Houston Fire Department

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Houston Fire Department
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Courage, Commitment, & Compassion
Agency Overview
Established 1895
Annual calls 290,000
Employees 4,200
Staffing Four 24-hour shifts, all career
Fire chief Terry A. Garrison
Facilities & Equipment
Battalions 21
Stations 92
Engines 87
Ladders 37
Squads 18 (ALS First Responder)
Rescues 3
Helicopters 1 (Joint Venture With HPD)
Ambulances 77 (50 BLS / 27 ALS)
HAZMAT 3
Group photo of firefighters from Station 1–1932
Continental Center II (600 Jefferson) of the Cullen Center houses the HFD administrative offices
City of Houston Fire Department Logistical Center & Maintenance Depot
HFD Firefighters' Memorial in northern Houston
Fire Station 3
Fire Station 7
Fire Station 8
Fire Station 16
Fire Station 18
Fire Station 25
Fire Station 28 at 3000 Chimney Rock
Fire Station 33
Fire Station 37 in Braeswood Place

City of Houston Fire Department (HFD) is the agency that provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the city of Houston, Texas, United States, the fourth largest city in the United States. HFD is responsible for preserving life and property for a population of more than 2 million in an area totaling 617 square miles (1,600 km2).[1]

The administrative offices of HFD are located on the 7th floor of Continental Center II (600 Jefferson) in the Cullen Center in Downtown Houston.[2] They were previously located at the City of Houston Fire Department Logistical Center & Maintenance Depot.[3]

Background[edit]

City of Houston Emergency Medical Service[edit]

The Houston Fire Department handles all emergency medical services within the City of Houston and all members of the department are trained in EMS procedures. In most cases, the firefighters rotate between the firefighting apparatuses and the EMS units from day to day in accordance with the cross-training that they receive. There are two levels of EMS certification that the Houston Fire Department recognizes; EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic. There are no EMS providers for the Houston Fire Department that are not also firefighters.[4] All of HFD EMS ambulances are Type I, "Frazer Bilt", ambulances.

Due to the large coverage area, HFD EMS operates on a tiered response system, which means that certain levels of EMS are dispatched when they are determined to be needed. While there are some MICU ambulances in the HFD EMS fleet, most are BLS equipped. Typically, a BLS ambulance will be dispatched to a medical call. When the unit arrives on scene and determines that ALS is required, a paramedic squad will be dispatched to their location to assist. HFD EMS strives to have an ambulance or first responder (which usually consists of an engine company) on scene within four minutes, with ALS support within eight minutes if needed.[5]

History[edit]

THE HISTORY OF THE HOUSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT
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The Houston Fire Department, the 4th largest Fire Department in the U.S, began as a bucket brigade in 1838 with one station, Protection Company No. 1. It grew to a volunteer fire department status with three stations by 1859. After having provided volunteer firefighting services for 57 years, the City of Houston Fire Department began paying its firefighters in 1895.
In 2002, the Insurance Services Office, which rates the capability of a fire department with regards to the maintenance of its fire apparatus, availability of water, training of personnel, etc., rated HFD 10/10, which is the highest rating a fire department can achieve.[8]one year after the city incorporated.
Houston Fire Department also became the world's largest accredited fire department by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International in 2003.[6]

There is limited history telling of the expansion over the ensuing years to the modern fire department today. What is left of the history, however, is quite colorful, heroic, sometimes humorous, and interspersed with tragedy. So much of the fire department’s history has been lost. A series of events took its toll on the records of the past:
1. City records were destroyed by Union troops who occupied the city after the Civil War
2. Two devastating fires destroyed the city offices in Market Square; and
3. A fire razed the central fire station in 1904. Part of the problem could have been a lack of appreciation for the past by many of the early fire chiefs.

HOUSTON’S EARLY FIRE COMPANIES
This section traces the history of the ten original volunteer fire companies, some of which have had uninterrupted service up to today’s fire companies; as well as the fire companies of other cities and towns that were annexed and became fire companies of the Houston Fire Department prior to World War II. Houston Volunteer Fire Companies:
Protection No. 1 – First Organized: 1838
Hook & Ladder No. 1 – First Organized: 1858
Liberty No. 2 – First Organized: 1852
Stonewall No. 3 – First Organized: 1867
Fire Company No. 4 – First Organized: 1872
Brooks No. 5 – First Organized: 1867
Mechanic No. 6 – First Organized: 1867

    Eagle/Young American No. 7 – First Organized: 1874


    Washington No. 8 – First Organized: 1894


    Curtain No. 9 – First Organized: 1879


    Seibert No. 10 – First Organized: 1867


Annexed Fire Companies:

    Brunner (HFD No. 11) – Annexed: 1913


    Houston Heights (HFD No. 13) – Annexed: 1918


    Houston Heights (HFD No. 14) – Annexed: 1918


    Harrisburg (HFD No. 20) – Annexed: 1926


    Harrisburg (HFD No. 22) – Annexed: 1926


    Park Place (HFD No. 26) – Annexed: 1930

HISTORY OF THE STATIONS The Original Stations 1 – 28 (1945-1956) 29-33, 42, 45, 46, 47, 53 (1952-1955) 34, 35, 36, 37 38, 39, 40, 41 (1956) 43, 44, 48, 49, 50 (1960-1962) 51, 52, 54 (19 63-1966) 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 63, 63, 64, 65, 66 (1971-1979) 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74 (1984-1985) 75, 76, 78, 80, 81 (1995-2009) 77, 82, 83, 85, 86, 90, 92-94, 96, 99, 101-105

