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PO Box 7765, Horseshoe Bay, Texas 78657
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Station # 2 Address: #1 Community Drive Address: 601 Broken Hills
The Horseshoe Bay Fire Department is one of the emergency service departments within the city structure. The department is staffed by 17 full-time firefighters and 15 part-time firefighters. This staff includes the Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, and three Shift Captains. The department operates out of two fire stations, one near City Hall and the second in ‘west’ on Broken Hills. There are a minimum of four firefighters on duty 24 hours each day. The department provides the emergency responses for firefighting, technical rescues, auto extrications, emergency medical, and hazardous materials calls as well as providing the non-emergency services of fire inspections, pre-incident planning, training, public education, and other safety services. The Horseshoe Bay Fire Department protects the City of Horseshoe Bay and contracts for the provision of these safety services to the communities of Oak Ridge, Blue Lake, The Hills, and Deerhaven.
All of the department’s personnel are certified Fire Fighters per the Texas Commission on Fire Protection Personnel Standards and Education, and each has been certified as an Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Many of the firefighters have degrees and also carry additional and higher levels of certifications as Fire Inspectors, Arson Investigators, and/or Instructors.
To protect life and property by providing quality firefighting, rescue, emergency medical, hazardous materials, fire prevention, public education, and other safety services to the community.
Department Values Include
1. Service to the community
2. Safety of citizens and workers
3. Courteous and professional service
4. Effective and efficient service
5. Seek continuous improvement
The Horseshoe Bay Fire Department protects an area of approximately 26 square miles – this covers the city, our contract areas, and our first-due automatic aid response areas. The department has mutual aid agreements with several of the volunteer fire departments in the region, an automatic aid agreement with the City of Marble Falls Fire/Rescue, and participates in the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System.
The department is equipped with two front-line Class ‘A’ fire Pumpers (or Engines), one reserve Class ‘A’ Pumper, and two wildland firefighting brush trucks.
Our city’s and department’s Insurance Services Offices (ISO) public fire protection classification is 4. The best ISO rating is 1 and the worst is 10. These numerical fire classifications are the determining factor in the establishment of a community’s fire insurance premiums. A major segment of the Fire Department’s strategic improvement plan is to improve fire protection services to maintain or enhance our city’s fire classification.
Fire Code and Ordinances
As our community has evolved into a city, the Fire Department’s role has also expanded. An example of this is the adoption of the International Fire Code in January of 2008 and the implementation of a building plans review process and the initiation of fire and life safety inspections. The department is also involved in the development and enforcement of several City Ordinances such as: Outdoor Burning and Permitting, Fireworks, Fire Lanes, Outside Welding, and others.
Grants and Other Projects
The Horseshoe Bay Fire Department’s FY ’12 Operating/General Fund Budget is $1.46 million, with another $13,000 dedicated to Capital Improvement Budget items. The FY '12 fire protection contracts that the department has with the neighboring communities of Oakridge, Blue Lake, The Hills, and Deerhaven generate $221,300 in revenue.
Over the last several years, the department's personnel have been instrumental in working with CAPCOG committees and federal agencies to help obtain over $2 million in grant funding to improve the emergency radio communications systems throughout Llano, Burnet, and Blanco counties. Horseshoe Bay Fire Department Firefighters also participate in regional training and emergency management exercises, and provide instructors for several of the federally mandated training programs.
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