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Wondering

Granbury, TX

#1 Oct 11, 2012
I was just Wondering if the citizians of Huntington area really support the fire department. They have been doing several different kinds of fundraiser stuff, why is that? Is it to find out what people will give to or because they really try and care about being envolved with the people of the area on more than just emergency basis or what?
I think some of the different fundraisers is kind of cool and good for citizians to come together. I think it gives us some entertainment in our little town. More than them just constantly begging for money we actually get something out of it beside if we have a fire, then we see them.
I would like to see more of this kind of stuff that will include middle age people like myself. They do alot of dances for children which is good for our children and grandchildren keeping them off the street and out trouble. The bluegrass was more for older people and that is great too, but my age is kind of stuck in the middle of those ages. I don't know the firemen personally, but if they are just ordinary everyday people, citizians of this community then I say lets get to know them better. If we have a crisis at our home we will allow them in so lets get to know them on a good calm level too. Wondering what's everyone thoughts about it all.

Since: Jul 12

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#2 Oct 11, 2012
Wondering wrote:
I was just Wondering if the citizians of Huntington area really support the fire department. They have been doing several different kinds of fundraiser stuff, why is that? Is it to find out what people will give to or because they really try and care about being envolved with the people of the area on more than just emergency basis or what?
I think some of the different fundraisers is kind of cool and good for citizians to come together. I think it gives us some entertainment in our little town. More than them just constantly begging for money we actually get something out of it beside if we have a fire, then we see them.
I would like to see more of this kind of stuff that will include middle age people like myself. They do alot of dances for children which is good for our children and grandchildren keeping them off the street and out trouble. The bluegrass was more for older people and that is great too, but my age is kind of stuck in the middle of those ages. I don't know the firemen personally, but if they are just ordinary everyday people, citizians of this community then I say lets get to know them better. If we have a crisis at our home we will allow them in so lets get to know them on a good calm level too. Wondering what's everyone thoughts about it all.
You sure do bring up a great question about our town. We seem to be very clique ish in this town, depending on where you go to Church, if you belong to the VFD, what sports your kids are involved, are they in 4H, Boys or Girl's Scouts, are they home schooled and so forth. Each group seems to want involvement from others but they themselves won't get involved. There is no involvement with the City government either. It seems everyone is on auto pilot running around in their own world. What do you think would be a way to get more Community involvement?

Since: Sep 12

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#3 Oct 11, 2012
They are well supported by the city and also receive money from the county.
Wondering

Granbury, TX

#4 Oct 12, 2012
Mickey Deez,
I do think you are right. But you missed the point in what I am saying and asking. Whether they are funded enough is not the question I have. Its the reason for what all they are doing beside just emergencies. Do they really want to be a friendly part of our community. Are they trying to bring this community to a new level of fellowship with age groups in this town, by BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER. I think maybe they are. Yes I think it does cost to put these fundrisers on so yes they should charge. But if you really pay attention to what they charge or the amount of donation they request is very reasonable, I would even go as far to say CHEAP! They can't be making a huge profit to do these for us as a community.$4 to go to a dance for children, the dance is 4 hours, that's $1 per hour for something these children really like. And its a clean good safe enviroment for them. A place where parents can trust to drop off their children. I just saw on facebook they are doing a ragball tournament,$10 per player. I have seen tournaments cost $25+ per person. They do proms for less than $20 per couple. Bluegrass no admission charge. Political Speaking free admission with free all you can drink coffee. I went and had my car washed earlier this year and I asked how much I owed after they were through washing and drying my car, and the lady said however much you want to donate.
I really don't feel like they are just looking for different ways to make money off of the community. They are just doing for us and trying to be a part of our lives. I do think they make some money off of the fundraisers but they can't be making a lot of profit. These things cost money and time. They are all volunteers. They don't get paid for any of this. They do it out of the giving hearts that they have, or why else would they do it. It is the only answer I can come up with myself.
Wondering