THE ORIGINAL STATIONS 1 – 28 PROTECTION #1 By 1837 there were so many people in the little town of Houston that fires had become more frequent, log houses were replacing the tents, and the original plat of Houston embraced 62 blocks. By the close of 1837 there were over 1,000 people within the little town. Augustus Allen organized a bucket brigade, named it “Protection #1″ and applied for a charter in 1838. Protection #1′s motto was “Simper Fidelis”. One of the first pieces of equipment was a large barrel with holes drilled on either side with a rod and two wheels placed on it with handles attached to the rod (“axle”) so that the men of the town could pull it. This barrel also had buckets attached with hooks at the top. By the end of 1847, Houston had cisterns and it’s first homemade fire engine which consisted of a big wooden box with wheels on it and a pump and a hole attached to the bottom of the pump which would suck water out of the cistern into the box where the water would be pumped into the exit hose leading to the fire. This original homemade fire truck was stationed on what we know as Market Square. (Station #1 had been housed in five different locations: Fannin and Capital 1895, Prairie and San Jacinto in 1895, Texas and San Jacinto in 1904, Preston and Caroline in 1924, Preston and Bagby in 1968, closed in 2001.) LIBERTY #2 In 1852 Liberty Fire Company #2 was organized. Liberty #2′s first engine was a hand engine which was purchased in Boston, MA. At that time it cost $2,000! The first Hook and Ladder Company #1 was organized in 1858. It too was a homemade truck. Liberty #2 had the first steam engine in 1856. (Station 2 was located at Sampson and Preston in 1910, Bagby and Capital in 1926, West Dallas and Bailey in 1965 (closed in 1986-reopened at Woodway and Chimney Rock in 1992). In 1926, Station 2 became Station 17. STONEWALL #3 Stonewall #3 was organized in 1867 and was located on Travis St. where the Rice Hotel backside sits today. Later it moved to its own building on Preston between Smith and Louisiana. The motto of Stonewall #3 was “Trust in Us”. (Station #3 was at Preston & Smith in 1895, Houston Ave and Spring in 1903, Crocket and Colorado in 1937, and West Alabama and Cummings in 1958 to present.) Station 3 was remodeled in 2003. FIRE COMPANY #4 Fire Station #4 was located in the Second Ward and was organized in 1872. (Station #4 in 1911 was at Berry and Louisiana, Shepherd and Banks in 1941, was closed in 1979 and reopened at West Little York and Bingle in 1986.) In 1979, Engine 4 was relocated at new station 16. The city by now had been divided in six wards with very distinct boundary lines. BROOKS #5 Brooks #5 was located in the Fifth Ward and was organized in 1874. It was located at Liberty and McKee Streets. Brooks #5 was the first station in which the men fixed crock jugs loaded with chemicals and put them on a home made wagon. They became known as the “soda fountain” station. (Station #5 was at Hardy and Nance in 1895, rebuilt on the same location in 1932 and relocated to Hollister and Hammerly in 1977.) This station underwent much needed renovations and was temporally closed in 2009. The station went back into service in June 2010. MECHANIC #6 Mechanic #6 company was organized in 1873 and was located at the juncture of Washington and Preston Streets which is now just east of the central post office. The fire station actually sat on what is known as Bagby Street today. Mechanic #6 was made up of men who were just that-mechanics. They were known for two things: they loved to fight fire but they also loved to have fistfights, especially with the men from Stonewall #3. This competition produced a tradition of skullduggery, which lasts right on into the millennium of today. (Mechanic #6 was located at the intersections of Washington and Preston 1895, 1903 at Washington and Ash Place, 1931 at Henderson and Decatur, and in 1987 relocated at Washington and Lakin.) YOUNG AMERICA #7 Young America #7 was opened in 1878. After a few months the name was changed to Eagle #7 and its home was located at the foot of Congress near Main Street. (Station #7 was located at Milam and McIlhenny in 1899 then moved to Elgin and Austin in 1969.) WASHINGTON #8 Washington #8 was organized and located at the corner of Crawford and Polk where it is still located today. (Note: A 107-year tradition of the fire station being located on this corner will end in 2001 with the building of the new sports arena.) Washington #8 had the distinction of having a Clapp & Jones Steamer (state of the art for that period). (It was located in 1895 at Polk and Crawford, Polk and Crawford again in 1958, Polk and Crawford again in 1970 and will be closed in 2001.) Stations 1 and 8 were combined and relocated to the corner of Milam and St. Joseph and Station 8 was reopened in June of 2001. A new Station 8 broke ground in 2006 at 1919 Louisiana at the site of the Old Borden Ice Cream plant. This new “super station” went into service on April 21, 2008. CURTAIN #9 Curtain #9 was organized in 1881. This station eventually found a home on Keene St. just off Hogan. (Curtain #9 at Keene and Hogan in 1899, Hogan and Freeman in 1908 rebuilt at Hogan and Freeman in 1970 to present.) SEIBERT #10 Seibert #10 went into service in 1894 located at 205 Chartres at Franklin. Its first piece of equipment was a hose wagon pulled by three beautiful horses. (Station #10 remained from 1895 until 1985 at Chartres and Franklin when it was closed and reopened at Corporate and Clarewood in 1985.) In 2003 the land at 205 Chartress was sold by the Mayor Brown Administration and old Station 10 was razed. This land had been associated with the Houston Fire Department for 109 years. In 1895 the city had grown so much and the demand was so great that the department became paid, thus ending volunteerism from 1838 to 1895. However, volunteerism within the Houston Fire Department was reinstated in December of 1941 shortly after President Roosevelt declared war, and continues to exist today with 20 men who are still carrying on the rich tradition built into the Houston Fire Department. In 1904 Brunner Fire Company was established at the corner of Washington and Fowler. STATION 11 In 1913 the City of Houston annexed this volunteer company and it became Station #11. Prior to 1913, there was a chemical engine 11 and it was housed at 307 Smith St. The old wooden clapboard station at 4511 Washington at Fowler was torn down and a new modern stucco and concrete station was built in 1937 and remained in service at the same corner until it was moved to T. J. Jester and Larkin in the early 90′s. Station 11 was closed for a while in the 1990′s and the crew was relocated to Station 2 at Woodway and Bering. (Station #11 was constructed in 1915 and remained in service at the same corner until 1995 when it was moved to T. C. Jester and Larkin.) By 1904 the Houston Fire Department had 129 men and 11 stations with 797 fires for the year and a maintenance cost of $165,577.15. (Note: The largest fire that the Houston Fire Department had faced in its young history occurred on Feb. 21, 1912.) The largest fire started at Hardy and Logan and burned all the way to Liberty Road burning up several steam hose wagons. Fire Station #12 Fire Station #12 was opened up in 1916 at Sumpter and West. (Station #12 was located at Sumpter and West from 1916 until 1958 when it was relocated at Alber and Terry.) Station #13 Station #13 went into service at 428 West 18 th in 1918 and was relocated in 1956 to West 43 rd and T. C. Jester. Old Station #2 at 319 Sampson was changed and renumbered to become Station #17 in 1928. The original building that served as the Heights City Hall was erected in 1914 and when it was annexed in 1918 it became Station #14 and was located at Yale and 12 th Streets. It served as Station #14 from 1918 to 1987 when it was closed. (It currently serves as a historical landmark and has been restored to its original multi-service facility as it was in 1914.) Station #15 Originally located at Preston and Hooker Sts. Station 15 was relocated from the central part of downtown out to Houston Avenue and North Main in 1918. In 1947 it was relocated once again to 402 Tabor and North Main, and recently moved into its new quarters at 5306 North Main and Dunbar in 1999. Station #16 Added at Westheimer and Youpon. (Station #16 was built in 1928 and they were relocated to Richmond and Dunlavy in 1979.) Firehouse #17 Station took over the quarters of old Station #2 on Sampson and York in 1926 and served out of that station until 1983 when they moved into their new quarters at Navigation and Delano. Station 18 Early records reflect that in 1905 Steamer 18 ran out of Station 10 at 205 Chartress along with Hose Wagon 10. Station #18 went into service in 1925 at the corner of the 4400 block of Walker in a tent while its new station was being built at 619 Telephone Road and was occupied on July 7, 1926. In 1976 Station #18 moved into old #24′s station after it was closed while their new station was being constructed at their Telephone Rd. location. They moved back into their station on Telephone Rd. in 1980. Station #19 Built at the corner Greg and New Orleans in 1925 (the new quarters are located at the opposite side of the intersection and was built in 1979). Station #20 Annexed into the fire department in 1926 at the corner of Avenue F and 73 rd in the old “Magnolia Park” township, and a new Station #20 was located in 1973 at Navigation and Marcario Garcia. This Station was severally damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008 and reopened in December 2009. Houston’s first fireboat was purchased in 1926 at a cost of $320,000 and was located at the foot of Manchester St. These quarters were manned at that time by members of the Houston Fire Department and were given the number 21 for their quarters. It was more commonly known as the Fireboat Station and remained numbered 21 from 1926 to 1972. During that time the original boat was moved to other quarters and the Captain Cortty was bought in 1950 and put in 21′s quarters. During the later part of this time span, the Port Authority took over the manning of the fireboats. In 1972 a new station was built located at So. Main and O’Meara for Firehouse #21. Firehouse #22 Built in 1926 at Harrisburg and 78 th Streets and was torn down in 1969 to make way for the new station at Harrisburg and 78 th. This same building serves as the Hazmat station and has done so since 1987. Firehouse #23 Located in the old Manchester section at San Antonio and Manchester in 1927. In 1976 it was moved about eight blocks away to Lawndale and Medina. Firehouse #24 Built in 1928 at the corner of Palmer and Bell just east of downtown and was closed in 1977. A new station 24 broke ground in 2008 and went into service at 2625 Reed Rd, just west of HWY 288 on October 26, 2009. The new station was funded by a Community Development Block Grant and the Fire Consolidated Construction Fund. It is little over 11 thousand square feet and has three bays. Firehouse #25 Built in 1928 at Blodget and Velasco and was relocated in 1979 to Scott and Rosewood. In 2003, as Class #7 is about to start, Station 25 is preparing for its 75 th year in service in the 3 rd Ward Area. Station 25, in 2003 (B Shift) transformed the bay doors to look like a New York fire station by painting the doors red with black and gold numbers. They also have the only 8 ft by 6 ft. logo mounted within the station. Firehouse #26 The old Garden Villas Fire Station located at Broadway and Park Place and was built in 1930. New Station #26 is currently located at Dixie and Chaffin and started in 1953. Firehouse #27 Station 27 was already on the drawing board when WW II broke out and was completed at the corner of Lyons and Kress Sts. in 1941 in the Denver Harbor addition of Houston, Texas. A new firehouse 27 is currently being built at Lyons & Gazin Street scheduled for opening in late 2004. Firehouse #28 Station 28 has the distinction of having had three firehouses. It was originally in old #4′s station at Berry and Louisiana in 1941 and was relocated to the outskirts of Houston in 1953 at the corner of Westheimer and Sage. It was relocated to Chimney Rock and Dolores in 1987.


