Mr. Doug Clough, a devoted leader and mentor in our association for over 40 years went to be with Lord yesterday. On behalf of the Board and membership, we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family. Services for Doug will be Sunday, January 18, 2015:

• Family receiving friends: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

• Funeral: 5:00 PM

• Address: Carter Funeral Home 13701 Corpus Christi Houston, TX 77015

Also, the family has a link that you can visit and leave messages and memories for the family:

Eastex Fire Department
8523 E. Northbelt Dr.
Humble, TX 77396
Phone 281-441-2244 Fax 281-441-2820

Employment Opportunity

The Eastex Fire Department is accepting applications for one immediate opening and to establish an eligibility list for future anticipated openings in March 2015, including part time positions. If you have an application on file and were part of the last list, you may reactivate your file.

Applications may be obtained at 8523 E. Northbelt Dr. Humble, Texas 77396 between 10:00am and 5:00pm Monday – Friday beginning January 13, 2015. Or you may contact Human Resources (Heather Schwalbach) at 281-441-2244 ext 22.

Include in your application a copy of all certifications, drivers’ license, and two passport style photos.


• High School diploma or equivalent
• Twenty One (21) years of age
• Texas Commission on Fire Protection Basic Certification
• Valid Texas Driver’s License
• Emergency Medical Technician License with TDSHS


• Bi-Weekly Pay $34,000 to $38,000 annually, (24hr shifts, 8 day rotation)
• Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance after sixty (60) days provided for employee and available to dependents. The department pays 80% of dependent premium.
• 401 (k) when eligible with eight (8) percent company match.
• 96 hours Paid time off in first year (accrued quarterly) Plus Holidays worked.

Applicant Process
• Application deadline is 5:00pm on January 30, 2015.
• Physical Agility/Written Exam at 8:00am January 31, 2015 @Harris County Fire Training Facility, 2316 Atascocita Road, Humble, Tx 77396
• Panel Interview during week of February 2, 2015
• Conditional Job Offers as positions become available

The Eastex Freeway Volunteer Fire Department is an equal opportunity employer.

Michael Battise

At 11:05 pm, September 1st, 2014, Michael Battise passed away while at the Memorial Heart and Vascular Institute, moving on to his new home. As many of you know, Mike has had a great number of prayers said on his behalf, due to his kidney transplant about 10 years ago, and more recently his double operation for a heart transplant and another kidney transplant. His recent recovery has been a little rocky, due to several minor infections which were taken care of individually with medications.

Michael was a member of Cloverleaf Volunteer Fire Department for twenty-nine years. Michael served in a number of elected positions, including Captain, Assistant Chief, and Chief. A position he served in for eleven years. Under his leadership and tutelage, our Department transitioned very smoothly from an all-Volunteer Fire Department to a Combination Department with Volunteer and Paid Personnel.

His skill concerning administrative situations was extremely beneficial for both the Fire Department and other organizations including the Harris County Fire Fighter’s Association. Michael was elected to serve through the chairs from Fourth Vice President, up to the President’s position and was elected Firefighter of the Year in 2007.

Michael also served on the Board of Managers for the North Channel Emergency Medical Service. In 2000 he resigned from that Board to accept a pro bono position as Director of Operations in an attempt to return the service to a sound financial footing while providing proper emergency service to the citizens. After eighteen months, Michael stepped down while providing the Board with a very capable candidate as a replacement. Michael did all of this along with his full time job and his duties as Chief of the Fire Department. Michael was later elected to one of the seats on the Emergency Services District #6 Board, which contracts with and helps fund the North Channel Emergency Service.

Michael was also very active in the Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Channel Industries Mutual Aid Group. In 2005, under his leadership, Cloverleaf Volunteer Fire Department became the first non-industry/non-municipal fire department to be a member of the Channel Industries Mutual Aid Group.

Michael was also a very dedicated family man. He always found time to spend with his wife Carolyn and daughter Michelle along with his extended family.

He will be missed.