Concan Volunteer Fire Department Corporation, CCVFD, is a volunteer fire department for the unincorporated town of Concan which is in Uvalde County in the southwestern portion of the Hill Country of Texas. It sits along the Frio River close to Garner State Park and is popular destination for summer vacationers. Families come visit Concan to float the Frio River and create memories to cherish for years to come.
CCVFD (Concan Fire and Rescue) is registered by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services as an EMS First Responder Organization and provides initial emergency care. The EMS Administrator is Justin Wills. We handle 300 calls a year. 45% of those are water emergencies, 25% are search & Rescue, 20% are cardiac related, and 10% are strokes.
CCVFD protects approximately 107 square miles within the town’s borders as well as providing Mutual Aide to the surrounding area of Uvalde County and Real County. The Department operates with 1 Paramedic, EMTs, and EMRs based in one station. The core services include structural firefighting, First Responders, wild land firefighting, vehicle extrication, fire prevention, and public education. CCVFD operates two BLS type 1 Fire Engines, one Fire Department Rescue truck, one BLS equipped Brush truck, and 1 wild land Humvee.
CCVFD provides first response EMS services 24/7 via fire engines, brush truck, rescue truck, UTV with an EMS compartment/Firefighting pump with hose and private owned vehicles. Over the last few years, the department’s call volume has tripled, largely to an increase of EMS/Rescue, wild land fires, and structural fire incidents. We are currently requiring our volunteers to become dual trained as certified EMTs/Firefighter, and all front-line apparatus are Basic Life Support (BLS) equipped. CCVFD crews respond to multiple EMS incidents annually with nearly 80% resulting in a transport to a local hospital by Uvalde EMS and/or Utopia EMS. Incidents involving falls on the Frio River among persons aged 10 years and older are on the rise; this age group makes up a large portion of the population during the peak season in Concan. The peak season runs from March through September. This trend may continue as Concan has experienced growth of vacationers over the last few years. Traffic accidents are a common occurrence; however, the incident can escalate in severity especially if it occurs during the peak season.
Concan’s geography is invaluable yet brings a host of challenges. CCVFD coverage area includes Garner State Park and other stretches along the Frio River, which is popular with tubers and outdoor enthusiasts. While Concan has a permanent population of about 300 residents, more than 50,000 people can visit the area on a summer day. One of CCVFD challenges faces is rescuing people out of the Frio River and off Mount Baldy in Garner State Park, which is rugged terrain to access our patients.
CCVFD was founded in 1991 with just a few members in the department and currently has a 21-members on our roster dedicated to the mission of protecting life, property, and the environment. Our department is completely volunteer, and we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. CCVFD responds to your assistance 24 hours a day 7 days a week, 365 days a year in any weather, at any time of the day or night. We spend our weekends and holidays away from family without personal funding from the department to make sure every resident and guest here are safe. With the continued growing amount of traffic in our area, we find the need for our services to be constant increasing. To meet this demand, our dedicated volunteers are continuously training to be able to handle whatever emergency arises and we continually update and improve our knowledge/skills.
Current officers are as followed: Fire Chief Justin Wills, Assistant Fire Chief Rodney Jeffreys, Assistant Fire Chief EMS Wendy Jordan, Fire Captain Cody Shockley, Fire Lieutenant Kelby Bridwell, EMS Captain Reagan Tampke, EMS Lieutenant Kelsey Shoults, and Safety Officer Robert “Mickey” Redus. CCVFD Board of Directors; President Trent Jordan, Vice President Robert “Mickey” Redus, Secretary Cody Shockley, and Treasure Wendi Hightower.
If you would like additional information or have any questions about becoming a member, please stop by the station. Our department meetings are the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30PM. You can also email us at email@example.com.