In 1929, a group of concerned Devine citizens gathered to address the need of a fire department for the community. The citizens that gathered formed the Devine Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department. For close to 100 years, community members from all walks of life have proudly served the Devine citizens and the surrounding area as volunteer firefighters.
In 1929, when the department was created the original station was located at 202 E. Herring Ave (Station 1). This station remained the only in service station until 2019 when Devine Volunteer Fire & Rescue moved to the current station, The Dubose Firehouse, which is located at 1419 CR 5710. The Dubose Firehouse has become the main response station while Station 1 is used for other department and community needs.
The original incorporation paperwork was filed in 1955. This allowed the department to become a recognized 501c3 non-profit organization. In 1984 an updated incorporation was filed and granted. A large accomplishment was made in 2009 when Emergency Service District #2 was formed and contracted with the department to provide service for not only the City of Devine but the unincorporated area around Devine.
Today, Devine Volunteer Fire & Rescue consists of nine apparatuses and thirty personnel. 24 of those personnel consist of our Chiefs, Line Officers, Active Firefighters and Cadets. These individuals have put in over 2300 training hours for this year alone. 6 of the active personnel are a part of the Fire Auxiliary who work behind the scenes.
In 2021, Devine Volunteer Fire & Rescue opened the Devine Fire & EMS Academy. The first adult EMS class graduated 17 students and continues with adult evening EMS courses. The 2022-23 school year has brought a new dynamic to Devine Volunteer Fire & Rescue with the start of the High School EMS Academy. This academy has been built for juniors and seniors in the area as a vocational program to allow them to graduate high school as state certified Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians.