DMRVFD NEWS
Davis Mountains Resort Volunteer Fire Department
                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                 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.  
JANUARY 2019 TRAINING EXERCISE
Photos by Stewart Billingsley
                                                                               APRIL 6, 2019 ANNUAL TRASH PICK-UP

On Saturday 04/06/19, 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 and 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
                                                                                                                            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.
OUR 2019 - 2020 DMRVFD BOARD

Ken Gossett     -   Chief
Cathy Gossett   -  President
Marvin Voier    -  Treasurer
Edna Queen     -  Secretary
Ken Gossett                         Cathy Gossett                        Marvin Voier                       Edna Queen                
Chief                                    President                               Treasurer                           Secretary
                                                                                     Sept. 9, 2019 Trash Pick Up

Firemen and support team members pick up trash this morning along our section of highway 116. We manage to get it done before the rain came! Mariel sorry you
are not in the picture again.  Sam House,  Rebecca Leach, Mercedes Baeza, Ken Gossett, Cathy Gossett, Marvin Voiers, Patricia Garcia and Michael Garcia.
Not pictured: Edna Queen and Mariel Davis.
                                                                                       DMR VFD MITIGATION

On September 28, 2019, the DMR VFD hosted their annual community mitigation of the area surrounding the fire station and community center. The DMR support team
served hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings.   For more information and photos, go to the DMR VFD Page on the
DMRVFD.com site!
2019 Annual Christmas Dinner

A great crowd turned out for the dinner and everyone had a good time.  We have a lot of wonderful cooks in the DMR!  
Click here for photos of the event!
Feb 13, 2020 - Welcome
to the DMRVFD's newest
Fireman, Kendrick Smith!
                                                            Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course

                                            NOTE:  This is a FREE program with limited seating. There are NO pre-requisites required to take this course.

This course is intended to provide the knowledge and skills citizen volunteers need to effectively serve their community; efforts to prepare for local emergencies and respond to them
are the focus. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) are organized, trained, and equipped to educate the public regarding emergency preparedness and perform many
of the emergency functions needed in the aftermath of a disaster. CERTs coordinate their efforts with, and are intended to supplement the efforts of, a community’s professional
emergency response staff.

The CERT course consists of eight modules, which address:
• Disaster preparedness
• Fire suppression
• Disaster medical operations (2 modules)
• Light search and rescue
• Team organization and disaster psychology
• Terrorism and CERT
• Course review and disaster simulation

Basic CERT Training classes are offered by local CERTs as well as by local organizations that are trying to establish teams. CERTs, and organizations trying to establish them,
normally disseminate information on the availability of CERT Training to local volunteer groups and through the local media. If you are interested in participating in the CERT
program, check the federal CERT web site for a list of CERT programs in your area and call the point of contact listed to obtain information on your local CERT organization and
training schedule.

Prerequisites & Other Information:  No previous experience in emergency service is required, but participants should have an interest in such service and a willingness to serve once
trained. As CERT responsibilities include disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical aid, and light search and rescue, individuals with training and skills in these
areas may be particularly useful as CERT members.
                                                     
Date Span:  04/03/2020 - 04/05/2020           Class Times: 04/03   12:00 – 19:00        04/04   09:00 – 17:00      04/05   09:00 - 17:00
Location:  Davis Mountain State Park, TX-118 N. Park Rd. 3, Fort Davis, TX
Region:  Rio Grande Council of Governments            Instructor:  Hildreth, Richard          Provider: FEMA - Emergency Management Institute
Point of Contact:  Avelardo Talavera  - Texas Division of Emergency Management    915-276-6528     al.talavera@tdem.texas.gov