Recruiting & Training
The Training Division is responsible for continuing education and the maintenance and renewals of all fire and EMS certifications. At a minimum, every New Braunfels firefighter is certified as a firefighter through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection and as an emergency medical technician through the Department of State Health Services.
The majority of New Braunfels firefighters are certified at levels well above the minimum requirements of the department and the State of Texas. Our division also provides our firefighters and regional public safety responders with courses and opportunities for professional development.
The Training Division operates under the leadership of Support Services Battalion Chief Jeremy VanAusdall. Captain Michael Hayes oversees the EMS program along with Lieutenant Josh Baker and Captain Mike Hayes oversees the Department Training Program. Michelle Lopez contributes significantly as administrative secretary for the Training Division.
The Training Division offices and classrooms are located at:
424 S. Castell Avenue.
New Braunfels, TX, 78130
Telephone Number: 830-221-4260
ANNUAL PAY AND INCENTIVES:
STARTING ANNUAL BASE PAY FOR FIREFIGHTER: $54,773.00 (not including approximate built-in over-time of $4,200 per year)
- EMT – Paramedic: $3000
- TCFP Intermediate Firefighter: $600, Advanced Firefighter: $1,200/Master Firefighter: $1,800
- EMT – Intermediate: $1,800
- EMS/Fire Instructor: $300
- Fire & Arson Assignment: $1,800
- Bilingual ability (Spanish or German only, test required): $300
- Associates Degree: $600, Bachelor’s Degree: $1,200, Master’s Degree: $1,800
- 48/96 Work Schedule
- Vacation – 180 Hours per year for the first 2 years
- Military Leave
- Sick Leave – 180 Hours per year
- Bereavement – 24 Hours per year
- Longevity - $6.50 per month TMRS – 7%; 2 to 1 City Match
- Medical, Vision, Dental and Life Insurance
- Twelve (12) Paid Holidays
- Uniforms and Equipment
- Tuition Reimbursement
- Employee Assistance Program
*Note: All insurance products are offered and effective on the first day of the month following 30 days of employment.
Since 1845, the City of New Braunfels has provided a unique and diverse quality of life for its residents, visitors, and business community. Known for its German and Hispanic heritages, New Braunfels covers roughly 45 square miles, has a growing population nearing 100,000, and has been named one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation while also being named one of the best 50 places to live in the United States.
Nestled at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, New Braunfels is conveniently located between the San Antonio and Austin metro areas along the I-35 corridor. Two idyllic rivers, the Comal and the Guadalupe run through the heart of New Braunfels, which is also just a short drive from the boating and fishing offered at Canyon Lake. The city features 41 local parks including the 62-acre Fischer Park overlooking the city and the 51-acre Landa Park located within walking distance of New Braunfels’ historic downtown area
New Braunfels is also home to the world-famous Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Texas’ oldest dancehall Gruene Hall, Texas’ oldest bakery Naeglin’s Bakery, the 10-day salute to sausage known as Wurstfest, as well as the nearby Natural Bridge Caverns & Wildlife Ranch, and the Texas Ski Ranch.
Two highly-rated local school districts, the Comal ISD and the New Braunfels ISD, along with several private and charter schools provide education services and the city offers a diverse range of business and employment opportunities. Download Relocation Packet
The city of New Braunfels Fire Department has 135 uniformed personnel. We currently have six fire stations with two replacement stations under construction. A 7th fire station, as well as a training facility and fire training field, are planned to be completed next year. Our fleet is comprised of all Pierce fire apparatus and Frazer ambulances.
In addition to fire and EMS, the City of New Braunfels Fire Department has Technical Rescue, HazMat, Wildland, and Swiftwater Rescue capabilities. Additional work opportunities are also available in the support services division and fire marshal’s office. Learn more about those opportunities below: