The Emergency Operations Division is the largest division and is responsible for delivering all emergency response functions. It consists of an Engine Company and a Quint Company stationed at two fire stations strategically located in the City of Red Oak and Emergency Services District #4.
GOAL: To save lives, reduce suffering and speed recovery from injury and illness by delivering basic and advanced life support services throughout the community.
The delivery of emergency medical services to the customers of Red Oak plays a major role in the operation of Red Oak Fire Rescue. Currently approximately 70% of our emergency response activity is emergency medical in nature.
Our Fire Department takes great pride in being a progressive Advanced Life Support first responder organization. All of our Quint and Engine Companies have Advanced Life Support capabilities. Our Engine crews provide first response on all EMS incidents to ensure rapid response and optimal care to our citizens.
GOAL: To protect the health and safety of Department members through effective training, education, programs, and management. Development of policies and procedures that prevent injuries, illness, and maximize health.
Health and safety are of primary concern to all department members. These concerns are affected by many factors including: training, equipment, facilities, operating procedures, medical supervision, government regulations, environment, lifestyle and nutrition, as well as attitude, awareness, and perception.
Health will be addressed and maintained through:
·A department health/wellness program
·A mandatory physical fitness program
·Medical evaluations for department personnel as required
·Blood screenings annually
·Facilities built/remodeled with emphasis on employee health, safety, and comfort
·Emphasis on physical fitness, health, wellness and safety
·Providing appropriate inoculations and communicable disease screenings, including TB and hepatitis
·Providing classes on nutrition and eating healthy
·Mandatory annual minimum fitness testing (recruit physical ability test) for all department members
Safety will be addressed and maintained through:
·Incident analysis of emergency operations
·Provision of appropriate safety equipment and apparatus
·Emergency Vehicle Operator training for personnel on an annual cycle
·A comprehensive fire apparatus preventive maintenance program
·Emergency incident management training
·Conduct Post Accident Analysis for accidents and incidents
·Infectious disease exposure training, tracking, prevention, post exposure treatment, and provision of appropriate equipment and supplies
·Strong emphasis on “2-In-2-Out” and Accountability (Regional Cooperation)
Wellness and Fitness
Red Oak Fire Rescue recognizes that the health, safety, and wellness of its firefighters are of the utmost importance to the organization. The creation of the Red Oak Fire Rescue Wellness/Fitness program demonstrates the department’s commitment to its workforce. The Wellness/Fitness program will strive to increase firefighters’ physical performance levels while encouraging each member to embrace the ideas of personal wellness and fitness, leading to a healthy and productive career and retirement.
When compared to the general population, firefighters suffer disproportionately higher rates of heart attacks and cancers. A change was needed, a program that provided for the firefighters general well being.
The Wellness-Fitness Initiative (WFI) was developed. The WFI shifts the focus of fire departments to improving the quality of life for its firefighters. This in turn provides better service to the citizens of Red Oak by ensuring its firefighters are in peak physical health.
Medical examinations, fitness maintenance and assessments, rehabilitation, behavioral health, anddata collection make up the five components of the WFI.
Below is an article in the "Red Oak Now Magazine" regarding the health & fitness program at Red Oak Fire Rescue.
Red Oak Fire Rescue conducted a live burn in December 2014 utilizing transitional attack and PPA combined. This video captures the methods and data to reduce risks to firefighters and increase victim survivability. Click below. .
Red Oak Fire Rescue is committed to providing the citizens of the City of Red Oak with a highly trained fire and rescue department. Each firefighter receives a minimum of two hours of training daily. Members are also sent for specialized training on a regular basis throughout the region. On a regular basis, our firefighters train with area fire departments to maintain familiarity with each other and increase on-scene performance and safety. As the Rescue Department for the Ellis Dallas Unified Cooperative Team (EDUCT), each member of the department must be trained at the technician level on all rescue disciplines. This includes: High Angle, Trench, Confined Space, Heavy Extrication, Structural Collapse and Swift Water Rescue.
Training is a critical function for any modern fire service agency. As our work becomes more complexand diversified, the knowledge required, government regulations, and professional standards lead to increases in overall training needs for the Department. Documentation and records management are essential elements of that process.
Key programs and opportunities that will be developed and/or continued are:
Engine/Truck Company (fire ground support) Operations
Driver/Operator Training (Engineer FTO)
Probationary firefighter training (FTO program)
Hazardous Material Awareness Level Training refresher
External training opportunities
Involvement of company officers in training development
Technical Rescue Training
National Incident Management System Training
Annual Emergency Vehicle Operator Training
Investigator certification training for all Officers depending on funding
Inspector certification training for all Officers depending on funding
Driver/Engineer orientation and training
Transitioning of Firefighter to Driver/Engineer program
Strike Team Leader training for Company Officers
Obtain Forestry "Blue" cards for Strike Team members
Items necessary for increasing the capabilities of the training program include:
Quality regional continuing education programs
Continuously updating the fire department library
Construction of the fire department training team
Focus training on High Risk – Low Frequency events
Red Oak Fire Rescue Central Station, which opened in 2005 houses the Administration division of the department. Central Station is the home for one Quint, one Engine, one Heavy Rescue and One Brush Truck. Central Station’s primary response district is all City and ESD areas west of Hwy 342 to the boundaries of Ovilla and Glenn Heights.
1201 Pierce Road
Station Two, which opened in January of 2008, services all addresses east of Hwy 342. The station is located in the 1200 block of Pierce Road. Strategically located to receive the highest ISO points for addresses within the city, the station is within five road miles of the eastern-most residences of the City of Red Oak. Station Two houses one engine, one tanker and one brush truck.