Fire

"The Boerne Fire Department was founded as a volunteer fire department in 1903 and has served the citizens of Boerne and Kendall County for more than 100 years."

Fire Chief Ray Hacker

Who We Are

The Boerne Fire Department is committed to providing the highest level of public safety service to our community of Boerne and throughout Kendall County, Texas. The department’s mission is to protect lives and property through fire suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical response, rescue, disaster services and public education; and to provide rapid mobilization in the event of an emergency, fire or disaster.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Boerne Fire Department include providing fire protection services to approximately 200 square miles, which includes the City of Boerne and a portion of unincorporated areas of Kendall County. Fire protection services include, but are not limited to:

  • Fire suppression and prevention
  • Haz-Mat response
  • First responder response
  • Specialized rescue, including confined space, low to high angle, swiftwater and dive rescue and recovery
  • Vehicle extrication
  • Fire inspection of commercial properties inside the city limits
  • New construction plan reviews
  • Public education

Currently, the department is comprised of approximately 40 members. Our paid staff includes the Fire Chief, the Assistant Fire Chief, the Fire Marshal, one full-time Fire Inspector, one part-time Fire Inspector, an Administrative Assistant, three Fire Captains, three Fire Lieutenants and 10 shift Firefighters. The remainder of the department is comprised of volunteer firefighters.

Visit the Fire Marshal's Office website.

Services

Other services provided by the department include a smoke detector program in conjunction with the American Red Cross. Through this program personnel install smoke detectors to individuals or families in need. Fire personnel not only provide installation but include other home safety awareness information if requested.

Firefighters also provide wild-land fire protection awareness programs/evaluations which include evaluating the layout of the facility or structure relative to anticipated severe fire behavior and inspection of the roof, gutters, window screens and shutters. Other areas evaluated include decks, fences, flammable materials next to the structure and defensible space.

The Boerne Fire Department also provides fire prevention presentations to local schools and daycares, participates in National Night Out and provides fire extinguisher training.

Experience

Fire Chief Ray Hacker began his career in the fire service in 1982 as a firefighter for the New Braunfels Fire Department. He worked his way up to the rank of Captain before becoming the Boerne Fire Department’s first paid Training Officer in 2004. As the department transitioned from all-volunteer to a combination of volunteer and paid staff, Ray became the first paid Assistant Fire Chief in 2008. Ray became the Interim Fire Chief in June of 2020 and was named Fire Chief in September 2020.

Chief Hacker holds an Associates Degree in Fire Science and has the following certifications; TCFP Master Firefighter, TCFP Instructor II, TCFP Basic Wildland Firefighter, TCFP Fire Inspector, TCFP Driver Operator Engine and EMT-B.

Our website consists of helpful information, as well as interesting facts about the fire department’s history. You are encouraged to explore our site, and we welcome any feedback you may have.