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Houston Fire Department by Ken Paradowski.

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Photos by Ken Paradowski

The Houston Fire Department was established in 1838. Since that time it has developed into the fourth largest fire department in the United States and currently operates more than 300 pieces of apparatus from 91 fire stations. A sample of the fire suppression responsibility for HFD includes residential dwellings, apartment complexes, warehouses, high rise buildings and chemical plants. In addition to fire suppression, HFD also handles EMS, technical rescue, hazmat, aircraft rescue fire fighting and other special duties.

A diverse fleet of apparatus can be found in HFD from manufacturers such as: Emergency-One, Ferrara, Pierce, Quality, Rosenbauer, Smeal, Super Vac, Frazer and many others.

The Houston column will focus on the apparatus activities of the Houston Fire Department and the many diverse departments in the surrounding communities.

It is written by Ken Paradowski.

Ken Paradowski

F.A.J. Contributing Editor

Ken Paradowski has been buffing Houston area fires for more than thirty years. He has been actively photographing Houston area fires and fire apparatus for more than fifteen years.  His photos have been used in magazines, newspapers, websites and in two Houston Fire Department yearbooks. He is a member of the Greater Houston Fire Buffs Association and SPAAMFAA.

Ken can be reached at