Smoke alarms for Atascosa County families

Atascosa County Fire Marshal Todd Perna with some of the smoke alarms that will be available to be installed by Atascosa County fire department personnel for those who register with the County’s variSee ous volunteer fire departments.

Atascosa County Fire Marshal Todd Perna with some of the smoke alarms that will be available to be installed by Atascosa County fire department personnel for those who register with the County’s variSee ous volunteer fire departments.

On Saturday October 11, 2014 at 10 a.m., at the Atascosa County Courthouse, Attorney Wyatt Wright will donate 2,800 smoke alarms to the Atascosa County Fire Marshal’s Office.

The county’s 11 volunteer fire departments will install them at no charge in the homes of families that cannot afford them. No family should be without smoke alarms. THEY SAVE LIVES!

Through the generosity of the Wayne Wright Law Offices, the Atascosa County Fire Marshal’s Office and all Atascosa County Volunteer Fire Departments, can now implement a free smoke alarm program so that no home in Atascosa County is without one.

BRING YOUR KIDS TO THIS EVENT: They’ll meet “Sparky, the Fire Prevention

Clown” from the Poteet VFD. Fire trucks will be available for kids to explore. They’ll have fun in the Pleasanton VFD’s Fire Safe House and learn what to do if there is a fire in their house!

For more information: Call Todd A. Perna, Atascosa County Fire Marshal/ EMC, (830) 769-2029 Smoke detector Facts:

• Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke spreads fast in house fires. A smoke alarm will help you get out in time.

• Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

• The risk of dying in reported home structure fires is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

• Majority of residential fire fatalities occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep.

• Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.

• Local Fire Departments recommend changing or testing smoke detector batteries when the time changes in areas that have Daylight Saving Time.

• The smoke detector was invented in 1890 by Francis Robbins Upton.


Pictures of each department and the business community which show their gratitude are on pages 13C and 14 C in this issue.

Ata-Bexar VFD
25580 Pleasanton Road
San Antonio, Texas 78264

The actual location of Ata-Bexar “County Line” VFD is just a few yards inside Bexar County on Old Pleasanton Road, but they respond to a large number of fires and wrecks in Atascosa County. They are also medical first responders. The department has been in service for over 30 years. Anyone in the northern Atascosa County area that is interested in joining this department should know they hold business meeting on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

The department now has one paid full-time firefighters at the station. Volunteers and donations are always welcomed. The officers include: Fire Chief Kenneth Bouldin, Asst. Chief. Paul Espinoza, Captain Nick Hencey, President Branden Applewhite, Vice President Sheree Bouldin, Secretary Nancy Miller and Treasurer Ron Umburn. Board Members are Chief Engineer Billy Hammond, Milton Miller, Lyndzie Porter and James Kuhlman. Other members are Jan Stacey and Robyn Mueller-White.

Campbellton VFD
P.O. Box 5
Campbellton, Texas 78008

The Campbellton “Paisano” VFD collects community dues — an annual donation mailed in by Campbellton area residents. However, the department’s area also covers an area that includes McCoy, Peggy and Fashing.

The department is always in need of both members and donations. “Paisano” firefighters cover most of the southern and southeastern portion of the county. They are often called for assistance at accident sites on IH-37. The department’s officers include: Fire Chief Martin Llamas Jr., Asst. Chief Homer Garcia, Secretary/ Captain/ EMT-B Chris Llamas, Lt. Joe Sotello and Treasurer Dora Llamas. Those interested in becoming volunteer firefighters may contact the fire chief at 830-256-4456. Join them in their fundraiser “Turkey Bingo” and more this Saturday, October 11. Brisket and sausage tacos/sandwiches will be served starting at 5 p.m.

Charlotte VFD
P.O. Box 714
Charlotte, Texas 78011

Donations are always needed. Money raised helps the department maintain their equipment and allows the members to receive related training and to purchase needed equipment.

