Chief
Gary Corley
(903) 479-3764
Asst. Chief
Scott Walker
(903) 880-0940
Asst. Chief
Heath Morris
(903) 880-6565
Station 1
Hwy 19 / FM1256
Lt. Robbie McClelen
(903) 714-4458
Station 2
Martin's Mill
Lt. Brandon Whitus
(903) 312-7606
Station 3
Old Bethel
Lt. Wally Harris
(903) 385-0428
Station 4
Canton
Lt. Dusty Davis
(903) 372-2691
Training Officer
LT. Billy Cunningham
(903) 539-6271
Welcome to the official SVZVFD website. We’ve been serving South Van Zandt County since 1984.

Your South Van Zandt County Volunteers are an incorporated group of career firefighters, professional people, students, and junior firefighters dedicated to the protection of this area. SVZVFD currently operates out of 4 Stations and covers approximately 200sq. miles. SVZVFD currently has 49 fire fighters on the roster and was dispatched to 717 calls for service during 2011.

Announcements - Public

03/15/2014
Van Zandt County Public Safety Live Audio Feed... If you’re interested in being in the "know", then use the link to navigate to Van Zandt County Public Safety Live Audio Feed and listen. The live feed is ran by SVZVFD, so our tactical channel is set to priority which means when we talk it will override anyone else talking and you will only hear us. If anyone has any problems please contact us on our Facebook page. The link will allow you to listen from your desktop computer if you wish. Enjoy...

The South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department feed will include three channels being supplied from a scanner. The location of the scanner will be at South Van Zandt’s Fire Station #2 located on FM858 in Martins Mill Texas. The three channels that will be brodcasted will be the van zandt county sherieff’s channel, fire channel, and south van zandt fire department fire channel.

This feed will include the following:
South Van Zandt Fire North 155.25750 MHz
South Van Zandt Fire South 154.19750 MHz
Van Zandt County Fire 154.37000 MHz
Van Zandt County Sheriff 155.6850 MHz
Canton Fire 155.32500 MHz
Canton Police 155.85000 MHz


02/06/2014
South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department would like to cordially invite you to our 30th Anniversary Celebration. Please join us from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014, as we remember our last 30 years of service. Entertainment will be provided by Lookin’ Back Texas and food will be provided by SVZVFD. The celebration will be at the Weaver Gymnasium at the Martin’s Mill Hish School, 301 FM 1861, Ben Wheeler, Texas 75754.

"SVZVFD 30th Anniversary Celebration Flyer"



11/06/2013
THE IMPORTANCE OF VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS

"Did you ever stop to think what would happen if no one volunteered to put out fires or respond to medical emergencies in your community."
*** Check out this website. *** "http://volfire.com"



11/03/2013
The South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department would like to reminded everyone to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when turning their clocks back this weekend.

Changing the batteries at least once a year (or twice a year when the time changes) is one of the simplest, most effective ways to prevent tragic deaths and injuries. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Dead or missing batteries are the most common cause of a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector malfunction.

Carbon monoxide is created when combustible materials burn incompletely. Often called "the silent killer," it is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that can incapacitate victims before they're aware they've beenexposed. Sources include wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, gas-fired appliances, grills, generators and motor vehicles. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often mistaken for the flu and include nausea, headaches, dizziness, disorientation and fatigue.

Twice a year when the time changes, is also a good time for families to review and practice their home fire escape plans.


Information about how to prevent fires and prepare for all types of emergencies is available online at: "http://www.tdi.texas.gov/pubs/tdipubs5.html"



07/19/2013
Dear SVZVFD friends and supporters. We have gotten the much needed ESD passed and it's in the early stages of being put together and becoming a reality so we can better serve each one of you with a higher level of professional care. We come to you today because we have often had people ask us if they could help in any way and we usually don't need anything other than your continued support in our endeavor to continually upgrade our service to you.

This time is a little different and due to some recent cuts in our funding (even though we are not receiving tax money yet) we are asking for your help if you would like to do something. While responding to a one vehicle rollover accident with entrapment involving two young girls one of our fire engines broke a drive shaft and caused some additional damage that has made it not drivable. The truck has been taken to the shop and it is going to cost upwards of $3,000 to get out and be put back in service to respond to the next emergency you may have. We have never asked through social media for help but until the ESD is in full service we are going to be working off of a very limited budget while trying to not cut any services to our citizens.

If you are able to help in any way with getting our truck out of the shop it would help us so much and be greatly appreciated. If you are able to provide any help would you please contact Chief Kyle Harris at 903-880-6556 or Tim Meredith at 903-676-6924. If you know a station officer or member and feel comfortable giving to them then that is fine as well.

If you would like to make a donation via our website, please click on our PayPal link to make your donation.

Thank you in advance for your help and continued support.


07/19/2013
The South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department would like to invite you to an open house to show you a little about what we do from day to day. The purpose behind this recruiting campaign is to hopefully inspire someone that is interested in the fire service to come forward and jump start their career by joining SVZVFD. If you have no desire to pursue a career in the fire service, but want to give back to your community by joining our department, then please come join us for this event and see what we do and ask questions. We look forward to seeing you!!!
Please click here to visit our "Open House Flyer".

4/25/2013
The time to vote for the much needed ESD is upon us. Early voting starts MONDAY 4/29/13 in the (old Plaza Theater) VZC Historical Museum N. Buffalo just off the square in Canton. Opens at 8am I think, will be M-F.

Please go vote FOR ESD and encourage your spouse, family and friends to go vote FOR the ESD early or Saturday, May 11 7am till 7pm. Thank each one of you for your continued support and loyalty to SVZVFD.

