Best Practices

The Texas Fire Chiefs Association (TFCA) has developed a Best Practice program to encourage fire departments in Texas to seek continual improvement in their services to their local community.

There are twelve chapters which define best practices in the typical service areas provided by a fire department. This program is applicable to paid, combination, and volunteer fire organizations.

The TFCA encourages fire departments to pursue this third-party designation by completing the performance requirements outlined in the program.  This will be a challenging but worthwhile endeavor for organizations pursuing this designation.

The TFCA further encourages fire departments to pursue accreditation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. The TFCA Best Practices program will help facilitate progress toward national accreditation for those seeking this designation.

The TFCA worked closely with progressive fire officers throughout Texas to create a program that defines a pathway to organizational excellence which ultimately enhances firefighter safety, long-term planning, standard operating guidelines, deployment analysis, risk management, and other administrative functions. While most communities believe their local fire department is excellent, elected officials, city managers, fire chiefs and citizens have the opportunity to verify this belief by their fire department attaining this best practices designation. It is always preferred that an independent third party determine if an organization functions at a defined level of excellence.

The TFCA Best Practices program provides a pathway for a fire department to push its level of service to a status of excellence that is validated by independent experts. This designation will demonstrate to customers of these organizations that their fire department is among the very best in the Texas fire service.

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Administration Guide Edition 3 (pdf) DOWNLOAD

Annual Report Form (pdf) DOWNLOAD

Best Practices Check List Edition 3 Final (pdf) DOWNLOAD

Best Practices Manual Edition 3 Final (pdf) DOWNLOAD

Pre-site Survey (pdf) DOWNLOAD

Document_Submission_Form (pdf) DOWNLOAD

Application For TMLIRP Funding for First Year of Best Practices

TMLIRP can provide funding for first year fees to member agencies that enter the  TFCA Best Practices Recognition Program. Funding is on a first come basis, with yearly update fees the responsibility of the member entity.  FIND OUT MORE


Addison Fire Department
Bedford Fire Department 
Belton Fire Department
Bryan Fire Department
Coppell Fire Department
Corsicana Fire Rescue
Hutto Fire Rescue
Irving Fire Department
Keller Fire Department
Kilgore Fire Department
Longview Fire Rescue
McKinney Fire Department
Melissa Fire Department
North Richland Hills Fire Rescue
Prosper Fire Department
Red Oak Fire Rescue
Roanoke Fire Department
Rowlett Fire Rescue
South Montgomery County Fire Department
University Park Fire Department
Victoria Fire Department
Watauga Fire Department
Webster Fire
Wylie Fire Rescue

Getting Started

Before officially enrolling in the program please review the Administrative Guide as well as the Program Manual. We strongly encourage those who plan to enroll review all the documents available so they may be fully informed of the responsibilities of both the candidate departments and the TFCA.  

By completing this form, you will be officially enrolled in the Best Practices Program.  Before beginning, designate a primary contact on this enrollment form who will be the one you anticipate handling the majority of the submissions for the program. 

Annual Fees

Annual Fees (1-10 Fire Fighters) - $350.00

Annual Fees (11-25 Fire Fighters) - $500.00

Annual Fees (26-50 Fire Fighters) - $1,200.00

Annual Fees (51-100 Fire Fighters) - $1,600.00

Annual Fees (101-200 Fire Fighters) - $2,000.00

Annual Fees (201 or more Fire Fighters) - $2,400.00


Best Practices Committee

Chief Neil Howard, Chair

  • Stan Tinney
  • Dale Skinner
  • Kade Long
  • JP Steelman
  • Michael Gdovin
  • Gregg Loyd
  • Todd Weidman
  • Keith Scarbrough
  • Johnny Bellows
  • Ben Blanton
  • Shawn Fannan
  • Scott Eager
  • David Jones


Best Practices Recognition Board

Chief Robert Isbell, Committee Chair, Round Rock
Chris Connealy, Senior Director of Emergency Services of Williamson County
Ron Holifield, Strategic Government Resources
Bob Leiper, City Manager (ret’d), Baytown
Paul Gunnels, TEEX
Julie Acevedo, Political Consultant
Dr. Geoffrey Tumlin, On-Demand Leadership
Burney Basket, Rowlett Fire Rescue

Best Practices Candidate Departments

Alice Fire Department
Annaville Fire Department
Cedar Hill Fire Department
Celina Fire Department
DeSoto Fire Rescue
Flower Mound Fire Department
Glenn Heights Fire Department
Kyle Fire Department
Lake Worth Fire Department
Little Elm Fire Department
Mesquite Fire Department
Nueces County ESD#2
Odessa Fire Rescue
Porter Fire Department
Richardson Fire Department
Schertz Fire Rescue
Shavano Park Fire Department
Temple Fire and Rescue
Terrell Hills Fire Department
Town of Westlake Fire - EMS Department
Travis County ESD1
Westminster Fire Rescue
Wilson County District 2 Emergency Services