, consider your evacuation plan.
Creating an Evacuation Plan:
- Plan places to meet within and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
- Keep a half tank of gas in your car at all times in case you need to evacuate.
- Familiarize yourself with alternate routes out of your area.
- If you don’t have a car, plan other means of transportation.
A tornado is one of nature’s most powerful and destructive forces.
• Prepare for a tornado by gathering emergency supplies including food, water, medications, batteries, flashlights, important documents, road maps, and a full tank of gasoline.
• When a tornado approaches, anyone in its path should take shelter indoors—preferably in a basement or an interior first-floor room or hallway.
• Avoid windows and seek additional protection by getting underneath large, solid pieces of furniture.
• Avoid automobiles and mobile homes, which provide almost no protection from tornadoes.
• Those caught outside should lie flat in a depression or on other low ground and wait for the storm to pass.
Here is an interesting website to use for the history of tornado sightings.
Do’s and Don’ts When Faced with Fire Emergencies
Emergencies – Calling the Fire Department
Georgetown has an enhanced 9-1-1 system. This means that the 9-1-1 operator (referred to as the “dispatcher”) can identify through the system’s computer, the phone number and address of the calling party. This assists in timely dispatching of police or fire units to the emergency scene.
Common fire emergencies include structure fires, brush fires, and car fires. Common medical emergencies include heart attack, car accidents, respiratory difficulty, seizures and ill persons.
- When a call is received by the 9-1-1 dispatcher, they will say, “What is your emergency, police, fire or medical?” The caller should tell the dispatcher which type of emergency they are reporting or give a description of the problem, allowing the dispatcher to decide how to route the call.
- Whenever a person calls 9-1-1, their message needs to be clear. The dispatcher will ask you a series of questions and verify the address. They also need to stay on the phone until the person in the 9-1-1 center has released them from the conversation.
- The dispatcher will begin to dispatch emergency units immediately. If it is a medical emergency, the dispatcher then will transfer the caller to the medic dispatcher sitting nearby. The medic dispatcher is specially trained for medical emergencies to provide self-help instructions to the caller while units are en route.
- In Georgetown, the closest fire engine or ladder truck will respond to the call. The EMS system is handled by Williamson County EMS, which Stations 3 and 4 house.
- All Georgetown firefighters receive medical training and, at a minimum, are EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) and we have several paramedics.
- Try to stay calm. State what kind of emergency it is — fire, car accident, heart attack, etc. Then tell the dispatcher where the incident is.
- Stay on the phone. The dispatcher may ask more questions or want you to stay on the line. Emergency units already have been dispatched even while you are talking with the dispatcher.
- Children should be taught their home address and telephone number as soon as possible. In most cases, when a caller dials 9-1-1, the address and phone number of the caller’s location is displayed to the 9-1-1 dispatcher. However, this is not always verified because of information that may be called in from cellular or mobile phones.
When the fire department responds to a given location, it may be delayed in arriving if the address is not clearly seen from the street. Although it’s fairly easy to spot a column of smoke from a house fire, it’s difficult to see someone’s heart attack from the street. In a medical emergency, firefighters may waste critical time having to knock on several doors to try and find a correct address. Make sure your address is clearly visible from the street with numbers at least three or four inches in height and reflective, if possible.
This problem is compounded in large condominium and apartment complexes. Arriving at a correct address, the engine company finds a huge residential facility with many buildings in the complex. Make sure large identification lettering or numbering is mounted on the side of the building. This is as important as the street address. It would be even better if someone could be standing near the street to direct the fire units to the appropriate apartment.
When an emergency vehicle is heard and/or seen, drivers should carefully pull their vehicle to the right of the road and stop. If they are at an intersection, or stopped in traffic when they see lights or hear a siren, drivers should remain stopped and wait until the emergency vehicles have passed. Do not make quick or erratic maneuvers. The law is very specific; drivers must yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle. Drivers also should stay 500 feet behind emergency vehicles.
A crash involving an emergency vehicle delays help to those who need it. Firefighters are careful to avoid vehicle collisions by driving slowly when traveling against traffic, or coming to a complete stop at intersections. The cooperation of all vehicles on the roadway is required.
Be careful when driving by or around a motor vehicle accident or any situation where emergency vehicles are parked and the firefighters are working. Resist the impulse to “rubber-neck.” This can cause additional collisions.
Even though fire apparatus are placed to protect firefighters, tragically, sometimes emergency crews have been hit and killed by passing vehicles.
Facts about Africanized Honey Bees
In the years past, we have had reports throughout the United States of Africanized honey bees, but in most all cases, they are simply a variety of European honey bees. Below we will share with you some of the facts about bees, but first we need you to understand one very important fact: You can not determine if a bee is Africanized by simply looking at the bee with the naked eye.
In order to determine if a bee is Africanized or not, we must send it to Texas A & M for examination. So if someone tells you that the bees are Africanized, take caution and treat them with respect, but realize that the chances are very low that is possible.
Africanized honey bees were imported to Brazil in 1956 to enhance honey production in the tropics. Some of the bees escaped into the wild and have gradually moved towards North America.
Africanized honey bees are the temperamental cousin of the more common European honey bee found in Texas. They often are called “killer bees,” but in reality their stings are less potent and painful than the common bee sting. Contrary to portrayal in the movies, these bees do not swoop down in mass causing death and destruction. They do defend their nesting sites very aggressively, sometimes stinging their victims hundreds of times.
