Breckenridge Fire Department
|Photo coming soon||Calvin Chaney, Fire Chief|
The Fire Department has five fire trucks and personnel on call 24 hours a day. The trucks consist of two brush trucks, one rescue truck, one fire engine and one tanker to handle various types of emergencies. Our personnel consist of both paid and volunteer fire fighters working around the clock to serve the City of Breckenridge and its citizens in case of an emergency. We encourage the citizens to always call 911 in case of an emergency as well as to report illegal burning and dumping of trash to our non-emergency line (254) 559-6242.
We encourage the citizens to follow these steps to prevent fires at home:
- Don’t leave candles burning at home unattended.
- Never leave food cooking on the stove unattended.
- Check all electrical outlets and never leave unnecessary electrical items on.
- Do not overload electrical outlets.
- Never let children play with matches or lighters.
- Don’t start fires close to the house (includes BBQ pits close to house or inside the garage or shed).
- Obey Burn Ban
An estimated 1, 800 fatal residential building fires occur annually in the United States, resulting in an average of 2, 635 deaths, 725 injuries, and $196 million in property loss. (source: U.S. Fire Administration 2010 report)
Fires come from any number of sources. Smoking is the most common cause of residential fires, and many of them start in the bedroom. Faulty wiring, unsupervised children and improper use of space heaters are among other causes for residential fires.
A working smoke alarm can help you and your family escape a deadly home fire. It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents. A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Smoke alarm powered by a 9-volt battery
- Test the alarm monthly.
- Replace the batteries at least once per year.
- The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.
Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long life”) battery
- Since you cannot (and should not) replace the lithium battery, the entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Smoke alarm that is hardwired into the home’s electrical system
- The backup battery should be replaced at least once per year.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2003-2006, more than 66 percent of home fire deaths occurred in homes without a working smoke alarm. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire. Check with your local fire department; reduced-cost or free smoke alarms are often available.
Where to install smoke alarms:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning.
- Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.
- Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
- Some fire departments will install battery-operated smoke alarms in your home at no cost. Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency phone number for more information.
- Never disable a smoke alarm while cooking.
A smoke alarm is just doing its job when it sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam.
If a smoke alarm sounds while you’re cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam, do not remove the battery. You should:
- Open a window or door and press the “hush” button,
- Wave a towel at the alarm to clear the air, or
- Move the entire alarm several feet away from the location.