Best Practices Seal

The Kilgore Fire Department strives to provide the community with the best and most reliable service possible for it’s citizens and visitors. The Texas Fire Chiefs Association has developed a best practices program to encourage fire departments in Texas to seek continual improvement in their services for their local community.

The Kilgore Fire Department was “Best Practices Recognized” in February of 2018 and is one of only 19 fire departments in the State of Texas to achieve this recognition. The Texas Fire Chiefs Association Best Practices program provides a pathway for a fire department to push its level of service to a status of excellence that is validated by independent experts. This designation will demonstrate to customers of these organizations that their fire department is among the very best in the Texas fire service.

There are twelve chapters which define best practices in the typical service areas provided by a fire department. The Texas Fire Chiefs Association encourages fire departments to pursue this third-party designation by completing the performance requirements outlined in the program. It is always preferred that an independent third party determine if an organization functions at a defined level of excellence.

This is a challenging and worthile endeavor for fire departments that pursue this designation.

The TFCA worked closely with progressive fire officers throughout Texas to create a program that defines a pathway to organizational excellence which ultimately enhances firefighter safety, long term planning, standard operating guidelines, deployment analysis, risk management, and other administrative functions. While most communities believe their local fire department is excellent, elected officials, city managers, fire chiefs and citizens have the opportunity to verify this belief by their department attaining this best practices designation.

For the City of Kilgore this designation of Best Practices demonstrates that your Fire Department is providing an excellent service in fire and EMS protection. For the firefighters it authenticates that their department is following guidelines that will provide as safe of an environment possible for them as they protect the citizens of Kilgore.

        Stay S.A.F.F.E.,

        Johnny Bellows

        Fire Chief


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