DMR VFD NEWS
Davis Mountains Resort Volunteer Fire Department
Dec. 10, 2016 - DMR VFD Annual Chief's Christmas Dinner
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The Davis Mountains Resort Volunteer Fire Department Annual Chief's
Christmas Dinner was a great success!   Turkeys, hams and other great food
was provided by the VFD Support Group and Firefighters.  Our neighbors  
supplemented the meal to share with their neighbors.  We had a fantastic
turnout.  We're gathering photos from anyone that took some at this great event.
 Feb. 25, 2017 Highway Trash Pick Up  -  Finally, a mild temperature morning without wind!   14 volunteers picked up trash on the DMR VFD's 2 mile stretch of highway.  
Bi-Annual DMR VFD Support Group Meeting  -  Saturday, April 1, 2017 -  the  was held and had a great turnout.  Discussed was the upcoming Memorial Day Spaghetti
Supper & Art Sale, projects within the fire department, the upcoming June DMRVFD Board elections, the annual BBQ and possibly a "Pie" Labor Day event.  A Firewise training meeting
followed and included a video and presentation by Ken Gossett.  West Texas Fire Extinguishers (a bucket and tow sack) were handed out to the participants.
April 8, 2017 - Highway Clean Up  -  DMR VFD Firemen and Support Group members turned out again to clean up our two mile stretch of Highway 166.  Anyone wanting to join in on
the fun next time just need to contact Edna Queen at 426-2111  (Thanks Edna for the photo).
DMR VFD Support Group President Marvin Voiers / Ham Operator - After Marvin retired in 2015 and moved to the DMR, he took part in a Ham Radio Operator's Class in Jan. 2016.  
He passed his "Technicial License" test on 01/30/16.  He then studied for the "General Class" license, which he passed on 04/28/16.  The hardest license to get is the "Extra Class" license.  Marvin
passed that test and received the "Extra Class" license on 03/14/2017.  Being a Ham Operator is a fun hobby.  If you are interested in becoming a Ham Operator or have a question, please contact
Marvin at 432-299-0290 and he'll try to help you out.
                                                                                        09/02/17 - PIE and DANCE DMR VFD BENEFIT!
A note from Edna Queen:  

I don’t know about you all but I am moving rather slowly today.  What a fun night that was.  A big thank you to DJ Jules!!! You keep us dancing even when we cleaning up! For most of us it had been far too long since we
had danced all night (ish)!  Thank you.  As for the money, we made a respectable $880.00.  The money we made was on pie sales and donations alone.  I would guess we had about 65 people in total.  I forgot to put
out the book for people to sign. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the people who brought PIES!  It was quite an impressive sight if I do say so myself.  Thank you to the servers, a vital but thankless job.  Roberta, an
extra thank you to you!  You did so much cleaning up as we went along, something that I greatly value!  Dancers, thank you for making it fun for all of us.  Dang those cell phone, there is film (oh no) to document our
dance moves or lack there of.  I said before but I will say it again.  We are a great team!  It takes all of us to make these events successful.  See you in two weeks, September 16, for mitigation.  We are serving
hamburgers and hot dogs.  I will need some potato salad, Marvin your fabulous beans and of course desert. Russ is making more Chili for Chili cheese dogs! We had a couple of bags of Fritos left.  I think there is
some pie or cobble being frozen to thaw back out the day of.  Shannon said she would cook, Sam we will need to borrow your grill again.  I will send an email out as we get closer.   Our next monthly meeting is
Thursday September 14, at 6 pm.     
With all my gratitude,  Edna Queen
February 8, 2018 - The DMR VFD Support Group met for the monthly
meeting. it also happened to be our President Marvin Voiers birthday.  Edna
organized the group and made a surprise birthday cake for Marvin.  
Apparently nobody leaked the surprise birthday party to Marvin as he baked
and brought his own cake!  Happy Birthday Marvin!

                                                                                                        February 20, 2018 Highway Trash Pick Up

                                          Thank you so much to those of you who were able to come out this morning to pick up trash.  It was windy but not too cold.  All together we had 2.5 bags of trash with one bag of
                                                          recyclables.  Thank you Willis for taking those. Support members present today were Sam House, Sue and Chuck Smith, Maria and Willis LeJeune, Janette Winters, Marvin Voiers,
                                                          Mercedes Gonzalez, Cathy Gossett and Edna Queen.  Community members who came out to help were Terry Biegler, Mariel Davis and David Wilson.  It was very windy but the traffic was
                                                          light and we were finished in a little over an hour.  Mariel found a rolled up    dollar bill.  I think she is the 3rd person who has found money and always on the north side of the mail boxes.
                                                          See you on Saturday, April 7th, for the annual "Don't Mess With Texas state wide trash pick up.  Of course it is too far away to know what the weather will be like but we can schedule a
                                                          pick up for any date one week before or after if needed.  Thank you once again for being such a great team to work with.  You guys rock,
                                                          Edna Queen - Highway Trash Coordinator
                                                                                    Fire Chief Report to the DMPOA  March 10th 2018

                         We are now into our traditional fire season.  Our temperatures are warmer than normal, our fuel moisture is low.  Weather is the dominant factor that drives large fires, residents should remain alert on
                                   red-flag days and be ready to evacuate on short notice in the event a fire starts within the DMR.  Weather models say conditions in 2018 will be similar to 2011 and 2012 which we remember for the
                                   Rock House, Tejano, and Livermore Complex fires.  Please use extreme caution when engaging in any activity that could produce an ignition.

