CCEMS Comm Center Begins 9-1-1 Service for Stafford

It is our distinct pleasure to welcome the City of Stafford Fire Department to the Cypress Creek Communications Center Family. At 9:00 this morning, the CCEMS Communications Center went live with 9-1-1 and dispatch service for the Stafford Fire Department. The first communications of the day involved the testing of the tones used to alert specific stations and personnel that they are about to be dispatched. Dispatch Supervisor Melissa Dyches was at the helm.

This brings to 15, the number of outside emergency agencies for which the Comm Center handles 9-1-1 and dispatch. (See list below).

Stafford’s 10.2 square mile territory is located in East Fort Bend County adjacent to the southwest side of Houston. The following information on the department comes from its website:

Operating from three fire stations, the Stafford Fire Department fields modern apparatus and equipment for incident responses of any nature. Composed of both Volunteer and Duty Crew personnel, Stafford responds to almost 3000 calls per year covering a wide range of incident types. Services provided by the department include Fire Suppression, Fire Inspection and Plan Review, Paramedic Level 1st Responder, Vehicle and Machinery Extrication and Operations Level Hazardous Materials Response.

Covering 10.2 square miles, The City of Stafford Fire Department response area includes traditional residential neighborhoods, apartment complexes, hotels, shopping centers, large industrial and commercial warehouse developments as well as major roadways, freeways, railroads and, 2 below grade roadways.

Part of the normal coverage area includes three areas outside of the City of Stafford. Neighboring City of Meadows Place, unincorporated areas of Fort Bend County and unincorporated areas of Harris County are also covered by the department per written agreement.

In addition to the normal response area, our department is also part of numerous mutual-aid and automatic-aid agreements with surrounding departments and agencies, In particular, the automatic-aid agreements with neighboring Missouri City and Sugar Land. Because of the efficiencies and benefits automatic-aid agreements bring, these are often replicated by other departments. The three fire departments respond either together, or for each other, to a variety of incidents types. From Box Alarms for structural fires and hazardous materials incidents, to EMS responses and station relocations, the three departments assist each other on almost a daily basis in a near seamless fashion.

The Stafford Fire Department, in conjunction with Missouri City and Sugar Land, also comprise the East Fort Bend County Hazardous Materials Team. This team, formed by a UASI grant awarded to the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management after the events of 9/11, allow a stand-alone capability for the communities should hazardous materials response and mitigation services be needed.

Agencies Dispatched by Cypress Creek EMS Communication Center

Spring Fire Department

Ponderosa Fire Department

Cypress Creek Fire Department

Little York Fire Department

Klein Fire Department

Champions – ESD 29

ESD 48 Fire-EMS-Rescue

Westlake Fire Department

Community Fire Department

Harris County Fire Marshal 

Harris County Hazardous Materials

South East Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC)

Emergency Medical Task Force 6 (EMTF6)

Pearland Fire Department

Stafford Fire Department

And, of course, Cypress Creek EMS