Round Mountain Volunteer Fire Department hosted an open house for residents of their service area in North Blanco County on Sunday, April 22, 2012. The public was invited to meet the volunteer firefighters, see the department’s firefighting equipment, and tour the facilities. North Blanco County Emergency Medical Services ambulances and the Air Evac medical helicopter were also at the event, and EMS personnel were available to describe their services for those attending.
Approximately 130 residents attended and all expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to meet the fire and medical personnel. A free grilled hamburger lunch was served, and fire education publications and information on the fire department were distributed.
Round Mountain VFD presently has 11 volunteer firefighters, and a supporter organization which cooks hamburgers and hot dogs as a fundraising activity at the horse auction held in Round Mountain monthly.
Mike Megna, President of the RMVFD Board of Directors, stated that the department members had no way of predicting the turn-out – “we were ready for 12 or 200 – but all of the members felt the need to become better acquainted with the residents in the RMVFD service area, and the desire to have our neighbors get to know the department and its capabilities.”
“By our criteria, the event was a huge success, and several people expressed an interest in becoming either a volunteer firefighter or supporter. Additional personnel is a critical need, especially now that wild land fire season is just around the corner.”
RMVFD provides fire and medical first responder services to an area of approximately 250 square miles, and last year answered 50+ initial or mutual aid calls.
For more information, contact Mike Megna at 409-771-1340 or 830-825-3200 (Fire Station recorded line).