As is the City of Navasota, the Navasota Fire Department is rich in history and tradition. The Fire Department was formed sometime in 1886 by a group of local businessmen seeing the need for an organized department to handle the cities fires and emergencies. They called themselves the Navasota Fire Boys with a Hook and Ladder Company and Hose Company. They eventually ventured out to serve other areas including all of Grimes County and parts of Washington and Brazos Counties. This continued until the 1960s and 1970s as other towns started their own departments. The Navasota Fire Department continues to serve its citizens in the City of Navasota, its ETJ, the Navasota Industrial Park and approximately 110 square miles of Rural Grimes County.
The Navasota Fire Department is a city chartered municipal Fire Department with twenty full-time and part-time firefighting employees working a 48 hours on 96 hours off rotating shift staffing one engine company with one Captain and two firefighters and is supported by a group of ten volunteers. The department responds to approximately 1300 calls per year including residential and commercial structure fires, grass and woods fires, vehicle fires, motor vehicle accidents, motor vehicle accidents with entrapments, Technical Rescues, Hazmat, and EMS first response.
The Fire Department is responsible for preparing for, responding to, and mitigating fire, rescue, medical and environmental emergencies and Emergency Management Coordination through proactive education, prevention, and safe emergency response services. The Fire Chief is responsible for management and direction of departmental policies and guidelines, fiscal responsibility of the department budget, shift schedules, special operations and emergency management; as well as filling a shift and responding to emergency calls. The assistant chiefs and operations are responsible for emergency responses, training, fire prevention, public education, and Tactical Evaluation Assessment Plans of public buildings.