Temple Fire & Rescue has 28 qualified firefighters that allow the department to be eligible for deployment with TIFMAS in both All-Hazard/Structure and Wildland support. Temple Fire-Rescue initiated its Wildland Team Program in 2020 and assisted with the August Complex fire in Humbolt County in California.
The Wildland Team follows nationally recognized standards, developed by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), for federal and state Wildland Firefighters for training and physical ability. The Wildland Team maintains individuals available for assignments of up to two weeks with as little as two hours’ notice. Once dispatched to an incident, the team is expected to be self-sufficient for up to 48 hours and may be required to camp in tents for the duration of the trip.
Teams also assisted with support during Hurricane Laura in August 2020.
While Temple Fire & Rescue have no vehicles or equipment specifically dedicated for a deployment currently, when a request is received for apparatus or equipment the department evaluates current needs and offers to fill the request as possible.
All costs associated with deployments are reimbursed to the City by the State of Texas. This includes all direct personnel costs and any cost of backfilling. If apparatus or equipment are deployed then Temple Fire & Rescue receive a reimbursement at a pre-determined rate for each hour the apparatus is being used. If the apparatus or equipment is damaged or destroyed while deployed, we are reimbursed for the needed repairs or replacement.