The Canyon Fire Department was established in 1908 when 21 citizens were appointed to provide fire protection for the city. In 1961, City Charter formally established the Fire Department into a City unit and a Volunteer unit. The City unit was headed by a Captain to provide training, equipment maintenance, administrative support, and fire apparatus. The Volunteer unit was led by a Fire Chief and provided manpower for responses. The Volunteer unit was Incorporated in 1979 and this operational structure remained until 2014 when the Canyon Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. was abolished. Since 2014, the Canyon Fire Department has been a Combination (Career and Volunteer) Fire Department with an average Volunteer membership of 25 and currently 8 full-time and 3 Part-time staff.
The department responds to all hazard types and is a licensed Advanced Life Support First Responder Organization for Emergency Medical responses. In addition to providing service within the City Limits of Canyon, the department provides service to approximately 292 square miles of unincorporated Randall County through a Fire Protection Agreement with Randall County. The Fire Department has seen a steady increase in calls through the past years as the City of Canyon continues to experience steady growth. As the City continues to grow, and the call volumes rise, the Canyon Fire Department remains committed to serving our citizens and guests by delivering the best service possible through Providing prompt and professional service; Promoting fire safety education; Continued training and education to maintain proficiency in the services we provide, and; Commitment to the core values of integrity, customer service, excellence, respect, and teamwork.
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The department protects over 16,000 people in the City limits and over 20,000 when West Texas A&M University is in session. We cover over 350 square miles which include Randall County, Palo Duro Canyon and WTAMU. Canyon also has mutual aid agreements with over 10 panhandle communities including Amarillo and Hereford.
The Canyon Fire Department responds to over 1,500 calls a year. The calls consist of the following: structure, vehicle, rangeland, assorted alarms, medicals and hazardous materials. Over half of the department is medically certified and first responds with BSA EMS. Rescue calls include medical, trauma, high-angle rescue and many others.