By Beth O’Brien, reporting for Bluebonnet News of Montgomery County
Timber Lakes Volunteer Fire crew and the community of Timber Lakes/Timber Ridge gathered on Oct. 12 for an open house to celebrate 50 years of service for the fire department that was the first in Montgomery County to have ALS (Advanced Life Support) Ambulance Services.
The first ALS began as one medic unit that operated out of Timber Lakes and in others parts of South County.
According to Timber Lakes Fire Chief Josh Kennedy, the fire department covers three square miles.
“In January of 2018, we became a combination department, where we brought on part-timers, and we were able to cut our response time in half,” Kennedy said. “In order to do that, we went for our 1 percent sales tax throughout the district, and then last year we got our other 1 percent sales tax. We’re hoping to build a new station with that.”
The fire station is located at 3434 Royal Oaks Drive in The Woodlands.
Kennedy said they typically respond to about 15 calls a week, and 400 to 500 calls a year.
“It can range from someone falling on the ground to a structure fire. You never know what the day’s going to bring,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy said his crew is a great group.
“They are hard, hard workers. They will go until they have no more energy, and even at that point, they find it,” Kennedy said. “During Hurricane Harvey, that’s when we really saw what the volunteers were made of. They were up for 72 hours straight, and when that tone dropped, they would still go.”
Kennedy said the fire crew recently assisted crews in East County with high water evacuations during Tropical Storm Imelda.