STATIONS 29-33, 42, 45, 46, 47, 53 (1945-1956) Firehouse #29 was also a city hall/fire station originally built for the East End Volunteer Fire Department in 1945. It was located at Barkley and Winkler and was annexed in 1948 when it became Firehouse #29. It was relocated at Galveston Rd and Ahrens in 1977. It was originally a single engine company and in 1977 it became an engine, ladder, and ambulance company. There is also an ambulance supervisor now running out of Station #29. Firehouse #30 was originally the Lindale Volunteer Fire station and was annexed in 1949 at King and Helmers. It was relocated at Irvington and Frisco Sts. in 1977. It too was a single house and now has an engine, ambulance, an ambulance supervisor and a cascade truck. Firehouse #31 was the original Whitney Place Volunteer Fire Station at Crosstimbers and Oxford and was annexed in 1950. It was relocated in 1982 to West Crosstimers and Old Yale. Station 31 was renovated in 2003. Firehouse #32 was the original Garden Oaks Volunteer Fire Station located at the corner of West 34 th and Brinkman and was relocated in 1980 at Tidwell and Mayberry. Firehouse #33 was relocated to a new building just down the street from the orginial station in 2004. The old station held the unique distinction of being one of the last stations to be housed in an original volunteer station-it being the city hall/fire station of the Brasewood section of Houston at the corner of Fannin and Brasewood and was annexed in 1950. The City sold the old station in 2006. Station #42 was located in the all black section of Clinton Park and was also an original city hall/volunteer fire station and was annexed in 1955. It was relocated at Clinton and Mississippi in 1980. Station #45 was also part of the same annexation as was Station #44. It was located at the corner of Banner and Manitou in 1956 (O.S.T. Acres V.F.D.). In 1985 a new station was built at the corner of North McCardy and W Old Spanish Drive. Also in 1956 as part of this large annexation Station #46 was opened replacing the old Sunnyside VFD at the corner of Corinth and Stassen. In 1976 a new station was built at the corner of Corder and Scott. Station 45 was remodeled and reopened in late 1999. Station #47, being a part of this annexation program, went into service in the old Alameda Plaza Community Hall/Fire Station at the corner of Doris and Lydia. In 1960 the city built a new fire station for the citizens of Alameda Plaza at Tidewater and Alameda. Station #53 was originally Station #43 and took its place in 1956. It received a complete facelift in 1999 and reopened in April of 2000 at the same corner of Uvalde and Vicksburg.


