Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department (Texas) : The largest volunteer fire department in the United States


( The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency medical services to unincorporated areas of Harris County, Texas. The department primarily serves the communities of Cypress and Fairbanks which are collectively known as Cypress-Fairbanks or Cy-Fair since. Cy-Fair VFD serves over 500,000 people over a 155-square-mile (400 km2) area and responds to more than 22,000 incidents each year. With over 350 members and 13 stations, Cy-Fair VFD is the largest volunteer fire department in the United States.

Cy-Fair VFD is a combination department utilizing both volunteers and paid crews. During the standard work week and work day, six engines, one heavy-rescue truck, and one ladder truck are manned with a paid staff in order to provide a timelier response. Cy-Fair's Medic Units are staffed with full-time employees 24 hours a day, year-round.

In the late 1950’s, the Cypress area was served by the Jersey Village, Houston, and Fairbanks Fire Departments. After a home was destroyed by fire due to a 20-minute response time by the first unit, the need for a closely located fire department became apparent. Recognizing the need, the Cypress Civic Club held a meeting to check into the Fairbanks Fire Department. In 1961, the Fairbanks Fire Department charter was changed to become the Cypress-Fairbanks Volunteer Fire Department.

As fire coverage needs grew in the Cypress area, the department charter was again changed in 1962 to become the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department. The department went through another change in 1980 when an 80-square mile section of Cy-Fair was charted as the Cypress-Creek Fire department. This area had 18,000 residents and 5000 homes. Sixteen (16) men that were part of Cy-Fair became the Cypress Creek Fire department.

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