Volente eNews

August 31, 2015                     VFD Newsletter, Siren, Burn Ban, NNO
                VFD Newsletter Mailed To Residents, Available Online               
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The News From VFD was recently mailed to residents in our area. Inside is great information on what has been going on and is being planned as far as operations, fire prevention, training, funding and more. If you would like an electronic version (pdf), just click on the newsletter image to the right.
If you did not receive a mailed version and believe you should have, just send us a reply and include your address so we can check on it.  
                Old is New Again - Community Siren               
Community siren on water tower
At the fire station, Volente has a working piece of history mounted on the water tower: the old call notification siren. In the "old days" this siren was used when there was a call in district to notify the volunteers that their services were required. The siren was used until the advent of small radio pagers that the volunteer fire fighters would wear on the belt and keep with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, always ready to respond. We've now moved on to the latest technology which notifies the department members via a simple application on their smart phones, so we are a couple of steps past the old siren days.
With that in mind, we have decided to refurbish and repurpose the siren for community notification. Unlike a tornado siren that tells you to take cover immediately, our siren will indicate to area residents that you need to immediately turn on a TV, radio or check the local news on a smartphone to find out what is going on. This could be used for any type of incident that may affect the district, such as hazmat gas release, wildland fires, dangerous weather or any other type of regional emergency that could endanger the residents.
Siren closeup
We will be testing the siren on a regular basis to confirm that it works when we need it. We will be doing the tests on the first Saturday of each month at 12 noon.  This way we shouldn't bother anyone too much. We will post the siren test day and time on the front page of the department website and post it on our station sign board to help remind all those that drive by.

                County-wide Burn Ban Extended               
Burn Ban in Effect
The Travis County Commissioners Court issued a new ban on outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the County. The previous burn ban was set to expire Aug. 26.
"While parts of the County have received rain, other areas have not," said Travis County Fire Marshal Hershel Lee. "Fires easily start and spread in dry vegetation. Until we see widespread rain throughout the County, a burn ban will help reduce the risk of wildfire." 
The burn ban is scheduled to expire on Sept. 23, unless action is taken by the County Judge, Commissioners Court or Fire Marshal. Next Tuesday, Sept. 1, commissioners are scheduled to again consider and take appropriate action on outdoor burning. 
This ban on outdoor burning does not affect a prescribed burn under the supervision of a prescription burn manager. It also does not affect outdoor hot work when done under the guidelines established by the Travis County Fire Marshal's Office. Prescription burn managers and those in need of outdoor hot work permits must contact the Travis County Fire Marshal's Office or the fire department in whose jurisdiction the work will be done.
Barbecuing in Travis County Parks and Parks managed by the County is allowed as long as the fire is within a closeable container or a container with a lid. You should also have water nearby in case the fire spreads. Call 9-1-1 immediately if a fire gets out of control.
If you have questions about the burn ban, please call the Fire Marshal's Office at 512-854-4621, or contact your local fire department. (Volente Fire Dept 512-258-1114)
                National Night Out is Coming October 6th               
2014 NNO
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Go ahead and mark your calendars for this year's National Night Out in Volente. It will be Tuesday evening, October 6th at the Volente Fire Hall. As in past years, we will have plenty of free hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and desserts for the community. There will also be fire department and sheriff department equipment and personnel on hand. It's fun for the whole family.
 See photos from last year's event by clicking on the image.