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!
New Fireman

On Feb 13, 2020, the
DMR VFD welcomed
our newest Fireman,
Kendrick Smith!
                                                Attention!!  

I am suspending "face-to-face" departmental training to reduce the risk of
transmission of the Corona Virus. Our training program will continue via
electronic means.

When local, "community spread", is detected our emergency response will be
adjusted or suspended as required to maximize firefighter safety.  

Fire Chief Ken Gossett
May 27, 2020 Trash Pick Up

Thanks to the members that assisted
with our May 2020 highway trash
pickup.

Fire Chief Ken Gossett