HFD Fire Station 68

HFD Fire Station 68 HFD Fire Station 68 is one of the busiest fire stations in the City of Houston. HFD Fire Station 68 is a two-story, modern-construction, brick structure located on Bissonnet at S Gessner in southwest Houston.
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The station opened, unofficially, in November 1972. The original crew consisted of one Chauffeur (now titled Engineer/Operator) and one Pipeman/Ladderman (now titled Firefighter). The Houston Fire Department was, at the time, working a three-shift schedule; 10-hour days, 14-hour nights. The first apparatus assigned to the station was a 1967 International Booster. The truck rode and drove like a tank. Members of the station referred to it as “The Red Rocket”. The area surrounding the station was mostly farmland. Virtually every road to the south and west was either dirt or gravel. Highway 59, now known as the Southwest Freeway, ended at Bellaire Blvd. Emergency responses were few in those early days. The closest fire station was Fire Station 51, located on Bellaire at Bintliff. The dispatchers would often forget that Station 68 existed and would send Engine 51 into 68’s territory. The men assigned to 68’s would stand in the driveway, laugh, and wave at Engine 51 as they drove past. Engine 51’s crew would wave back giving the old “one finger salute” as they disappeared down the long dusty road. •1973 - Station 68 officially opens. The first engine assigned to the station was a 1968 Ward LaFrance. This pumper was transferred to 68’s from Station 8, located on Crawford at Polk in downtown Houston. It was equipped with a 1000 gpm pump and a 5-speed standard transmission. The engine was a Cummings diesel. That was unique due to the fact that all other diesel-powered apparatus in the Houston Fire Department at the time had Detroit diesel engines. •1974 - The first ladder truck was placed in-service at 68’s. It was a 1970 Ward LaFrance that was transferred from Station 21, located on S Main near Loop 610. •1975 - Ambulance 68 is placed into service. •1976 - Station 68 becomes a district house due to a realignment of districts. The district house had been located at Station 48, located on Chimney Rock at Burdine. The Chiefs assigned to 48’s were transferred to 68’s. The Chief’s radio call number was #114. District Chiefs Blackmon, Olgetree, and Ross are believed to be the first District Chiefs assigned to 68’s. •1979 - Station 68 received their first “new” apparatus on May 31. It was a 1978 American LaFrance Tele-Squirt. By now, the area had grown tremendously, and along with the growth, came a great increase in emergency responses. This meant that the apparatus wouldn’t last as long as they used to. The City of Houston wasn’t in the habit of purchasing new apparatus when needed. The normal practice was to refurbish what they had. The turn-around time for such a project was rather long. Years to be more precise. When it came time to replace, repair, or refurbish the “Squirt”, the men at 68’s weren’t about to leave the project to chance. Terry Crawford, along with Gary “Boo” Bourgeois, David “Radar” Kwiatkowski, Robert Todd, Mark Carroll, and an HFD mechanic named Jerry Rosenquist, completely rebuilt the “Squirt”. Of course, others contributed to the effort but the names of those individuals are not available at this time. •1979 - A new district was added at Station 59. This resulted in a change of the radio call number for District 114. It would now be known as District 119. •1983 - The Houston Fire Department changes all of the apparatus radio call numbers. Example: 268 became Engine 68; 368 became Ladder 68; 1168 became Ambulance 68; District 119 became District 68 and so on. •1994 - After 22 years in service, Station 68 is remodeled for the first time. •1998 - Fire Districts on the southwest side are realigned. District 68 is reassigned to Fire Station 10, located on Corporate at Clarewood, and 68’s became part of District 82, which now included Fire Stations 