DMR VFD NEWS
Davis Mountains Resort Volunteer Fire Department
YOUR 2018 - 2019 DMR VFD CHIEF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mike Fryer - Chief

Marvin Voiers - President
Cathy Gossett - Vice-President
Shannon Barron - Treasurer
Edna Queen - Secretary
Ken Gossett - Board Member at Large
Marvin Voiers      Cathy Gossett    Shannon Barron    Edna Queen         Ken Gossett
President          Vice President         Treasurer             Secretary          Member at Large
Mike Fryer
Chief
DMR VFD ANNUAL MEETING RESULTS
On June 30, 2017, the DMR VFD held it's Annual Meeting.  
                                                                                            October 6, 2018  DMRVFD MITIGATION

Even though it rained pretty heavily last night and the grass was still very wet this morning, we were able to get the mitigation done today.  A big thank you to the people when showed up.  More people helping would
have been great but we still got a lot accomplished.  As always the food was outstanding.  Thank you to the usual suspects for bring food to feed mowers.   Thanks to all of the volunteers:  Willis and Maria LeJeune,
Cathy and Ken Gossett, Sandi and Stewart Billingsley, Vicky and Paul Conners, Darrel Lewallen, Sam House, Rebecca Leach, Bert Legarde, Marvin Voiers, Diana Strong Brevard, Jeanette Williams, Mariel Davis, Cindy
Davis, Janette Winters, Edna and Sam Queen and our Chief Mike Fryer.     Thank you, Edna Queen - DMRVFD Secretary
FIREWISE PRESENTATION
       
On October 27th, the DMR Firewise community held their 2018 annual meeting.  Attendees viewed the video, "Wildfire" and received an Information package to guide their efforts at hardening    
their property against fire. Training was followed by a Q&A session to answer specific questions, and refreshments were served.  If you missed our meeting, and are interested in scheduling a
personalized visit to assist you with improving your properties chances of surviving the next fire, please contact the DMRVFD at 426-2800 to set up an appointment.  Thanks to all who attended,
and a special thanks to our support team for making our annual meeting a success.

Fireman Roberta Daugherty - Fire Wise Coordinator and Fireman and & retired Fire Marshall Stewart Billingsley - Fire Wise Co-Chairman
BRUSH PILE BURNED

Sun. Sept. 9, 2018 - The DMR VFD burned the brush pile today. The conditions were good for doing this and it needed to get done as the brush pile was very large.
If you see or smell smoke, that is probably what it is. If you see or smell smoke outside the area of the community center, please call 911 and we will check it out. Y'all
have a great day today!   Marvin Voiers - President DMR VFD Support Group
                                                                                                                  2018 ANNUAL DMRVFD FIRE CHIEF'S CHRISTMAS DINNER

On Saturday, December 15, 2018, the DMRVFD hosted it's annual DMRVFD Chief's Christmas Dinner. What was really interesting this year is that before the dinner began, our firefighters were called out and assisted
firefighters from Fort Davis on a 30 acres grass fire called the Lawnmower Fire behind Point of Rocks of Hey 166.  Some new property owners may have been a bit surprised when our firefighters arrived back from the fire.
This was good, everyone quickly saw or was reminded of the work our firefighters do. Thanks to the firefighters, the Support Group and other volunteers who kade the night's event a success. Special thanks to firefighter
Stewart Billingsley for taking the great photos.  
Click here to see those photos!
On Sunday January 13th, the DMR VFD spent the day working on the station and the trucks. The Fire trucks were cleaned and the old gasoline was siphoned out of the pumps and replaced with new fuel. The pumps were
operated for a few minutes to insure that they were in good working order. The station’s propane lines were checked for any leaks. The old jeep was stripped of its pump and hose reel in preparation of its sale. The 51 year
old jeep has been retired as a piece of firefighting equipment.  The Fire trucks were exercised for a few minutes. Fortunately we have had little need to use them.  The DMRVFD has received a $20,000.00 grant from the Texas
Forest service to purchase fire and rescue equipment for the department.  HB-2604 grants are extremely important to small rural departments to supplement our limited funds.  We will use our grant to improve our rescue
and emergency response capabilities. This grant will allow our department to replace outdated equipment or to purchase equipment that we have been lacking. The grant does not cover PPE.  Therefore, we will use our ESD
funds to outfit our new personnel for fire school.  Fire School is February 21 - 24 in Fort Davis.  We hope to have 8 to 10 people in attendance.  
THE DMR VFD WELCOMES FIVE NEW FIREFIGHTERS!
Charles Court         Donna Monroe            Paul Conner
JANUARY 2019 TRAINING EXERCISE
Photos by Stewart Billingsley
Edna Queen        Michael Garcia
                        