The department is inviting area residents to come and join them for the Charlotte VFD Firemen’s Barbecue to be held sometime in November. The profits will be used by the department for operating costs and equipment.

This department has a very big need for volunteer members. Even if you are a resident living near Hwy. 173 to the north or the McMullen County line to the south, please volunteer.

The department’s area of responsibility is the largest of any area in Atascosa County. It extends from Hwy. 173 south to the McMullen County line. The department is also one of the smallest in number of members. The department could certainly use additional members and the community’s support. Officers in the department include: Fire Chief Robert Romo, Asst. Chief Jerrod Roberts and Sec./ Treas. Clarissa Romo.

Christine VFD
P.O. Box 101
Christine, Texas 78012

Christine’s VFD is looking to add new members. The current members have been working hard to keep their equipment running and need donations to help fund purchases of necessary gear.

The department’s area of responsibility covers the south central portion of the county.

Anyone interested in joining the department should contact one of the members. They meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.,m.

The department’s officers include: Fire Chief Joe Meyer, Asst. Chief Willie Hagedorn, President Matthew Jerkins, ,Vice President Daylon Maddox, Treasurer Jackie Jerkins, Secretary DeeDee Hagedorn, Vice President Daylon Maddox. Board members are: Pierre Andersson, Kenneth Howard, Raymond Moczygemba, Charlie Smith, Doris Smith, Kye Maddox, James Sieffert, Rudy Gonzales, Rosaria Andersson, Cotton Sieffert, Janene Meyer and Marty Paglaria.

Jourdanton VFD
1227 Simmons
Jourdanton, Texas 78026

Jourdanton VFD has a large area of responsibility in the center of the county. It reaches southward near Christine and northward toward Poteet. The east and west boundaries are bordered by areas covered by the Charlotte and Pleasanton departments. Jourdanton fire-fighters are in need of volunteers and donations. The department answers about 200 calls each year that are fire or wreck related.

The department will be demonstrating fire prevention and offering tips at the Jourdanton schools this week..

The department meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7 p.m. Jourdanton VFD officers include: Fire Chief David Prasifka, Assistant Chief, Jay Fojtik, President Tom Poenisch, Secretry Rita Munoz and Treasurer David Martinez.

Leming VFD
P.O. Box 193
Leming, Texas 78050

Leming VFD responds to fires between Leming and Ata-Bexar to the north as well as areas to the east, west and south to Pleasanton. The officers at Leming VFD include: Fire Chief Andrew Martinez, Asst. Chief Domingo Martinez, Pres. Juan Ramon Rodriguez, Vice Pres. John R. Rodriguez, Treasurer Jessica Ottinger, Sergeant at Arms John . Rodriguez, Secretary Brandy Fournier. Members in Leming meet first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Lytle VFD
P.O. Box 299
15078 Main Street

Lytle, Texas 78052 The Lytle Volunteer Fire Department was established in 1955. It covers the northwestern corner of Atascosa County. However, their responsibility does not stop there.

They are dedicated to the prevention and suppression of fires, as well as response to medical emergencies and other incidents in Lytle as well as Atascosa, Bexar and Medina Counties

Lytle VFD, like other departments in the county, needs lots of new members and donations. They meet on Mondays at 7 p.m. Officers for 2014: Chief/ Treasurer Matthew Dear, Asst. Chief/Vice President Roger Garcia, Captain/ President Kevin Dear, Captain Chris Lange, Lieutenant Rene Flores, Lieutenant Joseph Perez, Firefighter/Medics – Andres Cantu, Abygail Perez and Javier Guerra..Website: Email:

Pleasanton VFD
P.O. Box 405
Pleasanton, Texas 78064

The Pleasanton VFD has typically been the largest department in the county. With the size also comes a large area of responsibility in fighting fires. It covers an area from between Jourdanton and Pleasanton on the west to the Wilson County line on the east.

There has been a decline in department membership as the area’s workforce has taken jobs in the oil and gas industries. They are no longer available to respond to fires while working for large and sometimes distantly located companies.

