Hurricane Preparedness: What CCFD Residents Need to Know

It is that time of year again; the 2020 Hurricane Season began June 1st and will be in effect until November 30, 2020. While most Houstonians know what to expect in the wake of recent storms, there are likely to be changes to standard preparation considering the current pandemic situation. More than ever, we need to prepare wisely as it may take some additional time to gather supplies.

With high winds and torrential rain, hurricanes can cause major damage to homes and families. Experts are projecting a higher than average hurricane season, meaning it is important we take the necessary steps to keep our home and properties, our families, and our pets safe. Be sure to top off your gas tank in your car, refill prescriptions, and prepare a “go bag” in case you need to evacuate. 

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2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Has Begun

Monday, June 1st, 2020 marked the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, with another named storm brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Two tropical storms, Arthur and Bertha, formed in May ahead of the official start of the season: Arthur formed about 190 miles east-northeast of Cape Canaveral, FL, while Bertha formed near the coast of South Carolina and then made landfall approximately 20 miles east of Charleston.  

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Position Available: Full Time Office Assistant

Cypress Creek Fire Department has a opening for a full time Office Assistant. See details and apply using the link below. Closing date for applications is May 15, 2020.

Community Support for Medical Personnel

Tuesday afternoon our Cypress Creek Fire Department Station 24 staff were contacted to assist in supporting local medical personnel at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.

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Cypress Creek Fire Department to Staff Water Tender As a Preventive Measure

Earlier today, City of Houston experienced a main line break on the east side of the city near east 610 loop. This has affected much of the City of Houston. 

As a response, Cypress Creek Fire Department (CCFD) will be staffing their water tender, Tanker 22, for any calls where hydrant pressure may be an issue. This is a preventive measure to make sure they can respond and quickly handle any fire while the City of Houston resolves the main line break. T22 has a water supply of 4,000 gallons in the event hydrant pressure is unavailable or unviable. 

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Christmas Tree Fire Safety

It is that time of year again where Houston residents go out and get trees for hanging lights and ornaments upon, stacking presents under, and curling up near with some hot cocoa or a warm drink.

Christmas trees are a time-honored tradition, but down here in the South they can also be a major fire hazard if not properly watered or attended. The primary tip for holiday safety with live trees is always water, water, water. Make sure your tree is watered daily, and check it at least twice daily to confirm.

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CCFD/HCESD13 Support Marine Toys for Tots

Cypress Creek Fire Department is proud and honored to be a local drop-off point this holiday season for residents wishing to donate toys for children in need. Last year alone, the Marine Toys for Tots program distributed 39,285 toys to 9,150 children in the Harris County area. They are looking for even greater participation this year through their donation program, and we encourage everyone to assist us in helping them reach that goal.

CCFD/HCESD13 will be accepting toy donations at every fire station within the district. Marine Toys for Tots would like to have the toys by December 14th in order to have time to sort them and get them where they need to go. If you still have toys that need to be picked up after December 14th, please navigate to the Marine Toys for Tots website to arrange to either have them picked up, or have them dropped off to the campaign.

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Mutual Aid is all about you!

When lives and property are on the line, Mutual Aid is a cost-effective solution to ensure quick response times and additional resources. Seventeen north Harris County emergency agencies are joining forces to show why our teamwork is so important for your safety. Mutual Aid is all about you!

Thanks to Spring Fire Department, Klein Volunteer Fire Department, Champions Emergency Services District, Ponderosa Fire Department, Cypress Creek Fire Department / Harris County ESD 13, Little York Fire Department, Harris County ESD #24 / Aldine Fire & Rescue,  Atascocita Fire Department, Humble Fire Rescue, Tomball Fire Department, Emergency Chaplain Group, Northwest Volunteer Fire Department, Northwest EMS, Harris County Fire Marshal, Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, Eastex Fire Department and Cypress Creek EMS for partnering with us on this project.

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Cypress Creek Fire Department attends MUD 230 National Night Out event!

This past Tuesday, October 1st, Engine Company 22 headed out to Harris County Municipal Utility District 230's National Night Out event, hosted hear Mandolin Gardens Park.

