Firefighters from around the state are expected at the Central Texas Wildfire Academy later this month at Camp Bowie, Brown County Commissioners were told Monday.
The 12th annual academy is sponsored by the Texas A&M Forest Service and the Dam Volunteer Fire Department, and Dam Fire Chief Chris Weber talked to commissioners about the academy, which will be Feb. 14-18.
The event provides training to volunteer and agency wildland firefighters, Four courses will be available to firefighters, Weber told commissioners. On the last day of the class — Monday, Feb. 18 — fire will be placed "on the ground" but in a "scientific approach" that considers wind and terrain.
According to the Texas Interagency Coordination Center, classes consist of basic firefighter training for firefighters ranging from entry-level to advanced, and topics include strategy, tactics, safety, environmental factors and recognizing indicators of hazardous fire conditions.
Brown County Judge Ray West told Weber the firefighters' work is "indispensable" and done at no cost to taxpayers.
In other business, commissioners:
• Declined to implement a ban on outdoor burning.
• Heard jail administrator Capt. Becky Caffey report that a recent jail inspection by the Commission on Jail Standards had gone well. Caffey also told commissioners she was told of possible state legislation that would require any inmate who is 17 years old to be provided with jail space away from other inmates. The jail would also be required to have a jailer whose only responsibility is the 17-year-old, Caffey told commissioners.
• Agreed to participate once again with the cities of Brownwood and Early and the respective economic development corporations in a consultant's agreement with former legislator Bob Turner, who monitors legislation and lobbies on behalf of local interest. The county's portion of Turner's fee is $5,000.
• Heard West comment on local officials' visit to the capital Tuesday to meet with legislators.
• Heard a presentation from surveyor Richard Solis on an ongoing project to develop a plat for Unit 2 of King's Point Cove, formerly known as Feather Bay. The plat will consist of 288 lots, 14,500 feet of new roads and a central water and sewer system, Solis told commissioners. Solid said an 11,000-square-foot slab is being poured for a center for the golf course.
• Approved a $2,869 bill for the repair of a generator at the Juvenile Justice Center.
• Approved the purchase of a new ice machine for $2,906 for the Precinct 1 barn. The old ice machine quit working, and employees use the ice machine to keep their drinks and lunches cold, commissioners were told.
• Approved the purchase of 302 plat sleeves for $3,769.
• Approved a new polling location for Precinct 307. The polling location will move from the Early Lions Club to the Early First United Methodist Church.