The Huntsville Fire Department, established in 1925, provides fire protection, EMS First Response, and disaster/crisis management services for the residents of Huntsville. In addition to providing fire protection, the department performs HAZMAT operations, dive recovery operations, conducts fire inspections, performs fire cause and origin services, conducts fire education, and provides emergency management services through the Emergency Management Coordinator. The department is a combination department consisting of 16 full-time personnel and over 30 volunteer personnel.
The Huntsville Fire Department is a progressive fire department in a rapidly growing city along the Interstate 45 corridor. HFD is an ISO Public Protection Class 2 department, and operates out of 4 stations throughout the city. The departments' primary area of response covers over 31.2 square miles with a population of over 39,700 citizens. The department is also tasked with protecting the main campus of Sam Houston State University, with an ever growing student body, and the administrative offices of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice along with 5 prisons located within the city limits.