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Kendall County Fire Marshal Office

The Kendall County Fire Marshal’s Office is under the direction of Jeffery Fincke.  The office has two full time persons, Jeff is Head of the Department, a Fire and Arson Investigator.  The second full time person Harold De Hart is a Inspector and Plans Reviewer, the two part time people are both Inspectors as well as Fire and Arson Investigators.  Jeff, Tommy and Orlando are Certified Fire/Arson Investigators, Licensed Peace officers.  Harold, Tommy and Orlando are also Certified Fire Inspectors.

Our office is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for fire investigations, fire inspections and fire code enforcement within the unincorporated areas of Kendall County. 

Our goal is to provide Kendall County effective leadership, coordination and support for fire suppression and prevention programs within the county and to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies and property losses from disasters. 

The Fire Marshal works with Kendall County Fire Chief’s and their departments to protect firefighters and evaluate fire and life safety issues.  We provide FireHouse Software to six of the seven fire departments for fire reporting.  The Fire Marshal coordinates the Quarterly Fire Chief’s meeting that is hosted by a different department on a rotating schedule each meeting date.  This office serves as the liaison between the Kendall County Commissioners Court and the seven fire departments that provide coverage in the unincorporated areas of Kendall County.   We continue to work closely with the Boerne Police Department Dispatch Center and the County 911 system to insure that proper information is available to notify the fire departments.

Our contact information is:

Jeffery Fincke – Fire Marshal 
1175 N Main 
Boerne, TX 78006 
Ph: (830)249-3721 
Fax: (830)249-9736 
Click here to e-mail the Fire Marshal

Harold De Hart
1175 N Main
Boerne, TX 78006
Ph:  (830)249-3721 Ext 453
Fax:  (830)249-9736
Click here to e-mail the Deputy Fire Marshal

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Notification Registry

Kendall County Fire Protection 

In an emergency, dial 911.
Department Information

Kendall County is protected by 7 volunteer fire departments.  Click here to see Fire Department List.
To download a map of department coverage areas, click here.



Leadership

County Fire Marshal
Jeffery Fincke


830 249 9343
830 249 3721
Email the Fire Marshal

Jeff coordinates with the individual Fire Chiefs and Fire Departments within the county to plan, direct manage and oversee the fire prevention and investigation activities and fire operations in the unincorporated areas of the county including building and construction inspections.

For ISO ratings and seeing what fire department will respond with what apparatus click here.

The following links provide information on Prescribed Burning and Prescribed Burn Plans. 

Developing a Prescribed Fire Burn Plan by Iowa State University with Template included.

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/forestry/publications/pdf_files/pm2088a.pdf 


National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) with Template included.

http://www.nwcg.gov/pms/RxFire/rxfireguide.pdf 


The Nature Conservancy

http://www.tncfiremanual.org/burnplan.HTM 


Texas Department of Agriculture

https://www.texasagriculture.gov/Home/ProductionAgriculture/PrescribedBurnProgram/SampleBurningPlanDocuments.aspx

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) 
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb1077267.pdf 

The following two links provide Prescribed Burn Plans

http://tools.cira.state.tx.us/users/0079/Fire%20Marshal/Docs/Prescribed%20Burning%20Packet%20for%20Texas%20Counties.doc

http://tools.cira.state.tx.us/users/0079/Fire%20Marshal/Docs/Prescribed%20Fire%20Burn%20PlanTemplate.doc

Fire Safety Tips

The links on this page will direct you to different fire safety tips. 

Fireworks Safety

Fire Safety and Protection Tips  

Heater Safety

Space Heaters

Smoke Detectors

Southern Plains Wildfire Outbreak Video

Click on video to view.

 

KNOX – BOX Rapid Entry Security System

Helping Kendall County EMS , and  Fire Departments Protect Your Property

Kendall County Fire Departments and Kendall County EMS participate in the KNOX-BOX Rapid entry System.

Fire Departments and EMS Departments across the country use the Know System to prevent costly forced entry damage while protecting property and lives.  Knox key boxes, vaults and cabinets hold building entrance keys, electronic access cards and vital emergency information.  Know key switches and padlocks provide Fire and EMS Departments access through property gates.

As property owner, you purchase a KNOX-BOX device then mount it near your building entrance or property gate according to fire – EMS guidelines.

v   What Is A Knox Box System

It’s a high-security key box system, designed to give emergency services immediate access to locked building, elevators and other secured areas.

v   Why Install A Knox Box

Installation of a Knox Box on your property will not only allow firefighters and EMS faster access in case of an emergency, but will also prevent expensive forcible entry should emergency services be required while the premises are unoccupied.

v   How Does The Knox Box System Work

Following your purchase of a Knox Box from the factory, you will mount it securely on the exterior of your building; attractive recessed-mount models are available.  All necessary access keys will be locked inside by a representative of the fire department or EMS; only the fire department or EMS department’s master key can open the box.

