The suppression division is comprised of both paid and volunteer firefighters. The 400+ members in suppression respond out of twelve fire stations to various types of emergencies. Although the majority of the responses are medical related, the remaining calls are made up of rescues, structure fires, and hazardous materials incidents. The twelve fire stations each house a fire engine that is typically the primary unit utilized. There are also 3 ladder trucks, 3 rescue trucks, 2 tanker trucks, 7 brush trucks, 3 boats, and 1 bull dozer that are strategically placed at the varying stations.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Emergency medical services are provided by the 1st Responders from the suppression division when called upon to do so, but the primary care givers are from the eleven medic units that are staffed around the clock everyday. Each medic unit is staffed with licensed EMT’s with the state of Texas and range from Basic to Paramedic skill levels.
In the early days, the only means of communication was the telephone. Therefore, fire phones were placed in stores or in the member’s homes. When phones were placed in businesses, extensions were run from the business to a nearby home for nighttime calls. Fire fighter wives received most of the fire calls and would then make the necessary phone calls to locate the members to respond to the emergency. Fortunately, the department did not receive calls very often back then. Used radios came into the department in the late 1960’s and were placed in some of the apparatus. Base stations were run out of a member’s home that had fire phones within. In the early 1970’s, a few monitors were purchased to alert the members. As the number of calls increased, the base stations found it difficult to handle the call volume on a volunteer basis. In 1978, P.S.D.I. was contracted to handle the dispatching. P.S.D.I. dispatched until spring of 1981 when Total Security was awarded the contract. A backup system was set up in Station 6 with paid dispatchers. By late 1983, the system was relocated to Station 8 with paid Department dispatchers on a 24-hour schedule. Dispatch was relocated again to Station 9 and upgraded with newer style radios. All members were issued radio pagers to help the calls be properly dispatched. It was realized that we needed a structure that could sustain the abuse of a severe storm. The fire stations where dispatch had been housed were primarily sheet metal and brick fascia and would not hold up well in severe storms, which could result in all loss of communications. The new center is now located at 9101 Wheatcross Drive near West Road. Again, the communication center was upgraded with newer style radios and screens. Many members now carry a combination pager handheld radio giving them real-time
The mission of the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department Safety Division is to set and enforce standards and guidelines that will ensure the Safety of its members and employees. They are also responsible for emergency driving programs, overall scene safety and ensuring members are fit for duty at extended scenes. The Safety Division has raised awareness within the department by educating the members to be mindful of their actions and operating safely in an inherently dangerous profession.
The CFVFD has three rescue trucks within its boundaries that respond to all types of rescues. The personnel that staff the rescue trucks have training in vehicle extrication, confined space, high angle, trench, and water rescues. The latest equipment on the rescue trucks enables the rescuers the ability to create innovative systems that are intended to lead to a successful rescue. The rescue trucks have access to a rescue boat for swift water events, as well as three evacuation boats that are to be used for rescuing multiple people from rising waters.
Search Team and K9 Division
The Search Team was formed in April, 2012 in response to a request from the Southeast Texas Regional Urban Search & Rescue Task Force. The team is designed to deploy in the event of a disaster and search for missing persons. Cy-Fair’s search dogs are one resource available to the team, but it is important to note that there are many other skills and tools that are important to the team’s mission.
On November 29, 1985 a small group of women met to form a support group for the firefighters. The auxiliary takes care of getting the much-needed refreshments to serious fire scenes. They have also been responsible for the dances and children’s parties that have been held in recent years. The Auxiliary continues to grow to include almost all of the Stations in the Department. In 1991-1992, the Auxiliary became Associated Members of the fire department.
Family Assistance Coordinator
Newly created in 2015, the need was discovered to have a coordinator that would be able to support the families of our members. The coordinator serves as the liaison between the family and the outside agencies, handling matters that can be hard for families to deal with during difficult times.