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Neighborhood Holiday Parade?

We just completed our 2020 “Santa Runs” through the neighborhood and, after lots of discussion, we think it’s time to make some changes to our annual community celebration.

Even after our best attempts to inform folks on Santa’s schedule, through websites, neighborhood timelines and “Santa Tracking” software, it still appears that we are not able to make sure that everyone gets to say “Hi” to Santa as he flies through the district.  Many folks were even driving around trying to catch up to Santa because they missed him going by.

Instead of driving the entire neighborhood, we would like to change the event and create a Neighborhood Holiday Parade.  This would include all emergency service organizations (Fire, EMS, Sheriff’s, Constables, etc.), community groups (car clubs, motorcycle clubs, etc.), neighborhood associations, schools and anyone else who wants to participate (folks who just want to be in the parade!).  The proposed route would start at Forest North Elementary School parking lot, parade south down Broadmeade to Anderson Mill, Anderson Mill to Amasia, Amasia to Tamayo, Tamayo to Elkhorn Mountain and finish at Hunters Chase Park.  This way, everyone will know the route, not have to worry about timelines and groups could gather along the path, celebrate the holidays and wave to Santa!

After such amazing successes with the neighborhood and school graduation parades this year and the wonderful community involvement for these events, we think this is the best way to move forward with our “Santa Runs” tradition.  Even this year, we had a large group of bicyclists trailing behind Santa’s Sleigh for a while, creating a mini-parade.  It seems they wanted to start the new tradition early!

What we need to do is start planning this new process as soon as possible.  We would like to get this proposal out to all of the groups who may want to be involved and see what level of involvement we would be looking at.  Then, JVFD would coordinate the event and create a “Holiday Parade” email group so we can all keep up to date with new information.

Traditions are always fun and sad to alter but sometimes they need to change with the times.  We believe that the parade format for this event will best benefit the entire community, allow for planned routes, timelines and a lot more involvement with the entire neighborhood.

Fire Safety Info

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

 

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

Upcoming Hiring Process

On Saturday, August 28th, at 10am, the Jollyville Fire Department will be testing for full-time firefighter positions to cover a 24/48 hour shift schedule.

Jollyville is currently a single station department, with six-person shift staffing, running two apparatus that cover 11 square miles and 17,000 people.  We are a very community oriented fire department, with deep roots in our neighborhoods and are very active in public education and community events.  We also have a progressive training environment and strive to be the best prepared and educated firefighters possible.  JVFD believes in a culture of health and safety for our firefighters, providing annual medical evaluations that include physical, mental health and cancer assessments, as well as a clean cab concept for all apparatus.

Compensation begins at $16.25 an hour (gross $49,513.75 per year). Benefits for full-time personnel include 53 hour work week, annual step pay increases, higher class pay, paid vacation/sick leave, holiday pay, overtime, medical, dental & vision insurance, light duty policy, bereavement pay, workers compensation insurance, life insurance and retirement (TESRS).  Total starting compensation package, including benefits, is approximately $65,000

Minimum qualifications that must be met at time of application submission:  TCFP Basic Firefighter, Texas DSHS EMT-B, Texas Class C driver’s license, three year Texas DPS driving record, and a Texas DPS criminal history.  The required physical, driving record and criminal history must have been completed within 90 days of application submission. Copies of any additional certifications and/or higher education should be submitted with your application.

Complete original application packets must be submitted in person or delivered to the station by:  5pm Friday, August 20th

The testing process will include: a written examination, physical agility testing and an oral interview, all completed the same day

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

Applications are available at the station or by request via email at blandi@jvfd.org