The members of the Smithville VFD bravely devote their time and energy to putting out fires and keeping the community of Smithville safe. However, the best way to ensure your house and loved ones remain unscathed by a fire is to do your best to prevent a fire from happening in the first place. Some important tips for fire safety are provided here for your convenience.
Create a floor plan of the building detailing at least two ways of escaping every room.
Test windows and doors for ease of opening and check their size to see if they are useful exits in the event of a fire.
Sleep with your bedroom doors closed, as it will prevent the heat and smoke from coming in as quickly.
In the event of a fire, stay low to the ground and find a safe place outside away from the fire.
Install at least one smoke detector on every level of a building and replace their batteries at least once a year.
Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from all portable or space heaters, halogen lights, or any other item that is prone to emitting a lot of heat.
In order to join the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department, you need to fill out an application. Then, on every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, the VFD has a meeting at 7pm and a vote will take place then. After an applicant has been voted on, they must serve a six month probationary period, and then they will be voted on once more at the end of the six months. If an applicant makes it through, then they must fill a quota of attendance for fires and meetings in order to stay in.
At this time, there are 42 active members in the Smithville VFD, and 8 reserve members. The current executives are:
President - Kameron Saunders
Secretary - John Banning
Treasurer - Bob Parker
Fire Chief - Joe Brown
First Assistant Chief - Johnny Schroeder
Second Assistant Chief - James Elam
Fire Marshal - Jack Page
FEMA provides information about how to enjoy a safe holiday and reduce the risk of experiencing a holiday fire. They also talk about how to have a fire-safe winter.
The Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team (BCLTRT) helps wildfire survivors with recovery assistance. If you need help or if you want to volunteer, please contact them. Call 512-321-2868, email the BCLTRT, or go to the BCLTRT website.
Press Release from FEMA 03/19/2012 02:39 PM EDT: Thunderstorm Safety Tip: If thunder roars, go indoors. There is no safe place outside when a thunderstorm accompanied with lightning is in the area. If severe weather is expected in your area or for more safety tips, visit www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning.