The Shavano Park Fire/EMS is a full-time, paid department dedicated to the protection of lives and property from the destruction of fire and other catastrophic events. Currently, the City's Fire Department has 17 full-time firefighters/EMT's under the direction of Fire Chief Michael Naughton. All personnel are Certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection at the Basic Structural Firefighter level or higher, and by the Texas Department of State Health Services at the EMT-Basic level or higher. The City of Shavano Park Fire Department provides BLS/MICU level treatment and transport to area hospitals for the sick or injured.
The primary mission of the Fire department is to prevent and/or minimize the loss of life and property within the corporate limits of the City by establishing control over fires, sudden medical emergencies and the consequences of natural and manmade disasters. The Fire Department accomplishes this mission with three divisions:
- Administration, Fire, and EMS
Michael Naughton, Fire Chief
Michael Naughton was appointed Fire Chief for Shavano Park in December 2009. Prior to his appointment as Fire Chief, Chief Naughton served the City as Assistant Fire Chief since Febuary 2002. He has extensive experience in the Fire Service gained while serving with the City of Schertz, City of Alamo Heights and the City of Balcones Heights. He also worked as Director of Emergency Medical Services for Bandera County, Texas. He is a noted expert in Emergency Medical Services and has served as a Training Instructor in the San Antonio region for many years.
Shavano Park's fire defenses are rated by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The ISO is an independent organization that services the insurance industry. The ISO grades the City on the following rating factors:
- Water Supply
- Fire Alarm Communications
- Fire Department Equipment, Personnel, Training, Distribution 50%
The ISO rating of the City is used to help establish insurance premiums for fire insurance in the City for residences and businesses.
The rating, called the Public Protection Classification (PPC) is expressed on a scale from 1 to 10, where a "1" is the best and a "10" is a minimum level of fire protection. Shavano Park is rated a "3". The Shavano Park Fire Department is exploring ways to increase the PPC rating for the City in order to save businesses and citizens money on their insurance.
Child Safety-Seat Inspections
In an effort to reduce the number of children injured or killed in automobile accidents, the Fire Department provides free child safety seat inspections for the residents of Shavano Park. Members of the Fire Department are trained through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as child safety seat technicians to help you learn to install car seats and transport children safely. The inspections are given at the fire station by appointment only. Appointments are available Tuesday through Thursday between 8 am and 10 am.