The Burnet Fire Department is hosting The Fire 5k, a 5k run with firefighter based obstacles. The proceeds from this event will benefit the new Burnet Fire Department Explorer Program. This is a new program that provides an introduction to emergency services for high school students. Students become members of the Fire Department and learn social and career development skills that allow them to advance in the Fire Service in the future. These young adults have already become a large part of the Fire Department family, and they need the support of the community to continue.
The Burnet Fire Department is a career municipal department, comprised of 20 full-time and 12 paid part-time personnel. Serving in dual roles as both fire fighters and emergency medical technicians, the men and women of Burnet Fire Department are responsible for providing both fire suppression and emergency medical services. The primary fire response area covers the incorporated city limits of Burnet, Texas and as mutual aid to Burnet Volunteer Fire Department in 345 square miles of north central Burnet County. Additionally, a total of 750 square miles is covered for emergency medical response. Approximately 600 fire calls and 2,300 medical calls are answered annually with a 7% - 10% increase per year.
Emergency response is a coordinated effort of the Burnet Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management. Additional resources are available through county, regional and state mutual aid agreements and the department works in conjunction with all of the volunteer fire departments located throughout Burnet County.
Fire prevention activities are coordinated by the Fire Marshal's office and disaster preparedness and response through the Office of Emergency Management. It is through these efforts that the people of Burnet and the surrounding communities are provided rapid response to control a wide range of emergency situations.