Is there FIRE in you? (see video)

Becoming a first responder is truly a life-changing decision.  The experiences to be gained and the impact to be made is unparalleled in any other profession.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, 69 percent of firefighters in the United States (72% in Texas) are volunteers.  Many people just see firefighting from the aspect of responding to fires on big, shiny fire engines, rescuing people from burning buildings. The truth is that while those things happen occasionally, the job for both career and volunteer personnel is more about the preparation for those events than the responding to them.  We not only run to fires, but to any other type of emergency that the public needs to be taken care of.  When people run out of options, they call the fire department.

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Making the decision to become a volunteer firefighter should not be taken lightly. It requires hundreds of hours of training and a strong commitment to service.  We have volunteers from all walks of life including engineers, executives, nurses, teachers, and many more.  Many of these volunteers have a spouse and children.  As a volunteer, you are able to rest at the station until you are dispatched to an incident.  Our scheduling process is flexible and can accommodate most people.

Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department (HCESD 48) holds a Volunteer Firefighter Academy twice each year which takes recruits from the ground up in both classroom and hands-on training.  Individuals with prior firefighting experience may not have to attend the full academy and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis based on the individual’s knowledge, experience, and skill set.


Volunteer firefighting is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. The skills you will learn are invaluable not only for yourself but for those within your circle of influence in life.  Imagine being the one in your family, on your block or in your family that people turn to when there is an emergency situation because they know you’ve been trained to respond in a crisis.  Below are just some of the tangible and intangible reasons you may want to become a volunteer firefighter with HCESD 48.

Tangible Benefits:

  • Work with and train on state of the art equipment and apparatus both in the academy and afterward.
  • Free department CPR Training (AHA Health Care Provider Level) for all personnel.
  • HCESD 48 provides all of the training you need to become State Firemen’s & Fire Marshals’ Association (SFFMA) certified as a firefighter in Texas.
  • Continue your training with one of the few fire departments to be certified as a Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) training facility for both classroom and online study.
  • Department insurance will pay for medical expenses if you are injured during training or in the line of duty.

Intangible Benefits:

  • Life experiences that will prepare you for anything life may throw your way.
  • Cultivating new skills that can help in all facets of your life and prepare you for a possible new career.
  • Enjoy the excitement and personal satisfaction of being a part a Fire Department of the Future.
  • The satisfaction that comes from knowing you are an important part of keeping your community safe.
  • Working as and belonging to a team and building lasting relationships and friendships.
  • Connecting with your community and making a lasting impact with everyone you meet.

Who’s your family’s ‘go to’ in an emergency?

Volunteer firefighting is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have. The skills you will learn are invaluable not only for yourself but for those within your circle of influence in life.

If you’re interested, please reach out to our training division by calling (281) 658-6140 or email   If you are intrigued but still have a few questions, please send us a note on our Contact Us page or stop by any of our stations.  We’d love to talk to you and answer any questions you might have about our department.  To find out more about our department you can visit our website or check out our news page as well as our many social media platforms.

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