Welcome to the Fire Prevention Division of Manchaca Fire Rescue / TCESD 5. We are here to assist you in whatever way we can. On our website, you will find all the information you may need in regards to Plans Review, Inspections, Outdoor Burning and Knox Boxes. Our Prevention Division will help guide you through the sometimes difficult process of submitting plans for permitting, and preparing for inspections. Our ultimate goal is education and compliance, ensuring that the process is as easy as possible.

Station 501 TCESD5

Fire Prevention

Outdoor Burning

All outdoor burning in Texas is regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Violations are criminal offenses under the Texas Clean Air Act and Texas Water Code. Any fire larger than 3’L x 2’W x 2’H is required to have a valid and approved burn permit.

Click here to obtain your FREE outdoor burn permit by registering and logging in at http://www.tcesd5permits.com or by scanning this QR code from your mobile device:

Burn permits are good for 7 days and must be activiated each day before the burn commences. Outdoor burning may only occur between sunrise and sunset. Piles must be fully extinguished prior to sunset on the day of the burn. Outdoor burning must be constantly supervised by a competent person, age 17 or older, and a method to extinguish the fire must be readily available, near the burn pile.

Texas Rules for Outdoor Burning

Texas Rules for Outdoor Burning (English) | Texas Rules for Outdoor Burning (Spanish)

If you have any questions or need assistance, please email crr@tcesd5.org or call 512-640-8273. Our office hours are 9a-5p, Monday through Friday.

Travis County Adopted Fire Code

Travis County has an adopted fire and building code for all properties consisting of commercial businesses, multifamily occupancies (4 or more units), and public buildings; additionally in compliance with Texas Local Government Code 352.016 and Texas Health and Safety Code 775.036(g), the county fire marshal and/or a peace officer commissioned or employed by the district, may inspect any structure, appurtenance, fixture, or other real property located in the district for life safety and fire hazards.

Plan review and permit submittals:

All new construction, remodeling, and tenant finish outs must submit plans for review and obtain permits prior to starting any project. Visit http://www.tcfmopermits.com to register and submit your plans. Only pdf plan submittals are accepted, and by law, the county has up to 30 days to review and approve or deny plans.

All projects are required to comply with the State of Texas Architectural Barriers Act. Any project over $50,000 in total cost, must submit their plans to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and obtain a Project number prior to submitting plans to the Travis County Fire Marshal’s Office. For information and submittal process to TDLR, please visit: https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/ab/abfaq.htm#g5

Knox Box Ordering

To order any approved Knox product required or requested please go to https://www.knoxbox.com/Products. Please select “Texas”, then in the box below type the words “Travis Co Fire Marshal”. You will see the department populate, then click “Travis Co Fire Marshal (ESD4)”. Although we are ESD 5, the Travis Co Fire Marshal selection is the correct choice.

Community Risk Reduction

What is Risk Reduction? Risk Reduction in the fire service, as defined by NFPA 1300, is “A process to identify and prioritize local risks, followed by the integrated and strategic investment of resources to reduce their occurence and impact.” Manchaca Fire Rescue / TCESD 5 truly believes that helping prevent or mitigate the loss of life, property loss associated with life safety, fire, and other disasters within our community is PRIORITY 1. We are proud to be at the forefront of providing our constituents the resources to help mitigate and prevent these losses. 

Warn Central Texas

The Capital Area Council of Governments and its partners are pleased to offer an emergency notification system to residents of Central Texas. Registering with WarnCentralTexas allows local officials to contact their communities by phone, email and text during times of disasters or public safety events. Every resident should sign up for this! Sign up today…please visit https://warncentraltexas.org/

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Firewise Communities

Firewise Communities Firewise USA is a voluntary program that provides a framework to help neighbors get organized, find direction and take action to increase the ignition resistance of their homes and community. Please email crr@tcesd5.org to learn more about the program!

Fire Adaptive Communities

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group defines a fire-adapted community as “A human community consisting of informed and prepared citizens collaboratively planning and taking action to coexist with wildland fire safely.” More fully, fire-adapted communities are knowledgeable, engaged communities where actions of residents and agencies in relation to infrastructure, buildings, landscaping and the surrounding ecosystem lessen the need for extensive protection actions and enable the communities to accept fire as part of the surrounding landscape safely. Because every community is unique, the steps and strategies they take to improve their wildfire resilience will vary from place to place. Please email us at crr@tcesd5.org today to learn more about the program!

Public Education

Stop the Bleed Classes

Stop the Bleed training gives you the ability to recognize life-threatening bleeding and act quickly and effectively to control the bleeding with three quick techniques.

AHA First Aid Courses

We also teach AHA First Aid Courses. These courses are designed for anyone with limited or no medical training for first aid basics for the most common first aid emergencies, how to recognize them, how to call for help and how to perform life-saving skills.

Fire Station Visits

We always welcome visitors to our fire station. If you would like to schedule a visit, please email us at office@tcesd5.org

Fire Extinguisher Training

Manchaca Fire Rescue provides on-site Fire Extinguisher Training for residential and commercial businesses.

Residential Home Fire Inspections

Manchaca Fire Rescue provides “free” in-home residential fire inspections. If interested, please request an inspection at crr@tcesd5.org

Incident Reports / Open Records

You may request a copy of a Fire Incident Report by emailing office@tcesd5.org

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