North Richland Hills Fire-Rescue
Defining the fire service among our peers and community. We will be the defining standard of the fire service committed to developing strong leaders, embracing innovation and technology, fostering effective cooperation, persistent in improving safety and honoring tradition.
Answering the call to strengthen our community’s quality of life through dedicated service, courageous members, strong leadership and honoring tradition.
NRHFD Strategic Plan
NRH Fire - Rescue News
I.S.O. Class 1 Rating
Every ten years the Insurance Services Office (ISO) conducts a review of the fire department, water supply and emergency communications to determine the Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating. ISO rankings range from 1 to 10, with Class 1 being the highest rating. ISO conducted it's latest review of North Richland Hills in July 2018 and submitted the results of the review to the State Fire Marshal Office. The State Fire Marshal Office has accepted the ISO evaluation and assigned a Class 1 rating to NRH that will be effective May 1, 2019. The Class 1 rating was announced at the January 14, 2019 City Council Meeting. Prior to this, the NRH rating was Class 2.
Texas Fire Chiefs Association Best Practices Recognition
After a rigorous evaluation process involving a thorough assessment of the agency's policies, procedures, facilities and operations, North Richland Hills Fire – Rescue was awarded a “Recognized” status from the Texas Fire Chiefs Association (TFCA) Best Practices Recognition Program on February 15, 2018.
North Richland Hills is honored to be the sixteenth department in the state of Texas to receive this recognition. Through the hard work of our staff and administration, we have been able to reach this status. We are proud to share this with our citizens, and feel confident this award demonstrates our dedication to being among the best in Texas fire service. View the award presentation below.
NRH Fire-Rescue Launches Sepsis Treatment Program
In March 2017, the North Richland Hills Fire Department, in partnership with Medical City North Hills, was proud to launch the sepsis treatment plan. This implementation is the first in the nation for a Fire Department and only the second in the nation for an EMS crew. This now allows our paramedic teams to deliver antibiotics in the field to those experiencing a sepsis infection. Each ambulance crew now carries two broad spectrum antibiotics on board that can be utilized, if needed, while enroute to the hospital.
After many months of study and thoughtful planning, North Richland Hills EMS Medical Director Dr. Roy K. Yamada, Firefighter/Paramedic Charles Sanchez and the Sepsis team from Medical City North Hills developed a plan to use antibiotics in the field. If potential sepsis infection is prevalent, paramedics will use a check list to ensure all criteria are met before proceeding with antibiotic intervention. If a patient qualifies, the medication is delivered via IV while enroute to the hospital.
For every hour that passes without treatment during a sepsis crisis, the mortality rate increases by 7.6%. Through the early intervention in sepsis treatment, we can often significantly lower the mortality rate. The treatment plan was featured on CBS DFW news in June.