Aransas Pass, Texas, The Harbor City

Fire Department

Rickie Kilgore
Fire Chief / Fire Marshal
Fax: 361-758-8188

City Hall
600 W. Cleveland
Aransas Pass, TX 78336 map

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2000
Aransas Pass, TX 78335


The Aransas Pass Fire Department is a Fire and Rescue Department that responds to over 350 Fire Department related emergencies a year. The staff includes 10 employees:

  • 1 Fire Chief,
  • 1 Captain,
  • 2 Lieutenants, and
  • 6 Firefighters.

The Captain, Lieutenants, and the firefighters work three shifts of 24 hours on duty, and 48 hours off.

The Aransas Pass Fire Department is currently seeking citizens to join the Supplemental Fire Corps and is hiring for one full-time Firefighter. For a description, please click here.  If you are interested in becoming a member of the Supplemental Fire Corps or are applying for the Firefighter position, please fill out the application here and e-mail the form to when completed.


The Mission Statement of the Aransas Pass Fire Department is to save lives and property, and to teach the children and citizens in our community about fire prevention and fire safety.

Our guiding principle is that fire prevention in our daily lives will make a difference in our community.


Chief Kilgore
Chief R. Kilgore

Shift A Shift B Shift C
J Cruz
Captain J. Cruz
N Borrego
LT N. Borrego
D Obenhaus
LT D. Obenhaus
K Deal
K. Deal
R Stacy
R. Stacy
J Padron
J. Padron
Vacant D Ouellette
D. Ouellette
B Dwyre
B. Dwyre



If you would like to ride along with the Aransas Pass Fire Department, please download and complete the Citizen Observer packet (PDF).


Aransas Pass Volunteer Fire Department 19291929 Aransas Pass Volunteer Fire Department
Active Members: C. C. Tedford, H. A. Thomas, Frank Belken, Joe A. Payne, Ted Bigelow, Frank Clendening, Ted Burke, Rob Roy Rice, Nunc Snyder, King Custer, Wm. T. Kopperl, Arlin Yeager, Ira H. Cundiff, J. M. Barnwell, J. M. Crenshaw, Red Fricke, Q. D. Hughes, Sam Kaufman.

The First Fire Department Pumper
Fire Department PumperThe Aransas Pass Fire Department was started in 1929 by volunteers and Fire Chief Charles C. Tedford. During that time it was ran solely as a volunteer Fire Department. In 1954, the fire department transitioned to a paid Fire Chief and paid drivers, with assistance from the volunteers to fight fires. In 1982 there were two fighters per shift, and in 2002 an additional fire fighter was added per shift.

The Aransas Pass Fire Station
The old fire station on ArchThe old Fire Station at 338 S Arch.
The Fire Department on Arch is where Retired Fire Chief Martinez, Fire Chief Gilbert Ritz and CaptainRickie Kilgore, several other paid andvolunteers started their fire service career.Chief Martiniz and his dog Sam

The Fire Department also had a “mascot”. The dog, whose name was Sam, was also Chief Pete Martinez’s dancing partner during Fire Prevention Week.


Chief Charles C. Tedford1929 – Volunteer Fire Chief Charles C. Tedford

Chief Ted Bigelow1932 – Aransas Pass Fire Chief Ted Bigelow

Chief Ray B. Crinklow
1954 – First paid Fire Chief Ray B. Crinklow (left) with City Manager Fred Robbins


Chief Allen Bern1959-1968 – Fire Chief Allen Berna

Chief Pete Martinez1955-1989 – Pete M. Martinez. Councilman for 12 years. 
Pete Martinez served as Fire Chief for 34 years before he retired. He is the only Fire Chief to retire from the department. Over the years, Chief Martinez was promoted from Volunteer fireman, to paid fire fighter, truck captain, Assistant Fire Chief/Assistant Fire Marshal. At his retirement he was holding the following positions: Fire Chief/Fire Marshal/ Arson Investigator. Ray B. Crinklow was the chief who hired Martinez as a paid firefighter.


  • The Aransas Pass Fire Department holds Fire Prevention programs for over 2,000 students in the Aransas Pass School District. Students are given fire prevention material which includes coloring books, fire prevention logo pencils, fire safety videos, fire helmets and programs with our Robot “Pluggie”, the talking hydrant.
  • Hands-on fire extinguisher training for hospital and nursing home staff.
  • Foster home inspections.


  • The Aransas Pass Fire Department, with the help of  the Aransas Pass Ladies Auxiliary, hold an annual Haunted House during the week of Halloween. This is to provide a safe area for the children of our community. Please check our Facebook page or the events RSS feed each year for the dates of this event.
  • The Aransas Pass Fire Department and Aransas Pass Ladies Auxiliary buy candy, apples, and oranges for the “Santa Claus Arrival” on the fire truck into town.