Wednesday, August 21st, 2019
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Granite Shoals Fire, Marble Falls Fire, Marble Falls VFD, Marble Falls Area EMS, Granite Shoals Police, Burnet County SO, Granite Shoals Public Works and PEC electric were at the scene of a stru...
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
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Mutual Aid With Marble Falls VFD
Friday, February 3rd, 2012
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Granite Shoals Fire Department assisted the Lookout Mountin West Subdivison in a safety stand-by while the proberty managers burned several large piles of Cedar brush. Due to the Large Fire sizes and ...
Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
from : Fox News Austin Texas The fire near Spicewood and along the Pedernales River in West Travis County is still burning. Officials say the fire is 80% contained. In total, 6400 acres of land hav...
Friday, July 10th, 2020
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Burn Ban Now in effect in Burnet County. No Outdoor Burning is allowed. All Current Burn Permits have been rescinded. Please be safe.
Thursday, August 25th, 2016
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Granite Shoals Fire Department Has Taken delivery of a 2016 Wildfire Squad Ford F550 Response vehicle. This truck is partially paid for by a Grant from the Texas Forest Service. Squad 5252 will be set...
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There are numerous low water crossing closed thru out Burnet, Travis and Llano Counties. PLEASE, drive careful, DO NOT attempt to drive over a water covered road or Barricaded Roads.
History of Maltese Cross

Origin of the Maltese Cross

The badge of a fireman is the Maltese Cross. This Maltese Cross is a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. Its story is hundreds of years old. When a courageous band of crusaders known as the Knights of St. John, fought the Saracens for possession of the holy land, they encountered a new weapon unknown to European warriors. It was a simple, but a horrible device of war, it wrought excruciating pain and agonizing death upon the brave fighters for the cross. The Saracen's weapon was fire.


As the crusaders advanced on the walls of the city, they were struck by glass bombs containing naphtha (colorless flammable liquid mixture). Wh
en they became saturated with the highly flammable liquid, the Saracens hurled a flaming torch into their midst. Hundreds of the knights were burned alive; others risked their lives to save their brothers-in-arms from dying painful, fiery deaths.


Thus, these men became our first firemen and the first of a long list of courageous firefighters. Their heroic efforts were recognized by fellow crusaders who awarded each here a badge of honor - a cross similar to the one firemen wear today. Since the Knights of St. John lived for close to four centuries on a little island in the Mediterranean Sea named Malta, the cross came to be known as the Maltese Cross.


The Maltese Cross is your symbol of protection. It means that the fireman who wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago.

 

The Maltese Cross is a fireman's badge of honor, signifying that he works in courage.


 

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