Poolville Volunteer Fire Department
Our Mission: To provide fire prevention, suppression and rescue services to the residents of Poolville and neighboring communities.
In the Fall of 2013, the Poolville VFD and the Poolville High School created this video about the dangers of texting and driving. There are some graphic images, but no one was injured in the making of the video. Click the button below to watch the YouTube video.
The third Wednesday of every month Poolville VFD holds a training session. The VFD is called upon for all types of emergencies...including motor vehicle accidents. These pictures are from the training held in March, 2013.
Volunteer Firefighting At Its Best...and Worst
Submitted by Michelle Rhodes - Palo Pinto VFD # 541
Like any job, firefighting has its advantages and disadvantages. It has its ups and downs, moments when we want to rip our hair out and moments when we all stand proud.
The best part comes from saving a person or animal from a burning building, the worst is not being able to save anything. When arriving on the scene of an accident or fire is when being a part of the team kicks in. Working together, side-by-side, with other fellow firefighters for the greater good makes all the difference in the world. It's not for ourselves, always for others.
Alot of hard work goes into being a volunteer firefighter. It's not just throwing on the gear and going. It consists of trainings, meetings, work days, fundraisers, time away from families, and lots of stories to tell. The trainings are for everyone to learn and be able to fully operate any and all equipment that is in the fire department. This is a good time to know what everyone can and can not do. This is also a time for the firefighters to ask any questions pertaining to vehicles, equipment, gear, etc. As far as training goes, it also teaches to be part of a team, to think as one, to know what others are thinking. This is important when being on a call, knowing what to do and how to do it. If not for the trainings we would all be lost and confused.
The meetings are for everyone to get together and discuss issues of the department. Maybe there's mechanical problems with a truck, or personal issues with another firefighter. There's new business to discuss and old problems to solve. There's voting on certain things, such as whether to purchase a new computer or what kind of fundraiser to have. A huge portion of these meetings are all done by unanimous voting. The department officers do not do any major decision making until brought in front of the others members for a vote.
Fundraisers are the departments way of making money to keep up and going. Because it is a volunteer department it relies heavily on donations and the help of the community. The fundraising committee can be very creative in coming up with ways to make money. For example; car washes, yard sales, bake sales, fun runs, banquets, and lots more. This brings in money for the department to pay bills, pay for repairs, purchase new gear if needed, purchase new vehicles if needed, and basically, to keep the department up and running.
Time away from families is just that. It takes time to train a firefighter, takes time to teach one all they need to know to be safe and aware of their surroundings when on a call. This can not be done by sitting at home watching movies with the children, but in the end, it's worth it. There are family functions that are good for everyone of all ages, but it takes alot of work to put that all together.
Some people say that there is no way they would ever be a volunteer firefighter. They say it isn't worth it if we don't get paid. They say it's too dangerous to put our lives on the line for others to be saved. Well, they're half right. Yes it dangerous, but then again, so is walking down the street. We may not get paid a salary wage or even an hourly wage, but the rewards are endless. The endless satisfaction at the ned of a long day, knowing that because of our team someone still has a house to live in, or someone's life was saved. It's not always a happy ending, but knowing that we all did our best, well that makes it worthwhile. The community knows they can count on us to be there in their darkest hour, when they need us.
Don't be afraid to join a volunteer fire department. Even if fighting fire's is not one's cup of tea, there is so much more to a department than that. Not everyone goes out on calls, but we all do our part. So go visit a local department today and become a member of the team.
For better or worse, we're in it together!
March 1st - April 30th
Helpful Links For Poolville Residents:
Motor Vehicle Accident 1
Tractor Fire 1
Grass Fire 5
Structure Fire 2
Car Fire 1
Road Hazards 1
Public Assistance 1
Poolville VFD actually took delivery of its newest truck on April 1st, but they have been outfitting it with supplies and equipment for most of the month.
As the press release from the Texas Forest Service states, the bulk of the cost of the truck was paid for by a grant from the Texas Forest Service. The remaining balance (approximately 50 K) was supplied by ESD1.
Skeeter Brush Trucks began building trucks in 2008 after purchasing Emergency Equipment Repair in Kirby, Texas. They improved upon its original design with the collaboration of wildland firefighters and engineers.
In 2015 they built new assembly and manufacturing facilities and relocated to Hillsboro, TX. Where they continue to make improvements to their quality and design as they grow to accommodate the demands of today’s wildland firefighting industry. Today, there are over 500 Skeeter Brush Trucks in service protecting communities from coast to coast. They currently have over eighteen employees and deliver over fifty units annually.
Poolville’s Skeeter truck is a hefty 4 X 4 with a 350 HP White Freightliner diesel engine. It will hold nearly 1000 gallons of water compared to the much smaller brush truck currently in the department, which will hold only 300 gallons. It also has many compartments for storage of gear and supplies, and additional storage can also be found on top. It has two 150 reel type hoses, one on the back and one on the side. Additionally, it has two sprinkler type nozzles mounted on the front bumper for wetline sweeps. The truck will serve primarily for brush fires and structure fires according to Deputy Chief Hicks. As of May 1st, the truck has never been out on a service call, which is a good thing, but it is ready.
One of the interesting aspects of this truck is that it is designed to be operated by a team of only two firefighters.
Poolville VFD’s current fleet now consists of two brush trucks, one rescue truck, one engine truck, one tanker truck which will carry 3000 gallons of water, and one ATV.
The department is now “kicking around” the idea of having a “push-in” similar to the one they had several year’s ago with the truck that boasts the Poolville School’s mascot, the mighty monarch.
Newest Addition to the VFD Stable Arrives
Poolville: April 27, 2019
Article and Photos by Greg Bade
The truck boasts many storage areas both in side panels and on top.
Two roll-up hose units - 150' each. One on the side and one in the back.
Two rigid bumper mounted spray nozzles for putting down a wetline.
A spacious, interior where one man can control most of the operations of the truck.
And of course what would a fire truck be if it couldn't spray water?