203 East Pecan St
Pflugerville, Texas 78660
Administration: (512) 251-2801
Emergencies: 9-1-1

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Frequently Asked Questions

In addition to the Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms FAQ shown below, scroll down to view frequently asked questions and answers on: General PublicPermits, AdministrativePlan Review, and Careers. 

Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarms FAQ

Short chirping sounds usually mean your alarm needs a new battery. If your alarm starts to chirp, immediately put in a new battery. Then hold down the test button for a few seconds to see if this solved the problem. If your alarm doesn’t successfully make a long, loud “beep” when you hold down the test button after giving it fresh batteries, in most cases the entire alarm needs to be replaced. It may be too old; smoke alarms are only designed to be reliable for about 10 years, and carbon monoxide alarms are only designed to be reliable for about 5 to 7 years. Or it may have died sooner than designed. (Save your receipt and the manufacturer’s instructions when putting in new alarms!)

We recommend replacing all batteries at the same time, to lessen the chance that you’ll end up dealing with another chirping battery soon after replacing the battery in one alarm.

Carbon monoxide (CO) does not rise like smoke. It is generally about the same weight as air.  There are two styles of CO alarms: plug-in, or wall/ceiling mounted. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and care. Position CO alarms where there is good ventilation and nothing obstructing them.

      

Yes. An alarm that detects both smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) is called a COMBINATION ALARM.

This is not the same thing as as a “dual sensor” alarm. A dual sensor smoke alarm uses two kinds of smoke-detecting technologies in case of fire; it does not detect CO.

Carbon monoxide is known as the “invisible killer.” Known as CO, this poisonous gas is odorless and colorless. You can’t smell or see it. Each year in the U.S., unintentional CO poisoning kills over 400 people and sends more than 20,000 to the emergency room.

You must have CO alarms at home if you have any gas appliances, such as a gas-powered stove, oven, furnace, water heater, or fireplace. We also recommend you have CO alarms if you have any type of fireplace (even wood-burning), an attached garage, or a heated hot tub / pool.

  For more information, please read our printable Get to Know CO leaflet here.

Alarms with traditional (alkaline) batteries are fine. But those batteries must be changed at least once a year—and you may experience a “chirping” sound when the batteries are dying, which will require your immediate attention for safety.

Instead, we recommend you get alarms that have long-life lithium ion batteries. Many alarms now come with these batteries sealed inside them; the packaging may read “Always On” or “Worry Free” or “Hassle Free.” This type of battery is designed to last 10 years, which is the average lifespan of a smoke alarm. (You can also get 9V lithium ion batteries to upgrade your existing alarms.) With lithium ion batteries, you won’t have to change the battery every year, and you won’t hear “dying battery chirps” as often.  But you WILL still have to push the test buttons on your alarms every month!

NOTE: If your alarm came with a lithium ion battery sealed inside and the alarm starts to chirp, replace the ENTIRE alarm right away!

We recommend purchasing a major brand from an established hardware or home supply source. Make sure you get alarms with the label of a recognized testing laboratory. Save and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

A smoke alarm with a PHOTOELECTRIC sensor is better at detecting slow, smoldering fires, while a smoke alarm with an IONIZATION sensor is better at detecting fast-flaming fires. An alarm with both types of sensors is called a DUAL SENSOR alarm. We recommend your home has at least one of each kind (ionization vs. photoelectric), and get as many dual sensor alarms as you can. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has more useful information on these alarm types.

Also, if you have any gas appliances, you should have at least one carbon monoxide alarm on every level of your home. You may choose to get a COMBINATION alarm that can detect both smoke and carbon monoxide.

The best protection comes from alarms that are HARD-WIRED (also known as INTERCONNECTED), meaning they are tied into your electricity with a battery back-up.  When one hard-wired alarm sounds in your home, they all sound! Most homes built since the 1990s have hard-wired alarms.

“Don’t Wait to Check the Date!” If you’re not sure how old your alarms are, twist and carefully pull the alarm off the wall/ceiling, turn it over to see the back, and look for a small stamp or sticker that shows a month and year. This is when the alarm was made, also known as the “manufacture date.”

