The Granite Shoals Fire Department
The Granite Shoals Fire Department is a Combination Volunteer/Paid Department that covers the cities of Granite Shoals, Highland Haven and Burnet County Emergency Service District #3 (BCESD#3). The Granite Shoals Fire Department also responds and receives mutual aid from the City of Marble Falls, Marble Falls Vol. Fire Department, Hoover Valley Vol. Fire Department, and Kingsland Vol. Fire Department. We also serve as medical First Responders to assist Marble Falls Area EMS.
Our current ISO rating is a 4 in the the cities of Granite Shoals, and Highland Haven, and a 9 in the unincorporated County areas. Our average response time is under 5 minutes with an average of 4 responders per call.
The Granite Shoals Fire Department is staffed primarily by 15 volunteer firefighters that respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This group of Dedicated Professional Firefighters is the backbone of the department. The Paid Firefighters one Full time Fire Chief, 6 Full time Firefighters/EMT's and 6 Part-Time Firefighter/EMT's. The Paid Firefighters are Texas Commission on Fire Protection Certified, and hold a minimum of an Emergency Medical Tech certification. Paid staff work a 48/96 rotation Shift 2 FF/EMTs per shift. The Fire Chief hours are Mon-Fri 8am- 5 pm, but is on 24 hour call in case of emergency. Volunteer Firefighters are required to sign up for duty shifts during the month to maintain membership.
Due to our location from the City of Austin and the City of San Antonio, Granite Shoals has experienced record growth and calls for service have risen sharply. Granite Shoals is a small bed room community with a population of approx 5,000 residents. The GSFD Contracts with the City of Highland Haven and BCESD#3 to add approx. 3000. During Summer months and Holidays the Number of vacation Homes, Summer Camps and visitors reaches approx. 11,000 The department receives operating funds from the City of Granite Shoals, and also contract fees to cover Highland Haven, Burnet County ESD #3 and the unincorporated areas. The Granite Shoals Fire Department also has an active Auxiliary that raises funds to supplement the current budget.