The Kaufman Fire Department strives to provide cost-effective, high-quality Fire Suppression and Emergency Services while providing non-emergency Fire Prevention, Code Enforcement, Public Education, and Support Services to the community.
The Fire Department comprises eight full-time employees and twenty volunteer fire personnel in four divisions: Fire Administration staffed by two people working a 40-hour week; Fire Operations staffed by two paid personnel working 24 hours on/48 hours off with 3 shifts and backed up by the Kaufman Volunteer Fire Department; Fire Prevention staffed by listed personnel; and the Division of Emergency Management staffed by fire administration personnel. The principal function of the Fire Department is to provide the citizens of our community with traditional fire department services, such as fire suppression, rescue services, emergency medical response, fire prevention, public safety education, mitigation of incidents involving hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction, and city-wide emergency management coordination. Other “non-traditional” services are also administered by the fire department, including enforcement of city premise codes and ordinances, and fire safety inspections of single and multi-family residences and commercial properties before occupancy.
The Kaufman Volunteer Fire Department was formed over 103 years ago. When, in 1886 a disastrous fire started on the square in the grocery store of H.D. Lindsey, located on the southwest corner of the square. The fire involved four other buildings before a group of citizens banded together with buckets to extinguish the fire. A fire company was organized that next Monday and a corps of officers elected and twenty-four firemen enrolled. A full set of buckets, hooks, and ladders were soon ordered.