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Due to current public health concerns, the Denton Fire Department is suspending in person educational and community outreach events. We are taking every possible precaution to minimize the odds of spreading the virus and this includes canceling non-emergency events. We thank you for your understanding and we look forward to scheduling future events as soon as it is appropriate.

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programs Offered

  • Fire Extinguisher Classes
    The Denton Fire Department utilizes a portable fire extinguisher training aid that replicates a small fire. This can be brought to any business to teach employees how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Please fill out the Special Event Request Form and submit it to our offices to schedule this free class.

  • Juvenile Programs
    If you would like for firefighters to come to your day care, church, school or similar business to share a fire safety message with children or give a tour of a fire engine, please fill out the Special Event Request Form and submit it to our offices at least a month prior to the date of the event.

  • Clowns on Fire
    The Denton Fire Department's clown troop schedules numerous appearances each year. They present skits on safety topics to large audiences in the Schools.
    For more information click here.


  • Fire Station Tours
    Residents are always welcome to visit the fire stations. However, due to the firefighters' hectic schedule with both planned and unplanned events, it is strongly recommended that you schedule a station tour by filling out and submitting the Special Event Request Form.

  • Explorers Program
    The Fire Explorer program is designed for youth ages 14-19 who live in Denton County and are interested in learning about a career in the fire service.  It gives them a firsthand experience in what it mentally and physically takes to be a professional firefighter. Participants will receive fire service training under supervision of trained firefighters. The program will give them beneficial experience, discipline, and knowledge that can apply to any career field.




Fire Safety Tips

  • When to Leave the Area IMMEDIATELY
    • Your path of escape is threatened
    • The extinguisher runs out of agent
    • The extinguisher proves to be ineffective
    • You will no longer be able to safely fight the fire
  • When NOT to Fight a Fire
    • If the fire is spreading beyond the spot where it started
    • If you can't fight the fire with your back to an escape exit
    • If the fire can block your only escape
  • What To Do If Someone Catches On Fire
    • STOP where you are
    • DROP to the floor
    • ROLL around on the floor
    This will smother the flames. If another person catches on fire, smother flames by grabbing a blanket or rug and wrapping them up in it. NEVER RUN if you are on fire. 
  • Fire Classifications
    • Class A - Ordinary combustibles or fibrous material such as wood, paper, cloth, rubber, and some plastics
    • Class B - Flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, paint, paint thinners, and propane
    • Class C - Energized electrical equipment such as appliances, switches, panel boxes, and power tools
    • Class D - Metals such as titanium, magnesium, and sodium (burn without the presence of oxygen)
    • Class K - Commercial cooking equipment that uses cooking oils or fats
  • Types of Fire Extinguishers and How to Dispose of Them
    Never throw fire extinguishers in the trash. Contact the City Solid Waste and Recycling Department to arrange for pickup of extinguishers.
    • ABC-rated multipurpose dry powder extinguishers are most common. These extinguishers are very light. Halon extinguishers look virtually identical to ABC multipurpose dry chemical extinguishers.
    • Water extinguishers are not often used in a commercial setting and are usually SILVER (chrome metal) and have a flat bottom.
    • Foam extinguishers look similar and the type without gauges have a handle inset in the flat bottom (you turn the extinguisher upside down to start it and use it).
    • CO2 (carbon dioxide) extinguishers are generally red, or yellow around aircraft or on military sites, and are VERY HEAVY. Some CO2 extinguishers for aircraft hangers or special industrial use are so large as to require roll-around carts to move them. These are all high-pressure cylinders.
    • Class D fire extinguishers are often yellow and look similar to an ABC fire extinguisher.
    • Class K fire extinguishers are wet chemical extinguishers.
  • How to Extinguish Small Fires
    To operate a fire extinguisher, first pull the pin. Then, aim the nozzle at the base of the fire and squeeze the handle. Sweep the nozzle side to side to extinguish along the base of a fire. Follow these guidelines to use the correct extinguisher for the classification of fire:
    • Class A - Extinguish ordinary combustibles by cooling the material below its ignition temperature and soaking the fibers to prevent re-ignition. Use pressurized water, foam or multi-purpose (ABC-rated) dry chemical extinguishers. DO NOT USE carbon dioxide or ordinary (BC-rated) dry chemical extinguishers on Class A fires.
    • Class B - Extinguish flammable liquids, greases, or gases by removing the oxygen, preventing the vapors from reaching the ignition source, or by inhibiting the chemical chain reaction. Foam, carbon dioxide, ordinary (BC-rated) dry chemical, multi-purpose dry chemical, and halon extinguishers may be used to fight Class B fires.
    • Class C - Extinguish energized electrical equipment by using an extinguishing agent that is not capable of conducting electrical currents. Carbon dioxide, ordinary (BC-rated) dry chemical, multi-purpose dry chemical and halon fire extinguishers may be used to fight Class C fires. DO NOT USE water extinguishers on energized electrical equipment.
    • Class D - Extinguish combustible metals such as magnesium, titanium, potassium, and sodium with dry powder extinguishing agents specially designated for the material involved. In most cases, they absorb the heat from the material, cooling it below its ignition temperature.
    • Class K - Extinguish commercial cooking equipment with wet chemical extinguishing agents specially designated for the material involved.