Originally known as the Klein Volunteer Firefighters Association, Inc., Klein Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. (KVFD or ‘the Department’), is a non-profit corporation formed by the original landowners of the Klein community in northwest Harris County. Their self-charter was to provide fire protection for the community in a 120 square mile rural area. Today KVFD is contracted by Harris County Emergency Services District No. 16 (HCESD #16 or ‘the District’) to provide fire and rescue services for the citizens who reside in and pass through HCESD #16. The district is now primarily suburban, and comprises approximately 50 square miles and is home to approximately 139,000 residents.
Five (5) elected district commissioners are empowered by the state of Texas to provision fire and rescue emergency services for the district. They can contract for services, create a fire department, and set tax rates (not to exceed $0.10 per $100 property valuation) to fund the provided services. Voters in the district must approve increases in the tax rate up to the maximum allowed. The district also collects a 1% Sales and Use Tax from businesses operating in the district which are not within a City of Houston Limited Partnership Annexation (LPA) zone.
Fire and Rescue Services
Ten (10) corporate officers, eight (8) of whom make up the board of directors, operate the company. The board is tasked with determining the direction and course of the company. Each corporate officer has chartered responsibilities related to the operation of the company. The Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief and two (2) District Fire Chiefs are charged with tactical operation of the department. Each station is operated by a Senior Captain, Captain and Lieutenant.
The department has three (3) full time employees to manage the day-to-day operation of the company and approximately 40 commissioned part-time fire fighters who provide coverage during the day time hours when a minimum number of volunteers available. Volunteers provide full-time coverage during the evening, nighttime and weekend time frames.
The department operates 7 stations within the district each with a first out engine and specialized support apparatus. In general the department operates:
- 9 Fire Engines
- 3 Aerial Apparatus
- 2 Heavy Rescue Trucks
- 2 Tanker Trucks
- 2 Grass/Brush Trucks
- 1 Special Services Support Truck
- 1 Command/Rehab Truck
- Various miscellaneous support vehicles
The department has automatic and mutual aid agreements with Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services and with each fire department that abuts the district. These include Spring VFD, Ponderosa VFD, Little York VFD, Cypress Creek VFD, Cy-Fair VFD and Tomball FD. The department also has mutual aid agreements with all other departments in Harris and Montgomery Counties. These agreements ensure that all citizens in north Harris County receive prompt and timely service and adequate resources to manage their emergency incident.
Klein VFD Personnel
Deputy Fire Chief
District Chief 31
District Chief 32
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President