STATIONS 34, 35, 36, 37 38, 39, 40, 41 Fire Station #34 when built in 1952 was one of the most modern stations standing in all of Houston and was located at the corner of Berry and Schuler. It was closed and relocated at Laura Koppe and Arkansas in 1987. Station #35 holds the distinction of having had to give way to road progress as it was built originally at Holmes Rd. and South Park in 1953, which later became the South Loop. It currently stands at VanFleet and St. Lo and was built in 1965. Station 35 was remodeled in 2003 with its reopening in June, 2003. Station #36 also holds the only honor of being able to be seen but not located on a specific piece of land. This has been commonly known as the Hobby Airport Station. In 1956 it was nothing but almost a mere barn located on the west side of the Hobby Airport. In 1957 the units were moved to a more stabilized building and then in 1985 it was moved to its present location at Airport and Dover, all within sight of each other at Hobby Airport. Station #36 took the place of the old Garden Villas Volunteer Fire Department. Station #37 has been the most tucked away station within the Houston Fire Department as it has been located in the quiet residential area at Aberdine and Stella Link since 1955. The land for this station was donated by the developer of this Brasewood subdivision. A new Fire Station 37 went into service in September 2009 at 7026 Stella Link. It is a three-bay station and features award-winning architecture and construction. Station #38 was built in 1955 to begin servicing the Spring Branch area. It’s located at Silber and Hartland. Station #39 in 1955 was built on a barren wasteland at Pickfair and Kelley Sts. One could stand at the back door of this new station and look east as far as he could see. This station, shortly after opening, was marred with a tragedy of three good firefights being severely burned at an oil pit fire. Station #40 was located at the corner of Old Spanish Trail and Black St. in 1957. It was originally a ladder company and an engine company. Today it is an engine and ambulance company and was refurbished and reopened in June of 2001. Station #41 was built in the industrial section east of downtown in 1955 at the corner of Pearl and Amarillo.