Granbury, TX

#5 Oct 12, 2012
inacar wrote:
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You sure do bring up a great question about our town. We seem to be very clique ish in this town, depending on where you go to Church, if you belong to the VFD, what sports your kids are involved, are they in 4H, Boys or Girl's Scouts, are they home schooled and so forth. Each group seems to want involvement from others but they themselves won't get involved. There is no involvement with the City government either. It seems everyone is on auto pilot running around in their own world. What do you think would be a way to get more Community involvement?
I am not for sure, but I am thinking we should help support their fundraisers by helping pass the word and attending different function that they put on for us. I think we should start with the next fundraiser for the general public like this rag ball tournament. To me this is a baseball/softball kind of town. That's "our" best sport here. From what I understand from the facebook announcement it's for anyone. Let's start by getting envolved and getting our friends and family envolved in this fundraiser. We can get some teams together, or they have a name and number if anyone wants to help work the tournament. Not sure what kind of help they need but it is a start at least.
The announcement said you have to be at least 16 to play. So lets get some church teams, homeschool children and parents teams, bussiness neams, family and friends teams. They need at least 6 teams, they did not list a maximum amout of teams.
Let's help them with "Our" community in Bringing Everyone Closer Together. What do you think.

I am excited to see they are trying this fundraiser again cause even my age group can be envolved, any age group can be envolved in some way.

Since: Jul 12

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#6 Oct 12, 2012
Wondering wrote:
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I am not for sure, but I am thinking we should help support their fundraisers by helping pass the word and attending different function that they put on for us. I think we should start with the next fundraiser for the general public like this rag ball tournament. To me this is a baseball/softball kind of town. That's "our" best sport here. From what I understand from the facebook announcement it's for anyone. Let's start by getting envolved and getting our friends and family envolved in this fundraiser. We can get some teams together, or they have a name and number if anyone wants to help work the tournament. Not sure what kind of help they need but it is a start at least.
The announcement said you have to be at least 16 to play. So lets get some church teams, homeschool children and parents teams, bussiness neams, family and friends teams. They need at least 6 teams, they did not list a maximum amout of teams.
Let's help them with "Our" community in Bringing Everyone Closer Together. What do you think.
I am excited to see they are trying this fundraiser again cause even my age group can be envolved, any age group can be envolved in some way.
Passing the word and getting involved is great. I passed it to my friends about the day and time. Where did you see the information on the teams and costs? Let's hope the Community shows up.
care ing citizen

Granbury, TX

#7 Oct 12, 2012
The fire department has a facebook page. They always post their fundraisers and other information there. They do keep the community informed!
lola ann

Granbury, TX

#9 Oct 12, 2012
@wondering How would you like to "get to know the firefighters"? I would like to also. I'm 24 and i also agree on the whole stuck in the middle thing. And adult dance, adult karaoke night, things like that would be fun. i think it would be nice to go and see just how our community has helped them thus far. I'm thinking they should have a "meet the VFD" thing or something... what do you think??

Since: Jul 12

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#10 Oct 12, 2012
care ing citizen wrote:
The fire department has a facebook page. They always post their fundraisers and other information there. They do keep the community informed!
I should be exposed to information as much as anyone and unless you are their friend you do not get the information. I guess we need to friend them? I try to keep up with Huntington's fund raisers and pass it on. The "Huntington Social Club" FB wall would be another place to post events from all groups, and we try to pass it on and add it to the events calendar. There are so many in Huntington that miss the newspapers and Facebook. Postings around town are hit and miss since so many feel free to tear down flyers and throw them away. Looking forward to the VFD Event!

Since: Jul 12

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#11 Oct 13, 2012
October 13th - There was a fundraiser today at Lowery's Corner, I hope everyone went by and helped out. Great food!