                                  The county burn ban is still in effect, no ground fires are allowed.  Burning while the ban is in effect will result in citations and possible fines.  Due to critical fire conditions the burn ban will be vigorously
                                   enforced.

Our vehicles are ready, fueled up and ready to go.  Attendance is up at our monthly training meetings, as firefighters prepare for what looks like an active fire season.  Last month about 3/4ths of our firefighters participated in
wildland fire training at the mile high academy in Fort Davis.

We are working on upgrades for our brush trucks, installing modern LED light bars, cell phone boosters, and GPS units to assist our firefighters in their emergency response.

Both the state and national historic park have conducted their scheduled prescribed burns.  The current burn plan suggest burning about every five years to reduce the fuel load and to help reduce invasive plant species.  
There may be a prescribed burn in the nature conservancy this next week, so you may see or smell smoke.   Those that are signed up for the counties reverse 911 service should receive a notification.  The reverse 911
system will be the primary emergency alerting system for the DMR in the event of an emergency.

The fire department has a web page at www.DMRVFD.com.  Refer to that site for information about fire department activities, or for updates in the event of an emergency.

If you have a medical emergency, smell smoke, or see fire, call 911, and remember to say you are in the DMR.  Within the county there are other communities with similar street names.  Tomahawk trail is here in the DMR,
Tomahawk drive is in Limpia Crossing.  If you need help do not send it to the wrong community.  Do post your address on the road so it will be visible to emergency first responders.

You need to know that emergency services in the DMR are provided by volunteers, we do this for you, for our community, and best of all we do it for free.

Thank you.       Ken Gossett DMR Fire Chief
                                                                                         December 16, 2017 Annual DMR VFD Christmas Dinner

                            Thanks to of the DMR VFD Firemen and Support Group Members who helped clean and decorate the fire station, set up on Saturday morning, to the cooks who made such wonderful food and to
                            Julian, who played such great  music!  The clean up crew, we are a well oiled machine we can strike a set with the best of the veteran roadies!  Thank you to the crew today who came to put
                            everything up!  All together we are an excellent team.

Raffle Quilt - We raised $625.00 in total, ($245.00 from the night of the party and $380.00 from previous sales).
Miscellaneous art sales $195.00
Donations for the department $100.00
Donations for the new Jeff Davis County ambulance - $1,103.00

We had approximately 65 people in attendance with a lot of new people there for the first time.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
                                                          Click Here for Photos!
                                                                        FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING

March 25th training focused on fire extinguishers.  Class time covered OSHA fire extinguisher training objectives.  Attendees
followed up class time with an opportunity to practice with a live fire exercise.  Practice provided fun of all!

Thanks Edna for the photos! .
                               April 7, 2018 Trash Pick Up

The DMRVFD Support Group and Firemen participated in the "Don't Mess With
Texas" statewide trash pickup.  The group cleaned up the DMR VFD's 2 mile
stretch along Highway 166.
Fire Chief Report to the DMPOA  April 14h 2018

We are now experiencing several red flag weather days each week.   Weather is the dominant factor that drives large fire behavior.  The national Weather service red flag warnings indicate
a collection of critical fire weather conditions that can drive explosive fire growth and extreme fire behavior.   Residents should remain alert on red flag days and be ready to evacuate on
short notice in the event a fire starts within the DMR.  The National Weather service advises that 2018  will experience weather patterns similar to 2011 and 2012 which we remember for the
Rock House , Tajano and Livermore Complex fires.  

On March 14th the department was dispatched to a fire reported on Tomahawk Trail near Thompson trail.  The call was bogus and was dust from water well drilling.  

On March 28th FDVFD was dispatched to a fire at the intersection of Hwy 166 and Hwy 17.  Several members of the DMR fire department that are also members of the FDVFD  responded
and fought that fire.  The rate of the fires growth was so fast that it required a truck to keep up with the fast moving fire front.  The fire was contained in just over a hour, burning 52 acres,
and is a good example of how fast a fire can grow in dry windy conditions.

Emergency 911 call dispatching will be transferred from Marfa, to Hudspeth county's Sierra Blanca within the next few weeks.

Our station electrical upgrade is now complete, AEP connected our new electrical service this week.  In an emergency situation our station will have backup power supplied by our standby
generator.  

The fire department has a web page at www.DMRVFD.com.  Refer to that site for information about fire department activities, or for updates in the event of an emergency.   

If you have a medical emergency, smell smoke, or see fire, call 911, and remember to say you are in the DMR.  Within the county there are other communities with similar street names.  
Tomahawk trail is here in the DMR, Tomahawk drive is in Limpia Crossing.  If you need help do not send it to the wrong community.  Do post your address on the road so it will be visible to
emergency first responders.  

You need to know that emergency services in the DMR are provided by volunteers, we do this for you, for our community, and best of all we do it for free.  

Thank you.

Ken Gossett DMR Fire Chief