82, 68, 59, & 80. • 2002 - Medic 68 is converted to Ambulance 68. Squad 68, a 1998 Chevrolet Suburban, is added to Station 68 as well. The Paramedics assigned to Medic 68 are transferred to Squad 68. Firefighter EMT’s assigned to the Engine & Ladder add the Ambulance to their riding rotation. The ALS Squad is part of a new program from the HFD Medical Director to help improve response times. The theory is that busiest existing Medic Units would be converted to BLS Ambulances. An ALS Squad would be placed in service to support 3 to 4 BLS Ambulances. If the EMS call is determined to be a BLS call, the Squad would then be put back in service to assist other BLS Ambulances. This is done throughout the city. •2003 - Fire Station 68 is designated as a Paramedic “rotation” station. This allows Paramedics assigned to Squad 68 to rotate to a Fire Apparatus every third working day, giving them an opportunity not normally given to HFD Paramedics who have traditionally been forced to ride only EMS units. •2006 - Fire Districts throughout the city are realigned, yet again. District 10 is moved to Fire Station 83, losing Fire Stations 73 & 51. The end result is the return of District 68, home to Fire Station 68, 51, 82, & 73 – all busy stations. 68’s flat-bottom Evacuation Boat & Booster Truck are moved to Fire Station 82 to make room for District 68’s unit. •2013 - Both Fire Station 68 and District 68 suffer their first Line of Duty Deaths when four firefighters from the A-shift are killed battling the Southwest Inn fire on May 31st: Captain Mathew Renaud & Chauffeur Robert Bebee from Engine 51; and Firefighters Robert Garner & Anne Sullivan from Engine 68. Also critically injured in the fire was Engine 68 Captain William “Iron Bill” Dowling. Later in the fire, multiple other firefighters would become injured in the rescue effort. Most seriously injured were Anthony Livesay and Robert Yarbrough – both from Rescue. •2016 - Beginning in early January and finishing in mid-July, Fire Station 68 is remodeled a second time. Major improvements to the back parking lot now allowed for all apparatus to “pull-through”, eliminating the need to back-in to the station, which had been the cause of many wrecks involving civilians attempting to whip around the back of the apparatus as they backed in over the years. The original terrazzo floors were also covered with ceramic floor tiles and the large floor to ceiling windows were all replaced with small pocket windows that can be opened for ventilation. During the renovation, Engine 68 and Ambulance 68 remained on site and were housed in temporary quarters (Fire Trailer 68); District 68, Ladder 68, and Squad 68 were all temporarily relocated to Fire Station 82. •2019 - After nearly 17 years of service, the Squad program officially ended, and Squad 68 is converted to Medic 68. Numerous other Squads throughout the city were also converted to Medic units. Things have changed a lot through the years. What was once a slow and often forgotten station out in the middle of a cow pasture has turned in to one of the busiest fire stations in the United States. In the year 2000, according to Firehouse Magazine’s National Run Survey, Fire Station 68 was the busiest fire station in the city of Houston and was listed as the 20th busiest station in the United States. Today, Fire Station 68 is home to over 60 men & women. There are 14 assigned positions for each of the four shifts, plus ever rotating Paramedic students & Probationary Firefighters. There are three officers on each shift: the District Chief, Senior Captain, and Captain. The Senior Captain commands the ladder truck, driven by an Engineer/Operator, with two Firefighters in the back. The Captain commands the Engine Pumper, driven by another Engineer/Operator, with two additional Firefighters in the back. The Firefighters who are EMTs rotate shift to shift from either apparatus to the Ambulance. Firefighters who are Paramedics also rotate shift to shift from either apparatus to the Medic.

