Q: What is the population size protected?
A: Hutto Fire Rescue protects approximately 60,000 people throughout the Williamson County Emergency Services District #3 (WCESD #3) area. This includes both 1- and 2-family homes, apartments, and businesses located in the City of Hutto and throughout the Hutto Community.
Q: Are you a Department of the City of Hutto?
A: No. Hutto Fire Rescue is the name used by Williamson County Emergency Services District #3 to deliver fire protection and rescue services. Hutto Fire Rescue is an Emergency Services District (ESD) that was created back in 2000.
Q: How is your budget determined?
A: The relationship of revenues to expenditures is based on the maximum Property Tax Rate currently allowed by Texas law of $0.10 per $100 valuation of the Total Taxable Value of WCESD #3. Additionally a $0.02 Sales and Use Tax is now being collected from businesses outside the City Limits of Hutto.
Q: Are your firefighters paid or volunteer?
A: We use a combination of both paid and volunteer firefighters. During 2018 there were 23 full-time employees (FTEs), 7 part-time employees (PTEs), and 8 volunteer members. There were 8 firefighters on duty 24/7/365. For 2019 there are 28 FTEs, 0 PTEs, and 8 volunteer members. Again this provides 8 firefighters on duty 24/7/365.
Q: When do we get a fire station south of the railroad tracks inside the City of Hutto?
A: On August 23, 2018 the official groundbreaking took place for the Vic Stern Fire Station #2 located at 150 Swindoll Lane. This new fire station, which is currently under construction is scheduled to open in the late summer or early fall of 2019.
Q: What is the Fire Insurance Rating for residents protected by Hutto Fire Rescue?
A: The City of Hutto has a fire insurance rating of ISO-2, while the rest of WCESD #3 has an insurance rating of ISO-2/8B. Your insurance company should be providing you a savings based on these ratings for both residential and commercial insurance.
Q: Is there a fire code in this area?
A: The WCESD #3 Board of Commissioners adopted a fire code in 2005. Every few years this code is updated to meet current construction and fire protection best practices. Currently fire inspectors work actively with builders, private developers, building owners, and other agencies to ensure that all new buildings conform to the 2018 International Fire Code, the adopted code for Williamson County Emergency Services District #3, and the 2009 International Fire Code, the adopted code for the City of Hutto.
Q: Why does a fire truck come every time someone calls for an ambulance?
A: Hutto Fire Rescue is part of the Williamson County Emergency Medical System. This is the same for most all fire departments across the county. As such, all Hutto Fire Rescue firefighters are trained, at a minimum, as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). When a medical emergency occurs anywhere in Williamson County the closest fire department, along with the county Paramedics, respond to the individuals in need. This assures that a rapid response and properly trained personnel meet the critical time needed to treat these medical emergencies.
Q: Can I visit the fire station?
A: Any individual or group can set up a tour of the fire station. We also teach a variety of classes such as CPR and fire extinguisher training. Please call our administrative office and we will assist you with your request.
Q: Can the fire department install my child’s car seat?
A: Hutto Fire Rescue has a trained car seat technician on-duty every day. Please call our administrative office and we will assist with your request.
Q: Is Hutto Fire Rescue Hiring?
A: Hutto Fire/Rescue hires at different times. Click the EMPLOYMENT link to see if there are any current openings.
Q: What is H.I.P.P.A.?
A: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (H.I.P.A.A.) protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information, sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information, and protects identifiable information being used to analyze patient safety events and improve patient safety. The law is monitored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and enforced by the Office for Civil Rights.
TO READ THE HUTTO FIRE/RESCUE HIPPA POLICY, CLICK HERE.
Q: I have questions about fire inspections. Who do I call?
A: Contact the Fire Inspector. Click Here to email questions