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History of the Humble Fire Department

On December 11, 1935,the Humble Volunteer Fire Department was organized with Lee Hartley as the first Fire Chief and P.C. Cezeaux as Assistant Chief. The first piece of apparatus was a one-half ton Ford pickup. On July 31, 1937 the Fire Department took delivery on their first piece of real firefighting equipment. It was a 1937Ford Seagraves, 500 gpm, single-stage pumper with a 100 gallon water tank, purchased for $2,433.33.  This apparatus has been refurbished and remains in use for parades.

The Women's Auxiliary Club of Humble was organized in 1939. The purpose of the Auxiliary was to assist the Volunteer Fire Department in its Public Safety Program. Mrs. Gertrude Whitney was elected President, Mrs. Margaret Randow Vice President, and Mrs. Daye Scott Secretary and Treasurer.

During their tenure as an Auxiliary with the Humble Volunteer Fire Department, the Club participated in drives to raise funds for a new fire truck and the building of a new Humble Community Hall which was completed in 1940. They took First Aid courses and training in civilian fire defense after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and acted as block wardens during World War II. The Auxiliary disbanded around 1950.

Our next piece of equipment was purchased in 1958 when delivery was taken on a 1957 Howe mounted on a two-ton Chevrolet. The receipt of this piece of equipment created a housing shortage for the Fire Department as the Fire Station was in the Harris County building on Main Street which also housed the Library, City Hall and the Jail.

In 1961 construction was begun on a plot of land that had been donated for a new Fire Station just west of the downtown area. This location drew some opposition from the citizens of Humble due to the fact that it was located across the railroad tracks from the main business district. Much of the labor was furnished by the firemen themselves to help keep down the expenses. The City completed the construction and utilized the front part as the City Hall until a new City Hall could be built in 1969.

In 1968 the Fire Department took delivery of a 1967 Seagraves mounted on an International Chassis. When the City moved their offices out in 1969 the Fire Department had the station to themselves for the first time. This independence was short-lived as the Police Department took quarters in the front in 1970 and until February of 1974 occupied that space. Finally, after 39 years, the Fire Department had a place of its own.

Late in 1974 Station No.2 was completed on Wilson Road, thus enabling the Department to house trucks on both sides of the railroad tracks, making the concerned citizens happy.

In 1991 the Fire Department moved into our current facility located at 108 West Main.  This is the headquarters for the City of Humble Fire & EMS Department.