The Rowlett Fire Corps team was established in 2002 and has since run nearly 90 calls. The program is funded through private donations, dues, and grants and is sponsored by the Rowlett Citizen Corps Council. Members do not have to have any special training, but do integrate and support nearby Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERT).

Rowlett Fire Corps has 36 members divided into five teams. Four teams rotate every week to cover nights and weekends and another team covers weekday working hours. The program maintains a 14’ trailer and a 10’ joint CERT/Fire Corps trailer for secondary response and operates under a self-dispatching system. Fire Corps leadership uses scanners to determine the need for activation. Pagers are also used when necessary.

A four point criteria system for self-dispatching was developed several years ago to allow for quicker incident response and rehab set-up. By using the criteria, Fire Corps leadership is able to activate a response team and arrive at the fire scene within 30 minutes of the initial call. In order for self-dispatching to take place, the incident must meet all four criteria including: it must be an active working fire, there must be an established water supply, Chief Officers must have been notified, and fill in crews must have been requested.  For incidents that require rehab where it is not a fire, on scene commanders must request Fire Corps services through dispatch.

In 2010 the program partnered with Rowlett Fire Rescue and the Lake Cities Realtor Association to conduct a one-day Smoke Alarm Blitz. Volunteers targeted an at-risk neighborhood and provided free battery and non-working detector replacement to over 100 homes. Several First Alert smoke alarms were received for the event through the Fire Corps smoke alarm donation program. The Smoke Alarm Blitz is intended to be repeated in other at-risk neighborhoods in the future.

For more information about the Rowlett Fire Corps program, contact Whitney Laning at 214-417-4857 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 

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