The Whitewright Volunteer Fire Department was founded in 1888 and has provided uninterrupted assistance to the community for 125 years. The first fire company had a horse drawn fire apparatus. In 1911, the downtown area of Whitewright caught fire and conflagrated to burn the entire downtown area, including the fire station.
The department was deauthorized by the Whitewright City Council on Tuesday January 7, 2014 due to contract dispute. The department consisted of 18 members who are all volunteers and serve a population of 4,086 and approximately 96 square miles. In addition to our primary service area, we provide mutual aid to the surrounding cities, counties, and rural areas. We provide prevention, education, structural fire protection, emergency medical assistance, wildland / urban interface, and rescue services. We provide those services with two brush trucks and two engines.
We have an extensive training program that certifies members in structural firefighting, emergency medical services, wildland firefighting, and hazardous materials. All of which is made possible by donations, grants, volunteers, and assistance from the Grayson County. We strive to provide a safe working environment with up-to-date equipment to ensure our volunteers go home to their families and provide the best possible service to our community. Much of our current equipment has been provided by grants with our most recent from the Texas Forestry Service.