Harris County Emergency Service District #16 News

Klein VFD helps keep children safe with Safe at Home and Safe Sitter courses

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Harris County Emergency Services District 16 and the Klein Volunteer Fire Department know that the children’s safety is a top concern for our residents. Children taken care of by babysitters or home alone are safer when armed with the right knowledge, which is why Klein VFD offers Safe at Home and Safe Sitter courses at no cost to the community.

The two courses, which focus on safe practices for children at home or babysitting in the community, help participants learn a variety of skills from safe kitchen practices to basic first aid. Registration for both classes is required in advance and classes fill quickly.

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Klein VFD to host Community Safety Day and recruitment drive on June 23rd

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The Klein Volunteer Fire Department and Harris County Emergency Services District 16 invites the public to join us at Klein High School on Sunday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a free community safety day. Fire, EMS and police officers will be on hand to speak with the public and answer questions regarding community safety.

This family-friendly event will include a dunk tank, face painting, inflatable safety house and safety information to help families gear up for a fun and safe summer. Children and adults can check out fire trucks on hand and get information about safety programs offered by the Fire Department. Safety information will include safe use of fireworks, maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and more. Live entertainment and free food and drinks will also be available at the event.

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Stop by the fire station June 22 to learn about ham radio operations

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Stop by the Klein VFD fire station on June 22 for information on ham radio operations. (Courtesy Pexels)

KLEIN, JUNE 6, 2019 - The Klein Volunteer Fire Department and Harris County Emergency Services District 16 are happy to announce that they will be hosting annual American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and Northwest Amateur Radio Society (NARS) field day on June 22.

The focus of the event is to introduce area residents to ham radio operations as a hobby or during emergencies when radio communications can be highly effective in helping to keep people safe.

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Klein Volunteer Fire Department donates truck to fellow VFD

To aid another fire department in need, Klein Volunteer Fire Department and Harris County Emergency Services District No. 16 has given one of their own vehicles to Jones Creek Volunteer Fire Department...  Continue reading at Chron.com

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HCESD 16 Receives ISO Class 2 Rating

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In August 2018, HCESD 16 was awarded a rating of ISO Class 2 by the Texas Department of Insurance and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. From the letter linked above:

“You are among the select few to achieve a class 2 rating in Texas. The community has achieved one of the highest Public Protection Classification ratings awarded by the Insurance Services Office and approved by the Texas Department of Insurance and are among the nation’s best.”

The Public Protection Classification (PPC) is the countrywide classification system used by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) to grade a community's local fire protection. This grade is then used to set property insurance rates. The public fire protection of a city, town, or area is graded using ISO's Fire Suppression Rating Schedule to develop the community's classification.

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Harris County Emergency Services District No. 16 leads Traffic Signal Preemption Project

Harris County Emergency Services District No. 16 (ESD 16) has taken the first steps in upgrading the local traffic signal light preemption system in the North Harris County area to the latest Opticom™ GPS System. This project is being undertaken in conjunction with neighboring emergency services districts that have contracted with Global Traffic Technologies (GTT) to provide the upgrade to the traffic signals in the region.

ESD 16 has initiated this project to provide a safer environment for the greater Klein and North Harris County community.

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HCESD 16 Receives Firehouse Station Award

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Firehouse Magazine has announced the winners of its fifth annual Station Design Awards program, which recognizes outstanding architecture and design from fire departments nationwide.

Harris County Emergency Services District No. 16 (HCESD 16) was among the few districts awarded this year with the prestigious award. The district was awarded the Bronze Award in the Volunteer/Combination Station category for Klein Fire Station No. 8, servicing Klein, TX. The architects who designed and constructed the station were  Brown Reynolds Watford Architects from College Station, TX.

From Firehouse Magazine’s own article regarding the awards this year:

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HCESD 16 Approves Response Times Study

During the November regular meeting, the Board of Commissioners for Harris County Emergency Services District No. 16 (HCESD 16) approved moving forward with an Agency Evaluation and Staffing Assessment, performed by Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCi).

This multi-phased initiative would review agency performance, with an emphasis on staffing performance. The goal is to take a “snapshot” of current staffing, service demand, and overall organization, analyze and assess the “big picture” that is HCESD 16 and its contracted services, and then draft a report for the district Board of Commissioners with conclusions and recommendations for future demand and growth of the community.

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Replacements ordered for aging equipment

During the September 10th regular meeting, the HCESD 16 Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to replace the two 2003 reserve trucks with new Pierce Velocity pumper trucks.

The Board felt that the aging fleet would need a succession and replacement plan that would allow for necessary upgrades without incurring additional debt. This step is part of an eight-year plan to upgrade and renew the equipment with no increase in debts.

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Klein VFD Station #6 is getting a face-lift

At the September 10th regular meeting, the HCESD 16 Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to bring on BRW Architects for the remodel of Klein VFD Station #6.