                                  APRIL 6, 2019 ANNUAL TRASH PICK-UP

On Saturday April 6th, 2019, DMRVFD support team and firemen got together to participate in the “Don’t Mess with Texas” annual trash pick-up on our
section of Highway 166, mile marker 179-181.    Some of us met up at the fire station, the rest met up at the mailboxes.  Thank you to everyone who came
out to help. We had 11 Volunteers present.  Support group members that volunteered were; Cathy Gossett, Vickie Conner, Maria Lejeune, Willis Lejeune,
Marvin Voiers, and Mariel Davis. Representing the Fireman, Kenneth Gossett, Paul Conner, Charles Court, Donna Monroe, and Edna Queen.   As always,
we broke into two groups, one going east and one going west.  We had enough people that we had 2 people cleaning around the mailboxes.  Willis found
a small pry-bar in good shape. Some **##@@ dumped a propane grill on the side of the road. We moved it up to where our trash bags are normally left.
Trash was very light, only one full bag after combining 11 bags together! Very few cigarette butts!  I did post a small rant on the community Facebook page
about the amount of cigarette butts that were pickup last time, so maybe it worked?  Our next pick up date will be June.

Edna Queen - Fireman
                          LOREN SPENCER RETIREMENT

The DMR VFD would like to announce and thank Loren Spencer who has retired from the
Fire Department after seventeen years of exceptional service. Loren has served as a
Firefighter, a Captain and as Chief during his years of service.  Always a positive force
willing to pitch in whenever and however he was needed, he will be missed.  Loren will
continue to assist EMS on calls within the DMR. We would encourage everyone to thank
Loren for his many years of volunteer service.

Respectfully, Michael Fryer,  Fire Chief
                                                        2019 SPRING FLING

Dear Y'all,  

You rock!  Spring Fling was a HUGE success this year with over $1600.00 raised to support our very own
DMVFD. In spite of the very weird weather we had. (Read Bob Moreau's post about that topic!).  We didn't
have the vendors and sellers we had hoped for this year but had over 60 items in the raffle and a very nice
bake sale. Along with two very more than generous donations allowed us to meet our goal.  I was so happy
to see the members of the DMVFD this morning. They jumped right in moving tables, helping Robert Tyree
set up the food court, the ladies setting up the raffle table and bake sale tables.  They stayed the whole day
and helped wherever they were needed. I cannot thank them enough for staying and breaking down the
whole set up. That is the hard part. They are a good team!  The list is to long to name ever single person
that contributed to the success of Spring Fling. No effort was to small. Thank you!

Davis Mountains Community Church was glad to host this event and look forward to many more.  We chose
as a group to make this an annual event in an effort to not only raise the much needed money for the
DMVFD but also bring our community together in comradery. It was good to see friends I haven't seen in
awhile.  I am glad to announce that Spring Fling 2020 will have the New Mexico Gunfighters next year. They
have committed to doing 2-3 shows that is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Again, thank you! Without all of you we could not have done this.   Blessings,  Mike & Tracii Logan and
DMCC