Category Archives: Pearland Fire Dept/EMS

City awarded grant from National Fire Protection Association


SprinklerThe City of Pearland is a 2016 Bringing Safety Home Grant recipient. The grant is awarded by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), as a part of their nationwide Fire Sprinkler Initiative and will be used by our Community Risk Reduction Division of the Pearland Fire Department to help further public education through their sprinkler vs. flashover demonstration.

The Bringing Safety Home Grant is used throughout the country in order to help further the state’s efforts to advance the acceptance and use of home fire sprinklers and lead to increased sprinkler requirements in new, one- and two-family homes.

According to NFPA, the majority of U.S. fire deaths occur in homes. In 2014, home fires caused more than 2,700 deaths, or 84 percent of all U.S. fire deaths, and injured more than 12,000 people. The life-saving capability of home fire sprinklers is the reason why building codes require sprinklers in all one- and two-family dwellings.

For more information about the lifesaving advantages of fire sprinklers, visit

City keeps Pearlanders safe with resident alerts

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 12.15.41 PM


The City of Pearland has migrated to an upgraded version of its Resident Alerts System, which is used to communicate with thousands of businesses and residents within minutes in an emergency.

To sign up to receive alerts, residents should visit to self-register by providing the contact information they prefer. Messages can be sent to residents on any communication path desired – cell phone, home phone, email, text messaging, fax, pager, PDA and more – ensuring they receive life-saving emergency information and important public service announcements.

Through the system, the City of Pearland is able to alert residents about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and other emergencies. In addition, the City of Pearland uses the system to notify residents who opt in to receive traffic alerts, general city news and more.

“We have a commitment to our residents to protect them from any danger that threatens our community. The ability to reach all residents quickly during an emergency to warn them and provide guidance is critical to upholding that commitment,” said Roland Garcia, Emergency Management Coordinator.

“I encourage everyone to sign up for this service to stay connected and informed,” Garcia continued.

The City encourages every resident to sign up for this free service, in order to remain up-to-date in emergency situations. If a resident has previously subscribed to the system, they are still subscribed; however, they are encouraged to log in and update their information  and subscription preferences.

Sign up or review your account details at


Memorial Service for “Buddy” March 31


Pearland mourns the loss of its first Accelerant Detection Canine


Rest easy, Buddy. We’ll take it from here.

The City of Pearland is mourning the loss of their first arson-investigating canine, Buddy.

Buddy and his human, Deputy Fire Marshal Greg Bozdech, have worked more than one hundred arson investigations in Pearland and six surrounding counties.

Buddy, 7, received his five-year service award at the Pearland Fire Department Banquet on Feb. 27. He played a key role during fire prevention presentations at local schools, daycares and public events, reaching countless residents with life saving fire safety messages.

Buddy got suddenly sick on Wednesday (Mar. 9), and Bozdech had to make the heart-wrenching decision to stop Buddy’s suffering on Tuesday (Mar. 15). Buddy had been diagnosed with sudden-onset cancer.

“Greg and Buddy have done great PR for our department, and K9 Buddy will be missed,” said League City Volunteer Firefighter Kevin Kasten. Bozdech and Buddy volunteered for League City for many years.

“I already miss him,” said Bozdech. “It seems to be the little things, like his bed in the corner, that really get to me. He was a great and loyal partner.”

As the firefighters say, “Rest easy, Buddy. We’ll take it from here.”

Pearland loses its first Accelerant Detection Canine


Buddy always had the best seat in the house!

“Buddy,” the first Accelerant Detection Canine used for arson investigations by the Pearland Fire Marshal’s Office, passed away on Tuesday (Mar. 15).

Buddy’s human, Deputy Fire Marshal Greg Bozdech, and Buddy were together for four years.

Buddy passed from rapid onset cancer. The City of Pearland and the Blue Bell Creamery mourns his loss.

View Gallery

Pearland SWAT Team members visit Pearland child with cancer

AlexSWATIn January, eight-year-old Pearland resident Alex Goodman was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. To help boost his spirits as he bravely fights the disease, friends of the Goodman family reached out to Pearland SWAT Officer Karl Fletcher and asked if he and members of the department’s SWAT team could visit Alex at Texas Children’s Hospital.

AlexHatOn Wednesday (Feb. 3), SWAT Team Members Officer Fletcher, Officer Daniel Herrera and Officer Trey DuRant visited Alex and presented him with a decommissioned tactical helmet affixed with one of the team’s patches. Also present were firemen from Houston Fire Department Station 18.

Alex was all smiles during the visit and the SWAT team may or may not have promised Alex a ride in the SWAT MRAP once he gets discharged from the hospital.

Officer Trey DuRant, speaking for the team, said, “We were happy and honored to be asked to participate in this event.”

To visit the community Facebook page called, “Warriors for Alex Goodman,” visit

Pearland Fire Department Station #3 opens with fanfare

569423ed7a945.imageThe City of Pearland held the Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Fire Station #3, located at 3207 Yost Rd, on Saturday (Jan. 9). City leaders, Fire and Police Department employees and members of the community came out to enjoy the food, tour the facility and get a close-up look at the equipment.

The single-story station is designed to support up to 10 full-time staff members, with two pumper trucks, one ladder truck, one rescue truck and two ambulances. Employees at this station will provide fire and rescue response, emergency medical response and fire inspections.

Before the ribbon cutting, Mayor Reid and Chief Riley recognized Dr. Dien Bui for serving as Medical Director for the department for the last 17 years. Bui is also Medical Director for First Choice Emergency Room – Silverlake.

“He’s still in Pearland,” said Mayor Reid. “And like good memories, it’s important we keep good people in the community.”

“He’s been here through all the transitions,” said Assistant Chief Daniel Baum. “Originally, the old Pearland EMS was all volunteers and part-time employees. In 2005, it turned into a department with a mixture of full-time and part-time employees and then it transitioned to the Fire Department. He’s been here the whole time, providing medical guidance.”

City Manager Clay Pearson congratulated Bui as well. “I’m proud to be here, not only for the dedication of this building, but for the recognition and promotions of some of the people that serve in this facility in the important role of public service,” he said.

Driver/Operator Jaime Mendieta was promoted to the position of Lieutenant. Mendieta joined the Department in March 2011 and was promoted to Driver/Operator in May 2013. He was pinned by his wife and son.

Firefighters David Tilbury and Josiah Csiki were promoted to Driver/Operators. Tillbury joined the Department in June 2014. Csiki joined in March 2015. Both were pinned by their wives.

City Secretary Young Lorfing swore the employees in to their new position.

After the promotions, City leaders “uncoupled the hose,” declaring the Station open for business. The building also got a “wetdown” from two pumper trucks, which is a tradition when opening a new fire station.

For more information, visit

City offers $1,000 for info on arsonist


Call 281-997-4650 or email to report information.

Reminder: Fireworks Prohibited

10636573_914905545229652_4455324470834331793_oThe City of Pearland Fire Department would like to remind residents that open burning and the use of fireworks are strictly prohibited within the city limits of Pearland and surrounding Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, which includes all areas normally serviced by the Pearland Fire Department. The use of prohibited fireworks and open burning in these areas is a Class C misdemeanor carrying a fine upto $2000 per violation.

Any questions regarding illegal fireworks or open burning can be directed to Pearland Fire Marshal’s Office at 281.997.4650. To report illegal fireworks incidents, contact Pearland Police Department at 281.997.4316. To report open burning, dial 9-1-1.

For more information, please visit

*Note: Fireworks are also prohibited in Pearland and Manvel ETJs


Fire Station #3 Grand Opening Jan. 9

Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 3.30.21 PM