Operating as usual

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
10/31/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
10/20/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Memorial Service Set for Fallen HFD Arson Investigator Lemuel “DJ” Bruce

HOUSTON, Oct. 20, 2020 – The memorial service for Houston Fire Department Arson Investigator Lemuel “DJ” Bruce, who passed away Friday in the line of duty, is set for Thursday morning, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association said today.

According to the HPFFA Line of Duty Death (LODD) Committee, the processional march and memorial service are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 22
March: 10 a.m.
Memorial service: 11 a.m.
Lakewood Church
3700 Southwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77027

Masks will be required at the service. HPFFA members: Fire Department Class "A" or dress uniform is encouraged.

News media: A pool feed will be provided. For more details, please contact the HPFFA.

The members of the Houston Fire Department regret to announce the loss of one of our own, Arson Investigator Lemuel Bruc...
10/16/2020

The members of the Houston Fire Department regret to announce the loss of one of our own, Arson Investigator Lemuel Bruce of the HFD Fire & Arson Investigation Division. Investigator Bruce was shot and killed in the line of duty while conducting surveillance during an arson investigation.

Memorial service and other information will be provided as it becomes available.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
09/18/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Many thanks to all of the firefighters, friends and supporters from around the state that helped with the march and memorial service for fallen HFD Captain Tommy Searcy. Firefighters from Houston, Plano Firefighters Association, Irving Firefighters, Spring Fire Department, Gladewater Fire Department, and Hutchins Fire Rescue filled in so that A-shift HFD firefighters could attend the service. Thanks also to Champion Forest Baptist Church - Champions Campus, ABC13 Houston, FOX 26 Houston, Firefighters Helping Firefighters, Harris County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Houston Police Department, Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner's Office, and Klein Funeral Homes & Memorial Parks for your support.

After COVID-related death, HFD Capt. Tommy Searcy remembered as calm leader with playful side
09/12/2020
After COVID-related death, HFD Capt. Tommy Searcy remembered as calm leader with playful side

After COVID-related death, HFD Capt. Tommy Searcy remembered as calm leader with playful side

Houston Fire Department Capt. Tommy Searcy respected the danger and stress that accompanied his job. So when his crew at Fire Station 67 created their own version of dodgeball using Nerf guns in their down time, he didn’t hesitate to join them. “He was always just really interested in keeping th...

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
09/11/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

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Memorial Services Set for Fallen HFD Captain Tommy Searcy

An 18-year veteran of HFD, he fought COVID-19 for several weeks

HOUSTON, Sept. 20, 2020 – Memorial services for Houston Fire Department Captain Tommy Searcy, who passed away Tuesday after valiantly fighting Coronavirus / COVID-19, are set for next week, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association said today.

A captain at HFD Station 67, Searcy, 45, had been hospitalized in The Woodlands. His death will be classified as a line-of-duty death by HFD. He is the third Houston firefighter to die from complications of COVID-19.

According to the HPFFA Line of Duty Death (LODD) Committee, the visitation, processional march and memorial service for Captain Searcy are scheduled as follows:

• Tuesday, September 15
Visitation: 5-8 p.m.
Champion Forest Baptist Church
15555 Stuebner Airline Road
Houston, Texas 77069

• Wednesday, September 16
March: 10 a.m.
Memorial service: 11 a.m.
Champion Forest Baptist Church
15555 Stuebner Airline Road
Houston, Texas 77069

The interment will follow the memorial service at Klein Memorial Park-Tomball, 32539 SH 249, Pinehurst, Texas 77362.

Masks and social distancing will be required at the memorial service. HPFFA Members: Fire Department Class "A" or dress uniform is requested.

The service will be live streamed on social media (details to follow).

News media: A pool feed will be provided. For more details or to confirm attendance, please email: [email protected].

The members of the Houston Fire Department regret to announce the loss of one of our own, Captain Tommy Searcy of Fire S...
09/08/2020

The members of the Houston Fire Department regret to announce the loss of one of our own, Captain Tommy Searcy of Fire Station 67. Captain Searcy passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

Memorial service and other information will be provided as it becomes available.

Houston Fire Department
08/28/2020

Houston Fire Department

Thanks CenterPoint Energy for the awesome donation of food for our men & women on the frontline who serve this great city! #besafehouston

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
08/25/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Houston firefighters are hosting a blood drive in honor of HFD Captain Tommy Searcy, who is recovering from COVID-19.

The drive will be held on Wednesday, August 26 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the HPFFA office at 1907 Freeman St., Houston, TX 77009.

Please note: Appointments are preferred. To schedule an appointment, please go to:
https://www.commitforlife.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/321853

Note from Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center: The Blood Center tests all blood donations for the COVID-19 antibody. This test is authorized by the FDA for detecting the presence of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 and is not intended for diagnosis of COVID 19.2. All blood donations are in honor of this patient and will go into the general blood supply for all patients in the Texas Gulf Coast region. FDA policy requires blood donors to be unpaid volunteers. No individual may receive a financial benefit or credit from your blood donation.

