Fire Department

About Our Department

The Channelview Fire Department (CFD) is a proud institution that has been in existence since 1949. In 2012, CFD transitioned from a volunteer organization to a fully paid department staffing two Fire Stations, with 13 Apparatus and over 90 highly motivated career firemen and paramedics. The Channelview Fire Department provides Fire-Rescue and Emergency Medical Services to the 45,000 citizens of Channelview in a 16.2 square mile area, averaging 6,000 calls for service per year.

The Fire Suppression Division of Channelview Fire Department staffs 8 Fire Apparatus consisting of 1 Ladder Company, 2 Engine Companies, 1 District Chief, 1 Off Road Brush Truck, 1 High Water 5-ton Truck, and 2 Water Rescue Zodiac Boats. Our Firefighters are trained in Fire suppression, Hazardous Materials Mitigation, Disaster Response, Vehicle Extrication, High Angle Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, and Public Education. 14 Fire Personnel staff both Station 1 and Station 3 24/7, 365 days a year across 4 shifts averaging 1,400 Fire Responses per year.

The Emergency Medicine Division of Channelview Fire Department staffs 5 EMS Apparatus Consisting of 4 Mobile Intensive Care Unit capable Ambulances (MICU), and 1 Emergency Medical Services Supervisor. Our Paramedics are trained in ACLS, PALS, CPR, and NRP; including point of care ultrasound and whole blood transfusions. 7 Paramedics staff both Station 1 and Station 3 24/7, 365 days a year across 4 shifts averaging 4,453 Emergency Medical Responses per year.

Our Leadership

Fire Chief - Ryan Thistle

Ryan Thistle

Fire Chief

Assistant Fire Chief - Charles Villegas

Charlie Villegas

Assistant Chief - Fire

Assistant EMS Chief - Steven Adams

Steven Adams

Assistant Chief - EMS

Administrator- Jimmy Sumbera

Jimmy Sumbera


Ernest Watson - District Chief (A)

Ernest Watson

District Chief - A

Stephen Roane - District Chief (B)

Steve Roane

District Chief - B

Ennio Ponte - District Chief (C)

Ennio Ponte

District Chief - C


Chad Mikush

District Chief - D

Jimmy Owens

Jimmy Owens

President, Elected

Term: 5/2022 – 5/2026

Michael Burr

Michael Burr

Vice-President, Elected

Term: 7/2020-5/2024

Bob Ballew

Bob Ballew

Treasurer, Elected

Term: 10/2021-5/2024

Brenda Biggers

Brenda Biggers

Secretary, Elected

Term: 5/2022 – 5/2026

Alma Cedillo

Alma Cedillo

Commissioner, Elected

Term: 5/2022 – 5/2026

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Job Opportunities

The Channelview Fire Department is a fully paid and commissioned organization that employs Firefighters, Paramedics, EMTs, as well as administrative staff. Channelview Fire Department is an equal-opportunity employer. We operate 2 stations with a paramedic unit and fire engine assigned to each. There is a total of 21 personnel per shift. Shifts are 48 hours on and 144 hours off. (2/6 matrix)