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 firstname.lastname@example.org.