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According to the Blanco County website page:
"9-27-22 Burn Ban executive order of Co Judge signed 9-27-22.pdf"
A Burn Ban is in effect as of Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022, and expiring on noon, Oct 25, 2022.
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(see FAQ section)
APPLICABLE COUNTY FIRE ORDERS & CODE:
The Blanco County website normally contains links to current fire-specific documents on their home page, including:
Blanco County Fire Code
; Blanco County Outdoor Burning Guidelines
; and Blanco County Burn Ban Status
to be taken there.
Blanco County has had an Emergency Services District since the mid-to late 1980s. Up until around 6 years ago, the Johnson City Volunteer Fire Department had been fortunate to have outstanding leadership within the Blanco County ESD1. The prior leadership worked with the Fire Department, not against it. That is how it is supposed to work. Unfortunately, it has not worked that way since the unexpected passing of the ESD’s prior president and the unfortunate change of the guard.
The new ESD’s regime, led by president David Obannon, has been unwilling to work with the Department and its firefighters from the start. He has undoubtedly worked against us. Over the past 6 years, the turmoil caused by the ESD pushed many experienced first responders and emergency leaders away from service. Ask folks who were present during some of the meetings about what has taken place.
The ESD has refused to promptly reimburse the Department for expenses incurred to protect the community. The ESD board members are unduly critical of the Department and its hard working and dedicated firefighters. But when disasters hit in Texas, the State of Texas is quick to call on our firefighters of the Johnson City Volunteer Fire Department to assist. The State of Texas calls on the Johnson City Volunteer Fire Department when folks need it most because the State of Texas trusts the abilities and training of our firefighters.
We are certain that almost all of those who have unfortunately had the need for emergency firefighting services when their lives and property were in great danger understand that trust—ESD board member Mike Megna excluded. Mr. Megna recently had a fire at or near his residence that was promptly taken care of by some of the same firefighters he recently voted against. This comes of no surprise to us. It is the Department’s understanding that Mike Megna accepted his position as an ESD board member with the understanding that he would not also be a board member of the Round Mountain Volunteer Fire Department. He is now on both boards and wears two hats. We have asked around and found no other ESD board members with Mr. Megna’s dual role.
Very recently, the ESD board threatened to terminate tax funding to the Department if it did not sign a one-sided contract that included a provision that the ESD could terminate the contract by simply giving a 90-day notice for any reason whatsoever and without any cause. The ESD represented to the Department that it would not exercise this 90-day termination provision. The Department, as it always has, put the safety of the community first and voted to authorize the contract to be signed under protest.
Not long after, the ESD did exactly what it promised us it would not do. On September 18, 2022, the board members of the Blanco County ESD1 voted to terminate the contract with the Johnson City
Volunteer Fire Department and exercised the 90-day notice provision to terminate. The ESD did not give a typical 30-day notice to the Department setting forth any specific alleged breaches of contact by the Department. The ESD board members’ decision flies directly in the face of their duty to provide the best emergency response for the taxpayers.
It has been a long battle with this ESD board and its current president. Now the ESD is attempting to seize all assets of the Department even though these assets were purchased by the Department with the generous donations and fundraisers given by the community.
This ESD board simply cannot be trusted.
We are in awe of the enormous outpour of community support we have received over the last few days. We promise to continue to do our job and protect the families of this community with the same hard work and dedication that we have put forth in the past. We firmly believe that it is best for the community to allow us to continue to do our job.
We ask that you contact your Blanco County Commissioners and ask them to put a stop to this take-over attempt. This ESD board must be removed.
As always, it is an honor to serve you. Thank you.
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Ray Bible, President
Johnson City Volunteer Fire Dept.
PO Box 316, Johnson City TX 78636
We provide fire and rescue services under contract to North
Blanco County Emergency Services District, who provides tax supported revenue to
service an area of 600 square miles of northern Blanco County, with a
population of 4,000 people. Our response district
encompasses the Johnson City Independent School District &
the communities of Johnson City, Round Mountain, Hye and Sandy. Our territory
includes 3 major highways, LBJ National Park, Pedernales Falls State Park, and
one of the top hunting and scenic areas in the State. Note: EMS
services are provided by our sister organization, North Blanco County EMS (www.NorthBlancoCountyEMS.org).
ORGANIZATION: We are an IRS 501-c-3 tax exempt, non-profit organization. We have an
elected 4 member Board of Directors from within the membership. The Fire
Chief reports to this Board, and is in charge of Operations.
We have 24 members. All of our fire personnel are volunteers. We
have a very active group on non-fire volunteers who assist with the
administrative needs of this organization.
MEETINGS: We meet on each Wednesday at 7:00 pm at the Fire Station. Training on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays, and Business Meeting on
the 4th Wednesday.
LOCATIONS: We have a single location, which houses our fire apparatus, administrative offices, day/night staff crew quarters, and training center. We are located in
Johnson City, the birthplace and hometown of President Lyndon Baines Johnson. We are located in the heart of the Central Texas Hill Country, and are
approximately 50 miles west of Austin, our State Capitol.
CAPABILITIES: 11 trucks: Tanker 1 & 2, Rescue 1, Utility 1, Engine 1, Arial
1, Brush 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
SPECIAL MISSION REPORT:
Johnson City Volunteer Fire Department and North Blanco County EMS
responded to a water rescue call at Pedernales Falls State Park on
Wednesday the 25th, 2007. The call came out as two people
in the water. Upon arrival to the campgrounds all units had to
continue on a gravel road. The units then reached the end of the
road and all rescuers were then on foot for another 1/4 of a mile. The
first fire unit then dismounted and went ahead of the main party.
They had to cross a creek, which was chest high water, to get to the
area where the people were. Due to the fact that no one had any
contact with the victims or anyone on scene, Star Flight was
requested. Pedernales Falls Park staff accompanied the firefighters
across the creek.
Johnson City firefighters Roy Burdett,
Kemp Elliot, and Captain Shane Buck had entered into the water to
retrieve the victims. Chief James Dildine remained dry on land
relaying information. They also reported to the rest that there are
actually three people in the water clinging on to trees.
Communications were sparse with the firefighters due to the radios
being left on the shore. They did relay updates when they would
reach shore with a rescued victim. Star Flight did arrive to the
scene and hovered trying to find the firefighters and victims that
are still in the water. Star Flight ended up landing on the opposite
shore and watched the rescue. They did mention to the firefighters
that if they needed help to let them know. Captain Buck replied that
they were retrieving the last victim and that they should be o.k.
Once all victims were on shore, Captain Buck relayed information to
EMS unit 315 that they were heading toward the ambulance. Unit 315
relayed to the dispatcher that all victims were out of the water.
Once all victims arrived to the ambulance, warming measures were
initiated and no one complained of any injuries. The firefighters
were injury free also. Folks, what you have here are three very
courageous individuals. Swift water operations are very dangerous
work. I have been trained in swift water rescue and I don't like it.
The task at hand was larger then the firefighter's own safety. I am
sure that the fact one of the victims was 9 years old played a big
part as to why they decided to get wet. From where the main party
was we could not see the rescue. I found out later from Firefighter
Burdett, that they were in water where they couldn't touch the
bottom. I'm sure it was difficult for everyone else as it was for me
to not see if they were alright. If you see Buck, Burdett, or
Elliot, you know what I'm gonna say, Slap 'em on the back and tell
them how much you appreciate them. They did a very brave and great
By Tim Vasquez, NBCEMS
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