Fire

Fire Safety - Fire Escape Planning

In the event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house to fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames.

Fire Safety - Fire Extinguishers

The use of a fire extinguisher in the hands of a trained adult can be a life and property saving tool. However, a majority of adults have not had fire extinguisher training and may not know how and when to use them. Fire extinguisher use requires a sound decision making process and training on their proper use and maintenance.

Should I Use a Fire Extinguisher?

Consider the following three questions before purchasing or using a fire extinguisher to control a fire:

Fire Safety - Wildfire and Preparation

More and more people are making their homes in woodland settings - in or near forests, rural areas, or remote mountain sites. There, homeowners enjoy the beauty of the environment but face the very real danger of wildfire.

Every year across our Nation, some homes survive - while many others do not - after a major wildfire. Those that survive almost always do so because their owners had prepared for the eventuality of fire, which is an inescapable force of nature in fire-prone wildland areas. Said in another way - if it's predictable, it's preventable!

Fire Safety - Smoke Alarms

Why should I have a working smoke alarm?

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

Fire Safety

Many families gather in the kitchen to spend time together, but it can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the house if you don't practice safe cooking behaviors. Cooking equipment, most often a range or stovetop, is the leading cause of reported home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Cooking equipment is also the leading cause of unreported fires and associated injuries. 

Fire Safety - Carbon Monoxide

Each year in America, more than 150 people die from accidental non-fire related carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning associated with consumer products. These products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces. Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) would like you to know that there are simple steps you can take to protect yourself from deadly carbon monoxide fumes.

Citizens Fire Academy

The Kilgore Citizens Fire Academy is a program to educate citizens and businesses about the Fire Department and to demonstrate what, how, where, and why firefighters do what they do.  It is a fun and fast-paced approach to learning what it takes to be a firefighter.  You will be issued your own firefighting gear to wear and use.   Topics include: first aid, CPR, how to use a fire extinguisher, fight fire, climb ladders, do searches in gear, and drive a fire truck.  The course is tailored so that all ages can be part of the fun (must be at least 18).  Pa

Fire Department Honor Guard

The Kilgore Fire Department Honor Guard is a ceremonial unit dedicated to honoring those who serve and have served in the fire service. They are dedicated to providing exceptional services to the Department and community in funerals, parades, and other ceremonial occasions with the highest level of professionalism by promoting brotherhood and tradition through honor, dignity and respect. In an effort to always respect and honor fellow firefighters past, present, and future, the motto for the Kilgore Fire Department Honor Guard is, “Never Forget”.