Arial view of the fire station.

About

Departmental History

Serving Vidor, Rose City, Pine Forest, and the surrounding areas with dedication and pride.

Our story began in the 1940s in the burgeoning city of Vidor, where local emergency needs were first met by neighboring volunteer departments. The community spirit of Vidor led to the formation of our own fire department in 1952, marking the start of a legacy of local heroes dedicated to protecting and serving.

From our first firehouse at Mr. J.C. Arnold’s gas station to the comprehensive services we provide today, our journey has been one of growth, commitment, and resilience. Over the decades, we transitioned from the Vidor Volunteer Fire Department to the Orange County Emergency Services District #1, expanding our services, equipment, and facilities to meet the growing needs of our community.

Now, with two stations, a fleet of state-of-the-art equipment, and a dedicated team, we continue to uphold the values instilled by our founders, embracing change and innovation while honoring our past.

Our Approach

Our Vision

To provide the best emergency services possible to our community and its visitors. We will perform these services with integrity, dedication, and compassion.

Our Mission

Orange County Emergency Services District #1 will evolve, change, and flex to the demands of providing efficient and effective life safety services to the best of our ability, to an ever changing and growing community.

Our Values

  • Family
  • Duty
  • Loyalty
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Pride
  • Discipline
  • Integrity
  • Love
  • Tradition
  • Honor
  • Compassion
  • Courage
  • Honesty

Our Team

Leadership is crucial in guiding our department towards its vision and mission. Meet the dedicated individuals who steer our course:

Robert L. Smith

Fire Chief

Steering our team with wisdom and integrity.

Rose Luce

District Secretary

admin@ocesd1.com

Jimmy Reeves

Commissioner

Each member of our team plays a vital role in our success and your safety. We are united in our commitment to serve and protect, equipped with knowledge, skill, and a deep sense of community dedication.

Firemen connecting the hose to the truck.

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