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Texas Fire Department Personnel

Personnel (fire department membership) numbers vary by region, by state and even by county. Recruiting is critical to fire department success, see National Volunteer Fire Council’s Make Me a Firefighter and National Volunteer Fire Council’s Recruiting Resources. Check out how your department’s numbers compare to those around you, to see how your recruitment and retention investments are fairing.

This information is based solely upon fire departments that have registered with the National Fire Service Registry. If you have not registered your fire department, please do so, it is free and contributes to a complete picture of the fire services. Check out some Quick Facts from the registry.

Department Type

NOTE: In the USFA National Fire Service Registry data for Texas there are 2 departments NOT classified, and so NOT included in these statistics. Departments should register as Career, Mostly Career, Volunteer or Mostly Volunteer but we do not have it for these 2 departments .

Volunteer Departments of Texas

Here are the average numbers of volunteer firefighters for each county within Texas, as well as the maximum and minimum numbers for that county.

County # Volunteer Departments Average Firefighters Highest # Lowest #
Anderson 12 16 28 6
Andrews 1 90
Angelina 8 19 32 10
Aransas 4 30 45 21
Archer 6 18 26 9
Armstrong 3 17 30 8
Atascosa 4 22 35 10
Austin 4 30 48 21
Bailey 1 33
Bandera 6 18 32 9
Bastrop 9 29 52 12
Baylor 1 25
Bee 6 21 60 7
Bell 10 26 40 14
Bexar 16 36 96 15
Blanco 2 18 19 17
Borden 1 7
Bosque 10 19 38 8
Bowie 11 23 45 7
Brazoria 22 22 66 8
Brazos 4 25 36 15
Brewster 3 14 27 7
Briscoe 2 21 25 17
Brown 9 19 27 6
Burleson 6 25 52 8
Burnet 11 17 28 9
Caldwell 10 17 36 7
Calhoun 5 16 20 8
Callahan 5 19 22 10
Cameron 5 19 30 13
Camp 2 19 28 10
Carson 3 16 17 15
Cass 11 17 35 10
Castro 2 18 20 15
Chambers 7 17 30 10
Cherokee 8 20 33 12
Childress 1 34
Clay 10 17 26 10
Cochran 2 21 22 19
Coke 2 21 22 19
Coleman 2 28 32 24
Collin 10 26 43 19
Collingsworth 1 20
Colorado 8 26 40 10
Comal 2 44 46 41
Comanche 6 16 22 10
Concho 3 15 19 10
Cooke 8 21 28 15
Coryell 8 15 34 10
Cottle 1 23
Crane 1 35
Crockett 1 40
Crosby 3 17 20 15
Dallam 2 22 32 12
Dallas 3 23 30 20
Dawson 1 32
De Witt 4 30 51 15
Deaf Smith 1 26
Delta 3 15 19 8
Denton 7 25 40 3
Dickens 2 16 19 12
Dimmit 3 11 20 6
Donley 3 22 34 16
Duval 2 30 35 25
Eastland 8 19 28 12
Ector 1 25
Edwards 1 20
El Paso 7 30 66 18
Ellis 10 17 26 6
Erath 8 20 38 9
Falls 4 21 38 12
Fannin 7 20 34 11
Fayette 7 24 35 15
Fisher 2 17 18 16
Floyd 2 23 26 20
Foard 1 10
Fort Bend 9 23 57 8
Franklin 3 16 20 11
Freestone 7 21 33 5
Frio 2 18 20 16
Gaines 2 18 35
Galveston 12 54 246 8
Garza 1 25
Gillespie 6 25 42 6
Glasscock 1 20
Goliad 3 23 25 20
Gonzales 5 26 45 15
Gray 2 26 30 21
Grayson 14 18 31 10
Gregg 5 25 51 7
Grimes 5 15 20 10
Guadalupe 9 22 32 15
Hale 3 23 37 15
Hall 2 26 30 21
Hamilton 4 16 25 10
Hansford 2 23 25 20
Hardin 7 27 40 15
Harris 31 83 305 12
Harrison 8 24 40 10
Haskell 4 15 25 8
Hays 7 29 66 8
Hemphill 2 17 26 7
Henderson 18 17 30 2
Hidalgo 9 20 27 10
Hill 14 16 25 8
Hockley 4 22 33 12
Hood 9 55 250 16
Hopkins 8 12 17 6
Houston 8 19 35 8
Howard 1 28
Hudspeth 2 12 14 10
Hunt 9 23 31 12
Hutchinson 3 81 185 28
Jack 3 26 34 11
Jackson 4 22 35 12
Jasper 9 21 40 10
Jeff Davis 2 15 18 11
Jefferson 6 22 39 12
Jim Hogg 1 15
Jim Wells 2 25 28 21
Johnson 9 27 74 14
Jones 5 18 25 14
Karnes 2 23 30 15
Kaufman 13 23 36 12
Kendall 4 22 38 10
Kenedy 1 22
Kerr 5 24 43 12
King 1 12
Kleberg 2 25 35 15
Knox 3 16 24 8
La Salle 1 30
Lamar 16 18 33 8
Lamb 6 23 26 20
Lampasas 3 24 36 10
Lavaca 5 35 46 12
Lee 6 30 45 12
Leon 9 17 36 10
Liberty 13 24 42 10
Limestone 8 17 30 6
Lipscomb 3 17 20 15
Live Oak 3 20 20 20
Llano 4 27 41 15
Lubbock 10 30 64 17
Lynn 3 16 20 13
Madison 2 22 23 20
Marion 4 17 22 10
Martin 2 20 20 19
Mason 2 20 30 10
Matagorda 7 20 46 8
McCulloch 5 13 21 10
McLennan 14 22 30 15
Medina 8 16 31
Menard 2 24 25 22
Midland 2 20 21 18
Milam 5 20 36 7
Mills 3 23 30 10
Mitchell 3 22 33 10
Montague 8 23 38 9
Montgomery 9 38 60 17
Moore 2 30 40 20
Morris 5 14 26 10
Motley 1 24
Nacogdoches 10 17 27 13
Navarro 14 12 19 2
Newton 4 18 23 10
Nolan 4 16 30 10
Nueces 3 20 27 11
Ochiltree 1 30
Oldham 3 10 13 8
Orange 6 26 45
Palo Pinto 9 22 30 15
Panola 4 31 45 20
Parker 14 24 46 12
Parmer 4 21 23 17
Pecos 3 24 32 14
Polk 9 18 40 10
Potter 1 70
Presidio 2 21 23 18
Rains 2 23 30 15
Randall 5 24 41 7
Reagan 2 18 18 17
Real 2 19 23 14
Red River 9 16 20 8
Reeves 1 8
Refugio 4 22 28 13
Roberts 1 16
Robertson 2 13 18 7
Rockwall 2 23 25 20
Runnels 2 21 25 16
Rusk 11 20 60 8
Sabine 7 19 32 6
San Augustine 4 15 30 4
San Jacinto 9 17 32 8
San Patricio 6 21 45 7
San Saba 2 18 18 18
Schleicher 1 35
Scurry 1 36
Shackelford 2 21 23 19
Shelby 5 27 31 25
Smith 11 24 47 15
Somervell 1 45
Starr 5 20 33 5
Stephens 1 28
Stonewall 1 10
Sutton 1 5
Swisher 4 18 25 12
Tarrant 12 27 42 12
Taylor 8 18 21 12
Terrell 1 11
Terry 1 27
Throckmorton 1 21
Titus 5 20 44 12
Tom Green 8 18 23 6
Trinity 3 17 19 15
Tyler 9 19 28 14
Upshur 11 16 37 8
Uvalde 5 18 39 8
Val Verde 1 56
Van Zandt 9 23 40 10
Victoria 8 16 25 6
Walker 5 23 46 15
Waller 7 29 61 8
Ward 4 18 32 11
Washington 7 25 65 15
Webb 3 9 12 6
Wharton 5 27 43 16
Wheeler 3 20 26 15
Wichita 5 19 29 11
Willacy 3 12 18 9
Williamson 10 29 48 13
Wilson 5 23 30 15
Winkler 2 29 32 25
Wise 16 18 38 7
Wood 11 20 29 9
Yoakum 1 1
Young 2 28 30 25
Zavala 1 18

