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History of CSFD

HISTORY OF COLLEGE STATION FIRE DEPARTMENT

The College Station Fire Department got its official start in 1970 when the city hired its first fire chief and full time paid firefighter. Up until this point, Texas A&M University had provided Fire Suppression services to the city and campus. Cadets attending the university were tasked with not only attending college, but also being the city’s fire department. Due to several costly fires, in 1930 Texas A&M began offering classes providing up to date firefighting techniques called the “Training School for Texas Firemen.” The class was a huge success and the college was authorized to offer the fire school annually. Thus began the long, prestigious operation of the Texas A&M Fire Protection Training Division. This new group of volunteer graduates was labeled Texas A&M College Fire Department. These volunteers provided emergency operations services to the city and campus until 1970, when the city decided to form their own department. Thus began, The City of College Station Fire Department. The first paid firefighter in the department’s history was Harry L. Davis. The city fire station and Davis’s residence were connected to the TAMU Fire department party line. Davis would respond to the emergency call with one of the city’s LaFrance pumpers. Often alone, Davis would handle the situation until the university’s fire department could arrive with additional equipment and manpower.

In 1969, Mayor D. A. “Andy” Anderson proposed to the city council that College Station obtain the new National Emergency phone number, 911, for the community. Upon Council’s adoption of Mayor Anderson’s proposal in January 1970, the City of College Station became one of the first cities in Texas to implement the use of the 911 Emergency Call System.

Prior to the spring of 1977, emergency medical services was provided to the city and community by private ambulance companies. In the first week of March, one of the ambulance services announced it would cease operations by March 8 and leave two community-purchased Southern box-type ambulances with CSFD. This resulted in perhaps the single most influential and significant development in the history of the College Station Fire Department. CSFD became responsible for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) in the city and southern Brazos County with only one certified EMT on staff. This new responsibility allowed for an immediate expansion of nine CSFD personnel with Emergency Medical Training (EMT).

In 1995, College Station Fire Department and the Bryan Fire Department agreed to begin an Automatic Aid program in which each city’s nearest or readily available fire or ambulance emergency unit would be dispatched to shared border areas. In the fall of 1995, CSFD celebrated 25 years of service to the citizens of College Station and surrounding communities.

From meager beginnings, the College Station Fire Department has grown from a staff of 2 to encompass a staff of 161, of which 143 are shift personnel. The department now has a fleet of 8 engines, 2 ladder trucks, 1 Quint, 5 ALS ambulances, 1 special operations truck, 2 AARF vehicles, 3 boats, a water tender, a brush truck, and a TIFMAS tender. There are currently six fire stations in College Station, with plans for a seventh approved and estimated to be untaken in FY20.

In 2018, CSFD responded to over 10,000 calls for service. EMS related calls accounted for 74% of these calls. The amount of calls for service escalates drastically each and every year, thus College Station Fire Department is always adapting to accommodate for the city’s constant growth and development. In the previous 16 years, CSFD has increased their call volume by an outstanding 286.8%. 

>> College Station Fire Department 25th Anniversary Book (PDF)




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