Is a burn ban in effect?
The burn ban applies to unincorporated areas of Bell County outside the City of Belton. An Open Burn Permit is required at all times for burning within the City limits. Those living outside of the City limits may find out if a ban is in place by calling (254) 933-5555 or by accessing the Bell County website.
What Fire Code has Belton adopted?
The City of Belton has adopted the 2015 International Fire Code.
Do I need a permit to burn within the City?
Yes, residents living within the City limits should obtain an Open Burn Permit for $25 before burning outdoors. Residents may obtain a permit and pay the required fee to the Fire Department Administrative Assistant, located at Station 2 on Sparta Road. Upon payment, the Fire Marshal will set up a date and time for an inspection. Proposed burn areas must be inspected before burning takes place. Open Burn Permit applications are also available online.
Can I tour the fire station?
Group tours of the fire station are available during active duty hours. Call ahead to schedule a time and date.
Does the Belton Fire Department offer CPR or First Aid classes?
At this time the Belton Fire Department does not offer CPR or First Aid classes. You may contact other area fire departments, American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or Harris Community Center.
Does the fire department host birthday parties? Is there a fee?
On Saturday afternoons only, the Belton Fire Department hosts birthday parties for children ages 4 to 10. There is no fee for the parties, which include fire prevention learning events. First-come-first-serve reservations can be secured by completing a contract and mailing or hand delivering it to the Fire Department. An e-mail confirmation will be sent to confirm scheduled dates.
Birthday Party Contract
How do I request a fire investigation report?
Fire investigation reports are available for $5 fee. The exact date and location of the fire is required.
Fire Report Form
How do I find out if the Belton Fire Department is hiring?
The City does not accept applications unless actively hiring. To be notified of openings by text message or email sign up for Notify Me.
How do I apply to be a member of the Fire Corps?
Applications are available at Fire Station 2, 420 Sparta Rd.
How often should I check my smoke detector(s)?
Use the test button monthly to test smoke detectors. Consider replacing batteries twice a year. For example, replace batteries when the time changes from standard daylight savings each spring and again in the fall. "Change your clock, change your batteries" is a positive theme. Smoke alarms become less sensitive over time. The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission recommends changing smoke alarms every 10 years.
How do I request an EMS report?
Contact our EMS billing clerk at (254) 933-5804.
How do I obtain a Knox box?
Contact the Belton Fire Marshal's office at 254-933-5827.
How do I report a leaking or damaged fire hydrant?
Leaking or damaged fire hydrants should be reported to the Public Works Department at (254) 933-5823.
What should I do when I hear the outdoor warning sirens?
Take shelter immediately when you hear the sirens during severe weather conditions. The outdoor warning system notifies the public about severe weather and is used "only" if there is immediate or imminent danger.
TESTING of the outdoor warning system occurs at 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month.
Who should I call to inspect my fire extinguisher?
For fire extinguisher(s) serviced by a contracted company, notify the company on the tag. Fire extinguishers purchased from retail stores are only good for one year. Keeping a copy of the receipt on file or attached to the extinguisher can help verify date of purchase.
What is Belton's Public Protection Class number?
The Belton Fire Department has a Public Protection Class (PPC) number of 3.
Does the Fire Department offer car seat inspections?
Yes. It requires both the child and car seat. Please call 254-933-5827 to schedule an inspection time and date.
Can I discharge fireworks in the city limits?
It is illegal to possess or discharge fireworks in Belton.
Can I get my blood pressure checked at the Fire Department?
Yes, just visit a fire station between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Do you recommend a fire extinguisher for my home?
A multi-purpose fire extinguisher is best because it can be used on any type of fire commonly found in the home. Multi-purpose extinguishers are often labeled A-B-C.
Who do I call for bee problems?
The Belton Fire Department does not provide bee removal services. Check commercial listings. For bees that are an imminent danger to a person or area contact
Why do fire trucks go through intersections with full lights/sirens, only to then turn them off the lights and slow down?
Most likely, when you see an emergency vehicle go "Code 3" (lights and siren) through an intersection and then slow down and turn the emergency lights off, the call they were responding to has been cancelled. This can happen when multiple units are dispatched to the same incident and upon arrival the first unit surveys the situation and informs the dispatcher that the situation is under control. All other responding units are then cancelled and put back into service, ready to take another call.
Why do so many fire apparatus respond to simple incidents?
Fire Department units are dispatched according to information received by the 9-1-1 Operator. The fire department’s philosophy is to get firefighters there as soon as possible, prepared to encounter the worst. Assuming something is "simple" with an emergency call is risky, so we don't do it.
Why do firemen break windows or cut holes in the roofs during a fire?
It seems to cause more damage.
As a fire burns, it moves upwards then outward. Breaking windows and/or cutting holes in roofs acts like a chimney, allowing fresh air to fill the building. This action alone can save a tremendous amount of property. It cuts down on smoke damage and makes conditions more favorable for Firefighters to enter the building.
Why does the Fire Department tear open walls when it seems there is no fire in the room?
Fire can travel undetected inside walls. Firefighters tear open walls they suspect conceal fires. Fires left undetected can re-ignite several hours later and cause extensive damage.
Why is a fire engine sent when I call an ambulance?
A fire engine is automatically sent as a first responder when an ambulance is assigned to an unconscious or unresponsive person, or a major accident. Additionally, if the closest ambulance assigned to the area is unavailable then the closest engine responds. The engine personnel are trained Emergency Medical Technicians, and carry basic life support equipment as well as AEDs for cardiac defibrillation. The first responder provides basic life support until the ambulance arrives.