A Message from The Chief

Thanks to all of you who are visiting our newly updated website and as always we want to thank the citizens of our fire district for their unwavering support of the fire department. It is an exciting time to be involved in our community as we experience the growth of our area.

     The McLendon-Chisholm Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1974 to provide fire service to the citizens in and around the City of McLendon-Chisholm and over the years as the population has grown so has the need for increased emergency services. The department which covers an area of 32 square miles operates from two stations which both house an engine and a brush truck. Throughout the years the department has increased its emergency services beyond fire calls to include certification as a medical first responder organization under the Texas Department of State Health Services, response to motor vehicle collisions, traffic control, storm spotter activation and most recently a hydrant maintenance program, vehicle lock out assistance and water shut off in the event of plumbing failures. The department provides mutual aid to the four other fire departments of Rockwall County as well as some fire departments in the counties of Kaufman and Hunt. Through mutual aid and automatic aid agreements with those surrounding departments we are able to bolster responses if the need arises.

      In an effort to be proactive the fire department has continually increased its level and quality of service. The fire department’s goal is to provide the best possible response in the shortest amount of time to the citizens of our fire district and to continue to increase our level of service. In 2016 the department changed from a volunteer department to a combination department and significant improvements were made to lessen response times by instituting a two man 7am – 7pm daytime shift at fire station one, Monday through Saturday. This was the first step in an evolution that builds the fire department services to keep pace with the needs of the citizens rather than waiting until a tragic event creates the need for a large increase in emergency services which would also correlate to a considerable increase in taxes at one time.

     We are your fire department and we are proud to serve you and your family. If we may ever be of assistance please do not hesitate to call upon us.

 

Robert Jones

Chief, McLendon-Chisholm Fire Department