About Robert Lee VFD

The Robert Lee Volunteer Fire Department is a purely volunteer organization made up of local individuals who take time out of their lives to improve the safety of the citizens of Robert Lee and the surrounding rural communities.

The department has come a long way from its beginning in 1947 with a 1946 Ford flat head V-8 fire truck, 200’ of hose, an ax, fire extinguisher, and a 24’ extension ladder.
 

The RLVFD now operates a fleet of eight emergency vehicles including a fully equipped Ferrara pumper.  

Equipment and apparatus improvements coupled with increased training helped the department play a part in the recent upgrade from a city ISO rating of 7/9 to a 5/8a.
 
In addition to serving the citizens of Robert Lee, the department’s response area covers 750 square miles of rural Coke County.  We have mutual aid agreements with the Bronte VFD and all the surrounding counties.  The department also works closely with local law enforcement and EMS during traffic incidents and other emergency situations.
 

Volunteers meet twice monthly to fulfill training requirements, maintain apparatus and equipment, and carry out department business. 

The department hosts open training classes on SkyWarn and Hazardous Materials Safety.   We provide a strong fire prevention education program, both to the general public and to students in the Robert Lee ISD.
 

We are constantly working on upgrading and expanding our capabilities.  Current projects are additional Self Contained Breathing Apparatus units, an additional 3500 gallon tanker-pumper, improvements to the station, and new personal protective equipment (both structural and Wildland).

The Robert Lee VFD welcomes new members.  If you’re interested in improving and safeguarding your community, fill out an application at Robert Lee City Hall.  Applications are evaluated monthly.  If your application is accepted you’ll be expected to serve a 180 day probationary period.  During this period you will receive training in the basics of apparatus operation, fire ground ops, and firefighter safety.
 

While the fire department does receive an annual donation from the county and in kind services from the city, the department is a non-profit organization.  We rely primarily on donations from private citizens and businesses.  These generous donations enable the department not only operate, but to leverage grant dollars from various foundations, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Texas Forest Service.

 
We appreciate these donations, and hope that you will continue to help us provide a valuable service to the citizens of Robert Lee, and those of rural Coke County.
 
 
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Robert Lee Volunteer Fire Dept,
May 4, 2011, 4:56 PM
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Robert Lee Volunteer Fire Dept,
May 4, 2011, 4:56 PM
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