Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Guidance

The Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) is working with the Office of the Governor, Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to coordinate and plan the state’s response to COVID-19.

The TCFP is reacting to the public health emergency as quickly and efficiently as possible as new information becomes available daily. We are committed to keeping our services available to the Texas fire service in every way that we can through the duration of this crisis.

Communicating With Us

Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, our physical office will be CLOSED. Employees will be working remotely to assist customers.

EMAILS will be the BEST WAY TO CONTACT US. If you need to call, call our main number (512-936-3838). Unless there is a high call volume, you should receive an answer as usual.

We appreciate your patience during this time. Our apologies for the inconvenience!

Where to send emails:

Governor's Rule Waiver

In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor grants TCFP’s request to suspend the following rules:

  • 37 TAC 423.3, to the extent necessary to allow firefighters who have passed all related classwork to begin practice without taking the exam and to require those for whom this suspension is waived to pass the certifying exam within 60 days after normal licensing procedures resume; and
  • 37 TAC 447.5, to the extent necessary to allow part-time firefighters who may be needed to help supplement a local fire department to work beyond the 500 hours per year limitation.

This suspension is in effect until terminated by the Office of the Governor or until the March 13, 2020 disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

Questions may be directed to

Large-Scale COVID-19 Response Guidelines

Is your department preparing to test residents and staff at nursing homes for COVID-19?

San Antonio FD has shared with us a very detailed, 11-minute video they created to help their departments get ready. Click on the link to watch.

Austin FD has provided a draft resolution for the consideration of Texas fire departments. Click here to view the resolution.

General Public Health Resources

DSHS is the lead agency in the state’s preparedness efforts. You can find your local public health organization on the DSHS website.
Number of Texas COVID-19 cases, by county: Click here.
DSHS information about COVID-19: Click here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) information about COVID-19: Click here.