Message from the Chief

Thanks to all of you who are visiting our newly updated website and as always we want to thank the
citizens of our fire district for their unwavering support of the fire department. It is an exciting time to
be involved in our community as we experience the growth of our area.

The McLendon-Chisholm Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1974 to provide fire service
to the citizens in and around the City of McLendon-Chisholm and over the years as the population has
grown so has the need for increased emergency services. The department which covers an area of 32
square miles operates from two stations which both house an engine and a brush truck. Throughout the
years the department has increased its emergency services beyond fire calls to include certification as a
medical first responder organization under the Texas Department of State Health Services, response to
motor vehicle collisions, traffic control, storm spotter activation and most recently a hydrant
maintenance program, vehicle lock out assistance and water shut off in the event of plumbing failures.

The department provides mutual aid to the four other fire departments of Rockwall County as well as
some fire departments in the counties of Kaufman and Hunt. Through mutual aid and automatic aid
agreements with those surrounding departments we are able to bolster responses if the need arises.
In an effort to be proactive the fire department has continually increased its level and quality of
service. The fire department’s goal is to provide the best possible response in the shortest amount of
time to the citizens of our fire district and to continue to increase our level of service. In 2016 the
department changed from a volunteer department to a combination department and significant
improvements were made to lessen response times by instituting a two man 7am – 7pm daytime shift at
fire station one, Monday through Saturday. This was the first step in an evolution that builds the fire
department services to keep pace with the needs of the citizens rather than waiting until a tragic event
creates the need for a large increase in emergency services which would also correlate to a considerable
increase in taxes at one time.

We are your fire department and we are proud to serve you and your family. If we may ever be of
assistance please do not hesitate to call upon us.

Robert Jones
Chief, McLendon-Chisholm Fire Department