Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department & EMS Today
Today, the Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department & EMS remains a fully-volunteer department with approximately 28 volunteers to handle some 300 emergency calls each year in a 55 square mile area of southeastern Burnet County, Texas under contract to the community through Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 9.
The department serves as the primary fire responder in the District and as first responder in medical and other emergencies for basic life support (BLS) services. Under a separate contract with Burnet County, the Marble Falls Area EMS provides coordinated advanced life support emergency services (ALS) and ambulance transport services to area hospitals. Air ambulance service is also available from nearby Air Evac 49 stationed in Marble Falls.
The department has one station on TX-71 near Spur 191 featuring 5 apparatus bays and with 12 fire and emergency medical apparatus and related safety equipment housed there, along with a mechanical shop, training rooms, kitchen, office, storage areas and restrooms.
The current SVFD-EMS apparatus inventory includes:
Unit # Description
5620 Pumper 1977 Ford/E-One
5621 Rescue/Engine 1984 Seagraves
5640 Water Tender 1994 GMC
5641 Water Tender 1988 Ford
5642 Water Tender 1978 Ford
5651 Brush 1967 Kaiser
5652 Brush 1967 Kaiser
5653 Brush 2007 Chevrolet
5654 Brush 1989 Ford
5655 Brush 2006 Ford
5656 Brush 2013 Ford
5660 EMS First Responder 2004 Ford F-550
The department receives some financial support from the ESD and from Burnet County government, but the bulk of support still must come from third-party donations, grants and the department's (or its Auxiliary's) fund-raising activities. The department's annual day-to-day operating budget is approximately $160,000, and upgrade/replacement of the department's aging apparatus is a high capital priority.
Spicewood VFD-EMS, Inc. is a non-profit Texas corporation with federal Section 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status. Under state law and its Bylaws, SVFD-EMS is governed by a member-elected board of directors and officer slate.
As can be seem from the map below, the department's primary service area straddles TX-71 and is bounded on the east by Travis County, on the north by the Colorado River / Lake Travis, on the west by Burnet CR 401 and on the south by Blanco County. A number of new residential subdivisions are either under construction or planned in the service area, and are not depicted in the map below.