STATIONS 43, 44, 48, 49, 50 Station #43 was also a volunteer station belonging to the Home Owned Estates Volunteer Fire Department located at the corner of Uvalde and Vicksburg. This later became Station #53 in 1956. Station #43 in 1961 was renumbered and relocated to where it stands today at North Wayside and Ley Rd. Station #44 started in 1956 using the old Greens Bayou Volunteer Fire Station. In 1976 a new station was built at the corner of Maxey and Church Road. Station #48 originally was located in the Little York Volunteer Fire Station #1 in 1956 and was rebuilt at Chimney Rock and Burdeen in 1961. In 2002 Station 48 was remodeled. Station #49 assumed the quarters of a Spring Branch Volunteer Fire station in 1956 located at Long Point and Campbell and was relocated in 1961 at Gessner and Westview. Station #50 was located originally at Southerland and Hempstead Hwy replacing Fairbanks V.F.D. in 1956. It was relocated at Bingle and Malabu in 1960. In 2003, Station 50 was remodeled and reopened. STATIONS 51, 52, 54 Station #51 was built at Bellaire and Bintliff in 1962 and has had two facelifts since then. Station #52 was located in the Edgebrook section of Houston at Hartsook and Freewood in 1962. Station #52 was remodeled and reopened in 2003. Firehouse #54 was originally located at Tierwester and Lydia in 1960. When Intercontinental Airport was a dream of some land developers in 1965, and then became a reality. #54′s was located in temporary wooden quarters while Intercontinental Airport was being built. Upon completion of the airport in 1969, #54′s station moved into a super station on the Intercontinental Airport property. In 2003, Station 54 once again moved into a six-bay super station on the extreme northern section of the Intercontinental Airport property. Station #55 was built in 1963 at the southeastern most city limits at Cullen and Salinsky. Since then it has undergone two facelifts and was reopened in June of 2000. Station #56 (originally volunteer station #56) was also a part of the annexation program of 1963 and was located originally at Almeda-Genoa and Galveston Rd. of the Almeda-Genoa Road Volunteer Fire Department. In 1972 it was relocated to East Little York and Maple Leaf. Station #57 was built to serve the citizens of the Memorial area at Memorial and Wilcrest in 1967. Station #58 was also built in 1967 and located at Fulton and Sunnyside. Station #59 was built as the city began to annex the south Post Oak area in 1967. It is located at South Post Oak and Prudence. Station #59 was remodeled in 2003. Station #60 was built in one of the oldest black areas of Houston at the corner of Jeanetta and Clarkcrest in 1967. Station #61 was built just south of Hobby Airport to supplement Station #36 when there was a fire at Hobby Airport. It was located at the corner of Monroe and Swiss Streets in 1968. In April of 2003 while the men were cooking fish for their evening meal, an alarm was sounded. It was thought that the stove had been turned off, but it was not. Within 45 minutes a station alarm was broadcast at their station. Hurriedly they picked up from the first fire and responded to their station to find heavy black smoke showing. Loss: one kitchen, one lounge, one captain’s room and a smoke ring throughout the station. 1968 also saw what is commonly known as the “glass house”, Station #62 was located at Sea Mist and Droxford. In 1966 Station #63 was located at 6703 Roach Rd. and it was part of a private airstrip known as the Humble Airport. This station was relocated in 1972 to supplement Station #54 and stands at Roach Rd. off the Eastex Freeway. This station was relocated in 1972 to supplement Station #54 at Intercontinental Airport and stands at Will Clayton and Lee Road. Station #64 was opened in 1966 on the north end of Lake Houston at Hamblin Rd. and Eastex Freeway and was closed in 1974. Also in 1966 at the north end of Lake Houston on Wolf Road, Station #65 opened. It was relocated in 1984 to FM 1960 and Grayfox. This station’s original structure served as Station #85 prior to 1984. In 1966 Station #66 took over the El Jardin Volunteer Fire Station located at El Jardin and Todville Rd. In 1973 it was relocated to northwest Houston at Teague and Hardison, after the settlement of several lawsuits in which El Jardin won its right to remain a community and was de-annexed from the City of Houston.

Station #67 sits in the heart of what’s commonly known as “Acreage Homes” subdivision at West Little York and Willow. It was constructed in 1971. Station 67 was renovated in 2000-01. Station #68 is located at Bissonett and Gessner and was built in 1973. As west Houston began to grow and the Beltway was proposed as a new western corridor for the city of Houston, Firehouse #69 was located at West Belt and Briar Forest in 1980. Station #70 moved into the Sagemont Volunteer Fire Station in 1974 and remained there for 10 years until a new modern station could be built at the corner of Beamer and Kirkvalley. Station #71 was added when the annexation turned southward towards Clear Lake. The first Station #71 was located at Buccaneer and Reseda. The second station was located at Diana and Bay Area Blvd in 1978. A newer station was built at the same location in 1985 as a result of hurricane damage, and a brand new station was built at Space Center Blvd. and Pearhaven in 1992. In 1978 the Houston Fire Department contracted with the Johnson Space Center to open Station #72 on the base and in 1998 a new station was built at Saturn Lane and Gemini. In 1977 once again the city annexed more territory in the west and the Houston Fire Department opened Station #73 in the old Alief Volunteer Fire Station located on Boone just off Bissonett. Station #73 was relocated in 1985 at Wilcrest and Bissonett. The Little York Volunteer Fire Department shared their second station with the Houston Fire Department in 1979 at Airline and Goodson when Station #74 was opened at the same site. A new Station #74 was built in 1983 at Aldine Bender and Lillja. STATIONS 75, 76, 78, 80, 81 In 1984 with so much land being annexed in the western part of the city Firehouse #75 was built at Dairy Ashford and Briar Forest. At Cook Road and Sandstone in 1985, Firehouse #76 was built. (Note: This is the station in which two firefighters were working out of when they met their deaths on February 14, 2000.) At Memorial and Eldridge amongst the pine trees in 1987, Firehouse #78 was opened. As the city limits grew once again, in 1987 at the extreme southwestern corner of the city, new Station #80 was built at Chimney Rock and Court. Hobby Airport, with its growing aircraft traffic, needed more fire protection. In 1985 a hanger on the western edge of the airport was opened as Station #81. This station was opened in order to separate the AAFF units from station #36, while a new station was being built on the extreme south side of the airport at the Intersection of Paul B. Koonce and Brannif. In 1987 Station #81 opened at this new facility.

