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, and Rescue Tech at a minimum, with most far exceeding that. Our volunteer firefighters are trained at minimum of IFSAC Firefighter 1 with many training above this.
We operate 4 engines, a 100’ aerial platform, 4 brush pumpers, 2 tankers, a 6×6 UTV, and a regional technical rescue unit 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 training and education to our firefighters, as well as those around us, so that they are able to safely perform their duties.
We are very proud of our most recent ISO (Insurance Services Office) grading which resulted in lower to a Class 2/2Y. 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. We also provide automatic aid to the Town of Hydro and mutual aid to a large portion 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 that are tested monthly.
Chief Mike Karlin