Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department & EMS Today
Today, the Spicewood Volunteer Fire Department & EMS remains a fully-volunteer department with approximately 20 volunteers to handle some 300 emergency calls each year in a 55 square mile area of southeastern Burnet County, Texas.
The department serves as the primary Fire responders in the District and as first responders in medical and other emergencies for basic life support (BLS) services.
Under a separate BCESD9, the Marble Falls Area EMS provides coordinated advanced life support emergency services (ALS) and ambulance transport services to area hospitals. MFAEMS also provide medical training
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 department's annual operating budget is approximately $250,000, and upgrade/replacement of the department's aging apparatus is a high capital priority.
The Department operates under a contract-for-services with the Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 9.
While the department receives financial support from BCESD and from Burnet County government, third-party donations, grants and the department's (or its Auxiliary's) fund-raising activities, ALL remain important to the health of the organization.
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.