Your Blanco Volunteer Fire Department received very good news from the Texas A&M Forest Service last week. The department was awarded a $200,000 grant, under the rural volunteer fire department assistance program, to purchase a new Brush Truck, which is used primarily fight brush/wildland fires. In fact, the brush trucks are our most used fire fighting apparatus. The Grant requires a 10% match (of funds). The source for the matching funds is primarily from the generous donations made throughout the year by citizens of our Emergency Services District #2.
The new truck will add a significant new capability to our ability to respond to brush or wildland fires as it will contain a larger water tank and pump than we currently have. Many thanks to you, our customers, and the Texas A&M Forest Service for this much-needed grant.
Another highlight of last week was your department's "Show and Tell" at both the Blanco Middle and Elementary Schools.
As part of national Fire Prevention Week, Fire Chief Stewart, Assistant Chief Matt McMain and Firefighter, Lt. Jeff O'Connell, drove their fire and brush trucks to the schools and gave the students a short presentation. After, there was a question and answer period on the duties of a firefighter, the equipment used, types of fires, and what they (students and their families) could do to prevent and react to fire situations. Based on their interest, and the many and varied questions asked by the students, the Show and Tell was a great success! Thanks to all the students, teachers and principals for their support.
Last, on November 3rd, as part of the general election, our citizens will have the opportunity to vote for a $.01 sales tax for the unincorporated portions of south Blanco County, i.e. Emergency Services District #2. If passed, funds raised from that tax will be used by your Blanco Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service to improve the service to our citizens. For further information on the proposed tax increase, email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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