The Kaufman Fire Department will strive 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 six full-time employees and twenty five volunteer fire personnel in four divisions: Fire Administration staffed by 1 person working a 40 hr week; Fire Operations staffed by 2 paid personnel working 24 on/48 hour off with 3 shifts shift each and backed up by 25 volunteers; 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 to the citizens of our community traditional fire department services, such as fire suppression, rescue services, Emergency Medical Response, fire prevention and 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.