v   How Secure Is A Know Box System

Security has always been a Knox strong point.  Designed for maximum protection, each virtually indestructible box features a special high-security Medeco lock and key.  The Medeco restricted locking system guards against unauthorized key duplication.  Keys aren’t even available to locksmiths or lock distributors—only The Knox Company can supply these keys!  Knox system offers maximum security at every step.  Each City or County has an exclusive key code.  All Knox Box stations in that City or County are keyed alike—and only the fire department or EMS department has master keys.

v   How Is A Knox Box Installed

Each Knox Box is shipped with complete mounting instruction; however, the fire or EMS department will assist you in choosing a proper location for mounting.  After installation is completed, the fire or EMS department will conduct an inspection of the installation and lock building keys inside the box.  As soon as building keys are locked inside the box, it is ready to provide immediate access to emergency personnel—14 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Reasons to Install a KNOX-BOX

  1.  Eliminate needless, costly forced entry damage that may not be covered by your insurance deductible.
  2. Assure immediate building entry by emergency service personnel without delay or waiting for building keys.
  3. Protect inventory, equipment and supplies from unnecessary water damage caused by delayed sprinkler shut-off.
  4. Save time and aggravation by not having to drive to your building at 2:00 am for a false alarm.
  5. Feel secure about emergency coverage when your building is left unattended.
  6. Maintain building security after a false alarm investigation by simply re-locking the undamaged door.
  7. Protect your property from thousands of dollars in damage with this one-time, low-cost investment.
  8. Depend on the highest lick box security available with attack resistant, UL tested reliability.

 

 

FOR ORDER INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT WWW.KNOXBOX.COM

If you would like more information feel free to contact the following:

Kendall County Fire Marshal

830 249-3721

Outdoor Burning Rules and Information

This page contains information with regards to Outdoor Burning, below are the Texas Commission on Environmental Quaility ( T CEQ) and the Texas Administrative Code rules for outdoor burning.  Please take the time to review this information before burning outdoors.

The Fire Marshal's Office asks that if you plan on burning you check to make sure there is not a Burn Ban in place at the time you are burning.  Burn ban information can be found on the front page of this County Web Site.  If there is no burn ban in place and you are going to burn we ask that you contact the Dispatch Communication Center at (830)249-8645 and advise the dispatcher of the following information.

Your Name
Address of the Burn
Phone number where you can be contacted while burning 

When you call and advised that you are going to burn, you may be told that the Fire Marshal recommends that burning not be conducted today due to current weather conditions.


Burning Outdoors Rules and Regulations 

Texas Commission of Environmental Quality

Texas Administrative Code
Fire Department Response Information for Insurance Purposes
The following information is provided to you and or your insurance company to use for insurance rating purposes.  This page contains information about each of the seven fire departments in Kendall County as to the apparatus they will respond with in the event of a structure fire.

All the fire departments participate in a mutual aid join agreement.  In the event of a confirmed structure fire the fire department that is designated as the first responding department will be dispatched, and then the next two closest fire department will be dispatched to assist.  If additional departments apparatus, equipment or personnel are need the Incident Commander will request additions departments be dispatched.
 
  


Alamo Springs Volunteer Fire Department              
Alamo Springs will respond with:                          Click Here To See Response Area

1 - 150 gpm Brush Truck carrying 225 gallons of water (CAF) foam system
1 - 150 gpm Brush Truck carrying 300 gallons of water and foam system
1 - 500 gpm Tender carrying 2100 gallons of water and foam system with quick dump
1-  F-350 Rescue van for personnel, equipment and supplies

All structure fire responses Alamo Springs FD will have the two closest Fire Department respond as well. Other departments in the County will be dispatched as needed including Fredericksburg FD.

Our response time will be 10 to 20 minutes depending on the distance to the location.

Bergheim Volunteer Fire Department 
Bergheim will respond with:                                    Click Here To See Response Area

1 - 1250 gpm Engine carrying 1250 gallons water and CAFS
1 - 1500 gpm Engine carrying 1800 gallons water with CAFS and quick dump  
1 - 1000 gpm Tender carrying 2000 gallons water with quick dump
1 - 250 gpm Brush Truck carrying 4 00 gallons water 
1 - 500 gpm Engine carrying 500 gallons water 
1 - 150 gpm Brush Truck carrying 750 gallons water with quick dump 
1 - Toyota Squad Truck for Command and rehab

All structure fire responses Bergheim FD will have the two closest Fire Department respond as well. Other departments in the County will be dispatched as needed including Leon Springs FD and/or Bulverde FD.

Our response time will be 6 to 16 minutes depending on the distance to the location. 

