If you’ve ever needed a first responder in an emergency, you know how helpful they can be.  What do you know about our own fire department?

The SAFD consists of 51 fire stations and 1800 uniformed and civilian employees.  First responders provide service to well over 1 million citizens and visitors within a response area covering over 460 square miles. SAFD responded to over 167,000 emergency incidents in 2015 with medical emergencies accounting for more than 80 percent of total calls.  Through careful resource management, the San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD) has one of the lowest response times and property damage rate for cities of comparable size.  

As one of the largest fire departments in the nation, all SAFD firefighters are also emergency medical technicians, making all first responders are equipped to handle medical emergencies.  Aside from being on call for fire, rescue and emergency medical services, the San Antonio Fire Department provides a number of community and residential programs to enhance the health and safety of the city.

One of the main programs for homeowners is the SAFDs smoke detector program.  The SAFD will provide and install, free of charge, to citizens living in single-family homes in San Antonio.  The SAFD has installed tens of thousands of free smoke detectors to date.  To request a free smoke detector, simply dial 2-1-1.

Anyone who needs a fire prevention home review may ask for one, and it is provided free of charge.  A review will let the SAFD show you where you can make your home safer in the event of a fire, and show you ways to prevent a fire as well as install smoke detectors if needed.  To get more information, contact the SAFD’s Community Safety and Education Division at 210-207-8422.

- Shelley Galbraith
Member, KWA Board of Directors

Shelley participates in the City of San Antonio World Heritage Neighborhood Leadership Academy, a four-month program designed to bring together leaders from neighborhood associations in the World Heritage area to enhance their leadership, advocacy and problem-solving skills to better address the needs of the community.

In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.  

The nearest fire stations to King William are:

  • Station #7 - 1414 S. St. Mary’s St
  • Station #11 - 610 S. Frio St.
  • Station #3 - 1425 E. Commerce St.