The Pasadena Volunteer Fire Department was organized in the summer of 1930 with twenty-five (25) members, led by Joe Fels, Fire Chief. Through the untiring efforts of these 25 firefighters, the loss of life and property, due to fire, was held to a minimum during the lean years of the small town of old Pasadena.
The first piece of apparatus, an American LaFrance pumper was purchased in 1929 and the second truck, a Ford, was purchased in 1941. The 1929 American LaFrance, endearingly called “Old Betsy” still remains in our fleet of apparatus and is proudly displayed during parades and other special events.
Today our Department is led by Lanny Armstrong, Fire Chief, and consists of 200 volunteers, serving a population of approximately 140,000 citizens, covering 52 square miles. We provide fire protection with over 40 pieces of apparatus and operate from nine (9) fire stations located throughout the City.
The Pasadena Fire Department remains the largest single municipal volunteer fire department in the United States.
Although techniques and equipment have changed over the years, the dedication of those who founded this Department has not wavered. Still today we continue as a proud group of men and women, striving each day to protect our neighbors from the ravages of fire.
Our Department responds to approximately 170 alarms per month within the City Limits, including rescue calls and hazardous material responses. While providing fire protection to the City of Pasadena, our Department is an active member of the Channel Industries Mutual Aid (CIMA) and also provides mutual aid fire protection with adjoining Cities, Ellington Field, Johnson Space Center, the University of Houston-Clear Lake and the City of Taylor Lake.
It is with great honor we serve the Citizens of Pasadena as volunteer firefighters with the Pasadena Fire Department.
Things To Do
4th Fest sparkles as fireworks display caps holiday celebration
The 4th Fest begins at 4 p.m., and throughout the day, there will be activities, competitions and entertainment for the whole family. To help beat the heat, the air-conditioned Convention Center will be transformed into a KidZone, full of inflatable bouncers and games for kids.
The event will also feature the USMC Toys for Tots BBQ cook-off, an exotic bird show, a water balloon war zone, live music by the Brian Evans Band, hayrides and a variety of food and novelty vendors. There will also be athletic competitions throughout the day, including: a tire roll, a water balloon toss, a skillet toss, an egg toss and tennis activities.
The Car and Truck Show will return again this year and, for the first time, is open to motorcycle entries, as well as cars and trucks. Participants can register the day of the event for $20. Awards will be given in many different categories, and the first 100 people registered will receive a special edition calendar. In addition, the first 50 car show participants will get a commemorative dash plaque, the first 100 motorcycle participants will get a limited-edition, custom bandana. And by participating, vehicle owners will also have a chance to have their vehicle featured in next year’s calendar for the event.