Wichita Falls Fire Department Recongized Statewide for its Safety in the Fire Service

    Fire crews might be getting a little rest finally after working several accidents throughout the day on Monday, possibly because of the rain. But last Thursday, the Texas Commission on Fire Protection recognized the department's contributions to Safety in the Fire Service, one of the state's highest honors.
    Wichita Falls is one of just three departments statewide to be recognized, the other two are Flower Mound in the Metroplex and Hutto, outside Austin.
    Chief Earl Foster says the award is proof of the department's effort to ensure firefighters safety as well as residents.
    161 Wichita Falls firefighters are always there in time of need, fighting house fires and wildfires, responding to emergency calls when there is an accident, and do the best they can to keep everyone safe. Now, all their hard work is being noticed.
    "We feel like it's an honor, we are very proud and frankly it's just a validation of some of the things we've been trying to do to enhance the culture and safety of the fire department," said Chief Earl Foster.
    The city is one of three department awarded with this honor at an annual Fire Chief Training conference last week. And Chief Foster couldn't be more proud of his department.
    "We want to be the best fire department we possibly be, but we also want to be the safest and our goal is that every fire fighter at the end of the shift gets to go home and see his family," said Chief Foster.
    The award comes as a result of the fire department's effort to improve the safety of firefighters in 16 aspects of the "Everyone Goes Home Program," including: risk management and updating equipment to meet new safety guideline.
    "Just the whole change of the culture in the fire station to make it even safer than it used to be. We just continue to try and make it safer and safer in a dangerous profession," said Chief Foster.
    This isn't the first time the department has been recognized for its service. In 2004, they were named best "first responder", for its exceptional emergency medical services.

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