The department also supports a large rescue unit which includes Jawsof Life equipment. In addition, the department’s members also train in water rescue. It is also custodian of a communications van designated for regional homeland security.

Chuck Garris, is the department’s Fire Chief. Chief He is now the first paid Fire Chief in the VFD’s history.

The department trains every Monday night at 7:00 p.m. They have been demonstrating fire safety this week to area daycares and schools.

The department’s officers include: Fire Chief Chuck Garris, lst. Asst. Fire Chief Junior Bosquez, 2nd Asst. Fire Chief Scott Garris, President Aaron Leal, Vice President Josh Rodriguez, Secretary Gene Bosquez, Treasurer Chris Tavernier, Public Information Officer Louis Gutierrez Jr., Sgt.-at-Arms Richard Capps, Chaplain Randy Zepeda and Board Members: Joe Carrasco, Jorge Quiroga, B.J. Martinez, J Garcia and Trini Bosquez.

Poteet VFD
P.O. Box 966
Poteet, Texas 78065

The Poteet VFD is located in the heart of the Strawberry City on Avenue H. The fire station is also home for the large strawberry monument, the Poteet family monument and the Poteet Canyon monument. Poteet VFD is in need of additional members and would especially like to have more firefighters who can respond during the day. The department is in need of several pieces of equipment.

The department’s area of responsibility reaches northward to the Blackjack Oak area south of Primrose. To the west, the area reaches almost to Rossville. The eastern boundary is near Leming and goes south to the area covered by Jourdanton. In addition to hosting a National Night Out, holding a demonstration all day at Poteet Elementary on Friday, gathering at the courthouse on Saturday to help distribute free smoke alarms – they will also assist in parking at St. Philip Benizi Church festival this Sunday.

The department’s officers include: Fire Chief Curtis Adams, Asst. Chief Fabian Herrera, Captain Ariel Herrera, President Rick Flores Sr., Vice President Nemencio Tijerina, Co-Captain Justin Carrasco, Treasurer John Franklin, Secretary Araceli Tijerina, Training Officers Tina Neely-Lopez and Chris Lopez.

Primrose VFD
25 Primrose Lane
P.O. Box 966
Poteet, Texas 78065

The Primrose fire department is one of the county’s smallest in size but has a large area to cover — reaching into Bexar County — and needs donations to help keep the fire trucks running and to buy new equipment. They certainly need your donations and volunteers. The department reorganized a few years ago and makes every effort to move forward and grow. The fire department really needs firefighter volunteers who live within a five mile radius of the station. The department also has a real need for your donations.

Primrose VFD meets on the 2nd Friday of each month at 7 p.m.. Come and be a member. They always need donations of money, water and non-perishable snack items.

They will be holding a Fall Festival/Market Day on Saturday October 18. Contact Veronica at 830- 742-4800 and leave a message.

Department officers include: Fire Chief David Croft, Asst. Chief John Roth. President Spring Roth, Vice-President Heidi Huston, Public Relations/ Secretary Veronica Croft, Treasurer Jonathan Huston.

Rossville VFD
500 FM-2504
Poteet, Texas 78065

Rossville VFD is in a totally rural area and covers a large area that wraps around Lytle’s area of responsibility. It reaches northward to Bexar County and westward to Medina County.

The department has been gaining new members, but they certainly need your financial support.

The department began in 1989. Rossville VFD meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Rossville Community Center.

Officers in the department include: Fire Chief Joseph Castillo, Asst. Chiefs Chris Gonzales and Andrew Walla, Captain/ Treasurer Marcus Krempin, President/Sgt. At Arms Travis Briseño, Vice President Stephanie Reyes, Secretary/Treas. Jackie Cantu, Public Relations/ Chaplain David Reyes.

Deserving of honors

These firefighters are able to protect our community because they have the support of their employers. These businesses deserve much needed thanks. The auxiliary groups are another facet of the volunteer fire departments. They work to raise money and help feed and hydrate the firefighters during prolonged battles.

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