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#12 Oct 13, 2012
Mickey Deez wrote:
They are well supported by the city and also receive money from the county.
Well supported by the City??? I bet some would challenge that statement.
MrClean

Granbury, TX

#15 Oct 22, 2012
inacar wrote:
<quoted text> I guess that's what is great about opinions, everyone has one. I have been around Jerry and yes he may be old school, and when I say old school I refer to following the rules and regulations. There is a need for someone in the organization to know the rules and requirements. There is also room for those with new ideas too. If Jerry was not involved with the VFD, just who do you think could take his place?
I am sure there are, but would they do it day in and day out, or get bored or too busy to do what is required daily? Just ask yourself would the job get done?
I am not sure who would take the job or who has the best creditials for the job. Like I said before I only know some of the members in passing. But that with that being said. If the members are doing their jobs and know how to do their job then they must be qualified for something. I have heard a lot of good things from everyone except Francis about their Asst. Chief. Not sure who she is exactly but if she is doing a good job as the Asst and if I understand it all correctly the Asst steps up to the Chief when the Cheif is unavailable. So what is the oppinion about her. I believe her name is Amy, not sure her last name.

Since: Jul 12

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#16 Oct 22, 2012
MrClean wrote:
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I am not sure who would take the job or who has the best creditials for the job. Like I said before I only know some of the members in passing. But that with that being said. If the members are doing their jobs and know how to do their job then they must be qualified for something. I have heard a lot of good things from everyone except Francis about their Asst. Chief. Not sure who she is exactly but if she is doing a good job as the Asst and if I understand it all correctly the Asst steps up to the Chief when the Cheif is unavailable. So what is the oppinion about her. I believe her name is Amy, not sure her last name.
I can only say I was at a few meetings and being "old school" I think some of the members behave more like children than adults, sitting in the back of the room carrying on conversations during the time Jerry is telling them what changes or updates they need to do. Disrespectful comes across whether they mean it that way or not. I have been told it's different generations doing things differently that causes the conflicts. The energy from the younger members is needed, the experience of the older members is also very much needed. Hopefully they will figure it out for everyone's benefit. They all have their place if they are willing to have some give and take.
MrClean

Cleburne, TX

#17 Oct 23, 2012
inacar wrote:
<quoted text> I can only say I was at a few meetings and being "old school" I think some of the members behave more like children than adults, sitting in the back of the room carrying on conversations during the time Jerry is telling them what changes or updates they need to do. Disrespectful comes across whether they mean it that way or not. I have been told it's different generations doing things differently that causes the conflicts. The energy from the younger members is needed, the experience of the older members is also very much needed. Hopefully they will figure it out for everyone's benefit. They all have their place if they are willing to have some give and take.
Wow, you have actually went to some of their meetings, that is great! You really do "practice what you preach" about being envolved! Yes I do agee it is disrespectful to talk when you should be listening. Not sure what they were talking about, could they have been talking about the changes Jerry was talking about or something completely off subject? I wasn't there and sometimes you do talk if that the case, but just to not be listening is very wrong. It sounds to me from some of the other posts & threads that it sounds like there is almost a compatition between the older members and the younger ones. I think maybe someone should find out the real deal between the members, I mean if they don't trust each other in their own station how can they trust each other on these dangerous fires and other types of calls, where they have to depend on each other. Are they really safe and is our property really safe if we need them?

Since: Jul 12

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#18 Oct 23, 2012
MrClean wrote:
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Wow, you have actually went to some of their meetings, that is great! You really do "practice what you preach" about being envolved! Yes I do agee it is disrespectful to talk when you should be listening. Not sure what they were talking about, could they have been talking about the changes Jerry was talking about or something completely off subject? I wasn't there and sometimes you do talk if that the case, but just to not be listening is very wrong. It sounds to me from some of the other posts & threads that it sounds like there is almost a compatition between the older members and the younger ones. I think maybe someone should find out the real deal between the members, I mean if they don't trust each other in their own station how can they trust each other on these dangerous fires and other types of calls, where they have to depend on each other. Are they really safe and is our property really safe if we need them?
I believe without a doubt they can trust Jerry with their lives and they do. And I believe they have a meeting most Monday nights around 7PM for anyone interested in joining or just meeting the members. They are a great bunch of volunteers, I suggest anyone who listens to the labels thrown around on here, take the time to go meet them for yourselves. And November 3rd would be a great time also. I hope everyone takes time to go to the Ragball games, they need our support.
Wondering

Huntington, TX

#19 Nov 10, 2012
CHECK THIS OUT! Might be a good thing for our area!

