A ribbon cutting ceremony was held by the Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce in celebration of the grand opening of Fire Station 188 on FM 149 near Karen Switch. This new fire station will not only bring an improvement in fire protection and emergency medical services to the area, but it will also bring increased economic benefits to local residents and businesses.
The new fire station may lower insurance premium costs for residents being serviced by the fire station, as well as helping attract new businesses to the area by reducing their projected overhead and operating expenses and improving bottom-line profitability. As new businesses open and contribute to the tax base supporting local government, residents often times experience a reduction in their taxes.
The Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) was formed as a result of a fire that destroyed the home of James W. Graves, Jr., a local resident, on December 15, 1952. On that same day, the gift of a 1939 International fire truck was donated to Cedric Smith and Wiley Williams by C. H. Daniel, a former Magnolia resident. The birth of the MVFD began with 12 members that included Cedric Smith and J.A. Purvis.
From the humble beginning of a 1939 fire truck, the MVFD now boasts six engines, six water tankers, five grass trucks, a ladder truck, three cascade trucks, a rehab truck, six chief trucks, three medical response units, and two rescue boats. It services an average of 5400 incidents per year over an area of approximately 200 square miles. It is the first fire department in Montgomery County to fully operate on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) infrastructure. The MVFD is committed to training and utilizing cutting-edge technology.