Welcome to Highlands Fire Department

The Highlands Fire Department is an all Volunteer Organization that protects an estimated 15,500 people living in an area of 25 square miles located in Highlands, Texas. We operate out of two stations that protect residential and rural areas. The department consists of 49 members, but is looking for additional members. The department was founded on October 29,1942. We respond to structure fires, brush fires, vehicle fires, motor vehicle accidents, water rescues, hazmats and medical assist type calls.


Cecil Howard Kelly

Retired Highlands firefighter, Cecil H. Kelly(89), passed away Wednesday morning, December 9, 2015. He was born August 31, 1926 in Batson Texas. He served Highlands Fire Department for 48 years. Please keep his family in your prayers during this time of sorrow. Cecil will be missed by all who knew him.


Brandon Dewayne McCartney


Brandon McCartney, 25, of Houston, passed away Thursday, November 5, 2015 in Houston. He was born March 8, 1990 in Baytown. Brandon was former longtime resident of Baytown and a 2008 graduate of Ross Sterling High School. He was a fireman that started his career with the Highlands Volunteer Fire Department at the age of 16 and served us for nine (9) years.  He was with the Houston Fire Department from 2013 to October of this year when he joined the department at the Port of Houston and also worked with the Jacinto City Fire Department.  At 18 Brandon became a Master Mason at Old River Lodge #1442 in Mont Belview, Tx. Brandon was loved by many. Truly an angel here on earth who touched your heart with his witty personality, funny humor and infectious smile. May we try to find comfort knowing he is now our angel above watching over us all.

                             Message From the Chief

Welcome, and thank you for visiting the Highlands Fire Department’s website. We appreciate your taking time to learn more about the fire department and its organization. Please take the time to explore the different areas and links the site has to offer. Also feel free to visit our station at 123 San Jacinto St. anytime.

Highlands Fire Department is made up of 49 volunteer firefighters and 22 paid EMS personnel of dedicated men and women that pride themselves on serving the residents of Highlands, Texas.  We staff a fire crew most of the time 24 hours a day and also serve the community 24 hours daily with part time paid ambulance crews. We also crew a second ambulance Sunday thru Saturday each week from 7am to 7pm.  Highlands is a wonderful place to work and live and as a department we hope to continue our strong partnership with the community, as we have for over 70 years.

I have served this community as fire chief since 1992.  I would like to thank the department for their continued dedication, courage and hard work.  I would also like to thank the residents of Highlands for their generous donations and support to our department. Without these combined efforts, we could not protect our community as well as we do. After all you are why we are here.

I would like to wish all our members and the citizens of Highlands a good 2016.  God bless you all and keep each of you safe from harm.


Chief Harvey Little