Our mission The mission of the Fort McKavett Volunteer Fire Department is to respond to emergency situations according to the current resources available to the Department and within the training and capabilities of our firefighters. The Department will coordinate its emergency activities and assist other local area fire departments in those emergencies. The Community Center provides support for the Department through its fund raising and grant writing activities. The Community Center also provides clean, well maintained facilities that can be used by the Fort McKavett community for meetings and special events at a nominal charge to cover utilities and cleaning.
Our History The Fort McKavett Volunteer Fire
Department was formed when the city of Robert Lee, Texas, donated their 1963
Ford C-60 pumper truck to our community in December of 2000. Our first fire chief was Pete
Crothers. We incorporated in January 2001. The Texas Forestry Service
donated two brush trucks and we participated in their
Cost-Shares program for equipment and radios. We also received some
surplus firefighting equipment and a water truck from the Menard Volunteer Fire
Department. Thanks to the tuition reimbursement program of the Texas Farm
Bureau, we were able to send a different member of our fire department to the A&M
Firefighting School in College Station for three consecutive years. David Hirschfeld of San Angelo,
Texas, donated land near the Fort McKavett State Historic Site for our fire
house. By September 2005, with the help of several grants and local
donations, the first phase to build a combination Fire Department and Community
Center was completed. The front façade of the building was carefully
planned to complement the historic buildings of Fort McKavett. The
building plan called for two restrooms, a kitchen, a meeting/training
room, an office and storage areas. With the completion of this first
phase, we could store our trucks and equipment out of the weather.
However, this first phase did not provide for the completion of the interior
areas. There was no heat or air conditioning.
Our Goals The founders of the Fort McKavett Volunteer Fire Department and Community Center envisioned one organization that would fulfill two different goals. The first, and most important goal, was the creation of a fire department. The second goal of our organization was to provide a comfortable environment for our local residents to have meetings, parties, wedding and funeral receptions. The demographics of our area show a large number of senior or near senior citizens who are in need of a safe clean place to get together. Our building is available to rent by our neighbors in Fort McKavett for a nominal fee. We have a long standing tradition to accommodate at no charge the visitation of family and friends following funerals. We have been able to meet this second goal while keeping costs down to less than 6% of our revenue (costs directly supporting and exclusively for our community center program).
Our Community Center plays a big role in how our community gets involved. During Hurricane Harvey, our fire chief organized a food and clothing donation center that collected items for the victims of that storm. Items collected were taken to the San Antonio Food Bank for distribution in the Houston Area. Our members have collected relief supplies for the flood victims in Sonora. They have also collected hurricane relief supplies and monetary donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. We support the Menard County 4H programs and the area Boy Scouts. A community donation was also made to the Memorial Fund of a local young man who died as a result of burns suffered in a motor vehicle accident in Sutton County. We hosted a benefit dinner that raised over $2000 for an elderly couple in Menard who lost their home and all their belongings in a fire. We made a donation of $500 to the United Fire Fighters Association Widow's and Children's Fund after 9-11. We donated $500 in December 2012 to buy clothes and presents for 19 children in 5 families. We have made a landing area next to our building suitable for Shannon's helicopter ambulance service, AirMed1. This will enable the helicopters to land safely without having to land in the middle of a highway. Our first helicopter airlift was in December 2016. We also represent our community by driving our truck in parades in surrounding communities.
Re-Organization Following our by-laws, we have organized such that we have an Executive Committee (Board of Directors) consisting of our officers (President, Vice President, Fire Chief, Secretary, and Treasurer) plus a Sargent at Arms and one At Large position. The officers and executive committee are elected annually by the members of our organization. There are four basic standing committees. The Supplies and Rentals committee ensures we have the necessary supplies on hand for our fund raiser and our community service activities. That committee is also responsible for scheduling building and/or RV site rentals. The Grounds/Building committee is responsible for the upkeep of the building and for keeping our property cleaned and mowed. The Community Relations Committee is responsible to reaching out to our neighbors when they are having surgery, are sick, there is a death in the family, or any other significant adversity. The committee also makes recommendations on supporting local organizations like the 4H club or scouting programs. The final committee is responsible for the organization and implementation of all fund raising activities including our June fund raiser. See the Organizational Chart that follows.
Our Fire House taken: May 2007
Our Fire House taken: June 2010
Community Center Kitchen
Back of building with apron and water catchment tank foundation. A carport was installed across the bay doors. During our fund raiser the carport shades the live music and the food serving line.
Our Training room/meeting room.
Phone: call 911 for emergencies
Mailing Address: PO Box 91
Fort McKavett, Texas 76841
6300 Farm to Market Rd 864,
Fort McKavett, TX 76841
|Vice President||Peggy Whitenemail@example.com|
|Fire Chief||Byron Ratlifffirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Secretary (Recording)||Debbie Woodemail@example.com|
|Secretary (Correspondence)||Paula Swensonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sargent at Arms||Bob Sherekemail@example.com|
|At Large||Ken Lesterfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Zoom meeting ID requests||Lisa Lesteremail@example.com|
|Web Master||Ken Lesterfirstname.lastname@example.org|
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