Thanks to Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and Kelsey-Seybold Clinics for their support of Captain Searcy.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
08/22/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Houston firefighters have begun to train with and use the 55 multi-purpose FAST rescue boards donated by the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association Charitable Foundation. The boards, which were originally designed for rapid intervention teams (RITs), often are deployed in technical rescue, water rescue, mass casualty, and active shooter incidents.

ABC13-Ted Oberg
08/18/2020

ABC13-Ted Oberg

After late night approvals from docs at Memorial Hermann and execs at NeuroRx Pharma, Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association raced experimental COVID medication RLF-100 to ailing Houston Fire Department Capt Tommy Searcy under escort early this morning. 'Now, we pray,' union leader tells ABC13 Houston

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
08/07/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Houston firefighters at work: Crews from Stations 3, 5, 6, 11, 16, 28, 30, 37, 38, 49, 51, 57, 60, 68, 69, and 83, along with the Village Fire Department, responded to a 3-11 townhome fire in the 1500 block of Potomac Drive. The Houston firefighter transported to the hospital with heat exhaustion has been stabilized.

The Captain Renaud Foundation
08/06/2020

The Captain Renaud Foundation

As many of y’all know 2020 has been a very trying year so far. We have been fortunate to be able to help the family of Capt Lucio, EO Shaw, and Capt Lawson this year and will be doing the same for Firefighter Pacheco by making a donation to his family.

Unfortunately, we have not been able to host any formal fundraisers, COVID forced us to cancel our 7th annual CRF Memorial Golf tournament and other events which were our biggest annual fundraisers.

Fortunately we have our online store and direct donations to help us raise funds to go directly to the families in the event of a LODD. CRF and the families of Houston Firefighters, greatly need your support during this difficult time.

We have a NEW shirt and hat order on the way to restock our ASTROS themed Houston Fire merchandise. They both will arrive later this week and will be shipped ASAP. Please see below for links to our online store and direct donations to help up help Houston Firefighters!

https://thecaptainrenaudfoundation.org/shop-online

https://thecaptainrenaudfoundation.org/donate

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
08/04/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

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Memorial Services Set for Fallen Houston Fire Fighter Jerry Pacheco

A 17-year veteran of HFD, he fought COVID-19

HOUSTON, Aug. 4, 2020 – Memorial services for Houston Fire Department Fire Fighter / Paramedic Gerardo I. “Jerry” Pacheco, who passed away Monday after valiantly fighting Coronavirus / COVID-19, are set for later this week, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association said today.

According to the HPFFA Line of Duty Death (LODD) Committee, which continues its work, the visitation, processional march and memorial service are scheduled as follows:

Friday, August 7
Visitation: 5-8 p.m.
Klein Funeral Home
1400 W. Main St.
Tomball, TX 77375

Saturday, August 8
March: 10 a.m.
Memorial service: 11 a.m.
First Baptist Church
7401 Katy Freeway
Houston, Texas 77024

Masks will be required at the services. HPFFA members: Fire Department Class "A" or dress uniform is encouraged.

Pacheco, a 17-year veteran of HFD who was a fire fighter / paramedic at Station 101, had been hospitalized in The Woodlands. His death will be classified as a line-of-duty death by HFD. He is the second Houston firefighter to die from complications of COVID-19.

News media: A pool feed will be provided. For more details, please contact the HPFFA.

The members of the Houston Fire Department regret to announce the loss of one of our own, Firefighter Jerry Pacheco of F...
08/03/2020

The members of the Houston Fire Department regret to announce the loss of one of our own, Firefighter Jerry Pacheco of Fire Station 101. Firefighter Pacheco passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

Memorial service and other information will be provided as it becomes available.

Houston Fire Department
07/30/2020

Houston Fire Department

‪Thank you Council Member, Edward Pollard, for lunch and taking your time to talk and listening to HFD crew members of Station 68. ‬

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
07/29/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Houston firefighters are grateful for the many people who helped honor fallen HFD Captain Leroy Lucio in San Antonio on Tuesday. Thanks again to the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association, the San Antonio Fire Department and Community Bible Church for the support and hospitality.

07/24/2020To the residents of the Braeburn community and southwest Houston: Ladder 68 is currently out of service due to...
07/24/2020

07/24/2020

To the residents of the Braeburn community and southwest Houston: Ladder 68 is currently out of service due to lack of staffing.

