Hico Volunteer Fire Department: a cherished station for generations
The current Hico VFD fire station was built in 1986, but the history of HVFD goes back to when the town of Hico was established (1883). There is a long history and connection of the volunteer firefighters to their station. Their great grandparents, grandparents, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters all have served this community in one capacity or another as volunteers of the Fire Department. The walls of the station are decorated with family members past and present. Words cannot accurately describe the pride and love these volunteers have for their fire station. You have to pay them a visit to understand.
Before Gravel Locos 2021, HVFD no longer had a command vehicle. It was incredibly upsetting that such a critical and potentially life saving vehicle was no longer part of their small fleet of donated service vehicles. Gravel Locos made a pledge to these selfless volunteers: the gravel community and our free event would do everything possible to help. And they did! Thanks to all the donations, HVFD was able to purchase a new Command Vehicle!
In 2022, we continued our fundraising efforts, this time towards the expansion of the fire house, so it would be large enough to park all the fire vehicles, and have living quarters for the firefighters. Thanks to your donations, we were able to make a lot of progress, but there is still more to do!
In 2023, we are continuing our efforts, and we still need your support! Let's show the Hico Volunteer Fire Department, their families, and the entire Hico community, how much we appreciate their service and dedication.
A word from Brandon Keller, Hico VFD Fire Chief
The Hico Volunteer Fire Department currently consists of 28 volunteers who live in and around Hico. Over the years, we have been fortunate enough to add to our fleet of fire trucks while also upgrading equipment and fire gear. One item that Hico VFD would greatly benefit from is a command vehicle. This vehicle would benefit the Hico VFD in several ways. First, it will allow the department to have a dedicated vehicle to run command on all types of calls. It would allow us to haul firemen to and from the scene; haul tools and various equipment; it would facilitate carrying drinking water and snacks for rehab on large grass fires; it would allow us to pull the air-pack refill trailer to the scene of structure fires with the added capability of refilling air-packs on site. Tools we might carry on this truck would be chain saws, leaf blowers, flotation pump, shovels, brooms, traffic cones, gas and carbon monoxide detector just to name a few. As with any volunteer department, we always have needs and even some wants. Any help that we receive is always greatly appreciated.