STATIONS 77, 82, 83, 85, 86, 90, 92-94, 96, 101-105 Station #77 was opened in 1990 at 10,155 Kempwood and Gessner. Station #82 is located at West Belfort and Braseridge to serve the large populous amongst the many apartment houses and was built in 1995. The City of Houston Building Services Division hosted a ground-breaking ceremony for fire station 83 at Breezewood and Richmond on October 8, 2002. The new station opened on March 2, 2005 and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on June 1, 2005. Station #90 is the new station opened in 2000 located at Park Row and Langum Creek Drive. A permanent station was opened on the same block of this station in early 2010. As you recall, Station #65 was located on Wolf Rd in 1966. In 1984 it was renamed Station #85 and then closed in 1987. Station #92 was built in 1987 due to new additions at Intercontinental Airport and is located at Will Clayton and JFK Blvd. to protect the new southernmost runways. Fire Station 86 opened on Feb. 21, 2006 in a west Houston neighborhood that was annexed by the City in 1992. This station houses an Ambulance, Engine and Squad. Station #93 is located on the south side of the new Beltway 8 at FM 1959 and Gulf Stream. It sits just to the east of the Gulf Freeway and was built in 1999. Station #94 was located at Diana Lane and Bay Area Blvd. and was built in 1996 in what was Station #71′s temporary quarters. It was relocated to El Dorado and Pipersview in 1998 and underwent a complete demolation and rebuilt at the same site in 2006. The city once again went north this time to annex the 1960 area and the HFD built a temporary Station #96 at West Greens Road and Mills in 1995. In 1999 a new Station #96 was built at Willow Chase and Breton Ridge to service the Willowbrook Mall area and opened in 2000. The FAA, in conjunction with the City of Houston, constructed two new six-bay fire station at the George W. Bush Intercontinental Airport. One station was to replace old Station #54 and the other one was numbered Station 99 and went into service in May 0f 2003. The city in 1995 annexed the Kingwood area. This created four new stations, which belong to the Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department. They were numbered in the following sequence for the Houston Fire Department: Station #101 located at Kingwood and Ladbrook. Station #102 at West Lake Houston Pkwy at Northbrook, #103 at High Valley and Kingwood Dr. and #104 at Forrest Cove Drive and Hamlin Road. Fire Station #105 opened in January 2008 at West Lake Houston Parkway at Deussen Dr. The opening, closing and relocating of new fire stations is extremely difficult in that not all of the public agrees and/or is pleased. Those who have received the new stations, of course, are pleased. Those neighborhoods in which stations are closed are irate. As you have noticed by now the downtown area, through opening and closing of fire stations, is minus Station #1 located at Preston and Bagby, built in 1968, and will soon be closed by the end of 2000 to complete a long-standing service record in the downtown area of 105 years. The following stations have been closed in the immediate downtown area over the years: Station #2, Station #3, Station #4, and Station #5. Station #1 and Station #8 was be in 2001 and relocated in the downtown area. A new Station 8 broke ground in 2006 at 1919 Louisiana at the site of the Old Borden Ice Cream plant. This new “super station” went into service on April 21, 2008. Stations 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 have all been relocated out of the downtown area. In February 2011, the Houston Fire Department headquarters re-located to occupy the 6th – 8th floors of 600 Jefferson in downtown Houston. Their offices now overlook Fire Station 8. The old logistics building at 1205 Dart Street is still being used by other divisions within the department. There are many other stories to be told besides the ones you have just read about the history of the stations. They would include the fire alarm division, the big fires, the arson division, the wood shop, the mechanic shop, and all the other support services. The stories of the pranks and skullduggery committed by the lineage of dedicated men would be a novel in itself and would be one containing so much laughter that an individual could only read it at 15-minute intervals!



Houston Fire Department also became the world's largest accredited fire department by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International in 2003.[7]

As of 2013, 61 Houston firefighters have been killed in the line of duty. The most recent were the deaths of four firefighters on May 31, 2013 at a motel fire after a roof collapsed. Three were killed at the scene, while another died at a hospital; this event was the largest amount of lives lost in department history.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

Mario Gallegos, Jr. Former State Senator, Served 22 years and retired as a Captain.[9]

Fire Station Locations and Apparatus[edit]

Below is a current listing of all Fire Station Locations and Apparatus in the city of Houston based on District.[10] Some stations also adopt unofficial names and place the names on the front of the station's fire trucks based on what neighborhoods the majority of their "still alarm" territories cover.

