This is the beginning of a series of articles designed to let you, our citizens (and customers), know more about your Blanco Volunteer Fire Department. If you have specific questions you’d like addressed, please pass them to the Editor of the Blanco County News who will forward to the Department.
First, your Blanco Volunteer Fire Department is a department in transition! We’re moving forward with new leadership, a stronger recruiting program, improved training, more modern equipment, and objectives that are aimed at supporting the goals of the Blanco Emergency Services District (ESD) #2.
Brain Reid has taken the reins of the department as Interim Chief. He is a certified volunteer fire fighter who owns and manages his own business in Blanco County. He has established a recruiting goal and plan of 25 new volunteers this year. He has also established a training program to both certify and provide continuing education to our volunteers. Working in conjunction with our paid and volunteer fire fighters, Brian has begun identifying new and replacement equipment needs and items that need modification or upgrading. The purpose of these initiatives is to provide the community with the most modern, up-to-date equipment and trained personnel available.
Further, in coordination with the goals of ESD #2, the department has begun planning to become a first responder organization. The Texas Health and Safety Code defines a first responder organization as a group or association of certified emergency medical services personnel that, working in cooperation with a licensed emergency medical services provider, provides immediate on-scene care to ill or injured persons but does not transport those persons. The Blanco VFD and EMS are working together to realize the goal of becoming a first responder. Again, the purpose is to provide the citizens of our district with the best and most reliable emergency services possible.
In summary, the Blanco Volunteer Fire Department is on the move! In future articles, we will provide updates to our goals and objectives, highlight personnel and equipment, provide fire safety tips and education, and describe daily operations. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call either Brian Reid or Ron Sallman at the Fire Station to discuss opportunities. That number is: 833-5009.
Last, a Big Thanks to the families who support our volunteer (and paid) fire fighters. Without their strong support, we would not have a fire department. Give a hearty “Thanks” next time you see one of our fire fighters – and come by your Fire Department for a visit too!