Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue


Batla named new Horseshoe Bay fire chief

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Brent Batla was unanimously named the city's next fire chief during the Oct. 15 Horseshoe Bay City Council meeting.



By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The new Horseshoe Bay fire chief is no stranger to towns which straddle a county line, and no stranger to Horseshoe Bay, either.

Brent Batla was unanimously named the city's next fire chief during the Oct. 15 Horseshoe Bay City Council meeting.


Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue chief resigns

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Horseshoe Bay City Manager Stan Farmer and Fire Chief Joe Morris, on the left, shared a moment during one of the city's council meetings. After being with the city since 2015, the fire chief announced he will retire to move to South Carolina.





By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

Horseshoe Bay is looking for a new fire chief after Joe Morris announced his retirement from the position Friday, Aug. 9. His last day with the city will be Friday, Aug. 23.


New vehicle and staff fine tune Marble Falls Fire Rescue resources

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Marble Falls Fire Rescue Firefighters, from left, Andy Sanguiet, Travis Rabb and engineer Randy Rankin, on Jan. 21 prepped the agency's new squad vehicle, which enhanced their ability to handle multiple emergency calls.





By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

After nearly a week of being in-service Marble Falls Fire Rescue personnel noticed the benefit of the entity's new squad response SUV.

“It's a better use of resources,” Marble Falls Fire Capt. Sam Stacks said. “It's going to improve our customer service.”

Crews placed the response vehicle in service the morning of Jan. 15.

“So far, it's working great,” Marble Falls Fire Engineer Randy Rankin said. “It's putting less wear and tear on the engine.

“It's also much easier to maneuver.”

Along with the new SUV, the department received a $553,968 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.

The grant increases the number of firefighters within the agency, adding one to each shift. Each shift will staff five firefighters. The new crew members were sworn in on the same day the vehicle went into service.


Brush fire forces evacuation near Horseshoe Bay Airport

Lew Cohn/The Highlander
A brush fire which got out of control in Horseshoe Bay around 2:45 p.m. Aug. 25 adjacent to the airport resulted in recommended evacuations for nearby residents.




From Staff Reports •
Surrounding agencies are battling a brush fire which ignited mid afternoon Aug. 25 in an area adjacent to Horseshoe Bay airport.
The bulk of the blaze is on the north side of Texas 71 and moving northwest towards the airport.
"(The) fire started from a spark from a land clearing machine," Burnet County Judge James Oakley stated. "This is just how dry the fuel is and then with just a little wind, things can easily get out of control."
Fire officials have requested evacuations of residents in the path of the wildfire as a precautionary measure.
Burnet County Sheriff's Office dispatchers are receiving reports of billowing smoke seen for several miles and falling ash as far north as Hoover Valley.



HSB awards fire station bid

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A contract to begin the first phase of remodeling Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue's Central Fire Station was awarded by the Horseshoe Bay City Council Tuesday to Roan Commercial Group LLC for $172,730.


Win a fire engine ride-along in HSB parade


Imagine yourself waving from a shiny new Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue fire engine in the city's 4th of July parade. Then, quick buy a ticket in the drawing to benefit the Hill Country 100 Club.

Today, Thursday, June 29, is the last day to purchase a ticket for a ride-along on one of the new Horseshoe Bay fire engines in the city's 4th of July parade.

For the donation of $5 each or $20 for five tickets, you not only get a chance to join the parade in a Horseshoe Bay Fire Rescue truck, you support the Hill Country 100 Club.

A winning ticket is good for space for two adults or an adult and a child, four years or older, with a booster seat and an adult qualified to sign the liability waiver for the ride.

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