11/1/2012
Chief Kyle Harris of the South Van Zandt Fire Department would like to invite you to an open house to show you a little about what we do from day to day. The purpose behind this recruiting campaign is to hopefully inspire someone that is interested in the fire service to come forward and jump start their career by joining SVZ. If you have no desire to pursue a career in the fire service, but want to give back to your community by joining our department, then please come join us for this event and see what we do and ask questions. We look forward to seeing you!!!
Please click here to visit our "Open House Flyer".

9/27/2012Saturday Night (September 29th) Lookin Back Texas hosted a fundraiser for the South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department at the Todd Berry Building on the Fair Grounds. Lookin Back Texas played from 7 till 9 pm. Curly Bills provided the food!

8/1/2012The Officers, FireFighters, and Members of the South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department would like to offer a heartfelt "Thank You" to the sponsors who made our new Brush 4 possible. There will be a small dedication at our next monthly meeting (Monday, July 2th - 7:30pm at Station 4) allowing us to thank all of our Brush 4 sponsors and we will be placing the new Brush 4 in service.

6/6/2012
Message from the Chief - Hello to all of our friends. I wanted to write you and tell you about a life changing event in my life. In March of 1998, over fourteen years ago, I made a decision to join the South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department, after helping Tim and Jeremy on a grass fire in my next door neighbor’s field. Although I didn’t know it at the time, this was my life changing event.

Fourteen years later, I am enjoying the career change from a middle aged business man to a professional firefighter at a metroplex municipal fire department that I was encouraged to make in 1999 by other members of the South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department. I must say that after 20 years of working in the business world, in 2000 I found for me my true calling and enjoy every day that I spend at work and everyday that I spend helping out at the volunteer fire department.

I’m telling this to all of you to suggest that some of you might be interested in that same life changing event. Whether you are fresh out of high school or a middle aged business man, you might find a new and fulfilling career, just like I did at the South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department. If you think you might have the slightest interest in a career in the fire service, give me a call and let me share my fulfilling life experiences over the last fourteen years. We need you and we want you to be a part, if you want to give it a try. No experience necessary, just a willing mind, body, and spirit.

Friends, if you know of someone that might be interested in exploring the experience of volunteering with the South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department and discovering the potential career path that many of our firefighters now enjoy, please pass this on to them.

Anyone interested, please visit our "Become a Volunteer" page and fill out our "Membership Application". Please send me an email ( kyle.harris@svzvfd.org ) or any other officer of the fire department and we will be happy to visit with you about becoming a South Van Zandt Volunteer Firefighter. If you are like me, come discover what it ’s like to get up every morning and look forward to going to work.

Thanks for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.
Kyle


3/6/2012
The South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department (SVZVFD ) Board of Directors, Officers, and members would like to congratulate Chase Harris for being selected as Fireman of the Year for 2011. On Monday, March 5th during the department’s monthly meeting, Assistant Chief Scott Walker presented Chase Harris with the Fireman of the Year for 2011 award. Chase is 26 years old and joined the South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department as a Junior Firefighter in November 2001 at the age of 16. He transitioned to a Firefighter in May 2004 and continued to progress his career by receiving the following certifications: EMT-B December 2004, TCFP Firefighter June 2005, EMT-P August 2011, and Intermediate Firefighter September 2011. Chase was hired by the Garland Fire Department in January 2006 at age 20. He has served on the South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years and on the Garland Fire Department for 6 years. Chase also currently assists in department training and he loves to spend his free time serving the community through the SVZVFD and fishing.

The department would like to extend congratulations and it’s sincere appreciation to Chase for the contributions that he has made to the South Van Zandt Fire Department over the years.

2/6/2012The Officers, FireFighters, and Members of the South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department would like to offer a heartfelt "Thank You" to Heath Morris for all the years he served as SVZVFD Fire Chief and to let him know how much his service is appreciated.

2/6/2012The Officers, FireFighters, and Members of the South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department would like to offer a heartfelt "Thank You" to James Goggans for his many years of service to SVZVFD as Lieutenant for Station 2. Mr. Groggans has decided to step down as Lieutenant but stay active in the department.

2/6/2012New Fire Chief Elected - Kyle Harris was elected as South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department’s new Fire Chief at SVZVFD’s annual meeting on February 6, 2012.

2/6/2012New Station 2 Lieutenant - Brandon Whitus was appointed as Lieutenant of South Van Zandt Volunteer Fire Department’s Station 2.

*****The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has an informational handout on Do’s and Don’ts for Outdoor Burning at your Residence and the Texas Forest Service has safety tips to help you prevent wildfires.

*****Pull Over or Slow Down for Emergency Vehicles: Please remember to "Pull Over" when emergency vehicles are trying to get through an area, or "Slow Down" and "Move Over" a lane if an emergency vehicle is stopped ahead of you. It’s not only for the Safety of our FireFighters and Emergency Crews, it’s also for your Safety!

   

Announcements - SVZVFD Members

03/05/2014Our next monthly meeting will be on Monday, October 6th - 7:30pm at Station 4.    

All Firefighters are asked to attend the training if possible. Training begins at 6:30pm.


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2014 Incidents
  Fire EMS MVA
JAN 25 12 3
FEB 11 11 3
MAR 18 15 10
APR 7 20 4
MAY 12 17 5
JUN 14 15 6
JUL 11 16 3
AUG 7 12 3
SEP 9* 5* 2*
OCT      
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DEC      
Total 114* 123* 39*

Incidents
2014 276*
2013 500
2012 555
2011 717
2010 687

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