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Tour your local Houston Fire Station! It’s a free & unique thing to do in Houston!

Houston Fire Station 8 Garage
Visiting Houston Fire Stations has long been one of our favorite things to do.  This summer we’ve set up a series of meet-ups at local fire stations and they have been very very popular.

Just last week, we toured Houston’s biggest station: Fire Station 8 in Downtown.  And it was amazing.

Houston Fire Station 8 Jacket
Fire Station 8  is the biggest station in Houston, and I’m told it’s also one of the biggest in the United States.  It takes up a full city block and is buzzing with activity.

While we were there, lunch was being made, official visitors kept stopping by and fire engines kept coming and going.

Houston Fire Station 8 Trucks
Not only are there fire engines and ambulances, but there is a mass casualty ambulance, the size of a city bus, and a rehab truck, for fire fighters to recuperate while fighting a big fire.

Houston Fire Station 8 Kitchen Family Room
This new fire station is all on one level because 2 story fire stations and fireman poles are dangerous and outdated.  We got to tour through the great room, with the living room, giant dining table and kitchen, the exercise room, the offices and the sleeping quarters.  We also got to walk through the garage, see the trucks and spray a fire hose!

Fire Station Tour6
One of the fire fighters put on his full uniform to take pictures with the kids and to teach them to go to fire fighters, and not run away, in an emergency.

Fireman Suiting Up at Houston Fire Station 8
At this station, the engine never stayed long enough for us to sit inside, but we had plenty of fun without this!

Joe Brooke James at Fire Station 8
If you want to scheduled your own tour, this is what you do:

1.  Organize your group.

2.  Request your date and station, 30 days in advance, HERE.

3.  Get an email confirmation.

4.  Attend the tour on that day and hope the fire fighters don’t have to leave.  Be sure to remind the group that the tour may not go just as planned.

From HFD: “The station is to remain in service unless otherwise noted. If for any reason the assigned station is unable to participate due to an emergency response call, you may not receive advance notice of their absence. If the station receives an emergency response call during the scheduled activity, they are required to proceed to the emergency, but will make every effort to return upon completion.”

Even without a formal tour, you can still go meet your favorite fire fighters.  We frequently stop by our local station to deliver cookies and sweets.  If the firefighters are not busy, they will often let us sit in the truck and look around the station.

If you want to be notified of upcoming meet ups, including fire station tours, go HERE.


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  1. John Nanninga
    December 6, 2014 at 10:53 pm — Reply

    Thanks for stopping by and visiting!

  2. N Williamson
    June 13, 2015 at 11:18 am — Reply

    This is awesome! I never knew you could just visit your local fire stations. We have one just a block away from our neighborhood. Thanks for the info!

    • June 13, 2015 at 7:02 pm — Reply

      It’s one of our favorite things to do. Bring some cookies… and often you’ll get to sit in the truck if they are not busy!

  3. July 6, 2015 at 7:03 pm — Reply

    I tried to make a RSVP, the links did not work…

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