  • If the manufacture date shows your SMOKE ALARM is more than 10 years old, we recommend buying and installing a new smoke alarm right away! Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If the manufacture date shows your CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) or COMBINATION SMOKE & CO ALARM is more than 7 years old, we recommend buying and installing a new carbon monoxide or combination alarm right away! Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If your alarm hasn’t reached its intended life-span (10 years for smoke alarms, and 5 to 7 years for CO alarms), we recommend using a permanent marker to make a note on the side of the alarm with the date that you’ll need to replace the alarm. Then put the alarm back up on the wall/ceiling.

NOTE: If you move into a home that was built over 10 years ago, you should look on the back of all alarms to find out when they were made, or verify that the inspector specifically checked for this.

If  your alarms are hard-wired into your home’s electricity, be sure to first turn off power before removing or replacing an alarm.

   

SMOKE ALARMS should be replaced at least every 10 years. The sensors on smoke alarms are generally not designed to be reliable or effective after about 10 years. This is true both for hard-wired (interconnected) alarms and independent (single-station) alarms.

On the other hand, CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) ALARMS are only designed to work reliably for 5 to 7 years, which is shorter than the lifespan of a smoke alarm. So if you buy a combo smoke/CO alarm, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and replace it within 5 to 7 years.

Immediately replace any alarm (smoke or CO) that fails a push-button test after getting fresh batteries, or if it makes “end of life” chirps.

Unless your alarm came with 10-year lithium ion batteries sealed inside, you will need to replace standard (alkaline) batteries at least once a year. We recommend changing the batteries in all your alarms at the same time. (If your alarm starts chirping, immediately change the batteries! Then hold down the test button for a few seconds to see if you hear a long beep as you should.) One way to remember to do this is to time the battery change around your birthday.  You may choose to go a step further by changing them every six months; you can remember this around Daylight Savings Time: “CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS, CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES!”

      

Both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested at least once a month! This is true even for hard-wired/interconnected alarms, since the alarm itself can fail despite it still having battery or electrical power. Push the test button for a few seconds until it beeps loudly to indicate that the alarm is working. (If you can’t safely use a ladder, you may be able to do this by using a pencil, broom handle or wooden spoon to reach up to the alarm.) We recommend making this a family activity, which will encourage everyone to stay familiar with the sound of the alarm and what actions to take when you hear it as part of your “home escape plan.” Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your alarms.

  

Remember that smoke rises!  Install the smoke alarm high on the wall or ceiling, at least 4 inches but no more than 12 inches away from the ceiling; this is illustrated in our printable Smoke Alarms brochure.  To minimize false alarms, we recommend against putting smoke alarms in kitchens, garages and bathrooms. Smoke alarms should be installed at least 10 to 20 feet from a cooking appliance. Also, don’t install alarms near windows, doors or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation. If you have pitched ceilings, install the alarm within 3 feet of the peak but not within the apex of the peak (at least 4 inches down from the peak).

This depends on the size and layout of your home. At a minimum, install smoke alarms:

  • In every bedroom and every sleeping area;
  • In the common area just outside of each bedroom and sleeping area (such as the hallway, landing, or living room); and
  • On every level of your home.
  • Larger homes should have more alarms to adequately cover the house.

Additionally, you need carbon monoxide alarms if your home has any gas appliances. (We also recommend installing CO alarms if you have an attached garage or any type of fireplace–even wood-burning.)  However, it usually sufficient to have one CO alarm on each level of the home.

General Public FAQ

We appreciate the opportunity to educate residents of all ages about fire and life safety. Requests to visit schools or public events should be submitted at least two weeks in advance. If approved, visits are generally limited to one hour and are always contingent on firefighters not being pulled away for emergency calls.  Your patience and understanding are appreciated.

For more information, please visit our Community Education & Tours webpage, or call (512) 251-2801 and ask for Community Outreach.

Thank you for caring about neighborhood safety! Each year, we receive numerous requests for our fire trucks to be part of neighborhood activities on National Night Out, which in Texas is celebrated on the first Tuesday evening of October. Please submit requests at least 2 weeks in advance by calling (512) 251-2801 and asking for the Community Outreach Coordinator. Your event will be added to our list of potential stops for the evening, and we will do our best to stop by for a few minutes if time permits between emergency calls.

Yes, we would love to have you or your group visit one of our fire stations! Station Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Tours last about 30 minutes with a focus on fire safety education, and they are usually limited to groups of about 20 people (kids and adults) for everyone’s safety. Please refer to our Community Education & Tours webpage for more information, or call 512-251-2801 and ask for Community Outreach.

