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New Santa Tracking Technology!

 

UPDATE – Due to wet, cold conditions, Santa Runs are being moved to Saturday, 12/15.  Sorry but the weather is looking to be much more favorable!!!

 

For those who didn’t know, each year Santa comes to the station and rides around on our antique fire truck, driving through our fire district, saying “Hi” to all the kiddos, moms and dads.  And, this year, we’re adding some new technology to make it easier for families to know when Santa will be by!

This year, Santa will be visiting the Jollyville area on December 8th but, if the weather is not agreeable, Santa will try to visit again on December 15th.  Santa will start his journey from the fire station, working his way around the streets close to the station, moving outward.  Santa will be traveling on the north side of Anderson Mill from 10a-12p and the south side from 1p-3p.  If you google map the area, he will be traveling through neighborhoods in the following order:

10a-12p

Timberwood

Village Oaks

Anderson Mill Village South

Forest North Estates

Jefferson Center

1p-3p

Rattan Creek

The antique fire truck Santa is riding on does not turn around well so it will not be traveling down dead end streets or cul-de sacs.  If you want to wave to Santa, make your way to a through street.

Unfortunately, Santa has a limited amount of time with us so he will only be traveling down streets and roadways that are in our fire district.  If you live in the City of Austin areas, make your way to a street in one of the areas above to wave to Santa.

As for the new technology, we are using a tracking software called “Followmee” which will allow everyone to track Santa through the district.  To find real-time updates on Santa’s location, click on the link below or copy it into a browser:

http://www.followmee.com/mapx.aspx?token=373917a8-3fad-40ec-976a-9c4c37e81cd9

This software does not update real-time, which means you won’t see Santa move around on the map, so you will need to refresh your browser each time you want to update Santa’s location.  It’s also accurate to within about 60-80 feet so don’t rely too heavily on exact location accuracy!

Happy Holidays from Jollyville Fire Department!

Fire Safety Info

Battery Safety

 

This month, in a police and fire department insurance magazine, there was a great article on battery safety, particularly battery storage and disposal.  The article was very informative and discussed some valid safety issues concerning the ability of your basic household batteries to start a fire.   After reading it, I went home and found I was one of the worst offenders at battery storage so I thought it would be good to bring it to everyone’s attention.

Think about it…what’s the number one place most people store loose batteries?  The junk drawer!   You know…the drawer in the kitchen that you throw everything that doesn’t have a home.  This is where the problems begin.  Batteries that are improperly stored can short against any piece of metal they bump up to (coins, keys, paper clips, pen clips, other batteries, etc.) and overheat, igniting combustible items (note paper, coupons, lotto tickets, etc.) causing a fire. Once the items in the drawer start burning, it can quickly catch the cabinets, then the kitchen and then turn into a family’s worse nightmare: a house fire.

The most likely battery to cause an issue is the 9-volt.  Due to the terminals being on the same end of the battery and very close together, 9-volt batteries can easily be shorted, causing them to overheat and start a fire.  Other battery types can have issues as well when multiple batteries are stored together so treat them just like the 9-volt, safely.

Battery companies recommend that you keep batteries in the container you purchased them in until you need them, to prevent battery shorting issues.  When batteries are loose, it is recommended that you store them standing up in a non-metallic container.  9-volt batteries should be stored with a piece of electrical tape covering the terminals.

The same safety concerns arise during disposal.  All of the issues discussed above can occur when you haphazardly dispose of batteries.  With the right conditions, just tossing them in the trash can burn your house down just as quickly as improperly storing them.  Follow the same battery safety rules when storing and disposing of batteries.

 

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

JVFD is Hiring!

ENTRY LEVEL FIREFIGHTER HIRING PROCESS

On Saturday, February 9th, the Jollyville Fire Department (JVFD) will be testing for full-time (24/48’s) firefighter positions.

Compensation begins at $16.00 an hour (gross $46,080 per year). Benefits for full-time personnel include paid vacation/sick leave, holiday pay, higher class pay (if eligible), overtime, medical, dental & vision insurance, limited light duty policy, workers compensation insurance, life insurance and matching retirement. Total starting compensation package, including benefits, is $53,814.58. Jollyville also provides three (3) annual step raises with the maximum total compensation package of $60,294.58 (net 52,560 per year).

Application packets are available at Jollyville Station One. Minimum qualifications that must be met at time of application submission: 1) TCFP Basic Firefighter, 2) Texas DSHS EMT-B, 3) Texas Class-C drivers license, 4) three or less minor traffic violations on your driving record, 5) a clean DPS finger printed criminal history.

Preference will be given to experience and higher or specialized qualifications, certifications and education such as Intermediate or Advanced Firefighters, EMT-P, Haz-Mat Technician, Fire Instructor, Fire Officer, etc.  Copies of advanced certifications and education are required.

The selection process will include: 1) a written examination, 2) physical agility testing and 3) an oral interview.

The complete Application for Employment and a physical examination or statement from a medical doctor indicating that the applicant is in good physical condition and able to perform the duties of a firefighter/EMS provider MUST be submitted to the department by Friday, February 1st. 

Complete applications must be submitted by:

5pm Friday, February 1st

INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKETS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Testing, examination and interviews will be conducted at the above address at

10:00am – Saturday, February 9th