District 4[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 4 Ladder 4 Ambulance 4 District 4 6530 W. Little York
Engine 50 Medic 50 Ambulance Supervisor 50 4420 Bingle
Engine 66 Booster 66, Evacuation Boat 66 5800 Teague
Engine 67 Ladder 67 Ambulance 67 Medic 67 1616 W. Little York

District 5[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 5 District 5 2020 Hollister
Engine 38 Ladder 38 Ambulance 38 1120 Silber
Engine 49 Medic 49 1212 Gessner
Engine 77 Ladder 77 Ambulance 77 Booster 77, Rescue Boat 77 10155 Kempwood

District 6[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 6 Tower 6 Medic 6 District 6 3402 Washington
Engine 11 Squad 11 Ambulance 11 Technical Rescue 11, Rescue Boat 11, Evacuation Boat 11, Technical Rescue Trailer 11 EMS District 1100, Rescue District 11 460 T.C. Jester
Engine 15 Ambulance 15 Senior Ambulance Supervisor 15 Shift Commander 15 5306 N. Main
Engine 16 Ladder 16 Ambulance 16 Ambulance Supervisor 16 1700 Richmond
Engine 62 Squad 62 Ambulance 62 1602 Seamist

District 8[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 8, Engine 508 Squad 8 Ambulance 8 Mobile Command Van 8, AmBus District 8 1919 Louisiana
Engine 7 Ladder 7 Ambulance 7 1402 Elgin
Engine 17 Ambulance 17 Medic 17 Rescue Boat 17, Rehab. 17, Ambulance Supervisor 17 2805 Navigation
Engine 25 Ambulance 25 3902 Scott

District 19[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 9 Squad 9 Ambulance 9 702 Hogan
Engine 12 Ambulance 12 1502 Alber
Engine 19 Ladder 19 Squad 19 Ambulance 19 District 19 1811 Gregg
Engine 27 Squad 27 Ambulance 27 6515 Lyons

District 20[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 18 Tower 18 Squad 18 Ambulance 18 619 Telephone
Engine 20 Ladder 20 Ambulance 20 District 20 6902 Navigation
Engine 23 Ambulance 23 Cascade Unit 23 8005 Lawndale
Engine 42 Technical Rescue 42, Rescue Boat 42, Evacuation Boat 42 8675 Clinton Dr.

District 21[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 21 Tower 21 Ambulance 21 District 21 10515 Main
Engine 33 Ladder 33 Squad 33 Ambulance 33 Senior Ambulance Supervisor 33 7117 Fannin
Engine 37 Ambulance 37 Shift Commander 37 7026 Stella Link

District 22[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Foam Engine 22 Haz-Mat. Unit 1 & 2 Haz-Mat. District 22 7825 Harrisburg

District 26[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 26 Ladder 26 Ambulance 26 District 26 7111 Dixie
Engine 29 Ladder 29 Medic 29 4831 Galveston
Engine 36 Ambulance 36 Medic 36 Ambulance Supervisor 36 7720 Airport Blvd.
Engine 40 Ambulance 40 Medic 40 5830 Old Spanish Trail

District 28[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 2 Ambulance 2 Cascade Unit 2 5880 Woodway
Engine 3 Medic 3 3735 W. Alabama
Engine 28 Ladder 28 Ambulance 28 District 28 3000 Chimney Rock
Engine 60 Ambulance 60 Medic 60 2925 Jeanetta

District 31[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 13 Ambulance 13 2215 W. 43rd
Engine 30 Ambulance 30 Ambulance Supervisor 30, Safety Officer 30 6702 Irvington
Engine 31 Ladder 31 Squad 31 Ambulance 31 District 31 222 W. Crosstimbers
Engine 58 Ambulance 58 Medic 58 10413 Fulton

District 34[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 32 Ambulance 32 Booster 32 & Evacuation Boat 32 8614 Tidwell
Engine 34 Ladder 34 Squad 34 Ambulance 34 District 34 3100 Laura Koppe
Engine 39 Ambulance 39 5810 Pickfair
Engine 43 Medic 43 7330 N. Wayside
Engine 56 Ladder 56 Ambulance 56 Medic 56 5820 E. Little York

District 45[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 41 Ambulance 41 805 Pearl
Engine 44 Ladder 44 Medic 44 675 Maxey
Engine 45 Ladder 45 District 45 4910 N. McCarty
Engine 53 13349 Vicksburg

District 46[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 24 Medic 24 Safety Officer 24 2625 Reed Rd.
Engine 35 Ambulance 35 Evacuation Boat 35 5535 Van Fleet
Engine 46 Ladder 46 Squad 46 Ambulance 46 District 46 3902 Corder
Engine 55 Ladder 55 Ambulance 55 Medic 55 11212 Cullen

District 54[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
ARFF Crash Rescue Units - Station 54 Bush Intercontinental Airport ARFF District 54 19006 Aldine Westfield
ARFF Crash Rescue Units - Station 81 Hobby Airport, Training Captain 81, Triage Trailer 81 7900 Paul B. Koonce
ARFF Crash Rescue Units - Station 92 Bush Intercontinental Airport, Training Captain 92 3804 Will Clayton
ARFF Crash Rescue Units - Station 99 Bush Intercontinental Airport, Senior Airport Coordinator 99 Airport Division Chief 18580 Chanute

