The Channelview Fire Department has entered a new phase of service to the community, and is now staffed with 100% paid firemen and EMS personnel. There are currently 75 men and women on the staff.
Average response times are 5 minutes, as the trucks are staffed full-time 24/7, with 15 persons always on duty. The department runs 2 fire trucks, and 3 ambulances, as well as a District Chief and EMS supervisor.
Emergency Service District #50 is responsible for the finances of the department. Expenses for the department are paid with tax funding and EMS billing.
Equipment includes two active pumpers, a ladder truck, a back-up pumper, a brush truck, and four ambulances. Back-up equipment includes another pumper, and an ambulance.
The department was founded in 1949, chartered in1953, and in 2012 transitioned into a full paid department regulated by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. ESD#50 was established in 2003.
Channelview Fire Department serves about 38,000 people in a 16+ square mile area. It’s success is built on its long history, the work of its predecessors, support of the community, and the commitment of the present men and women.