Founded in 1951, the Bells Volunteer Fire Department is a 100% volunteer department. Operating under the City of Bells administration, the department is made up of resolute men and women firefighters responding from one fire station. Our service area includes the City of Bells and the immediate surrounding area of Grayson County for a total of 61 square miles and a population of 4,800. Our district is rather rural, primarily consisting of agriculture and livestock, with the Red River bordering the north and 3 major highways running through our response area. In addition to supplying fire suppression for our own service area, we also often supply mutual aid to the fire departments in Whitewright, Tom Bean, Sherman, and Denison. The average call volume is approximately 250 calls per year. This includes fire calls, motor vehicle collisions, public assists, and EMS assists as needed. We have 4 members that are certified FF-II. Of these 4 firefighters, 2 are paramedics and 2 are EMT’s. Everyone on the department routinely trains to broaden knowledge and skills, as well as to remain attack ready. We currently have 2 engines, 2 brush trucks and one battalion vehicle in our fleet. Additionally, 10 percent of our district is residential, while 40% is industrial/commercial and 50% is wildland/open space with 10% hydrant protection.