Thank you, Chief Fowler and congratulations on your retirement!
Those words cannot begin to describe the gratitude from this department and the surrounding community for Chief Fowler’s contributions over his tenure with us. Today marks the end of an era at CVFD. Earlier this year, Chief Fowler announced his retirement effective on January 1st, 2018. Chief Fowler became the Fire Chief of Community Volunteer Fire Department over 31 years ago and has given nearly four decades of service to our department.
Chief Fowler has led our department through tremendous growth and changes over the years. When the Alief Community Volunteer Fire Department became Community Volunteer Fire Department in 1985, most of the territory that CVFD protected was rural with limited if any development. That same land today has transitioned into what is now known as portions of Alief, Richmond, and Katy. This year, our number of responses is on track to be roughly 500 incidents short of 10,000 responses! Chief Fowler led that transformation from the small-town rural volunteer department to the suburban combination department that we are today. The department currently holds a prestigious Insurance Service Office (ISO) Class 2 rating.
One of Chief Fowler’s favorite sayings is “Community Volunteer Fire Department is one of the best kept secrets in Alief”. That statement is very symbolic of Chief himself. Chief Fowler has always been a humble and supportive leader who will be dearly missed in 2018 and beyond. Thank you, Chief Fowler for everything you have done for our department and those whom we protect. We will continue to carry the torch down the path that you have laid for us. Enjoy your retirement!
The Legacy Lives OnStephen R. Fowler Fire Training Field
The dedication of the Stephen R. Fowler Fire Training Field was performed at Chief Fowler’s retirement party on December 30th, 2017. The training field will allow for firefighters to receive state of the art training in fire suppression and rescue. Some of the features of the fire training field include:
- Four story drill tower
- Two story apartment style burn building
- Search and rescue building
- Self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) confidence course
- Vehicle extrication area
- Storage building for reserve apparatus and gear storage
- Helipad with advanced instrumentation capability
- Covered pavilion with restrooms and showers
The ground-breaking for the Stephen R. Fowler Fire Training Field occurred earlier this month. The training facility is currently scheduled for completion in early 2019.