District 59[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 47 Ambulance 47 Booster 47 2615 Tidewater
Engine 48 Ambulance 48 11616 Chimney Rock
Engine 59 Ladder 59 Medic 59 District 59 13925 S. Post Oak
Engine 80 Ambulance 80 Medic 80 Booster 80, Evacuation Boat 80 16111 Chimney Rock

District 64[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 63 Medic 63 Booster 63 5626 Will Clayton Pkwy.
Engine 64 Tower 64 Ambulance 64 District 64 3000 Greens Rd.
Engine 74 Ladder 74 Ambulance 74 Medic 74 460 Aldine Bender
Engine 96 Ladder 96 Medic 96 7409 Willowchase

District 68[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 51 Ladder 51 Ambulance 51 Always Rollin' 6902 Bellaire
Engine 68 Ladder 68 Squad 68 Ambulance 68 Fueled by Fire, Driven by Courage District 68 8602 Bissonnett
Engine 73 Squad 73 Ambulance 73 9640 Wilcrest
Engine 82 Ambulance 82 Ambulance Supervisor 82, Evacuation Boat 82 11250 Braesridge

District 70[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 52 10343 Hartsook
Engine 61 Ladder 61 9726 Monroe
Engine 70 Medic 70 District 70 11410 Beamer
Engine 93 Ladder 93 Ambulance 93 Booster 93, Evacuation Boat 93 911 FM 1959

District 71[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 71 Ladder 71 Medic 71 District 71 15200 Space Center
Engine 72 Medic 72 17401 Saturn Ln.
Engine 94 Medic 94 235 El Dorado

District 78[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 57 Safety Officer 57 13602 Memorial
Engine 75 Ladder 75 Medic 75 1995 Dairy Ashford
Engine 78 Ladder 78 Medic 78 District 78 15100 Memorial
Engine 86 Squad 86 Ambulance 86 Medic 86 14300 Briar Forest
Engine 90 Ambulance 90 16553 Park Row

District 83[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 10 Ambulance 10 Medic 10 Technical Rescue 10, Rescue Boat 10 6600 Corporate
Engine 69 Tower 69 Ambulance 69 Ambulance Supervisor 69 1102 W. Belt S.
Engine 76 Ladder 76 Ambulance 76 7200 Cook
Engine 83 Squad 83 Ambulance 83 District 83 3350 Breezewood

District 102[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Squad Ambulance Medic Special Unit District Chief Address
Engine 65 Medic 65 Booster 65, Evacuation Boat 65 11531 FM 1960 E.
Ladder 101 Medic 101 Booster 101, Evacuation Boat 101 1863 Kingwood Dr.
Engine 102 Ladder 102 Medic 102 District 102 4102 Lake Houston Pkwy.
Engine 103 Booster 103, Evacuation Boat 103, Utility Cart 103 2907 High Valley Dr.
Engine 104 910 Forest Cove Dr.
Engine 105 Medic 105 7414014 Lake Houston Pkwy.

Proposed Fire Station Locations[edit]

  • 84: 10859 Ella Boulevard @ Beltway 8) – Establishment estimated within 3–4 years from 2008.
  • 95: El Dorado Boulevard and Clear Lake Boulevard – Land has been purchased. Establishment estimated within 3–4 years from 2008.

Closed Fire Station Locations[edit]

  • 1: Downtown (Closed in 2001)
  • 14: The Heights (Closed in 1987)
  • 85: Lake Houston (Closed in 1987)

Other facilities[edit]

Val Jahnke Training Facility

The Val Jahnke Training Facility is the Houston Fire Department training facility.[11] As of 1988 the City of Houston Firemen's Training Academy is a complex of several scattered buildings, all made of concrete that is exposed and poured-in-place. It is in proximity to the Garden Villas subdivision. It was built in 1967 by Jenkins Hoff Oberg Saxe. Stephen Fox of Cite said that the "tough-looking complex" is "[s]tartling to come upon unexpectedly."[12] The publication Progressive Architecture said that it is "a landscape that may look straight out of the TV series Star Trek."[12] Fox said that the drill tower and the fire building, the latter of which was singed in 1988, "decidedly stand out."[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ HFD Coverage Area
  2. ^ "Home Page." Houston Fire Department, City of Houston. Retrieved on November 20, 2011. "HFD Administration 832.394.6700 600 Jefferson, 7th Floor Houston, Texas 77002"
  3. ^ "Home Page." Houston Fire Department. Retrieved on November 20, 2011. "HFD Administration 713.247.5000 1205 Dart Street Houston, Texas 77007"
  4. ^ HFD EMS
  5. ^ HFD tiered response and fleet
  6. ^ CFA accreditation
  7. ^ CFA accreditation
  8. ^ Graczyk, Mike (2013-05-31). "4 firefighters killed in Houston motel fire". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  9. ^ Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr.: District 6 Official State Senate Website
  10. ^ City of Houston Fire Stations
  11. ^ "The HFD Professional Development." City of Houston. Retrieved on September 2, 2012.
  12. ^ a b c Fox, Stephen. "Garden Villas An Architectural Tour." (Archive) Cite. Northern Hemisphere Spring-Summer 1988. Retrieved on June 1, 2012.

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