Welcome to the City of Houma Fire Department's website. Located in southeastern Louisiana, Houma is 57 miles
southwest of New Orleans. Houma is the seat of Terrebonne Parish, geographically the second largest parish (county) in
Louisiana. Terrebonne parish borders the Gulf of Mexico. About 90 percent of the parish is wetlands or covered
by open water, a true coastal wetlands environment. |
Our dedicated men and women of the City of Houma Fire Department work hard to provide the highest quality of
service to everyone who lives, works and visits our city. Houma is approximately 14 1/2 square miles, with a
population of around 35,000 and our department protects everything within the city limits. City of Houma
Fire Department has an ISO Class 2 rating by the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL), making us one
of only 32 Class 2 departments out of the 605 fire departments in Louisiana.
As you visit our website, you can find information on fire safety and public education, our stations and apparatus,
our history and employment opportunities with our department. We hope you enjoy our website and find the information
useful. Please feel free to stop by and visit us in person.
Thank you for visiting our site,
The mission of the City of Houma Fire Department is to protect lives and property through the prevention and/or mitigation
of fires and other emergencies. This mission will be accomplished through a variety of programs that are hereby established.
These programs are established with life safety, property conservation, and cost effectiveness in mind, in that order.
Fire Chief Todd Dufrene|
Fire Chief Todd Dufrene has been in the fire service over 35 years. He started as a volunteer in 1978 in his hometown of Cut
Off, LA about 30 miles from Houma. Chief Dufrene began his career with Houma Fire Department in December of 1991. He worked
his way up through the ranks from Firefighter to Captain, before being named Fire Chief in May 2009. Chief Dufrene has 16
certifications, including Firefighter 3, Officer 3, Instructor 2, Inspector 2, Fire Investigator and Haz-Mat Operations. He
has also studied Fire Science through LSU-Eunice.
Do you know what to do when an emergency vehicle is approaching?|
If you are approaching an intersection and hear sirens, stop before the intersection and look in all directions to
locate the emergency vehicle. Never block the intersection. If the emergency vehicle is coming from your front
or sides, just remain stopped until it passes you completely. If you hear sirens but don't see the emergency vehicle,
slow down and check your mirrors to see if it's approaching from behind you. If so, don't panic just follow these steps.
Never attempt to follow an emergency vehicle after it has passed in order to beat the traffic. It is illegal and it is
also dangerous, because emergency vehicles often make sudden stops and turns.
- Move to the edge of the road that is closest to you with your blinker on to indicate
that you are headed in that direction.
- Continue to move carefully in the direction you've chosen until you are out of the way and then stop.
- Don't pull back onto the road until the emergency vehicle has completely passed.