City of Wilmer

Fire Department

 


The Wilmer Fire Department provides a multitude of services, such as: Emergency Medical Service, Fire Protection, Fire Prevention Education, Fire Inspections, Code Enforcement, Hazardous Materials Response, Fire Suppression, and Rescue.

Since 2005, the fire department has averaged in excess of 1,000 calls per year. Approximately 80% of those calls were for ambulance service, or as it is known today, E.M.S. (Emergency Medical Service)

The City of Wilmer Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency ambulance service (EMS) for Wilmer and southern Dallas County west of the Trinity River, with a response area of 44 square miles. The estimated population served is 4,500.

The Fire Department is staffed 24 hours a day. All shift personnel are cross-trained in Fire and EMS. This allows our staff to respond in the most efficient manner to whatever emergency situation they face.

The department also participates in North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (RAC). Dr. Peter Way, is the Medical Director for the Wilmer Fire Department EMS.

We have one Fire Station. Station one is located at 220 First Street, The Department has two fire trucks, one brush truck, and two ambulances.

Mark Hamilton is the Fire Chief and Administrative head of the fire department.

Department Vision


To move into the next century providing the finest in fire and EMS services by operating from modern facilities, utilizing the most effective vehicles, tools and equipment, providing our highly trained firefighters with state-of-the-art gear/clothing and creating a work environment conducive to the highest standards of morale, safety and professionalism

Our Emblems


Maltese Cross


The patch on the left shoulder of every Wilmer firefighter contains the shape of a Maltese Cross.

A badge of honor and protection, it is the international symbol of firefighters' willingness to risk their lives to save others, and its story dates back nearly 1,000 years.

The story begins during the Crusades. A group of 11th century knights known as the Knights of St. John were helping the Knights of the Crusades try to win back the holy land. During a battle for Jerusalem, the knights encountered a new, terrifying weapon. As the knights attacked the city walls, the Saracens threw glass bombs into their midst containing highly flammable liquids, followed by flaming torches at the drenched crusaders. While many knights suffered excruciating pain and agonizing deaths, others risked their lives to put out the fires and save their fellow knights from painful, fiery deaths.

The knights were recognized for their heroic efforts by their fellow crusaders, who decorated the eight-point cross the knights wore and awarded it to them as a badge of honor. Since the Knights of St. John lived for nearly four centuries on the Island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea, the cross eventually became known as the Maltese Cross. The Maltese Cross is a firefighter's badge of honor, signifying that he or she works in courage, pride, and honor - a ladder rung away from death.

Star of Life


The Star of Life is the symbol for Emergency Medical Services.
The star, a six-barred cross with a snake and staff in the middle, was created by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 1977.
The six points of the star represent aspects of the EMS system: detection; reporting; response; on-scene care; care in transit; and transfer to definitive care. The staff on the star represents medicine and healing.

Wilmer Fire and Rescue Department

Mission Statement


As members of the Wilmer Fire Department, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life of the community we serve through the protection and preservation of life, property, and the environment.

It is the responsibility of each member to support the mission by subscribing to the following values:

For the Community:
  • We recognize that the community is the reason for our presence.
  • We value the faith and trust of the community, and continually work to deserve that confidence through our attitude, conduct, and accomplishments.
  • Lives are more valuable than property.
  • The safety of the public is of paramount importance, followed closely by the safety of our members.
  • All members of the public are entitled to our best efforts.
  • We will faithfully provide prompt, professional and courteous service.
  • We recognize that we are a service provider and shall stand ready to provide fire suppression, prevention and education services, rescue and emergency medical services as well as emergency management activities.

For the Department:
  • We strive for excellence in everything we do.
  • Honesty, fairness and integrity will not be compromised.
  • We continually seek effectiveness, efficiency, and economy.
  • Unity and teamwork are stressed as being to our mutual advantage as individuals and as an organization.
  • Members are continually encouraged to improve themselves as individuals and employees.
  • The free exchange of ideas is encouraged.
  • We are sensitive to changing community needs.
  • We will strive to maintain our skills and knowledge through training.
  • We will remain vigilant and prepared to respond to the needs of our members, our families and the community we serve.