John Ard is the deputy fire chief, fire marshal, and overseer of emergency services for the Town of Westlake. He has worked in fire service for twenty years and has served in municipal government for twenty-three years as code enforcer, police officer, firefighter, fire inspector, and driver engineer.
Deputy Fire Chief Ard and his excellent team are an incredible asset to the Westlake community. “From hazardous materials, to EMS, to fire, to search and rescue, to trench rescue, high angle rescue, swift water rescue, and bomb threats, it’s all in our court,” says Ard. The Westlake fire department’s broad responsibility requires that team members have very specialized, highly trained positions. Ard continues, “The community often doesn’t know that we even offer these services, but they’re available to them within minutes. If they have a bomb threat or a water rescue situation or EMS, it’s our job to make sure we’ve got qualified people coming their way.”
The Westlake Fire-EMS also has a training room available for the community to rent as well as for special training events for CPR, Stop the Bleed, first aid, and fire service training. Residents of Westlake, Keller, Colleyville, and Southlake even have access to an advanced tracking app called SirenGPS, which integrates emergency management tools with real-time visibility for emergency managers and first responders.
When you’re in a situation where every second counts; SirenGPS undoubtedly saves lives every day. “If you’re in that area, and you make a call using SirenGPS, the dispatcher will know exactly where you’re at within a few meters.” If you live in Westlake, Keller, Colleyville, or Southlake, you can download the SirenGPS app from your favorite app store.
The Westlake Fire-EMS Department strives to provide residents, business owners and visitors with the highest level of professional service with dedication, compassion, and excellence. The Westlake fire station is located at 2000 Dove Road. Learn more at westlake-tx. org