The Bedford Fire Department offers many programs for Bedford residents. Below you will find information on each program that is available to you:
Vial of Life Pocket
The Vial of Life Pocket could save your life. Your Bedford Fire Department Paramedics will look for the Vial of Life Pocket on the front of your refrigerator door. Inside the pocket they will find the medical form providing information you have completed along with any other important documents about you. The medical information you print on the form about yourself will help the paramedics better understand your medical emergency. This information will be taken with you to the hospital for the emergency department staff to review as well.
You can pick up a VOL Pocket and medical form at the Central Fire Station 1816 Bedford, 76021.
Questions please call: 817-952-2500
Ambulance Subscription Program
The City of Bedford is offering citizens of Bedford an ambulance subscription service to help offset the high costs of emergency ambulance transportation. Insurance companies routinely do not pay the entire amount of ambulance transportation, leaving the patient with the responsibility of paying the balance of the bill. The purpose of the subscription service is to cover the amount not covered by your insurance provider or Medicare. For $60 per year per family, you will never have to worry about paying an ambulance bill. Medicaid Recipients or persons not covered under a primary insurance policy are not eligible for this program.
For more information call 817-952-2500
You can mail the form and enrollment fee to Bedford Fire Department 1816 Bedford Rd, Bedford TX, 76021. You may also bring the completed form and enrollment fee to Fire Station 1 located at the above address, Monday through Friday.
Cost is $60.00 per calendar year, renewed annually.
Covers all immediate family members of the household that reside at the place of residence in Bedford which includes applicant, spouse and children under the age of 25 that are full-time students. Children over 18 (that are not full-time students) and Medicaid recipients are not covered by this subscription.
Saves out of pocket expense for emergency ambulance transportation by paying the amount not covered by health care insurance, Medicare, and other supplemental medical insurance.
Provides the needed insurance information to expedite billing.
No bill for the unpaid portion of the service not paid by the insurance provider.
The plan covers you from January 1 to December 31 of the enrollment year.
If you have questions regarding your Ambulance / EMS bill, please contact 1-888-987-3340
Smoke Detector Program
Since 1997, the Smoke Detector Check Program has been an aggressive, on-going Community Service and Awareness program that assures there is a working smoke detector in each home in Bedford. Firefighters, assisted by members of the Bedford Citizen Fire Academy Alumni Association (BCFAAA), canvas pre-designated neighborhoods twice a year during Daylight Savings Time changes. They go into any home where they are allowed, at no charge, to:
Check smoke detectors for proper location and application
Test the operation of each smoke detector and change batteries as required
Replace out-of-date and non-working smoke detectors or add new smoke detectors
Firefighters offer to check smoke detectors each time they go into a home for any reason and at appropriate times after Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and fire incidents. In addition, Bedford residents may contact the Bedford Fire Department at 817-952-2500 and request that firefighters come out and check their detectors.
This is a FREE service to Bedford residents.
Smoke Detector Frequently Asked Questions
Why should my home have smoke detectors?
Smoke detectors are the single most important means of preventing fire fatalities in homes by providing an early warning signal – so you and your family can escape to safety.
Where should smoke detectors be installed?
Install smoke detectors on every level of your home, including the basement. For extra safety, install smoke detectors both inside and outside sleeping areas. Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke detectors at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible.
Are smoke detectors difficult to install?
No. In most cases all you will need is a screwdriver. Be sure to follow the directions from the manufacturer because each brand is different. If you are unable or not sure what to do, contact the Bedford Fire Department at 817-952-2500 and firefighters will be sent to your home to install the detectors.
How do I keep my smoke detector working?
Smoke detectors are easy to maintain. Check and replace the battery, if needed, when you change your clock during Daylight Savings Time in the Fall and Spring. Some smoke detectors now on the market come with a ten-year lithium battery. This type of smoke detector is designed to be replaced as a whole unit, thus avoiding the need for battery replacement.
If your smoke detector starts making a "chirping" noise, replace the batteries and retest it. Test your smoke detectors at least once a month. Pushing the test button on the front of the smoke detector for a few seconds easily does this.
What if the detector goes off while I’m cooking?
Your smoke detector is doing its job. Do not disable your smoke detector by removing the battery if it alarms due to cooking or other non-fire causes. Clear the air by waving a towel near the detector, leave the battery in place. The smoke detector may have to be moved to a new location. Call the Bedford Fire Department at 817-952-2500 for assistance if you are not sure what to do.
How long will my smoke detector last?
Smoke detectors will last about eight to ten years after the manufacturer date. This date is usually found on the back of the smoke detector or inside near the battery. You may also write the purchase date on the unit with a marker as a reminder. Like most electrical devices, smoke detectors wear out.
What should I do if I have a “hard wired” smoke detector?
Smoke detectors are considered to be "hard wired" if they are connected to the household electrical system. These detectors may or may not have battery backup. These types of smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month. Notify your Home Security Monitoring Service before testing if your “hard wired” smoke detector is connected to your home security system.
If a “hard wired” smoke detector needs to be replaced, homeowners should contact a licensed electrician as the Bedford Fire Department does not handle changing out these types of detectors.