City of Orange Fire Department FAQ:

  • How many stations are staffed with firefighters?
    • The City of Orange Fire Department staffs three (3) fire stations twenty-four (24) hours per day with full-time firefighters.
  • How can I contact the fire department without calling 9-1-1?
    • The fire department can be contacted by calling the non-emergency number at 409.883.1050 Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.  After hours, please call 409.883.1078.
  • Can I take a tour of the fire station?
    • To schedule a fire station tour, contact the Orange Fire Department at 409.883.1050.
  • Does the Orange Fire Department host special events?
    • During the month of October, a fire prevention open house is schedule that allows the community to enjoy an evening at Central Fire Station with activities, food, tours, and much more!
    • Each year from late November to mid-December, the Orange Fire Department collects new, unwrapped toys at all City of Orange fire stations.  The Orange Fire Department gives these toys to local non-profit organizations to distribute within the community.
  • How do I check my smoke alarm?
    • Press the test button and hold it for a few seconds.  If the equipment is working correctly, the alarm will sound and it will automatically stop when you release the button.  Alarms should be tested monthly and the batteries should be changed at least twice a year.  When you change your clocks, change your batteries.  Smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old should be replaced.
  • What if I cannot afford a smoke detector or need assistance with changing the batteries or installing one?
    • Citizens can contact the Orange Fire Department Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. for assistance at 409.883.1050.
  • Where should smoke alarms be placed in my house?
    • Smoke alarms should be placed in each bedroom and in the hallways.
  • Should I have a fire extinguisher in my home?
    • All homes should have a fire extinguisher.  Fire extinguishers may be purchased at any hardware or big box store.
  • Where should I keep a fire extinguisher in my home?
    • Fire extinguishers should be kept in the kitchen are in a space that is readily available.
  • What side fire extinguisher should I have in my home or business?
    • Either a 2 1/2 lb or 5 lb ABC extinguisher is best.
  • Should I have a carbon monoxide detector in my home?
    • If you have an all-electric home, a CO detector is not required.  However, if you have gas fired appliances a CO detector is strongly recommended.
  • What if I cannot afford a carbon monoxide detector or need assistance changing the batteries or installing one?
    • Citizens can contact the Orange Fire Department Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. for assistance at 409.883.1050.
  • Can I burn vegetative waste or old building materials on my property?
    • No, laws in the State of Texas prohibit all outdoor burning within the city limits of any city.  The City of Orange does have a burn permit available to contractors or individuals that are clearing property for construction. For details to obtain such a permit, please contact 409.883.1050 for assistance.  There is no charge for this permit, but it must be in the hand of the party performing the prescribed burn at the time of the actual burn.
  • How do I become a firefighter?
    • Requirements for eligibility
      • Texas Commission Fire Protection (FIRE) – Basic or Higher
      • Texas Department of State Health Services Certification (EMT) – Basic or Higher
      • Must be eighteen (18) years of age when applying and less than thirty-six (36) years of age.
      • Valid driver license
  • What is an ISO rating?
    • The ISO (Insurance Services Office) classifies communities from 1 (the best) to 10 (the worst) based on how well they score on the ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule.  This grades features such as water distribution, fire department equipment, manpower, and fire alarm facilities. 

      The City of Orange is currently classified as an ISO Class 2.

      Most U.S. insurers of home and business properties use the ISO’s PPC in calculating premiums.  Generally, the price of insurance in a community with good PPC is lower than in a community with a poor PPC, assuming all other factors are equal.

City of Orange Animal Shelter FAQ:

  • How can I adopt a pet?
    • Contact the Orange Animal Control Office for information on pet adoption at 409.883.1056.
  • What are the pet adoption fees at the City of Orange Animal Shelter?
    • For current pet adoption fees, please contact the Orange Animal Control Office at 409.883.1056.
  • Are animals other than cats and dogs allowed in the City limits?
  • Is there a limit on the number or dogs or cats that can reside at any one residence?
    • At this time, there is not a restriction on the number of animals at any one residence as long as they are under control by the owner and they are provided with adequate food, water, and proper shelter.
  • Can equine animals be housed in city limits?
    • Under certain guidelines, which are in the Animal Control Ordinance, equine animals can be housed within the Orange City Limits.  However, there are certain restrictions on the size and location of the property where they are housed and provisions for food, water, and adequate shelter.