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.
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 who also had fire phones. 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 communication with dispatch in case of emergency.
As the information age came to fruition, the Cy-Fair VFD implemented its systems. In the mid to late 1980's, a group installed its first set of servers to be used by the office staff and RFPD #9. Volunteers filled the IT role installing applications such as E-mail, Fire Management Systems and EMS applications. The department realized the importance IT played in the future of fire and EMS electronic operations and in 2007 hired a full-time Director of Information Technology. In 2009, the IT Division hired the first full-time hardware tech. In 2011, a full-time programmer was added. The organizations IT division made significant progress since the 1980's. With virtualization of servers, installation of Storage Area Networking, wireless microwave systems, DSL and VPN connectivity to all stations, perimeter security, internal security, enhanced communications software such as Exchange; Blackberry; SharePoint; and messaging, and network infrastructure enhancements all played a significant role shoring the foundation of the system. This foundation sets the stage for future installations of advanced hardware and software including additional IT infrastructure components, dispatch systems, and mobile data systems.
The Investigations Division, led by Chief Rodney Janczak, is primarily tasked with the determination of the origin and cause of fires within the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department response area. The Division works closely with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office when a criminal act is suspected. Proper investigation and documentation of the origin and cause may facilitate claim settlement by your insurance carrier.
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 members and employees of the organization, while continuing to make safety awareness the highest priority in order
to protect ourselves as well as the public we serve.
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 17 member team, but it is important to note that there are many other skills and tools that are important to the team’s mission.