Fire Prevention/Life Safety
Prevention & Education
Schertz Fire and Rescue is dedicated to the education of the citizens we serve and the prevention of fire. We feel a vital part of our mission is to educate the children in the area, and that through this education we can prevent future fires, and/ or loss of life.
We present classes to local school children and offer station tours for various civic groups.
Through a joint effort by the City of Schertz, Schertz Professional Fire Fighters Association, various area businesses, and the citizens of Schertz we have built a fire safety house to promote safety, not just in fires, but in all emergencies. This house is available to not only our city but also cities in the surrounding area. The house is a 32-foot by 8-foot trailer which will be transported to schools, and area events to promote safety education.
Any public improvement plans or civil construction plans submitted on or after May 1, 2015 will be required to utilize Storz Connections on all new fire hydrants. Please review the Schertz Water Details Fire Hydrant section (PDF) for design.
current codes, along with applicable city ordinances:
- 2012 Edition - International Fire Code
- 2012 Edition - International Building Code
- 2015 Edition - NFPA 101 (Life Safety Code)
- Ordinance 15-C-21 (PDF) will go into effect on October 1, 2015.
Fire Safety Tips
In the event of a fire, remember time is the biggest enemy and every second counts!
Escape first, then call for help. Develop a home fire escape plan and designate a meeting place outside. Make sure everyone in the family knows two ways to escape from every room. Practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed. Never stand up in a fire, always crawl low under the smoke and try to keep your mouth covered. Never return to a burning building for any reason; it may cost you your life.
Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.