The establishment of an ESD may result in a better Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating
within the ESD service area, and lower insurance premiums for businesses and homeowners.
The result is fair, evenly-­shared support from all the citizens who get fire and emergency
medical from their local emergency services organization or the ESD itself.ESD tax revenues may be used to hire full-­time emergency personnel, contract with other
entities that have full-­time fire and emergency medical departments, and/or purchase new
equipment and facilities. More importantly for some areas, ESDs can contract with
volunteer fire and emergency medical services departments and provide a stable funding
source for these entities as well. ESD tax revenues mean more time to focus on training and
the provision of emergency services rather than fund-­raising and other activities for these
volunteer fire and emergency medical services organizations. Through these powers and
stable funding, established ESDs have considerably reduced fire and medical response times,
provided stable funding for volunteer and other fire and EMS departments, and allowed local
entities to provide enhanced services -­ thus saving lives, property, and funds for local
citizens.

There is a lot more information on this, just a little to start with. What are your opinions about it.

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#20 Nov 10, 2012
Wondering wrote:
CHECK THIS OUT! Might be a good thing for our area!
The establishment of an ESD may result in a better Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating
within the ESD service area, and lower insurance premiums for businesses and homeowners.
The result is fair, evenly-­shared support from all the citizens who get fire and emergency
medical from their local emergency services organization or the ESD itself.ESD tax revenues may be used to hire full-­time emergency personnel, contract with other
entities that have full-­time fire and emergency medical departments, and/or purchase new
equipment and facilities. More importantly for some areas, ESDs can contract with
volunteer fire and emergency medical services departments and provide a stable funding
source for these entities as well. ESD tax revenues mean more time to focus on training and
the provision of emergency services rather than fund-­raising and other activities for these
volunteer fire and emergency medical services organizations. Through these powers and
stable funding, established ESDs have considerably reduced fire and medical response times,
provided stable funding for volunteer and other fire and EMS departments, and allowed local
entities to provide enhanced services -­ thus saving lives, property, and funds for local
citizens.
There is a lot more information on this, just a little to start with. What are your opinions about it.
My opinion is heck no. An ESD is an emergency services district. a district is a government entity that is a special district. Many type of special districts can be formed. The main problem with them is you have great difficulty finding who the members of the board are, where they meet for board meetings, they do not have to meet monthly and may only meet once a year. The board members are volunteers. I have a lot of respect for volunteers. But the problems faced by board members on special districts, city council, and commissioners courts, are so complicated (complicated the most by legal requirements) that most board members are not going to spend much time, if any, other than the meeting itself, to determine what action or vote to take.

While I applaud your efforts to find solutions for problems in Huntington, I do not want to see another layer of government added to government. Taxpayers fund these districts. Taypers will have even less controll over these special districts than they currently do over city councils.
Wondering

Huntington, TX

#21 Nov 10, 2012
Well then do you have a suggestion on how to help fund the fire department and attract more people to join and help?
Logic

Huntington, TX

#22 Nov 10, 2012
Well I say it might be worth looking into, specially if the fire department tries this, we the people of this community will be aware of good facts not just want they want us to know. Find more details about it for us the people of the community that it will truly effect. I know there are several other areas that have these and they seem to be working good for them.
For Huntington to ever advance we should look into new things. Before people go crazy on me here, I did say LOOK INTO not necessarily do it.

Since: Jul 12

Lufkin, TX

#23 Nov 10, 2012
Wondering wrote:
Well then do you have a suggestion on how to help fund the fire department and attract more people to join and help?
I know of no specific way to fix the problem. I can only suggest that each volunteer contact the council members and put pressure on them to do something. The city is mismanaged unfortunately. Perhaps you along with others need to long at the financial statements of the Huntington Economic Development Corporation. At first glance, it appears to have taken in a considerable amount of tax revenue since 1998. Some suspect this money has been mismanaged as well.

New equipment usually improves moral. You might look for grants for the Fire Department for new equipment.

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