History

Celebrating over 30 years of service!  For more history and pictures click here.

Before the early 1980’s, Trophy Club had a few houses but was mostly undeveloped land, protected by a volunteer fire department in Roanoke.  In 1982 the Municipal Utility District, with the support of the Trophy Club residents, established the Trophy Club Volunteer Fire Department.

This all-volunteer department was housed in a one-room brick structure near the present day intersection of Trophy Club and Indian Creek Drives.  A local developer bought a 1959 open cab American LaFrance fire truck to get things started.

In 1985 the Municipal Utility Districts built a new 3600 square foot fire station, located at Trophy Club Drive and Municipal Drive, to house equipment and provide storage.  Over the years modifications were made to the building, such as adding make-shift offices, sleeping quarters, and a dining area to accommodate new staff.  In 1994 Trophy Club hired its first two full-time Firefighter/Paramedics, but the Fire Department remained a combination paid and volunteer force.

The DPS Era

In 1999 the Town of Trophy Club signed a two-year contract with the Town of Westlake to provide police, fire, and emergency services.  The Trophy Club Westlake Department of Public Safety (DPS) was formed and included nine full-time paid staff, as well as a fire chief and fire marshal. When the contract with the Town of Westlake ended, Trophy Club kept the DPS concept and staff were cross-trained as Police Officers and Firefighter/Paramedics.

In 2000 Trophy Club joined the North East Fire Department Association (NEFDA), a group of fourteen communities in the north east part of Tarrant County.  Together we manage several disciplines like mass casualties, bomb response, high angle rescue, and hazardous materials.  The manpower and equipment for these specialties is well more than any city could afford alone, so we buy the equipment as a group and share the costs.   For more information on NEFDA services available to Trophy Club, see the NEFDA page.

The Trophy Club Fire Department

In 2006 Trophy Club separated the Police and Fire/Emergency Medical Services and hired a new Police Chief and promoted Fire Captain Danny Thomas to Fire Chief.  By that time the old fire station was overcrowded and deteriorating; of the 3600 available square feet, equipment took up 2640 square feet, leaving little room for offices or living space.  Fortunately the community came together and supported a bond through the Municipal Utility District to build a new fire station.  While the new Trophy Club Municipal Utility District No. 1 Fire Station was built on the same site as the old station, the Fire Department took up temporary quarters on land donated by the Trophy Club Country Club.  On August 27, 2011 we had the Grand Opening to welcome the public to our new home.

Reaching Out

Through a Texas Forestry Services grant (a 2004 grant which was awarded in 2010) the Trophy Club Fire Department was able to acquire a brush truck to aid in suppressing wildland fires.  2011 was one of the most destructive fire seasons this state has ever seen; over 4 million acres and 1800 homes were lost.  We spent 3 weeks away from home responding to the devastating Possum Kingdom Lake and Bastrop fires.  It was an honor to be part of a task force consisting of firefighters from Grapevine, Southlake, Richland Hills and Hurst.

Looking Ahead

Trophy Club has grown rapidly in the last few years, doubling the footprint of our development and adding over 600 new homes and an over half-million square foot high school.  The demand for fire and emergency medical services has increased along with the growth, and will continue to increase as we approach 15,000 residents at build out.

It is the objective of the Trophy Club Fire Department to serve the town’s citizens by safeguarding their lives and property, and providing a professional level of emergency medical care, all within the budgetary guidelines as prescribed by the Town and the MUD No. 1.  To keep pace with the community’s needs, we are always looking for ways to improve service levels without increasing the budget.  We have increased our public education efforts to help residents prevent fires and emergency medical situation, and are encouraging residents to get involved with the Emergency Services Volunteer Programs (Citizens’ Fire Academy, Citizens’ Police Academy, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)).