Texas has a tiered strategy for fire response to meet this risk. This involves local fire departments, Texas A&M Forest Service and other state agencies, as well as firefighters and equipment from across the nation.
The Role of Fire Departments
Local fire departments are the first responders to wildland fires in Texas. They are the first line of defense. However, if they determine that their capacity to control the fire is exceeded, suppression assistance is requested from TFS. This may occur quickly or over time after the fire has grown large and become destructive.
During periods of high fire danger TFS will pre-position firefighters and equipment for faster response when wildfires occur.