The commitment of this department is to provide the highest level of public services for our citizens, business owners and visitors. We protect lives and property through public education, fire prevention activities, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and emergency management planning.
The original City of Balcones Heights Fire Department, with its twenty-five members, was founded on November 12, 1954, as a volunteer department under the leadership of John Caran. The department’s first fire truck was a surplus Army 300 gpm pumper, which was housed at Schafer’s Garage on Fredericksburg Road, until a new fire station, located at 107 Glenarm, was built with monies raised through fund raising events and public donations in 1955. The volunteer firefighters faithfully served their community until 1967, when eleven fully salaried firefighters were hired to replace the volunteers. In 1974, the original fire station was replaced by the current, four-bay, brick fire station located at 111 Altgelt, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the incorporation of Balcones Heights.
Although the fire station is still located at 111 Altgelt, the equipment and apparatus have changed over the years and have definitely become more modern and up-to-date. There is no doubt if one of those original firefighters were to visit the station today, they would be amazed at how different things are.
Today, the fire station houses two 1250 gpm pumpers, a 100 ft elevating platform, and a 2009 Chevrolet pickup truck that is used as a staff and utility vehicle. There are currently sixteen professional firefighters housed at this fire station. The fire department provides the following services to its citizens, business owners and visitors:
- Emergency Medical Services (Basic Life Support)
- Fire and Life Safety Code and Ordinance Enforcement
- Fire Suppression
- Emergency Rescue
- Public Education and Fire Prevention Activities
- Emergency Management Planning
- Smoke Detector Program
Fire Chief Brock Ward
A native of Texas and a graduate of Samuel Clemens high school in Schertz, Texas. Ward began his career with the Universal City fire department in 1977. In 1979 Ward began working for the Balcones Heights Fire Department, he became Captain in 2001.
Ward has a Master fire certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, an Associate degree in Fire Science from San Antonio College, and several fire based certifications.
Ward has been married for 30 years and has a daughter who is currently in enrolled in nursing school.