Burnet County Emergency Services
District No. 6

Burnet County ESD No. 6 was formed to aid in the well-being and safety of residents and visitors to our service district.   We provide effective and efficient fire suppression and first response services, through professionally trained personnel while prudently managing all available resources.

Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 6 (BCESD No. 6) Facts:

  • Created by election held on November 22, 2011 under Article III, Section 48-e of the Texas Constitution pursuant to Chapter 775 of the Texas Health and Safety Code to provide fire suppression and first response emergency medical services.
  • In May 2015, BCESD No. 6 voters approved a 2% sales and use tax on goods and services provided by businesses located within the service district.
  • Fire Suppression and First Response Emergency Medical Services are provided to a population of around 4500 covering 123 square miles in a circular radius around the city of Marble Falls.
  • Since inception, BCESD No. 6 has purchased two new F550 Fire/Rescue Brush Trucks at a total cost of approximately $180,000 and acquired the fire station at 606 Avenue U in Marble Falls for approximately $210,000.
  • In March 2017, the 2016 Ferrara Fire Engine, previously approved in 2016 arrived at the Fire Station.  The cost of the engine is approximately $570,000 plus equipment such as water hoses, generator, life saving equipment and LED lighting.
  • BCESD No. 6 contracts with the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department (MFAVFD) to provide fire suppression and first response emergency medical services.

Some of the Costs to provide Firefighting and First Response services in 2015 Dollars

Wildland/Structural Bunker Gear $2,200 each

Radios $2,000 each

Brush/Rescue Truck   $90,000

Hoses, Repairs, Utilities, Air Bottles, Fuel, Training, Misc. – $100,000 annually

The average cost each time MFAVFD responds to a call is around $368 per call.

  • 2012 – 511 calls
  • 2013 – 551 calls
  • 2014 – 593 calls
  • 2015 – 623 calls
  • 2016 – 654 calls
  • 2017 – 629 calls

Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department

Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department, established in 1936, is a combination paid and volunteer fire department at this time.   The department meets every Monday at the MFAVFD Fire Station, 606 Avenue U, Marble Falls at 7 p.m.  If you are interested in volunteering, please come to a Monday meeting.   More information can be found on MFAVFD’s website:   www.mfavfd.org

Currently, how are the services provided by BCESD No. 6 paid for? BCESD No. 6 can levy a property tax of up to $.10 per $100 of property value. In 2015, BCESD No. 6 voters passed a $.02 sales tax on goods and services purchased or sold within BC ESD No. 6’s service district.

Tax Rates:

2017-18                  $.0929

2016-17                  $.10

2015-16                  $.07911

2014-15                  $.08350

2013-14                  $.08350

2012-13                  $.08611

Burnet County Emergency Services District No. 6 (BCESD No. 6) meets the third Tuesday of the month at the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department (MFAVFD) Fire Station at 606 Avenue U, Marble Falls, TX at 6 p.m. Agendas are posted on the Burnet County website, at the Burnet County Courthouse and the MFAVFD Fire Station.   Please join us!

Commissioners:

Nancy Hansen, President
J. Don McAlpin, Vice President
Robyn Richter, Secretary
Herb Holloway, Treasurer
Londa Chandler, Assistant Treasurer