Children got to tour the truck, have their pictures taken with the firefighters, and learn about fire safety.

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CCFD/HCESD 13 Station 25 Press Release and Update

CYPRESS, TX – On Thursday, August 29, 2019, Harris County Emergency Services District 13 (HCESD 13) and Cypress Creek Fire Department (CCFD), finalized the purchase of land for their future Station 25 located near Fallbrook Drive and Gessner Road, adjacent to Sam HoustonParkway/Beltway 8 and Tomball Parkway/Highway 249 (notated in Blue on the above map).

Through HCESD 13’s successful sales tax election, and their promise to build and staff an additional fire station, Cypress Creek Station 25 will be the department’s fifth fire station. Station 25 will be completed in mid-2021 by Joiner Architects, a leader in economic innovation; balancing need and efficiency to maximize every dollar for the community.

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Mutual Aid Video Preview

Cypress Creek Fire Department and Harris County Emergency Services District 13 have teamed up with other area agencies to film an educational video showcasing how mutual aid agreements work when a major incident happens in the community. On September 6th, CCFD/HCESD 13 set a staged incident for filming in conjunction with Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, Northwest Volunteer Fire Department, Northwest EMS, City of Tomball and Tomball Fire Department. As part of the event, we hosted special guests from the Cypress Homeschool Council and the Cypress Homeschool Association as children and families in distress to show how mutual aid works as seconds count on-scene. The full educational video will be coming out in a couple of weeks with scenes from other departments throughout northwest and northeast Harris and neighboring counties, so stay tuned for more information.


Incident Alert: Mutual Aid Response with Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, your Cypress Creek Fire Department assisted the Cy-Fair VFD on a Mutual Aid assignment for a Garage Fire threatening a Structure. Engine 22 and Tanker 22 responded immediately to the home. Upon arrival, the garage was fully-involved threatening the entire house, which was in close proximity. Crews made an aggressive, fast-attack and managed to safeguard the residence and minimize damages to only the garage. A rapid response and joint effort with the Cy-Fair Fire Department ensured that there were no injuries to residents or fire personnel. All units returned to service and continued to protect the community of Cypress Creek/ESD 13 without any disruption of service.

What is the difference between an Excessive Heat Watch, Warning, or Advisory?

A common question that we get asked all the time is “what is the difference between an Excessive Heat Watch and Warning, and how do they differ from a Heat Advisory?” Below are the answers:

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH: An Excessive Heat Watch is issued when there is a potential for the heat index value to reach or exceed 110 degrees or 105 degrees within the next 24 to 48 hours.

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Cypress Creek Fire Swears in 9 New Full Time Firefighters

Harris County Emergency Services District 13, also known as Cypress Creek Fire Department, swore in nine new full-time firefighters on July 10. The firefighters are assuming full-time roles which will allow the Department to better serve the community, Fire Chief Richard Lieder said. “The big thing to be gained by having additional full-time firefighters in our service delivery model is that we’re now staffing all of our stations 24 hours a day with four personnel,” Lieder said. “That brings a big benefit from a customer service perspective.” Lieder explained that the full-time crews allow the Department to respond to calls more quickly around the clock. Having these crews fully-staffed also allows the Department to handle calls quickly and perform all of their tasks more efficiently, he said. The newly hired firefighters took their oaths of office and had family or mentors pin their new badges on them at a public ceremony at HCESD 13/CCFD Station 24 located at 12073 Perry Road in Houston. The firefighters go through more than 400 hours of intensive training just to become certified firefighters, through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. All these personnel are also medically certified to at least the EMT-B level. The firefighters also have to pass fitness tests, written exams, and interviews as part of the hiring process. Lieder said the newly hired full time firefighters work side by side with volunteer and part-time personnel in our combination model to deliver the best possible service to our area. For more information or if you are interested in becoming a firefighter, please contact CCFD at

ExxonMobil makes $2,000 donation to Cypress Creek Fire Department

The Cypress Creek Fire Department, also known as Harris County Emergency Services District 13 (HCESD 13) would like to express its appreciation of ExxonMobil’s donation of $2,000 to the department in April. The donation is part of ExxonMobil’s efforts to support first responders in the areas the company has pipelines in.

