The Indian Creek Volunteer Fire Department was designated on October 1, 2012 to provide emergency fire and medical response to our unincorporated fire district. The department is a 501 ( c ) (3) non – profit corporation operating under the direction of the district - elected Indian Creek Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors.
On December 1, 2014, due to unfortunate circumstances, the Cooke County Commissioners Court reallocated the southern portion of the former Oak Ridge Volunteer Fire Department’s fire district to Indian Creek VFD. The new fire district can be viewed by clicking here > to view the Indian Creek VFD District map
The fire department operates out of its main fire station located at 550 Kiowa Drive West. Due to local agreements, this location has the unique ability to respond to emergency calls inside of Lake Kiowa, as well as the rural areas of our district utilizing CR 224.
The fire district is approximately 62 square miles (39,680 acres) of residential, agricultural, recreational and wooded properties encompassing approximately 4,000 residents.
At present, we have the following Fire/Emergency Medical Service response apparatus:
A 2000 model Quality Engine with a 1,250 gallon per minute pump, a 750 gallon water tank, extrication equipment and basic life support medical response capabilities.
A 2012 Ford 350 4X4 Brush truck, with a 200 gallon per minute pump, a 300 gallon water tank, and wildfire fighting equipment.
A 2014 Tanker/ Pumper with a 1,000 gallon per minute pump, and a 3,000 gallon water tank. It is capable of assisting on structure, grass, and vehicle fires. It is also capable of being our second fire fighting vehicle on structure fires.
A 2004 Suburban which has been equipped primarily for EMS responses. It additionally will be used for mutual aid responses, and as an incident command center.
Our Fire Department membership presently consists of twenty four members. The Board of Directors consists of five, fire district elected community members. There are five fire department officers, consisting of, Fire Chief, Asst. Fire Chief, Captain, and two Lieutenants. Eighteen of the members are firefighter / first responders, of which five are EMT’s or Paramedics and four are Emergency Care Attendants.
As with most other volunteer fire departments, the majority of our budget is funded through donations and fund raisers. We routinely apply for federal and state grants, and when awarded, those funds help to purchase additional apparatus and equipment as requested in the grant.
We attempt to have at least two major fund raisers annually, and are assisted all year long with funding efforts through our ICVFD Auxiliary. We are very grateful for their time and effort in assisting us. We are also blessed to have very generous individual donors within our fire district who are eager to assist in any way they can. With the combination of all these factors we are able to provide professional, high quality service to the residents of the Indian Creek Volunteer Fire Department Fire District.
Thank you for your continued support, and best regards,
Denny Engels, President
Indian Creek Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors
YOUR FIRE DEPARTMENT NEEDS YOU
Have you ever been rescued or been present when someone was helped by our Indian Creek Volunteer Fire Department? If so, you experienced their speed and expertise, and you are among those who gave ICVFD the highest rating of any Lake Kiowa organization in our most recent community survey.
Your response said that ICVFD gives us peace of mind when it comes to safety.
As noted in recent Lake Kiowa Communique issues and presentations to our LK Board, ICVFD cannot sustain its level of service for long. ICVFD made 440 emergency calls last year, but two key factors point to the need for fundamental change. Personnel factors (attrition, lack of a viable volunteer pool and potential burnout) and finances (for a $600,000 fire engine, other expensive vehicles, facility requirements and the need to start paying firefighters for key call times) necessitate major changes. Throughout Texas and across the U.S., Emergency Services Districts (ESD) provide volunteer fire departments with needed resources to continue serving, while improving all aspects of emergency response and safety by having all property owners pay a fair share. Currently there are 334 ESDs in 94 Texas counties.
ICVFD has launched a required petition drive to request an ESD election. Will you please join this campaign by signing on? We need at least 100 ICVFD district resident signatures to present to the Commissioners’ Court in September for an election in May 2021.
If you are among the ICVFD district residents who donate to ICVFD, an ESD is a way to continue your support.
If you do not currently contribute, you have an opportunity to step up now by signing our petition.
Petitions are being circulated by our ICVFD board members, and ESD committee members: Randy Cade (972-839-2635), Norma Desilets (214-529-1179), Denny Engels (940-391-3328), Barbara Fox (972-567-0719), Bob Hughes (940-736-8149), Tabatha Polley (214-663-7991), and Jack Thies (940-736-8448). Call and we will bring the petition to you.
If your organization would welcome our petition drive, will you please let us know?
Now is the time to step up and sign up to show your support for your fire department’s long-term ability to keep us safe!
Click on links below for Q&A and signature petition.
September 14th, 2020 at 5:00pm - 550 Kiowa Drive West, Lake Kiowa, Texas 76240
Subsequent meetings will be held the second Monday of the month.