Permits FAQ

Administrative FAQ

We are located at 201 E Pecan Street, on the southeast corner of Pecan Street and Railroad Ave.

Plan Review FAQ

Careers FAQ

The minimum requirements are:

  • 18 years of age,
  • eligible for employment in the U.S.,
  • valid (not expired) Texas driver’s license, and
  • high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate.

The required certifications are:

1.  Valid Basic Firefighter Certification from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, and

2.  Valid EMT-B certificate from either the Texas Department of State Health Services or National Registry

The eight required Employment Package Documents include:

Go to:  FIDO Gateway:   http://www.tcfp.texas.gov/home/FIDO_gateway.asp
Select Individual Login (iFIDO)
Enter PIN, Password, and identify the picture and click on Submit

  • 3.  EMT-B certificate from:
  • EMT-B Certificate from the Texas Department of Health Services.  To order a certificate, click  http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/formsresources.shtm for Forms and Resources.  Under EMS Certification/Licensure forms, go to Supplemental Forms,  select Wallet Card Replacement. You can request a copy of a wallet card, wall certificate, or both.  If you have questions please call 512-834-6700 for assistance.
  • EMT-B Certificate from the National Registry.  To purchase a duplicate card, click https://www.nremt.org/nremt/about/nremt_news.asp.  Under Quick Links select Purchase Duplicate Card.  If you have questions please call  512-834-6700, press Option 2, for assistance.
  • 4.  Original finger print card. (To obtain, call 1-888-467-2080 to schedule an appointment or go to: http://www.identogo.com; click on Texas; select online scheduling; Select English-begin registration; Enter last name and first name and Click on Go; Select- All Others; Select Option B-Fingerprint cards; Answer next question; Enter zip code to determine closest location. 
  • 5.  Valid Texas driver’s license. Click here for information to renew your license.
  • 6.  Driver Record Check (Type 3A).   Click here to order your driving record online.
  • 7.  Criminal history check. Click here or http://www.identogo.com to schedule your appointment for your criminal history check.  
  • 8.  Educational qualifications:
    • high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate
    • college transcript(s), if applicable 

Take the Prequalification Questionnaire.  Click here to go to the Prequalification Questionnaire

The steps for the application process are:

  • Review the posting for the firefighter position by going online to the Pflugerville Fire Department website at: http://www.pflugervillefire.org, and go to Careers.
  • Check the posting for instructions and application deadline.
  • If you meet the qualifications, submit District application form, prequalification questionnaire form, required certifications, and all background documents by application deadline.
  • Provide and maintain contact information such as telephone, mailing address, e-mail throughout the recruitment process.
  • Reapply if you have previously applied for a firefighter position with the District.

There are three sections for the written examination:

  • Section 1:  Listening Comprehension (ability to comprehend what you have heard)
  • Section 2:  Reading Comprehension (ability to read and apply what you have read), and
  • Section 3:  Mathematics (ability to do basic math functions)

The minimum score is seventy (70) for each section.

You have three (3) opportunities to pass CPAT.  There are two (2) CPAT practice sessions and one (1) test.

The panel oral board interview is the next step after the written test and CPAT.  This is an interview with three to four officers of the District. The interview usually focuses on interpersonal and verbal communication skills, analytical ability, and the motivation to be a firefighter.

Yes, applications can be mailed to:  Travis County ESD No. 2, Pflugerville Fire Department at 203. E. Pecan Street, Pflugerville, Texas 78660.

Yes, your application package can be delivered Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to the address listed above.

Yes, your application package must include all required materials as listed in A3 above.

To find out if your certification will transfer please contact the Texas Commission on Fire Protection Customer Support at (512) 936-3828 or (512) 936-3826.

For TCFP certification click here or on weblink, http://www.tcfp.texas.gov/certification/certification_verification.asp and enter your last name.

For EMT certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services click here or on weblink,https://vo.ras.dshs.state.tx.us/datamart/login.do and Go to License Search, Select Search by Name for a Specified License Type and Select EMT Personnel and enter your name.

For EMT certification from the National Registry click here or on weblink,https://www.nremt.org/nremt/about/checkEmtStatus.asp and select State, Enter Name, M.I., Last Name and Submit.

CPAT is a standardized (pass/fail) physical fitness test conducted to determine an applicant’s ability to physically perform duties commonly required of a firefighter.  Each applicant must successfully complete the entire CPAT course by the allotted timeframe for each of the eight events.