Command staff with the Department expressed their gratitude at the time of the donation, which will be used to support Department operations through firefighter recruitment and retention.

March Freezing Weather Safety Tips

Over the next couple days, temperatures are set to fall down to freezing levels. Temperatures in North and West Harris County are expected to get below freezing for extended periods overnight. Per our previous posts on cold weather safety, it is best to practice the “Four P’s” as the cold fronts set in:


  • Dress in warm clothing, wear coats and gloves when outdoors.
  • Protect children and the elderly. Never leave them in a cold place or vehicle.
  • Wind chill is expected to be in the low 20s Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.


  • Bring your pets indoors.
  • Provide a warm, safe place for them to eat and sleep.


  • Prevent frozen pipes and damage to your home by opening the cabinets under the kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warm air to circulate and warm the pipes.
  • Insulate outdoor faucets and exposed pipes, and be sure to disconnect and drain hoses from outdoor spigots.


  • We have seen a lot of green-up and bloom due to the rain over the last few weeks. Protect plants from freezing by covering them with plant-cover fabric, or a light blanket with plastic sheeting on top of it.
  • Hydrate plants early so they can absorb and stay healthy through the cold.

Additionally, there are a few vehicle safety tips to observe during winter weather:

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Detecting Good Resident Support by Cypress Creek Fire Dept.

It isn’t all fires and cats up trees for the Cypress Creek Fire Department/Harris County Emergency Services District 13 staff. One of the first steps in dealing with fires is fire prevention, and we take fire prevention very seriously.A resident of Cypress recently reached out to CCFD/HCESD 13 with a unique problem: she had purchased new smoke detectors for her home but had no way to install them. Would it be possible to have
someone from the department assist her?

Asst. Chief Jason Blackman answered with a resounding and energetic “Yes!”

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2019 Sees New Cadet Class for Cypress Creek Fire

Cypress Creek Fire Department and Harris County ESD 13 were proud to begin 2019 with the new cadet training course, which began January 3rd.

The 11 enrolled students are individuals who have requested to become volunteer firefighters with CCFD but have no prior firefighter certifications. The class will cover the National Fire Protection Association Firefighter 1 and 2 certification objectives, as well as Hazmat Awareness and Operations objectives.

The course will run through June 29th, meeting Thursday evenings and Saturday days; the class is specifically designed to fit into the schedule of a part-time or full-time employed volunteer. The bulk of the academic book work required for this class is accomplished through an on-line training system which is an efficient use of time for someone employed and taking the course, giving them the ability to successfully complete the class by adding schedule flexibility for this section of the required training objectives.

At the end of the class students are eligible to sit for both SFFMA and TCFP certifying examinations.

Ordinarily, if this training were to be received through local community colleges, would cost the prospective volunteer upwards of $3000. Sponsored fully by HCESD 13, CCFD provides the class and instructors, the students provide the desire and sweat equity to earn the certifications. Graduating students pay back the community, which funds the class, through service as volunteer firefighters.

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Cypress Creek Fire Responds to Residential Fire

On January 8th, 2019, around 1:40 p.m., Cypress Creek Fire Department (Harris County Emergency Service District #13) responded to a residential fire in the Quail Forest neighborhood off of Grant Road.

The fire began when the homeowner, James Draycott, a retired veteran of HPD, was attempting to remove his Christmas tree from the residence. The tree had dried out after the holiday, and a spark from a popped tree lightbulb ignited the tree. The fire spread quickly due to the location of the tree in the house and the condition of the tree. It quickly rose into the second story and attic areas.

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Winter Weather Safety Tips

This weekend and again later next week, temperatures are set to fall down to freezing levels. While a hard freeze is unlikely to occur (sustained temperatures under 29 for more than two hours at a time) it is best to practice the “Four P’s” as the cold fronts set in:

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