Emergency Management


Description

Emergency Management is an element within the Fredericksburg Fire Department and is charged with carrying out a comprehensive all-hazard emergency management program for the City of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County. Our program includes pre and post-disaster mitigation of known hazards to reduce their impact; preparedness activities, such as emergency planning, training, and exercises; provisions for effective response to emergencies; and recovery programs for major disasters. Our charter also includes the development and implementation of an Emergency Notification System that will alert City and County residents of pending emergencies and provide public service announcements. We operate under the National Incident Management System (NIMS) to standardize operations and response with other state and federal responders. We use the Incident Command System (ICS) as our incident management scheme.

Goals and Objectives

  • Maintain an Advanced Level of Planning Preparedness
  • Reduce vulnerability to natural hazards and manmade threats
  • Validate response capabilities through Emergency Management Exercises
  • Provide ongoing Emergency Management training opportunities
  • Increase community awareness and preparedness through outreach programs

In order to meet these goals, we will

  • Create and update emergency planning documents
  • Conduct a minimum of two discussion-based exercises and one operationally based exercise involving the Emergency Operations Center and first responders
  • Conduct Fire Prevention and Awareness training for schools and businesses along with Incident Command System and Emergency Management-related courses
  • Actively promote Hazard Mitigation, Animal Issues, Donations Steering Group, and Volunteer programs

What we accomplished in 2022-2023

  • Updated 7 of the 22 annexes of the Emergency Operations Plan resulting in an Advanced Level of Planning Preparedness as certified by the Texas Division of Emergency Management
  • Attended 11 regular meetings of both the City and County Hazard Mitigation Committees
  • Conducted 10 Countywide eclipse preparedness meetings in preparation for the 2 eclipses that will take place in 2023 and 2024
  • Participated on the school safety committee for Doss, Harper, and Fredericksburg School Districts. This consists of multiple meetings with each district to ensure the school is meeting safety standards set forth by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
  • Updated the Hazard Mitigation Plan for the City and County and submitted it to TDEM and FEMA. This document is pending approval.
  • Attended the Texas Fire Chief’s Annual conference. Received 20 hours of firefighting continuing education through this event.
  • Multiple weather events stressed the emergency response system for the City of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County. The most significant event was Winter Storm Mara, which required the activation of the Emergency Operation Center.
  • Helped prepare for public events, including the Annual Eclipse and Oktoberfest, estimated to have over 30,000 attendees
  • Began participating in Leadership Gillespie County, which will conclude in May 2024
  • Purchased and began implementing a new mass notification software. This program is predicted to be in service in December 2023

What we plan to accomplish in 2023-2024

  • Complete the update and revision of annexes in the Emergency Operations Plan
  • Attend regular Hazard Mitigation meetings
  • Reduce vulnerability to natural hazards and manmade threats
  • Continue to prepare for the 2024 total eclipse and operate the Emergency Operations Center during this significant event
  • Conduct Fire Prevention and Awareness training
  • Conduct training on ICS courses and Emergency Management courses
  • Send non-emergency management personnel to training to better support the Emergency Operations Center





Emergency Management Department Organizational Chart