The Leon Springs Volunteer Fire Department (LSVFD) provides first responder emergency and medical services, fire suppression, HAZMAT response, swift water and high angle rescue response, and fire prevention education and public emergency awareness instruction. LSVFD is funded primarily by the Bexar County Emergency Services District No. 4. The department covers a geographic area approximately 67 square miles, roughly from Babcock Road north to the Bexar County/Kendall County line and from Ralph Fair Road west to Toutaunt Beauregard Road and includes all of the city of Fair Oaks Ranch. The population in the service area is over 31,000 residents and the department responds annually to nearly 1,100 calls – both the population and number of calls are increasing steadily. The department is proud to be classified by the Insurance Services Organization, Inc. (ISO) as a very respectable Public Protection Class 3/8B, which results in a very favorable reduction to homeowner and business property insurance rates.
The department operates out of four fire stations strategically located throughout the coverage area to ensure that equipment and personnel are ready and available to respond anywhere services are required within the jurisdiction. In addition to the volunteer firefighters/EMTs/paramedics, a team of paid, part-time firefighters/EMTs staffs two of the stations 24/7. When emergency calls are received, the paid personnel and any volunteers present at a station respond in fire department apparatus. Volunteers not located at a fire station respond to the nearest fire station and acquire an available apparatus or join others who are departing in additional department vehicles.
Whether paid or volunteer staff, we take pride in the continuous training we are involved in that keeps us ready and prepared to respond immediately to emergency situations. Training is conducted regularly by department personnel and outside subject matter experts. When schedules permit, volunteers are encouraged to attend formal, outside training programs offered by the county, the state, or professional emergency services training providers and tuition generally is covered by the department.
The mission of the Leon Springs Volunteer Fire Department is to protect lives, property, and the environment against hazards, natural and manmade. This is achieved by identifying and preparing for the needs of the community, cost-effective allocation of resources, and promoting cooperative relationships. Excellence in training and education is utilized to create a dedicated volunteer and professional workforce through prudent fiscal management. These attributes work together to provide a high level of fire prevention, fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical care, and related services to all the citizens, businesses and visitors of the LSVFD service area, and provide mutual aid as available to surrounding fire districts through continuous improvement, timely risk assessment, professional development, robust training and dedication to the community.