As everyone is aware the central Texas area is experiencing critical fire weather behavior. Last week our entire region was under siege. Although we do not have any current large scale fires occurring right now in Travis or Williamson counties, conditions are still favorable for another outbreak until we get significant rainfall.
I am proud to report that all of the regions departments worked very closely last week to mitigate the fires in our immediate area. Our department assisted on all of the fires in Travis County.
We were able to accomplish this with the response of our volunteer and paid fire fighters alike. Throughout the period we were assisting on other fires, we had more fire fighters on duty then are normally staffed, to respond to additional emergencies in our district.
There are several things that I would recommend that all residents of the ESD do. They include: registering your phones for Reverse 9-1-1 and developing an emergency plan for your family to ensure that you are ready should a wildfire develop in our area. This system lets you register your cell phones. You can also register your phones for addresses of family members in other areas of the region.
The following are links to Ready- Set-Go and CAPCOG's wireless registration Register your phones. Both of these links are on our website, www.vvfd.net. In addition, check out the link to the Texas Forest Service. They have several additional videos that you might find helpful.
I would encourage each of you to check out these links and make sure that you are: Ready-Set-Go for a wildfire. Don't hesitate to contact the fire station should you have any questions.
Walter Groman, CFO
Volente Fire Department