It is impossible for the average person to tell the difference between an Africanized honey bee and the common European honey bee. Only an expert with sophisticated lab equipment is able to distinguish between the two. Those at highest risk are individuals who are allergic to bee stings and pets that are penned or tied up near honey bee hives.
Do’s and Don’ts
DO check your property regularly for bee colonies. Honey bees nest in a wide variety of places, especially Africanized honey bees. Check animal burrows, water meter boxes, overturned flower pots, trees and shrubs.
DO keep pets and children indoors when using weed eaters, hedge clippers, tractor power mowers, chain saws, etc. Bee attacks frequently occur when a person is mowing the lawn or pruning shrubs and inadvertently strikes a bee’s nest — any bee or wasp’s normal reaction.
DO avoid excessive motion when near a colony. Bees are much more likely to respond to an object in motion than a stationary one.
DON’T pen, tie or tether animals near bee hives or nests.
DON’T destroy bee colonies or hives, especially with pesticides. Honey bees are a vital link to U.S. agriculture. Each year, pollination by honey bees add at least $10 billion to the value of more than 90 crops. They also produce about $150 million worth of honey each year.
DON’T remove bees yourself. If you want bees removed, call a professional. Here are some commonly asked questions on bees and bee removal.
What to do if you are attacked:
- Run as quickly as you can away from the bees.
- Do not flail or swing your arms at them, as this may further annoy them.
- Because bees target the head and eyes, cover your head as much as you can without slowing your escape.
- Get to the shelter or closest house or car as quickly as possible. Don’t worry if a few bees become trapped in your home. If several bees follow you into your car, drive about a quarter of a mile and let the bees out of the car.
When to call the Fire Department
Call the fire department only when emergency medical services are needed. If someone has been stung by many bees at once or has an allergic reaction to a bee sting, call 9-1-1.
Call 9-1-1 if someone has become trapped in a building or car with lots of bees. Fire trucks are equipped with a foam that can be sprayed on the bees to drown them. Do not call the fire department to remove bee colonies or hives.
How to treat bee stings:
Treating stings from Africanized bees is much the same as treating a common bee sting. If a person is stung:
- Keep the affected area below the heart.
- If the sting was by a bee and the stinger is still in the skin, remove it by gently scraping against it with your fingernail, a credit card or a knife. Be careful not to squeeze the stinger. The venom sac still will be attached and you will inject additional venom into the area. Be sure to remove the venom sac.
- Apply cold compresses to relieve pain and swelling but do not apply ice directly.
- If it becomes difficult to breathe, call 9-1-1. Itching should quit within a few hours. If it persists beyond two days, or if signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction occur after an insect bite you should be seen by a doctor.
The signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- Burning pain and itching at the bite site
- Itching on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet
- Itching on the neck and the groin
- General body swelling
- A nettle like rash over the entire body
- Difficulty breathing
- Faintness, weakness
With colder temperatures in the upcoming months the City of Georgetown Fire Department would like to remind the citizens to use caution when heating their homes.
Here are some tips to remember for winter home Fire Safety:
- Do not overload electrical wiring or outlets. We have experienced home fires from overloaded electrical wiring powering portable space heaters.
- Do not use your stove to heat your home. This is a dangerous situation that not only increases the chance of a fire but it will fill your home with deadly carbon monoxide. An unattended open flame is a disaster waiting to happen especially with small children at home. Using portable space heaters is safe if you keep the heater 3 feet away from combustible materials. Do not leave a space heater unattended in a child’s room. Plug the heater directly into an outlet and do not use extension cords. If the electrical breaker trips while using the heater, discontinue the use of the heater and call a qualified electrician to check your electrical system.
- Service your fireplace before use. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year. Chimneys often become clogged with soot and other debris from birds or squirrels. Always make sure your chimney flue is open before you light your fire.
- Keeping your pets warm: Every year we see at least one fire started by heating lamps or lights that were placed in a dog house to keep the pets warm. This is a dangerous practice and we do not recommend placing heating devices within the dog house or pet container.
- Check your smoke detectors for proper operation and review your fire escape plans with your family. If you have gas fueled appliances in your home, install a carbon monoxide detector and have your heating unit checked and serviced by a qualified service company.
It is also important to make sure your pipes are wrapped well to prevent frozen pipes.
- Before winter hits, disconnect garden hoses and, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
- Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic, even if you live in a climate where freezing is uncommon. Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Remember: The more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.
- Seal leaks that allow cold air inside where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
Even if you’ve taken the right preventative steps, extreme weather conditions can still harm your pipes.
Here are a few more steps you can take:
- A trickle of hot and cold water might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing. Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
- Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature both day and night. You might be in the habit of turning down the heat when you’re asleep, but further drops in the temperature – more common overnight – could catch you off guard and freeze your pipes.
- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.
Prevention is the key for keeping water running during the winter months,
so take precautions to see that your pipes are securely wrapped and warm.
A mission of Fire Prevention is to provide fire investigation and law enforcement services to the citizens of Georgetown through complete and thorough investigations, evidence collection and professional expert testimony in court proceedings.
Fire Prevention is responsible for investigating suspicious fires and explosions throughout the city. Nationally, arson (and suspected arson) is the primary cause of property damage due to fire in the United States and the second leading cause of building fire deaths. To combat this serious problem, certified investigators respond to assist the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Arson investigators are sworn peace officers authorized to interview witnesses, collect evidence, make arrest and appear in court.
If you have information or questions concerning fire crimes, contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 512 930-8416 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The State of Texas Arson Hotline can be reached at 1-877-434-7345. If your information leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for an intentionally set fire, you may receive a reward of up to $1000.00.