New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, November 23, 2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
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Trout to 14 inches, in deep holes, using orange San Juan worms, silver muddlers, chrome/blue spinners, red wigglers, small minnows and red Berkley PowerBait with split shot and No. 12 or No. 14 treble hooks.
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Fair on live minnows and vertically jigging silver Fle-Fly slabs off main lake points.
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Fair to 20 pounds on juglines baited with hybrid bluegills or goldfish along ledges in 30 feet.
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Fire, EMS departments receive more help, equipment
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By Ron Maloney
CANYON LAKE — Few regard additional taxes as a good thing.
But a tax trade Canyon Lake voters supported in a 2003 election has now doubled the number of firefighters who answer calls at Canyon Lake — even as property taxes were reduced.
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Public information Officer Lt. Jeff Schultz said seven new firefighter/paramedics have been added to the department in the past few weeks, and four promotions have added a fire lieutenant to each shift.
In 2003, four firefighters initially would answer a structure fire call at Canyon Lake. Now eight will answer the initial call. And that will help Canyon Lake Fire/EMS respond to calls for service that are increasing by well more than 30 percent this year over last as the lake area continues to grow, Schultz said.
All of the new firefighters are paramedic trained, and all but two have their paramedic certifications, he said. “Their test results are pending," he said.
In 2003, the board of Emergency Services District 3, which is responsible for providing fire protection in the lake area and contracts the service to Canyon Lake Fire/EMS, sought a sales tax election under a state law that allows an ESD to set a I -cent sales tax to pay for fire or EMS protection.
ESD 3, which was supported by a five cents per $100 property tax, reduced that tax to 2 cents — giving up more than $100,000 a year in property tax revenue.
The move enabled ESD 3 to shift some of the costs for fire protection from local residents to tourists who create some of the heaviest impact on the department.
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$50,000 per month, which is a little more than the district anticipated. With the money, in addition to the new staff, Canyon Lake Fire/EMS has invested in training and equipment.
Since the election, the department has added two fire engines, an ambulance and a pumper/tanker truck.
The ambulance, while funded by ESD 2, which provides EMS to the lake area, represented a significant improvement in the department's medical response, Schultz said.
“All of our ambulances are now state-of-the-art, and our oldest was manufactured in 2002," he said.
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Chief Shawn Wherry said the lieutenant positions had been open for more than a year when they were recently filled. Now, Wherry said, each shift has a captain and a lieutenant. The captain is in charge at the central station in Sattler, while the lieutenant oversees operations at the Oblate station. The goal, Wherry said, would be to one day have a lieutenant oversee operations at the Potter’s Creek station as well.
Phil Hull, a retired member of the military and onetime Austin firefighter who has done volunteer work with Canyon Lake Fire/EMS, has been hired to coordinate training for the lake’s firefighters.
Wherry said his department has long felt it needed a training coordinator, but the resources haven’t existed to train.
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Canyon Lake firefighter Jimmy Ballinger pumps one of the department's trucks after returning from a call Tuesday afternoon.
“We all need training, and we need to continue training," Wherry said. “But first, we need people to respond to emergencies, and we need people to train. This department has made huge leaps in training.”
Each firefighter, Wherry said, would get an average of at least 20 hours of training per month.
“It’s a huge positive impact on morale and level of service,’’Wherry said.
Next year, Wherry said, he hopes to add two more firefighters per shift, which would bring his department into line with national standards for the number of personnel responding to a structure fire for the first time.
“That’s the magic number,” Wherry said. “Right now, we
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What Wherry hopes is that his department will be able to make enough improvements to reduce homeowner’s insurance rates in the lake area.
Insurance rates are set based on an International Standards Organization (ISO) rating given to fire departments based upon how well they meet the needs of their community, Wherry said.
An ISO rating of I is the best, while IO is the lowest. In areas that have fire hydrants,
Canyon Lake has a 7 rating. Areas without hydrants, Wherry said, have a rating of 9.
"We’re continuing to work on our LSO. Our goal is to reach Class 5, which would reduce insurance rates by 20 percent. We’re on a par for 4, though, v\ hic Ii would be a 30 to 35 percent reduction in fire insurance,” Wherry said. "We would love to reduce peoples’ insurance rates by 35 percent. We want you to know we’re not just sitting on our laurels here.”
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