Fire Chief Amy Ramon

Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department’s new fire chief shares what it takes to keep Cy-Fair safe

Written by Marysabel Cardozo | Photography by Kristofor Rodriguez

The Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department (CFVFD) searched across the nation for a qualified leader to champion their team. Little did they know, 25-year veteran Amy Ramon fit the bill perfectly. With roots running deep in Cy-Fair, Ramon beat out more than 50 applicants for the position and became the station’s first female fire chief.

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How long have you been a part of the Cy-Fair community? Since I was in fifth grade. I attended Frances Holmes, Campbell Middle School, and Jersey Village High School.

How did you become a part of this organization? I’ve been part of CFVFD since 1990. I knew people that worked with the station, and I just got hooked on it.

 

What is most important about being a member of CFVFD? The most important thing is giving back to the community. When people join, they’re looking for an avenue to feel included. A way to do that is giving back to the community, your neighbors. You’re responding to help them.

What challenges have come with the job? CFVFD is coming out of a difficult time. We have had contract disagreements with a tax entity, so we’re working very diligently to get through it. The job has kept me pretty busy. There’s a lot less sleep and not a lot of time to sit down and relax.

How was the process of transitioning from your previous position to fire chief? Pretty hectic. I worked in accounting before becoming chief, so I had to do both the accounting position and chief, at first, until we hired and trained a new accounting manager. I consider myself a juggler at this point.

What is your family like and how have they encouraged you in your new position? They’re very proud of me, and I have a very supportive husband. I have three kids, Brittany, 24, Garrett, 20, who goes to Texas Tech, and Zachary, 17, who’s at Cy Woods. They think it’s cool. When we can get everyone together as a family, we go out for dinner or watch sports.

What goals do you have for the department as the fire chief? I want to create one department where everyone is on the same page with the same rules. The volunteer base, the duty crew, and the 24/7 EMS department have been run separately. I want to bring everyone back under one big umbrella. I also want to increase community outreach to show that it’s not a fully paid department; it is largely volunteer-based. I would like to increase volunteer membership and develop more positions for volunteers, such as a public relations manager. It’s not just about going into burning buildings.

What do you want the community to know about CFVFD? We need volunteers from all walks of life and every neighborhood. If they have any desire to participate, we’re more than willing to find something for them to do. I’m very proud of the organization as a whole. We couldn’t do this without employees and volunteers. I’m very proud of the effort that gets put out there. CFM

MARYSABEL CARDOZO is a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in journalism. She feels very connected to Cypress and the community.