Career Departments of Texas

Here are the average numbers of career firefighters for each county within Texas, as well as the maximum and minimum numbers for that county.

County # Career Departments Average Firefighters Highest # Lowest #
Anderson 1 35
Angelina 2 41 79 2
Austin 1 26
Bell 5 104 231 33
Bexar 16 131 1624 13
Bowie 2 57 78 35
Brazoria 2 71 120 22
Brazos 2 147 154 139
Brown 1 35
Burnet 2 29 41 17
Caldwell 1 20
Calhoun 1 27
Cameron 4 89 192 27
Cherokee 1 46
Collin 8 118 335 23
Comal 4 55 81 20
Cooke 1 46
Coryell 1 57
Dallas 24 179 1950 16
Denton 11 68 187 17
Ector 1 161
El Paso 2 496 898 93
Ellis 6 39 59 20
Erath 1 43
Falls 1 13
Fannin 1 58
Fort Bend 8 61 125 17
Galveston 3 72 116 25
Gray 1 28
Grayson 3 51 86 9
Gregg 4 59 169 10
Grimes 1 30
Guadalupe 4 34 64 4
Hale 1 36
Harris 15 310 3948 16
Harrison 1 47
Hays 3 55 84 40
Henderson 1 27
Hidalgo 8 71 164 22
Hill 1 19
Hopkins 2 23 30 15
Howard 1 62
Hunt 1 51
Hutchinson 1 26
Jefferson 4 94 235 9
Jim Wells 1 35
Johnson 3 42 63 14
Kaufman 2 42 51 33
Kerr 1 63
Kleberg 1 61
Lamar 1 51
Lampasas 1 23
Limestone 1 24
Llano 1 26
Lubbock 1 407
Marion 1 2
Maverick 1 70
McCulloch 1 32
McLennan 4 67 200 13
Midland 1 194
Montgomery 8 86 203 13
Nacogdoches 1 55
Navarro 1 67
Nolan 1 27
Nueces 5 143 414 16
Orange 1 37
Palo Pinto 1 36
Parker 1 62
Potter 2 170 279 61
Rockwall 3 32 58 19
San Patricio 2 20 24 16
Smith 2 82 156 7
Starr 1 14
Stephens 1 17
Tarrant 24 90 904 16
Taylor 1 198
Tom Green 3 69 166 4
Travis 13 125 1156 6
Val Verde 2 63 72 54
Van Zandt 1 31
Victoria 1 130
Walker 1 40
Webb 1 402
Wichita 2 110 160 59
Wilbarger 1 36
Williamson 8 70 151 18
Wilson 1 33
Young 1 21
Zapata 1 36

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Last Updated on June 29, 2023