The Cy-Fair VFD Public Relations Division is responsible for public education on fire safety issues. Public Information Officers respond to all major emergency scenes. They act as an official source of information to the news media and work with displaced families to receive assistance from The American Red Cross and other governmental agencies. The PR Division also offers fire station tours and public appearance of apparatus at special events. The list below describes the options available. Due to the demand in responding to emergency calls and number of PR requests, we must adhere to the following procedures below. Please carefully read the different types of events in which we are able to schedule.
The request must be submitted more than 2 weeks prior to the event. If interested in scheduling an event, please read the below options and click on the button below and fill out the PR Request form with the details of your event. Once the request is received by the PR Division and the approval and scheduling process has begun, you will receive an update via e-mail.
Tours need be scheduled a minimum of two weeks prior to event to allow stations to plan events and training. No station tours will be conducted on Thursday nights as those nights are designated as departmental training. Tours will consist of a safety discussion by a firefighter, and quick tours of the station, and a look at the fire apparatus. Tours can last for an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the size of your group.
Fire Department apparatus can come to approved schools, churches and public events. Firefighters are available to teach fire safety issues and talk about rewarding careers in the Fire and Emergency Medical Service. Appearances for businesses are extremely restricted and must have approval by a Public Information Officer and the Fire Department Board prior to scheduling. Business events will only be considered if they are clearly related to public education for fire/ems safety issues.
With October being national fire safety month, this is when we typically schedule visits to elementary schools. The fire crews will give educational presentations and demonstrate the apparatus until all classes have gone through. These events are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Please submit your school's request as soon as possible.
Fire Safety Trailer
Available for schools, churches, festivals. This trailer is used to teach children about fire safety issues in various areas of the home. Non-toxic "Smoke" is used to show how a bedroom becomes filled with smoke and doors heat up simulating fire or hot air on the other side. This trailer is reserved for events with 200 or more participants and must have approval by a Public Information Officer prior to scheduling due to the man power required to properly and safely operate.
"Freddie the Fire Truck" and "Sparky"
Only available for Special Events and to be approved by the PR Division, these are remote controlled robots that interacts with children and moves about them. The operator, from a remote area, can talk to the children about fire safety issues through the robots. This must be requested at least one month in advance as special preparations are required.
A Public Relations staff member or someone from the Fire Chiefs staff can speak to any group or organization about the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department or a variety of fire and life safety issues. Please indicate on your request what topic you would like our speaker to discuss. Requests for a speaker should be made with at least three weeks' notice.
Please understand that we are a working fire department. There will be times that we may not be able to attend your scheduled function or have to leave early due to an emergency. We hope you understand and want to thank you for your continued support. We hope you understand these procedures are in place so that we may continue to perform PR events but not over burden our volunteer members. Our first priority is to save lives and protect property.