Community Outreach

Citizen Fire Academy imageCitizens Fire Academy

The City of New Braunfels is accepting applications for the 2021 Citizens Fire Academy. The Citizens Fire Academy provides an in-depth look at the New Braunfels Fire Department. Topics covered include Fire Inspections, Fire Prevention, Operations, EMS, Active Shooter Training, Water Rescue, and more.

If you are interested in participating:
1. Download, complete, and notarize the following release forms:
Release of Liability
Release of Information

2. Complete the online application and you will be able to upload the completed above forms.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, July 23, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact us at nbfdoutreach@newbraunfels.gov 

Applications will be available in Spring of 2022 - Form for interest.

Puppet Show

Community Fire & Life Training

The New Braunfels Fire Department presents life safety programs in the community each year. We can tailor a program to fit your needs and/or the audience.

Our programs include: Puppet Shows, Fire Station Visits, Clown Shows, etc.

To find out more, please contact: nbfdoutreach@newbraunfels.gov

Fire Trucks

Fire Extinguisher Training

Portable fire extinguishers are required in many locations including businesses, schools, hotels and motels, and just about any public assembly. Proper use of a portable fire extinguisher can put out a small fire or control it until the fire department arrives. Do you know how to use one? While the operation of most portable fire extinguishers is simple, hands-on training is the best way to ensure timely and efficient operation in an emergency.

The New Braunfels Fire Department provides fire extinguisher training to businesses, schools, civic associations, etc. The training includes a classroom presentation followed by hands-on training demonstration with proper techniques from an NBFD instructor. 

To find out more, please contact: nbfdoutreach@newbraunfels.gov

Ambulance

Senior Fall Prevention and Safety

Retirement centers and organizations serving seniors are encouraged to schedule these programs that are geared for citizens who are at high risk of injuries as a result of fire or falls.

To find out more, please contact: nbfdoutreach@newbraunfels.gov

Smoke DetectorSmoke Detector Program

Because the New Braunfels Fire Department is committed to life safety, we provide and install smoke alarms free of charge to any senior citizen's home (single-family dwellings) within our fire jurisdiction. 

There are three main ways that we provide and install free smoke alarms:

  • Individual requests: any senior citizen living within the City of New Braunfels Fire Department’s fire jurisdiction may request this service. Requestors must own their own home, as apartments and duplexes are exempt from this service. 
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years of service, whether hard-wired, battery-operated, or hard-wired with a battery backup. “Be safe, replace". The City of New Braunfels Fire Department will replace consumer purchased detectors at no charge.
  • Waiver of Liability

Form Link - Sign Up for a Smoke Detector Check by emailing smokedetector@newbraunfels.gov or call 830-221-4206.

Fire MuseumNew Braunfels Fire Museum

Tours
To arrange a tour of the museum, please contact Fire Administration at (830) 221-4200

Donations

The New Braunfels Fire Department Museum would proudly accept or display any old New Braunfels Fire Department photos, uniform items, or equipment that you may have in your possession. Please call 830-221-4200 if you would like to contribute.

Prescription Drug Disposal

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The information below is based on information found at the EPA's website and through guidelines published by the Office of National Drug Control Policy as of October 2009.

Traces of a number of pharmaceuticals are found in drinking water. This is in part because our bodies do not process our medicines in their entirety, and traces are excreted in our urine. Additionally, for a number of years, people were advised to flush their medicines down the toilet. Either entry of the drugs into the wastewater system may create problems, as many of these chemicals cannot be filtered through treatment.

On the other hand, when loosely placed in your garbage can, animals, children, and even other adults may gain access to medicine and become poisoned. Additionally, over time, loose medicines degrade into the landfill, through the ground and again into our ground water systems.

Remember:

  • Do not flush medicines.
  • Do not place loose pills and liquids in your trash 

Needles (SHARPS), Syringes & Lancets

Do not flush needles down the toilet. It is not illegal to put your needles in the trash as long as you follow these instructions:

  1. Place needles in a rigid plastic container, such as a laundry detergent bottle.
  2. Pour plaster of paris inside container, which renders the needles useless to scavengers.
  3. Place a lid on the container and duct tape it shut. Mark the container "SHARPS" and place it in your trash; never place it in your recycle bin.

Click here to read a TCEQ flyer about disposals of SHARPS. The preferred method of needle disposal is filtered incineration. This prevents blood-borne pathogens and medicines from entering the ground water system. There is no known local drop-off program for this service. However, such a service can be purchased and usually involves a mail-back program.

SUDS Program

The New Braunfels Fire Department is now offering a free, year-round medication disposal program, funded by a grant from Texas Health and Human Services in cooperation with The Premier Center at the University of Houston. The program, which uses the SUDS (Single Use Disposal System), will be available for residents to safely and securely dispose of expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication at no cost. SUDS are self-addressed, postage-paid large envelopes that will be available at:

  • All New Braunfels Fire Stations
    1. Fire Station 1 (Central Fire Station): 169 Hill Ave
    2. Fire Station 2: 4120 Loop 337
    3. Fire Station 3: 1333 Hanz Dr
    4. Fire Station 4: 2210 Alyssa Way
    5. Fire Station 5: 1250 W County Line Rd
    6. Fire Station 6: 209 Stone Gate Dr
  • New Braunfels City Hall: 550 Landa St
  • Fire Training Building: 424 S Castell Ave

Residents can pick up a SUDS envelope at any of those locations. Once filled with their unused medication, the envelope can then be dropped in any United States Postal Service (USPS) mailbox. The drugs are then delivered to an approved location for proper disposal. There is no charge for the service, and users are not required to put a return address on the envelope. They are asked to anonymously fill out an accompanying postcard in order to give feedback on the effectiveness of the program.

“The New Braunfels Fire Department strongly encourages residents to use these envelopes as an alternative to throwing those medications in the trash, or worse, flushing them down home drains,” said New Braunfels fire Chief Patrick O’Connell.   “Elderly or homebound residents may find this program especially helpful since a family member, friend, or neighbor can pick up an extra envelope for them.”

Funding for this program is made possible by the Texas Targeted Opioid Response Grant (Award Number: H79TI081729) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with the support of the Texas Health and Humans Services Commission. For more information, contact Danielle Campbell at The Premier Center at the University of Houston by calling 713-743-7016 or email dscampbe@central.uh.edu.

Operation MedSafe

New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) holds Operation MedSafe events where residents care safely and properly dispose of unused pill medications at this event. For dates and event information, visit https://www.nbutexas.com/med-shred/.