Boerne Fire Department 
Boerne Fire Department will respond with:       Click Here To See Response Area   

1 - Command Vehicle
3 - 1500 gpm Engine carrying 750 gallons of water with a Class A (CAFS) foam system
1 - 1250 gpm Engine carrying 750 gallons of water with a Class A foam system
1 - 1250 gpm Tender carrying 2500 gallons with 3 quick dumps
1 -  500 gpm Tender  carrying 2100 gallons with 1 quick dumps
1 -  250 gpm Brush Truck carrying 500 gallons of water and a class A foam system
1 -  250 gpm Brush Truck carrying 600 gallons of water and a Class A foam system
1 -  190 gpm Brush truck with 700 gallons of water and a (CAFS) foam system
1 - Heavy Duty Rescue & utility apparatus
1 - 2000 gpm 100 ft. Aerial carrying 300 gallons water

All structure fire responses Boerne FD will have the two closest Fire Department respond as well. Other departments in the County will be dispatched as needed.

Response time will be 6 to 15 minutes depending on how far you live from the Boerne Fire Station.

If you reside inside the City of Boerne limits your Insurance Service Organization rating is 2.

Insurance Services Organization for the Outside Protection Area (OPA) is a split class of 4/8b.

With a split class, all property located within 1000 feet of a fire hydrant, and within 5 miles of a fire station, will use class 4. All property located farther than 1000 feet of a fire hydrant, and within 5 miles of a fire station, will use class 8b. All other locations within our response area should be 9.  

Comfort Volunteer Fire Department 
Comfort VFD will respond with:                             Click Here To See Response Area

1 - Command vehicle
1 - 300 gpm Brush Truck carrying 500 gallons of water
1 - 300 gpm Brush Truck carrying 600 gallons of water
1 - 300 gpm Brush Truck carrying 800 gallons of water
1 - 1250 gpm Engine carrying 1000 gallons of water and a Class A Foam System
1 - 1250 gpm Engine carrying 800 gallons of water and (CAF) foam system
1 - 250 gpm Rescue/Engine Vehicle carrying 300 gallons of water with a Class A Foam system 
1 - 500 gpm Tender carrying 2500 gallons of water with quick dump

Our response time will be 6 to 15 minutes depending on the distance to the location.

If you reside within the Water District Area your Insurance Service Organization rating is 4.  

All structure fire responses Comfort FD will have the two closest Fire Department respond as well.  Other departments in the County will be dispatched as needed

Insurance Services Organization for the Outside Protection Area (OPA) is 9.


Kendalia Fire Department
Kendalia VFD will respond with:                          Click Here To See Response Area     

1 - 500 gpm Brush Truck carrying 550 gallons of water 
1 - 500 gpm Brush Truck carrying 300 gallons of water 
1 - 1250 gpm Engine carrying 1000 gallons of water 
1 - 500 gpm Tender carrying 2200 gallons of water with quick dump 
1 - 500 gpm Rescue/Brush Truck carrying 400 gallons of water

All structure fire responses Kendalia FD will have the two closest Fire Department respond as well.   Other departments in the County will be dispatched as needed and/or Blanco Fire Department as well.

Response time is 6-19 minutes depending on the distance from the fire station to the structure.

ISO rating for our area: 10/9.

Sisterdale Fire Department
Sisterdale VFD will respond with:                         Click Here To See Response Area

1 - 1st Responder Vehicle/Command
1 - 350 gpm Brush Truck carrying 500 gallons of water
1 - 350 gpm Brush Truck carrying 710 gallons of water
1 - 350 gpm  Brush Truck carrying 1200 gallons of water
1 - 1250 gpm Engine carrying 1000 gallons of water and CAFS foam system
1 - 1500 gpm Engine carrying 1250 gallons of water with class A foam
1 - 500 gpm Tender carrying 2300 gallons of water with quick dump
1 - Mobile Air Support Vehicle

All structure fire responses Sisterdale FD will have the two closest Fire Department respond as well. .  Other departments in the County will be dispatched as needed.

Response time is 6 to 15 minutes depending on the distance from the fire station. 

ISO rating for our area; 8b 

Waring Volunteer Fire Department 
Waring VFD will respond with:                             Click Here To See Response Area

1 - 250 gpm Brush Truck carrying 500 gallons of water with class A foam
1 - 250 gpm Brush Truck carrying 500 gallons of water with class A foam
1 - 250 gpm Brush Truck carrying 300 gallons of water
1 - 1000 gpm Engine/Tender carrying 1,500 gallons of water
1 - 500 gpm Tender carrying 2000 gallons of water with quick dump
1 - 1st responder truck

All structure fire responses Waring FD will have the two closest Fire Department respond as well. Other departments in the County will be dispatched as needed. 
  
Response time is 5 - 15 minutes depending on the distance from the station.
ISO rating for our are a ; 10/9

Kendall County has many subdivisions that have a least one 5000 gallon storage tank located in it with a fire department NST connection that is designated as fire water .  These locations also have all weather access to them year round.  For more information contact the County Fire Marshal at 830 249-3721 to see if one is located in your area.

Kendall County and the seven fire departments also work with homeowners and homeowner associations to have NST fire department connections place on homeowner storage tanks for fire protection use as well.  Again, contact the County Fire Marshal for more information about these. 

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