Needville Fire Department Dedicates New Rescue Truck

25 03 2016

Recent article from the Fort Bend Herald, published on March 5, 2016:


Fire Chief Keith Thumann and members of the Needville Fire Department received the department’s newest fire rescue vehicle on Friday, March 4, during a dedication ceremony at the Fire Department’s Station No. 1 on Richmond Street.

The fire/rescue truck will replace several apparatus the department has phased out over the last three years with the proceeds of those sales helping to make it possible to purchase the new rescue truck. The new Rescue 71 will respond to emergencies in all areas of the NFD service area, approx. 172 square miles, as needed. The last time the volunteer department purchased a new fire truck was in 2007.

“In Needville, we are extremely fortunate to have such a dedicated group of firefighters who have taken the oath to enter harm’s way in order to keep our community safe,” said Chief Keith Thumann.

“It is only deserving then that these brave men and women who volunteer have access to the safest, most reliable, and most advanced fire fighting equipment that’s available. When an emergency strikes, it is essential that our firefighters can act with precision and this state of the art rescue truck is a tool to help with doing just that.”

“Our Needville firefighters do an excellent job in fighting fires but we are also recognized for providing medical response for our citizens,” said Assistant Chief Craig Radar.

Needville firefighters gather around their new rescue truck

Needville firefighters gather around their new rescue truck

“This new rescue truck will help them arrive with first responder tools to begin basic medical needs,” added Radar. Needville Fire Department was recently recognized by Fort Bend County Emergency Medical Services as a First Responder Organization.

Only organizations who have maintained current medical training with EMT level response qualify. The fire department is a non-profit organization whose board members worked for several years to save funds needed to buy a custom made apparatus to meet the diverse needs in the department’s service area.

“We want to thank our supporters for donating at various events, fundraisers, BBQ sales, and private donations to help make this day happen”, said Assistant Chief and Treasurer Michael Richter.

In recent weeks, the NFD service area (a major portion of southeast Fort Bend County) has experienced several residential and grass fires, and major motor vehicle accidents. The weather is still a major factor in both situations. The dryer conditions and high winds can make it easier for a simple brush fire to get out of control.
And with more traffic on the roads through the Needville service area slick road conditions and fog have played a contributing factor in the severity of the accidents the department has had to respond to., he said.

“The Needville Fire Department wants to once again remind residents to be vigilant this spring and summer season—a time that traditionally sees a spike in fire and medical calls to our department,” added Chief Thumann.

For additional details on the new fire truck contact Fire Chief Keith Thumann at 832-474-0143 or PIO Dwayne “Sparky” Anderson at 979-793-4262.

September 7th Needville Wildfire Intentionally Started

30 09 2011

Houston Chronicle article published on September 28th notes that a recent fire in Fort Bend County was intentionally set.  The article by Dale Lezon is below.

A fire that burned 400 acres and charred a barn in the Needville area earlier this month was intentionally set, officials said.  The blaze, dubbed the Baker Road Fire, started at the corner of a pasture on Foster School Road near Brinkmeyer on Sept. 7, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.

The blaze raced southwest and jumped Baker Road. It also destroyed a facility that housed two vehicles and travel tailer. More than 100 firefighters from 20 agencies from nearby areas, including the Needville Fire Department, battled the blaze.

Officials said one firefighter, whose name has not been released, was injured. Officials did not release the firefighter’s injury or condition.  A total of $10,000, including $5,000 from Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. and another $5,000 from a private property owner, has been offered for information leading to the charging or arrest of the person or persons responsible for the blaze, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS.

wildfire in a rural portion of Fort Bend County northwest of Needville burned about 500 acres on Sept. 7. Here, Ben McCary and Dale Oberhoff of the Fairchilds Volunteer Fire Department battle the fire.