The Beginning of a Fire Station
Fire Bell Donation
By January 19, 1903, the Boerne Volunteer Fire Company (BVFC) had received a donation of a fire bell from the Heursinger Hardware Company. By January 27, 1903, they had moved forward with the purchase of a hook and ladder wagon to be built by Mr. Harz of Boerne. By the end of February, the wagon was almost completed and the BVFC had purchased 26 fire buckets. A larger bell had also been ordered. By May, the bell had been installed at Homer's Livery Stable and the company had tested and accepted a fire engine.
The new engine was built by the Howe Engine Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. The engine is still in working order and in the possession of the Boerne Volunteer Fire Department, as well as the hook and ladder wagon mentioned earlier. The BVFC then borrowed $200 from H.J. Graham to pay for the engine in full in order to get a price discount.
Work on plans for the first fire station was started around this time. By the July 20 meeting, a proposal for the engine house was read by Max Beseler. Ballots were taken as to the location for the new engine house and resulted in the King & King Lumber Company site being selected. The members then moved to start construction and borrow up to $300 to pay for the engine house. By December of 1903, the engine house was completed and the BVFC meetings were moved to that location.
The Mission Continues
Through the years, the Boerne Volunteer Fire Company became the Boerne Volunteer Fire Department. The original engine house site has moved to several locations but now resides a 726 North Main Street. The department currently has both paid and volunteer personnel, some of them descendants of the original founders. The membership maintains more than 10 firefighting trucks as well as various apparatus to handle any kind of emergency.
Today, as well as in the past, the Boerne Volunteer Fire Department engages in fundraising and social activities to help the community raise money which is used to operate the department.
The one thread that has remained the same down through the years is that the Boerne Volunteer Fire Department has been protecting the citizens and their loved ones since 1903, and will continue to carry out this mission into the future.