Oakalla Volunteer Fire Department

Wed
14
Aug

Briggs/Oakalla residents discuss new fire station

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Briggs Fire Station planning committee member Steve Schlumpberger discusses growth in the Northeast Burnet County area, and emphasizes the importance of access to water tanks when considering plans to build the new Briggs Fire Station, which will protect a large portion of the County.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Residents of Briggs and Oakalla joined the Burnet County Emergency Services District 8, Oakalla Volunteer Fire Department, and the Briggs Fire Station planning committee at a Town Hall meeting held at the Oakalla VFD Saturday, Aug. 10 to discuss the construction of a new Briggs Fire Station.

The Oakalla VFD recently purchased four acres of land off of US 183 in Briggs, where they will soon build a fire station modeled after their facilities to continue serving the Northeast Burnet County area.

This purchase comes after the ESD 8 decided to allow for the expiration of their contract with the former Briggs VFD earlier this year, after various incidents caused the Board to reconsider its ties to the facility.

Wed
13
Feb

ESD 8 clarifies Briggs VFD contract choice; Elmore: lack of training, call response among reasons

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Burnet County Precinct 2 Commissioner Damon Beierle, second from right, addresses a crowd at a town hall meeting at the Briggs Community Center on Monday, Feb. 11, as he is joined at the front by Sheriff Calvin Boyd, Precinct 2 JP Lisa Whitehead, and ESD 8 President Roberta Elmore. The meeting was called to let residents know why the ESD chose to let a contract with Briggs Volunteer Fire Department expire without renewal.

 

 

 

 

 

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Members of the Briggs and Oakalla communities were given reasons for Emergency Service District No. 8’s recent decision to allow the expiration of their Briggs Volunteer Fire Department contract at a town hall meeting held Monday, Feb. 11, at the Briggs Community Center.

Burnet County Precinct 2 Commissioner Damon Beierle, Justice of the Peace Lisa Whitehead, Sheriff Calvin Boyd, and ESD 8 President Roberta Elmore were present at the meeting, listening to questions and offering solutions to the issues residents faced.

Elmore spent the majority of the meeting fielding questions of all calibers, ranging from the operations of the county’s ESDs to specific questions about the ESD’s decision.

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