Victoria Fire Department to celebrate 150 years of dedicated service

An open house will take place on November 6; more details to come

VICTORIA, Texas – Have you ever caught a glimpse of the back of the Victoria Fire Department’s t-shirts? If so, you might have noticed, just under the word “Victoria,” that they proudly state “EST. 1871.”

On Saturday, Nov. 6, VFD will celebrate its 150th anniversary with an open house at Fire Station 4 from 12 to 4 p.m. Open house will be free and open to the public. More details will be provided in the upcoming weeks.

VFD has served the City for 150 years through:

  • fire suppression,
  • emergency medical services,
  • hazardous materials response,
  • swift water rescue,
  • technical rescue,
  • training,
  • fire prevention,
  • investigation and
  • public education

In 1871, C.R. Alden formally organized the department. Alden was a tradesman who had previous experience with volunteer fire organizations. At the time, Victoria’s fire department operated with a used hand pumper purchased from Mobile, Ala.

VFD’s roots go back slightly before the formation of Victoria Fire Company No. 1 in 1869, which lasted only a few months, in 1869. On June 5, 1870, the City of Victoria authorized the formation of a Downtown Engine House. C.R. Alden then laid the foundation for the current Victoria Fire Department.

More fire companies were established over the years, including:

  • Fire Company No. 1 (1882),
  • Hook & Ladder Company No. 2 (1882-1883),
  • Protection Hose Company No. 3 (1885),
  • Mechanic’s Hose Company No. 4 (1893) and
  • Salvage Corps Company No. 5 (1931).

You can fine more information about VFD by visiting www.victoriatx.gov/fire. You can also call 361-485-3450.