Several Houston firefighters spray water on a burning house on Chestnut Street in June 2016.

The City of Houston and Houston Rural fire departments share duties in responding to fire calls in and around Houston.

Both are made up entirely of volunteer firefighters who undergo comprehensive and ongoing training to be as equipped as possible when they tend to a fire scene. Each year in late summer, Houston firefighters participate in the “Fill the Boot” fundraising campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The City of Houston department has three vehicles in its fleet, including a Pierce Quantum ladder/pumper combination truck, a pumper engine and a reserve pumper/supply truck.

Its station is on First Street just north of U.S. 63.

Houston Rural’s fleet includes two pumpers, a tanker, three brush trucks, one attack vehicle and two rescue vehicles.

Its station is on Walnut Street at Grand Avenue.

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