|The Jamaica Beach Volunteer Fire Department (JBVFD) is a certified First Responder organization with Advanced Life Support (ALS) capabilities founded in 1976. JBVFD is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-based organization dedicated to the safety of the citizens of Jamaica Beach and to the safety of everyone who lives or visits on the West end of Galveston Island. We are part of the Galveston Marine Response organization and have mutual aid agreements with Galveston Island Beach Patrol and Galveston Fire Department for water rescues and structure fires on the West end of the island. The JBVFD is supported by donations from the private and public sectors.|
JBVFD has 34 active volunteer firefighters operating a 2010 Class A Pumper, a 1998 Class A Pumper, a 1983 135’ Snorkel Ladder, a 2000 Medium Rescue Truck, a 2011 Light Rescue Truck, a 2017 Light Rescue Truck, a 2011 Brush Truck, a 2000 Mini Pumper, a 21’ SeaLegs Amphibious rescue boat, a jet ski with a rescue sled, and a 2001 Utility Truck.
JBVFD has an automatic mutual aid agreement with Galveston Fire Department for all structure fires on the West end of Galveston Island, and conversely GFD will assist us with structure fires in Jamaica Beach. We also have an automatic mutual aid agreement with Galveston Island Beach patrol to assist with any water related rescue on the West end of Galveston Island. Additionally, we perform water rescue/searches in West Bay as mutual aid to the United States Coast Guard.
JBVFD is a founding member of the Galveston Marine Response (GMR) which is made up of first responders from JBVFD, Galveston Island Beach Patrol, Galveston Fire Department, Galveston Police Department, Schlitterbahn Water Park, and Texas State Park Police. The GMR is setup to operate in any water related emergency under the direction of the Galveston Emergency Operations Center.
Jamaica Beach VFD is funded entirely by private donations and grants