District 1 Fire is a growing fire department. We value our people and take care of them. We value good training, good equipment, and aggressive but sound tactics as well as mentoring. This is a great place to work as there will be ample opportunities for additional TCFP certifications, wildland certifications, and various specialty training. Driver Operator will be offered to new hires as soon as your probation is complete and you obtain your Class B license. We also participate in TIFMAS deployments which will allow the opportunity to work at Natural Disasters, Large Wildland deployments, and other major events. District 1 has a great reputation for helping young firefighters gain valuable experience and move on to bigger departments, BUT, we also have a proven record and reputation for maintaining our people and promoting our Firefighters from within. Our 1st core value is taking care of our people and District 1 Fire will provide you with every opportunity to grow and succeed as a firefighter and as a person.
We are located about 10 minutes outside of loop 1604 in La Vernia, TX (15 minutes from San Antonio) and we offer a 48/96 schedule and a flexible trade policy. We staff 2 full-time stations and maintain 2 other non-staffed stations from which we provide Fire and Medical First Response to 126 square miles. Combined we respond to about 1800 calls per year. Since we only provide first response you will never be assigned to an ambulance. All EMS transport is handled by ESD #3. At District 1 you will see a wide variety of calls. In the last 12 months, we have responded to about 65 structure fires, about 200 Brush/Grass or “Other” Fires, aout 220 MVA’s, and about 1200 medical calls. Since we are on a 48/96 we don not have a residency restriction but most of our firefighters live within an hour and a half drive.
Each station has two new brush trucks and two new engines. Station 1 also houses a tender, heavy brush and a rescue boat. Our two front-line engines are Pierce PUC rescue body engines and they are equipped like rescues or squads in bigger cities. We carry virtually everything we need on our trucks, for any job. Unlike an engine in the city which only does “Engine work” you will have to learn all disciplines. You may be first in the door on one fire and venting a roof on another. You may have to work a vehicle extrication one morning and a grass fire in the afternoon. Our firefighters are highly trained and we do more with less.
You will get experience here because when we do catch a job, you will be working. You won’t be the 4th engine in and be staged around the corner. You are virtually guaranteed to be in on the action on every call you make.
As a new hire you will be paired with an experienced firefighter and officer to mentor and coach you through your first few months. We are here to teach you how District 1 operates, how to be safe and to prepare you for the emergencies you will encounter. Each new firefighter is issued a basic task book of skills and this is to ensure your training is well documented and nothing is missed. If you do have experience the task book will be very easy and it will reinforce the way we do things.
There are plenty of opportunities to grow here at District 1. Once you complete your probationary period you will be given the opportunity to receive your Driver Operator task book and begin your training to ride up as engineer. You will also be given the opportunity for basic wildland, instructor and officer classes. The district plans on adding another firefighter position in 2023 and opening a new station in the next three to four years. The district also encourages you to obtain your degree and all employees are eligible for our college tuition reimbursement program.
Finally, District 1 truly is a family. We take care of each other and we hire the best we can hire. Our standards are very high. We expect a lot out of each other and our performance on the job is a direct reflection of this. The ESD board does a great job of taking care of us and we in turn have everything we need to take care of our citizens. If you want opportunity and are willing to train, learn, grow and have a little fun, District 1 is where you want to be. Apply today or send us your contact information or a resume so we can let you know the next time we have an opening.