This choice came as part of an initiative to refresh the department facilities by adding dorms and living quarters to each of the stations, thus better allowing for staffing and training firefighters.

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ESD #16 Vote to Extend Property Tax Exemptions

Harris County ESD No. 16 commissioners unaimously approved to extend its current property tax exemptions.  The current exemptions are 10% for homes with a homestead exemption; $20,000 per year for homeowners who are over 65 years old or disabled; and $20,000 per year for homeowners who qualify as a dsiabled person.  The exemptions were first approved in 2016.

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ESD #16 Appoints New Commissioner

At a Special Meeting of Harris County ESD No. 16, held on February 5, 2018,  Commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Rich Jones to the board.  He will fill the vacancy left by Robert Farrell who resigned from the position on January 31, 2018. 

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ESD #16 Awards Contract for Construction of KVFD St. #3 and Training Facility

Harris County ESD No. 16 commissioners voted unanimously to award a contract to LDF Construction to build the District’s new station. Klein VFD Station #3 will be constructed in place of the existing station at 9755 Landry Blvd, near the intersection of Landry Blvd and Old Louetta Road.


The project involves demoltion of the existing station and construction of an approximately 10,900-square-foot fire station to provide space for overnight sleeping, dining, three-bay vehicle drive-through, equipment storage and public meeting/training room.  The project also includes a Training building along with a WHP training structure.  Construction is funded by the Sales Tax Proposition approved in 2015.

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ESD #16 Purchases Land for Future Fire Station

Harris County ESD No. 16 completed the purchase of approximately 14 acres of land to relocate Klein VFD St. #1. The land purchased is located south of Spring-Cypress on Stubner-Airline and north of the exisitng Klein VFD Station #1. In addition to a fire station, the District has future plans to consturct a new Administration and Maintenance facility along with the new fire station.  The future fire station will be approximately 12,000-square feet and designed to accommodate a combined training/public meeting room, feature a four-bay vehicle pull through facility along with overnight quarters and related support spaces.

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Klein VFD St. #2 Remodel Project Completed

After nine (9) months of work, the noise of hammers, drills, and workers has finally been replaced by the sounds of firefighters and their equipment answering emergency calls at Klein VFD St. #2.  With the remodel complete, the station now has eight (8) dorm rooms for overnight staffing as well as a dedicated training room.  Additionally, new equipment has been installed to wash and dry firefighter gear at the station following exposure to toxins from providing service to the community.  Finally, the lighting for the station was upgraded to LED fixtures, which will reduce energy usage, save taxpayer dollars and result in a better lit facility.

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Klein VFD Purchases New High Water Rescue Vehicles

In cooperation with and supported by funding from Harris Co. ESD No. 16, Klein VFD added two (2) new vehicles to its fleet.  Harris Co. ESD No. 16 was able to make a very cost effective purchase through the Federal Surplus Property Program which is administered by the Texas Facilities Commission.

Klein VFD already had one (1) Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) in its fleet, these new trucks will improve the ability of the fire department to respond to flooding events in Northwest Harris County.  While it is hoped that these trucks will never need to see service during a flood, this cost effective opportunity could not be missed.  This acquisition provides another tool for Klein VFD to continue its high level of service to the community and most importantly during the most demanding of conditions.

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ESD #16 Selects Contractor to Remodel Fire Station

At its May meeting, Harris County ESD No. 16 commissioners voted unanimously to select Christensen Building Group to remodel one of the District’s fire stations. Klein VFD Station #4 is located at 16810 Squyres Road, near the intersection of Louetta and Squyres.


The remodeling project includes the addition of overnight quarters as well as improvements to the interior space to meet the current fire department needs.  Funding for the project will come from the Sales Tax Proposition approved in 2015.

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Houston Chronicle article on ESD #16 construction projects

The Houston Chronicle has published an article about the ongoing station construction and renovation projects within ESD #16.  Take a minute to read about what's going on with your local ESD.

Click here to read the article

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ESD #16 Approves Purchase of New Aerial Apparatus

On January 9, 2017, the Harris County ESD No. 16 Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the purchase of three (3) new Pierce Velocity 100' Platforms for Klein Volunteer Fire Department. The aerials will be purchased from Siddons Martin Apparatus utilizing the HGAC contract and will replace the existing platform and two (2) ladders within the fleet.

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ESD #16 Selects Architect for Station #3 and Service Center

At its January meeting, Harris County ESD No. 16 Commissioners selected BRW Architects to design a new fire station and service center near the corner of Landry Blvd and Old Louetta Road.  The new station will be built in place of the exsting Klein VFD Station #3.  The new station will be designed to accomdate a combined training/public meeting room, feature a three-bay vehicle pull through facility along with overnight quarters and related support spaces.  The project will include a seperate building to house the new Service/Maintenance facility.

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