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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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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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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