Q: How many fire fighters does League City have?
A: Approximately 140.
Q: How many paid fire fighters does League City have?
A: The Fire Chief, administrative assistant, and quartermaster are paid positions. There is also a stipend program for the volunteers to staff Station One during weekday and night hours. Other than that all fire fighters are volunteers.
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 a 6th temporary location opened in the fall of 2016 while the permanent station is being built. There are plans to build more in the future to keep up with the growth of the city.
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. However, beginning January 2016, a program that utilizes existing volunteer firefighters to staff a station Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. began. This led to a night staffing initiative that began in November 2016 and expanded to seven nights per week in May 2017. The overall goal of this program is to improve service to League City residents. For more information regarding this program call the Administrative office at 218-554-1465.
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 Monday and Wednesday nights and occasional Saturdays. Pending successful completion of cadet training, applicants will join the department as firefighters where they will receive training every Tuesday night from 6 to 9 p.m. In all, the department receives over 8,000 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, but the past few year have had 1100 to 1200 calls annually.
Q: What time of the year is your busiest?
A: There really is no busy time of year. We average about 100 calls per month.
Q: How much do I have to pay for the fire department to make a trip to my house or business?
A: Nothing, the fire department will make service calls to your house at no charge.
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 for 2015 came in at nine minutes and ten seconds, but the station staffing programs aim to improve this number. Response time for 2016 was 8:01 and 2017 from January to April is 7:45.
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 5,500 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:
- Three live fire trainings
- Fire streams
- Fire fighter survival
- Forcible entry
- Hose lays
- Search and rescue
- Wild land fire
Cadets meet 2 to 3 times a week for mandatory PT and training classes. Weekday classes and PT are typically held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. Weekend classes and PT are held every other Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. LCVFD's PT is 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 to 55 extra pounds.
If you have questions regarding the training program, please email training program or call the Fire Administration office at 281-554-1465.