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Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department Training

Training is an important part of the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department’s ability to respond to different types of incidents and they participate in many different training activities over the course of the year.

On a recent Saturday, some of you may have driven by the fire station and seen several firefighters in their protective gear practicing extrication training (cutting open a vehicle to get to the trapped accident victim). It’s important that these first responders have this training, so when they arrive at an active accident scene they know exactly what to do as a team. On this particular August Saturday, the outside temperature was hovering near 100 degrees and the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department personnel spent several hours enhancing their life-saving skills.

The Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department has some form of training every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. I’m sure at some time or another you have driven by and seen lots of cars around the station. That’s our Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department volunteers spending hours each week training, cleaning and inspecting their emergency response equipment. Additionally, some Saturdays are reserved for special training drills such as live fire drills, special classes and extra voluntary drills. On the fourth Tuesday of the month, an EMS Continuing Education class is also held. This class is designed for our personnel who are trained to perform patient care during medical emergency calls.

All of our firefighters are trained in basic first aid skills. However EMTs and paramedics must attend a certain number of continuing education classes each year in order to keep their certifications. Other training drills are scheduled as needed for specific topics in certification courses. The department also sends members to outside training classes at other departments, State fire schools, and fire academies. The Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department members participate in countless hours of training enabling them to provide the best possible services to the town and surrounding areas. On behalf of the Town of Double Oak, thank you to Chief Joe Dent and to all volunteer members of the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department and your families for your commitment and devotion. The Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department is now the only remaining 100 percent all-volunteer fire department in Denton County. None of the members receive any compensation for their dedicated work. For the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department, the satisfaction of helping others during a difficult event in their lives is their motivation and where the tradition of volunteering to serve the community lives on.

• The Town of Double Oak sincerely appreciates all first responders and public safety officials, who, without any hesitation, risk their lives each day coming to our aid so that we may be healthy and safe. Thank you and God Bless. …


6th Annual Community Appreciation Dinner

(Message from Nan Bowen)

Double Oak is proud to announce our 6th Annual Firefighter Appreciation Dinner. If you have never had the opportunity to visit with our volunteers, check out the station or the trucks, now is your chance!

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, we will honor our volunteer members and show our appreciation by serving them dinner. The best part … bring enough to share because we eat too! After dinner, the members meet and mingle with the visitors.

Please take the time to help out and attend. Show your support to our volunteers that give so much of themselves to protect and do for our community and risk their lives. Together, please help and let’s show them how much they mean to us, how valuable they are and how much we appreciate them!

If you can join us or just want to help provide dinner, please contact Nan Bowen at 817-681-5999 or kissyf2003@yahoo.com. The sooner the better and the more the merrier! Please let me hear from you. Again, the Double Oak Volunteer Fire Department Community Appreciation Dinner will be at 7 p.m.Tuesday, Oct. 21. Then you and your family stick around and visit with the wonderful volunteer firefighters.

Back to School – Best wishes to all students

The 2014-2015 school year began on Monday, Aug. 25. The town extends its best wishes to all students. As a reminder, the town does have an active school zone, so please watch your speed and obey all school zone traffic laws. There is zero tolerance for speeding in an active school zone. Watch out for students walking in our neighborhoods and waiting at bus stops.

Patriot Day Ceremony

Double Oak will be continuing our observance of Patriot Day remembering the September 11, 2001 attack on America.

Join us as we remember and send our thanks to those who have perished on our behalf and those who put themselves on the firing line every day to protect our safety, independence and freedom.

The ceremony will be held on Thursday, Sept.11, beginning at 6 p.m. at the pavilion in the John B. Wright Park adjacent to Town Hall.

2014-2015 fiscal year budget

The town treasurers have worked with council, staff and citizens to develop a budget for our next fiscal year beginning October 1st. Budget workshops were held and discussions on the proposed budget have also been held at council meetings. Town Secretaries Charlotte Allen and Eileen Kennedy always handle all of the budget calendar postings and required legal notices related to adoption of a budget and setting of the tax rate.

There will be proposed budget & tax rate public hearings on Sept. 2 and 15 at 7 p.m. during the regular town council meetings. The final adoption of the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget and tax rate is planned for Monday, Sept. 15.  The consensus of the council, as of this column, is to maintain the current tax rate of 0.22481 per $100.

Town Council is the governing body for the town, and as such, some of their responsibilities are:

• Setting the tax rate and adopting the fiscal budget
• Hiring approval of town personnel
• Authorizing the payment of town bills
• Build and maintain town roads ( Very Expensive )
• Maintain and improve town facilities and equipment
• Provide for the data service and archival needs of the town
• Provide for Police – Fire and EMS service

Double Oak Police Department plans National Night Out – Tuesday, Oct. 7

Please plan to join the DOPD and your fellow neighbors at town hall – JB Wright Park for National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct, 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be lots of fun activities for the kids and Chief Derrick Watson and his terrific staff will be available to talk with you about ways to make your homes and neighborhoods safer. Let’s have another big turnout like last year when several hundred folks came and enjoyed the evening.

Town Secretary Email Information Group

Town Secretary, Charlotte Allen, began this information email group a couple of years ago. It is used as a tool for town hall to get information out fast to our residents. If you wish to be added, please email Charlotte at town_secretary@double-oak.com. Also, if you have changed your email, please update that information with Charlotte.

Message from Road and Drainage Chairman Gary Goodman

Chairman Gary Goodman asked that I convey to Double Oak residents to please check your driveway/sidewalk property storm drains and pipes and ensure they are open and not clogged so to allow for proper flow of storm water runoff across town.

Many times, resident’s leaves, debris and tree limbs get washed away and clog up the natural flow of storm water runoff. This contributes to problems in some areas of town with storm water backup flowing over town roadways. Your attention and help would be appreciated, as Mr. Goodman relates there are predictions of a wet fall.

WTF – Winning The Fight! to debut short documentary at FMHS

WTF – Winning The Fight! has produced a short documentary, “NOT ME”, bringing awareness of drug use in area communities. A premier showing is set for 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Flower Mound High School Auditorium, 3411 Peters Colony Road. The event will include a photo gallery display preceding the film with panel discussion to follow.

The complimentary documentary is intended for the education of both parents and youth. For more information, please call 972-467-7704. Double Oak resident Jeff Graves and Double Oak Police Chief Derrick Watson both serve as WTF Board Members. The Double Oak Council along with other area councils has passed resolutions in support of WTF – Winning The Fight!

Traffic Light Signal planned for FM407/Simmons Road Intersection

Plans have been recently announced to add traffic signals on FM407, with one being constructed at FM407/Simmons Road – http://www.crosstimbersgazette.com/index.php/local-news/4388-fm-407-to-get-new-stoplights

The Town of Double Oak is grateful to Denton County Commissioner Andy Eads

In Honor of September 11, God Bless the United States of America

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