Mutual Aid

Mutual Aid Agreements

We rely on our mutual aid agreements with neighboring cities for every major incident, including house fires.  The Roanoke Fire Department and Westlake Fire Department are our closest aid, so you may see them responding to a fire in town, or to a medical call if our ambulance is already in service.  By the same agreements, we cover their calls when necessary. In addition to Roanoke and Westlake, we also provide and receive aid from Southlake, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Keller, and other local communities.

NEFDA

In 2000 Trophy Club joined the North East Fire Department Association (NEFDA), a group of fourteen communities in the north east part of Tarrant County.  The member cities of NEFDA formed an alliance because they recognized that while there is a need for specialized /technical services, it is not economically feasible for each city to provide the necessary staffing and equipment for these services. Through NEFDA a regional plan was developed in which each city pays into the consortium and commits to providing a certain number of on-duty personnel with the specialized training to allow a technical team to be quickly assembled.  Ongoing joint training helps ensure that the team members are ready when called.

NEFDA owns and operates a number of specialized pieces of equipment, which are housed throughout the member cities. Half of the NEFDA cities provide Technical/Rescue personnel and half provide Hazmat/Decontamination personnel.  The Trophy Club Fire Department has eight certified Hazardous Materials Technicians on staff.  Please see the NEFDA website for more information.

MOBILE COMMAND UNIT: A mobile command unit is housed at the City of Bedford. This unit is used to help maintain command and control at large, long term incidents.

BOMB SQUAD: Explosive devices present a unique hazard and require specialized technicians and equipment to safely negate the hazard.  A fully equipped bomb squad consisting of a specially equipped truck and bomb containment trailer is housed at the Watauga Fire Department.

MASS CASUALTY UNIT: Mass casualty services are provided through a fully stocked vehicle carrying supplies to treat up to eighty patients. This vehicle is housed with the Euless Fire Department.

COMMUNICATIONS VEHICLE: Large scale emergencies frequently involve a large number of governmental agencies.  A common problem in these types of disasters is a lack of radio communications between the various responders. This problem is solved through the use of a communications vehicle housed with the North Richland Hills Fire Department. This vehicle allows communications to occur between various agencies on multiple frequencies when the need arises.

AIR AND LIGHT TRUCK: Many emergency incidents, including fairly routine calls, require the ability to provide a means to refill the air bottles used by emergency responders on emergency scenes. The NEFDA air and light truck provides the ability to refill air bottles and provide additional needed lighting at emergency scenes. The air and light truck is housed with the Bedford Fire Department.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS UNIT: The NEFDA response area is home to many businesses which use hazardous materials, and is dissected by many, many miles of highways and rail lines. In order to expedite hazardous materials response, the hazardous materials units are kept at two sites. The primary Hazmat apparatus is housed at North Richland Hills Fire Department with a smaller satellite trailer housed with the Roanoke Fire Department.

DECONTAMINATION UNIT: The need to swiftly decontaminate firefighters and civilians following potential acts of terrorism or chemical emergencies resulted in the purchase of a mass decontamination unity which is housed with the Colleyville Fire Department. This unit consists of a trailer pulled by a Ford F-550 pickup truck and is capable of decontaminating up to 100 people per hour.

TECHNICAL RESCUE: The Technical Rescue Team provides high angle, confined space, trench and structural collapse rescue. The technical rescue team vehicle is housed at the Haltom City Fire Department.

HEAVY RESCUE: Heavy rescue services are provided throughout the member cities. The heavy rescue apparatus is housed at the Grapevine Fire Department.

TIFMAS

The TIFMAS, or Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, is maintained by the Texas Forest Service. The program includes training, qualification and mobilization systems to make statewide use of local resources. Through a 2004 Texas Forestry Service grant that was awarded in 2010, the Trophy Club Fire Department was able to acquire a brush truck to aid in suppressing wildland fires.

2011 was one of the most destructive fire seasons this state has ever seen; over 4 million acres and 1800 homes were lost.  We spent 3 weeks away from home responding to the devastating Possum Kingdom Lake and Bastrop fires.  It was an honor to be part of a task force consisting of firefighters from Grapevine, Southlake, Richland Hills and Hurst.

 

We know that at any time this kind of disaster could happen to us, and it is good to know that there is a system of very dedicated and skilled resources available to help us if we should need it.