For further questions and comments, contact District J Council Member Edward Pollard (832-393-3015) or Mayor Sylvester Turner (713-837-0311).

*please note that Council Member Pollard did not make this decision and is opposed to the action taken by the city*

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
07/23/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

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Memorial Services Set for Fallen Houston Fire Fighter Leroy Lucio

A 29-year veteran of HFD, he fought COVID-19 in recent weeks

HOUSTON, July 23, 2020 – Memorial services for Houston Fire Department Captain Leroy Lucio, who passed away Monday after valiantly fighting Coronavirus / COVID-19, are set for early next week, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association said today.

According to the HPFFA Line of Duty Death (LODD) Committee, which continues its work in San Antonio, the hometown of the Lucio family, the visitation, rosary, processional march, and memorial service are scheduled as follows:

Monday, July 27
Visitation: 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Rosary: 7 p.m.
St. Bonaventure Church
1918 Palo Alto Road
San Antonio, TX 78211

Tuesday, July 28
March will begin at 12 p.m.
Memorial Service: 1 p.m.
Community Bible Church
2477 N. Loop 1604 E. Access Rd
San Antonio, TX 78247

Masks will be required at the services. HPFFA members: Fire Department Class "A" or dress uniform is encouraged.

Lucio, a 29-year veteran of HFD who was a captain at Station 103, had been hospitalized in San Antonio. His death will be classified as a line-of-duty death by HFD. He is the first Houston firefighter to die from complications of COVID-19.

Houston firefighters extend thanks for the support and hospitality of the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association.

News media: A pool feed will be provided. For more details, please contact the HPFFA.

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The members of the Houston Fire Department regret to announce the loss of one of our own, Captain Leroy Lucio of Fire St...
07/21/2020

The members of the Houston Fire Department regret to announce the loss of one of our own, Captain Leroy Lucio of Fire Station 103. Captain Lucio passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

Memorial service and other information will be provided as it becomes available.

Houston Fire Department - Station 55 - The Double Nickel
07/18/2020

Houston Fire Department - Station 55 - The Double Nickel

Ladder 55 is not in service today due to personnel shortages. Contact Council Member Carolyn Evans-Shabazz @ 832.393.3001 or Mayor Sylvester Turner @ 713.837.0311 if this concerns you. Ladder 55 serves the Sunnyside area and adjacent communities. This ladder truck also covers large sections of both BW8 and Hwy 288.
Ladder 68, in SW Houston is also out of service today.

To the residents of the Braeburn community and southwest Houston: Ladder 68 is currently out of service due to lack of s...
07/18/2020

To the residents of the Braeburn community and southwest Houston: Ladder 68 is currently out of service due to lack of staffing.

For further questions and comments, contact District J Council Member Edward Pollard (832-393-3015) or Mayor Sylvester Turner (713-837-0311).

*please note that Council Member Pollard did not make this decision and is opposed to the action taken by the city*

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8602 Bissonnet St
Houston, TX
77074

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I fondly remember as a 10 year old visiting this station when they opened with an open house. I grew up in the neighborhood right by the station and played in the field that is now the tennis courts. They let us slide down the pole and crawl all over the trucks. Now 59 years old I have joined our county VFD and actively work EMS and fire calls. Each time a call drops, I think about Station 68. 🚒🚑💪
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I am a resident of Braeburn Glen subdivision and our civic association donated $2000.00 to your station last year. Can you share with me how that donation was used?
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Hello station 68. I hope you enjoy the butter cookies that I gave you when you were at the walmart on Sam houston tollway, today. You are not my local station. But, you were the first station to ever help me. So, I couldn't resist giving you the cookies; which i'd bought for station 37. Plus, you saved me a trip. lol May you all have a blessed and safe, merry christmas. Thank you, and god bless HFD. #Merrychristmashfd #Godblessourbravest - Donna👨‍🚒👩‍🚒🚒🚑
Thanks so much to our buddy Firefighter Wells for the awesome shirt! And a big shoutout to all our buddies at station 68 for being so kind to my aspiring fireman. We love our visits before school it really makes his day
Thanks for your service!
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