In the summer of 1975, after fire destroyed a home in the Forest North sub-division, a group of residents from Forest North and Anderson Mill got together and formed the Jollyville Company of the Round Rock Volunteer Fire Department.
Initially, the purpose of this volunteer department was to provide fire suppression service to this fast growing area of southwest Williamson County, but it was soon realized that there was more to the fire service than putting out fires. The department provided fire education and prevention, rescue service and other services that the community needed.
Williamson County EMS provided emergency medical care and ambulance service in our area but had to travel from Round Rock, which caused a longer response time. Seeing a need, members of the Department took Emergency Care Attendant courses, tested with the Texas Department of Health and in 1978 started responding to medical emergencies in our response area as first responders for Williamson County EMS. As the population in our area continued to grow, so did our call volume and it was soon realized that EMS calls represented two-thirds of our calls. Members started getting more advanced EMS training, obtaining Emergency Medical Technician, Special Skills, and Paramedic certifications.
In 1990, the Jollyville Volunteer Fire Department became the first volunteer fire department in Texas to respond with automatic defibrillators for cardiac emergencies. With the departments average three minute response time backed up with Williamson County’s ALS ambulance in eight minutes, the criterion was met to provide our residents the best chance of surviving a cardiac arrest. Since the introduction of the automatic defibrillators to First Response EMS, the devices have become common place through out the State. Jollyville Fire has enjoyed many “saves” with the machines, and now carries one on each of our large apparatus.
Starting in 1996, the department began paying volunteers to staff the stations. An initial group of 12 volunteers agreed and became the first paid firefighters in Jollyville. Soon after, a third firefighter was added to each station and each shift bringing the total to 18 paid firefighters.