Fire Department History

The fire department has played a vital role in this community since its organization in 1903. Yesterday and today, firemen are basically the same; local businessmen who leave their places of work, and citizens who dedicate their time away from their full time jobs out of the city to lend protection to people within the community when the signal sounds.

Fire Service History
The first organized fire fighting force that can be traced, was established in Rome by Augustus Caesar around 23 BC. They were organized much in the same way as many fire departments of modern time are, in that the organization was createdas the result of a major fire with disastrous results.
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Mutual Aid and Automatic Aid
The City of Rockwall Fire Department has Mutual Aid agreements with the cities of Rowlett, Wylie, McClendon Chisholm, Fate and Royse City. This means that the Rockwall Fire Department will respond to calls in those cities, if requested by the jurisdiction’s department. Also, these cities offer Mutual Aid to the City of Rockwall, if requested.

The City of Rockwall Fire Department offers Automatic Aid to the City of Heath. When the Heath Fire Department is paged out on a structure fire (Commercial, Multifamily or Single Family), the City of Rockwall Fire Department is automatically paged out also.

Operations Overview
The members of the Rockwall Fire Department are trained in many different areas relating to fire and emergency services.

Benny Gracy Memorial Fire Station # 1
This station was built in 1984 and later named for Chief Benny Gracy who died April 28, 1985 in the line of duty, while attempting to rescue four citizens from floodwater. Administrative offices are located at this station.
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Rockwall Fire Station #2
This station opened January 2, 2002 and was dedicated to Thomas H. Nalls who retired from the department with 41 years of service, including years as Chief, Captain and Firefighter. Funding for this station was provided by a 1997 bond election.
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Rockwall Fire Station #3
This station opened October 24, 2009 and was dedicated to Early Bennett (Benny) Shaw. Funding for this station was provided by the 2004-05 Bond Election.
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Rockwall Fire Station #4
This station opened October 24, 2009 and was dedicated to Paul Craig Merritt, Sr. Funding for this station was provided by the 2004-05 Bond Election.
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Volunteer Public Safety Officer of the Year
Each year The City of Rockwall recognizes one volunteer member of the fire department as the Volunteer Public Safety Officer of the Year. This award is voted on by the members of the department. The Rockwall Rotary Club also recognizes one member of the department each year as the Fire Fighter of the Year. Some of the current and former members of the Rockwall Fire Department that have received these awards are:

  Thomas Nalls
Paul Merritt
Brett Merritt
  Mark Poindexter
Matt Murphey
James Ballard Jr.
  Monte Gibson
Greg Massey
Richard Williams III
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  Ryan Clark
Eddy Foster
Terry Garrett 
  Cass Kilduff
James Tanner
James Radney
  Jay Ballard
Joe Watkins
Dale Downum
 
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  Jerry Miller
Greg Givens
Nathan Cruse
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Please contact us at the e-mail addresses listed on our contact page
or call our main number at station #1, (972) 771-7770.

 



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