The Wildfire division assists neighborhoods in becoming Fire Adapted Communities
All uniformed Firefighters for the Austin Fire Department receive S-130/190 Wildland Firefighter Training.
During the 2011 Labor Day wildfires, approximately 7,000 acres burned in Travis County, destroying 57 homes. In Bastrop County, the wildfires caused the largest per-capita loss in the nation’s history with wildfire consuming 34,000 acres and 1,700 homes.
Following these wildfires, Austin and Travis County officials formed the Joint Wildfire Task Force (JWTF) to increase the region’s wildfire preparedness and encourage the development of Fire-Adapted Communities (FACs).
The Austin Fire Department is excited to embark on a pilot project together with leaders in research and innovation to explore the feasibility of the use of robotics in real-time emergency incident management. Our goal is to ultimately enhance firefighter safety and the effectiveness of the emergency response capabilities we provide to our citizens.
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The Wildfire division mitigates risk through fuel (vegetation) management by following the National Cohesive Strategy in restoring and maintaining resilient landscapes.