Q: How many fire fighters does League City have?
A: Approximately 128.
Q: How many paid fire fighters does League City have?
A: Outside of the Fire Chief, League City is 100% volunteer.
Q: How does the city benefit from the department being completely volunteer?
A: The Fire Department saves the City $6.5 million each year.
Q: How many stations does League City have?
A: Five, with plans to build more in the future.
Q: How many fire fighters are at each station?
A: The number varies depending on how many volunteers live within each stations' response area. It varies between 10 and 36.
Q: Are the stations manned 24 hours a day?
A: No, because we are volunteer, we only respond to the station for training, during emergencies, or when responding to a call.
Q: What type of training do League City volunteers receive?
A: Each applicant cadet of LCVFD is required to attend at least 3 months of training. It consists of 80 hours of basic firefighting training. Most of the training occurs on Tuesday and Thursday nights and occasional Saturdays. Pending successful completion of cadet training, applicants will be voted into the department where they will receive training every Tuesday night from 6:00 - 9:00 PM. In all, the department receives over 3000 hours of training per year.
Q: How do you know when to respond?
A: All active firefighters carry a special pager that alerts them of a call and situation.
Q: Where do the firefighters keep their gear?
A: Our gear is typically kept at our stations. Some of our fire fighters keep their gear in their personal vehicles because they travel throughout the city.
Q: How many calls does the fire department respond to?
A: It is hard to gauge due to the rapid growth of our city. The department responded to approximately 900 calls in 2000 and 700 calls in 2003. The volunteers provided an average of 25 FIREFIGHTERS per response, for a total of over 4,525 HOURS of emergency scene time.
Q: What time of the year is your busiest?
A: There really is no busy time of year. We average about 80 calls per month.
Q: How much do I have to pay for the fire department to make a trip to my house or buisness?
A: Nothing, the fire department will make service calls to your house at no charge.
Q: How does the fire department fit into city government?
A: The LCVFD is a city department, but it has a self-governing membership that reports to city counsel.
Q: How long does it take for the department to respond to a call?
A: It varies, we have several officers that drive fire department vehicles all the time, while others go to the station first to get the fire trucks. The average response time is 7 minutes and 31 seconds.
Q: What happens when you need help?
A: We would call on the surrounding area fire departments for what is called mutual aid. With this system we can get anything we need from surrounding area departments.
Q: What types of community outreach does the department perform?
A: The volunteers provided fire prevention education to over 5500 CHILDREN, spending over 200 HOURS of personal and vacation time to accomplish this life-saving effort.
Q: What type of training do League City volunteers receive while in the academy?
A: League City Fire Academy Cadets receive over 120 hours training both through online course work and hands on skills assessment and training classes. Each cadet is expected to maintain a 75% grade average on 4 phase test or they will be removed from the academy. Some of the hands on class consist of; 3 live fire trainings, extrication, fire streams, hose lays, wild land fire, ventilation, forcible entry, search and rescue, and fire fighter survival. Cadets meet 2-3 times a week for mandatory PT, that is one hour long on Wednesday's, Friday's and every other Saturday from 7:30 pm -8:30 pm. PT is strictly Fire related in nature, with hose drags, dummy drags and pulls, pike pull raises, tunnel crawls, and tower climbs while fully bunkered out and wearing an SCBA. On average bunker gear and SCBA adds 35-45 extra pounds.