Departments / Fire

City of Livingston, Texas


You can reach the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department by calling their Non-emergency number: (936) 327-8655

The Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Fire Reporting Only Number is:
(936) 327-4411

City Fire Marshal:  Josh Mohler

Brad Williams; Josh Mohler, Fire Marshal

Livingston Volunteer Fire Department.


  • The Livingston Volunteer Fire Department provides Livingston and the surrounding area with fire prevention, fire protection, medical first responders, rescue operations and hazardous material responses. 
  • The department covers 250 square miles of property in its initial response area and provides mutual aid to the other ten fire departments in Polk County.
  • In 2011, the department responded to 850 calls for service.
  • The unprecedented heat and drought made 2011 the worst year for wildfires in Texas history, which kept our volunteers busy.  In addition to fighting area fires, the LVFD assisted with the Bearing Fire, the largest wildland fire in East Texas history, and several fires in Walker and Montgomery counties.
  • In response to the 2010 Citizen Survey, the Fire Marshal began conducting annual fire safety inspections and pre-fire planning in commercial buildings.  From September through December, 2011, 103 commercial buildings were inspected.
  • The department provided fire prevention and safety programs to schools, civic groups and service organizations throughout the county.  In March, over 400 students and instructors from across the state attended the LVFD's annual fire training school.  Also, members of the department attended numerous fire trainings outside the city to meet continuing education requirements.
  • LVFD participated in a 9/11 Memorial Service and Salute to First Responders at an LISD football game.



Fire Safety inspections are carried out on all commercial buildings, assembly occupancies, and government buildings by the City Fire Marshal. This Fire Safety Checklist can help identify any unsafe conditions and assist familiarity with the fire safety features of the building. Some of the most common issues:

  • Address and suite number are readable from the street
  • Area around building is free of weeds and debris
  • Portable fire extinguishers are visible, readily accessible and fully charged
  • Portable fire extinguishers are inspected yearly by State licensed Fire Extinguisher Service Company
  • Employees are familiar with use of portable fire extinguishers
  • Path to all electrical fuse and breaker equipment is unobstructed, with 30 inches of clearance in front of equipment
  • All circuit breakers are labeled to show service location
  • All wall plugs, switches and junction boxes are covered by electrical cover plates 
  • Extension cords are not allowed to provide power to permanent fixtures (over 24 hours); no extension cords run through walls, floors or ceilings
  • Portable electric heaters are equipped with automatic safety shutoff devices if heater is tipped
  • Combustibles are stored at least 4 feet from gas furnaces and water heaters
  • Boiler rooms, mechanical rooms and electrical panel rooms are free from storage and obstruction
  • Boilers exceeding 200,000 BTU have been inspected by State Boiler Inspector within last 2 years
  • Storage is orderly and 18 inches or more below sprinkler heads of any fire sprinkler system
  • Exit passageways, corridors, stairways and exits are free of storage and obstructions
  • Opened flammable or combustible liquids are stored in flammable cabinets or other approved storage areas
  • Combustible waste and/or rags are stored in noncombustible containers with self-closing lids
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are available for all reports required for hazardous chemicals
  • All illuminated exit signs are working and include battery backup emergency lights
  • Each exit door has only one lock or latching device; all designated exit doors are unlocked while building is occupied
  • All designated exit doors can be opened from inside without a key, special knowledge or effort
  • Any designated exit door that can be locked from inside is marked by a durable sign visible from inside the building or adjacent to door stating"This Door to Remain Unlocked During Business Hours" in letters at leasst 2 inches high on contrasting background
  • All required emergency lights will continue to function properly if power shuts off
  • Holes in sheetrock walls or ceilings are patched; all ceiling tiles are in place and in good condition
  • All compressed gas cylinders are secured to prevent tipping or falling
  • Evacuation route diagrams are present in exit corridors, stairwells and near elevators
  • Buildings with automatic fire alarm systems are inspected yearly by State Fire Marshal Certified Fire Alarm Company
  • Buildings with fire sprinkler systems are inspected yearly by State Fire Marshal Certified Fire Sprinkler Company
  • Buildings with chemical fire suppression systems are inspected every 6 months by State Fire Marshal Certified Fire Suppression System Company
  • Vent hood systems used for commercial cooking are free of grease buildup


City of Livingston
200 West Church Street
Livingston, Texas   77351

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