A Message From the Chief

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Chief Mike Karlin

I am honored to represent our department and the individuals that protect our 12,000 plus citizens from fire and disaster every day. The Weatherford Fire Department provides fire and emergency response to our citizens and visitors 24 hours a day with 17 paid and 15 volunteer fire personnel. All paid firefighters are trained to IFSAC Firefighter 1, EMT, HazMat Operations, & Rescue Tech minimum with most exceeding that. Our volunteer firefighters are trained at minimum of IFSAC Firefighter 1 with many trained far above this.
We operate 4 engines, a 100’ aerial platform, a heavy rescue, 4 brush pumpers, 2 tankers, a 6×6 UTV with fire/rescue capabilities, and a regional technical rescue out of one station. Our fire prevention/code enforcement division provides annual life safety inspections to our commercial properties as well as plan review and permitting for our new construction. They are also very active in public education and fire safety throughout the year, including the firefighter clowns. The training division provides for training and educating our firefighters so that they are able to safely perform their duties.
We are very proud of our current ISO (Insurance Services Office) grading of 3/3Y which directly reflects to lower insurance premiums in our response area. We strive to maintain our rating which has been a 3/8B since the mid 1990’s. We currently provide first due fire and rescue services to approximately 7 square miles of incorporated city limits and an additional 180 square miles of unincorporated area. As well as a much larger mutual aid area covering much of western Oklahoma.
I would like to encourage you to make fire safety a priority at home, at school, and/ or in your workplace. Have an escape plan, have a meeting place, and make sure you have working smoke detectors.

Chief Mike Karlin

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