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Outdoor Burning

Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about outdoor burning so I thought we’d put it center stage!  To put a fine point on it, outdoor burning of waste is not allowed within the JVFD district.  Why?  We are following the State of Texas rules on the subject.  Per the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ):

“Grass, leaves, and branch trimmings from residences are all considered “domestic waste.” If your local government does not collect domestic waste and does not authorize a private collector to do so, you may burn material of this type. If such waste collection is available, then it cannot be burned under the domestic-waste exception.”

On the other side of the topic, cooking fires in a controlled container (BBQ’s, smokers, etc.) and warning fires during the winter, also in controlled containers (outdoor stoves, chimineas, masonry fire pits, etc.) are legal as long as they are not emitting flames of dangerous heights or emitting large numbers of embers that could pose a threat to structures or vegetation.  We would also recommend that these items not be used on combustible surfaces or near structures or vegetation.

If you see someone burning illegally, contact our department and we will respond.  If the situation becomes a problem, the department can levy a fine.  We can also involve WCSO and/or TCEQ and the State Fire Marshall’s Office to assist in correcting the issue.

You can access the entire Outdoor Burning in Texas publication at https://www.tceq.texas.gov/publications/rg/rg-049.html

 

Fire Safety Info

Heat Related Emergencies

It appears that summer is finally upon us.  That means 90-100 degree temperatures with high humidity.  When these two mix, they can cause major issues for those of us who work and play outside.  The Heat Index (HI) is the temperature the body feels when heat and humidity are combined.

On average, about 175 Americans succumb to the taxing demands of environmental heat exposure every year. Our bodies dissipate heat by varying the rate and depth of blood circulation and by losing water through the skin via sweat glands. Sweating cools the body through evaporation but high relative humidity retards evaporation, robbing the body of its ability to cool itself.  When heat gain exceeds the level the body can remove, body temperature begins to rise and heat related illnesses may develop.  The two issues you need to be aware of are Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.

Heat Exhaustion is brought on by over exertion in a hot environment without adequate hydration.  Basically, that’s working or playing for a long period of time, without drinking enough fluids, outside in the Texas summer heat.  The body looses fluids via sweating, which then reduces the body’s ability to cool itself and also reduces blood flow to skeletal muscles.  This can cause the person to become extremely weak, dizzy, nauseous, severe headaches and their skin may be pink or gray and cool to the touch.

What do you do to correct this?  First, move the person to a cooler environment.  This can be an air conditioned building or even just to a shady location with a fan blowing on them.  Also, give modest amounts of fluids such as water or an electrolyte drink (sports drinks like Gatorade).  This will replace the lost body fluids and help the body cool to a normal level.  If the patient doesn’t cool down, Heat Exhaustion can progress into Heat Stroke.

Heat Stroke is the complete failure of the body’s heat regulatory system due to heat stress.  This means that your body has been overheated for so long that it cannot cool itself anymore.  When this happens, the body temperature rapidly rises to life threatening levels.  Signs of this are an altered mental state, hot and dry skin (in some instances, it may be moist), a body temperature of over 104° and possibly even seizures.  This situation is a true emergency.  The first thing you do is dial 911.  Next, move the patient to a cooler environment and use aggressive cooling measures.  This includes wet towels and ice packs to the neck, armpits and groin area to assist the body with cooling.  This will help the patient until we can get there to provide care and EMS can transport them to the hospital.

We all love Austin because of the wide variety of outdoor activities it offers.  When you are enjoying the outdoors during the hot summer months, be sure and take care of yourself.  Use sunscreen, keep cool and drink lots of fluids so you don’t end up calling us and taking a ride with our good friends, the Williamson County Paramedics.

Volunteer Information

Community Leaders Wanted

Are you the person that stops to help someone change a tire?  Help someone reach something on the top shelf at HEB? Hold a door open for someone carrying packages?  Go out of your way to help someone that you’ve never met before?  If so, you are just the type of person we are looking for!

We are the Jollyville Volunteer Fire Department and we’re looking for people who want to do something to help their community.  If you are an outgoing, intelligent person who is willing to make the required time commitment, and want to be a major contributor to your community, call or come by the station and we will discuss your possible future as a community servant.

The basic requirements are:

A high school diploma or GED

A valid Texas driver’s license

Valid Texas auto insurance

Ability to attend two Monday night trainings a month

Availability to stay two nights a month at the fire station

Ability to attend 30 hours a month of trainings and calls

Willing to go the extra mile for your neighbor

Now, don’t be scared of the 30 hour commitment.  This minimum requirement includes the Monday night trainings, station overnights, community events, public education events and anytime you decide you would like to visit the station. 

Call (512-258-1038), check out the website (www.jvfd.org) or just come on by the station (9218 Anderson Mill Road) and we will see if you’ve got what it takes to be a “Community Leader.”

 

Employment Information

Hiring Info

Jollyville does not have any paid positions available at this time.