TFD: Change is coming to Title 19


Texoma Fire District board members voted on July 2 to convert from a Title 18 to a Title 19 fire department. Some of the changes consist of establishing a board of directors with five members, one of which will serve for five years, another for four years, three years, then two years, and finally, one year.

One of these directors will be selected as chairperson and another as treasurer, as well as a clerk.

In changing to a Title 19 Fire Department the firefighters will become eligible for participation in Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and retirement system. Of course, all eligibility requirements must be met, including a one-year probation period.

Anyone interested in learning more about these changes, or wishing to serve as a board member, please attend the meeting on August 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Texoma Fire District Training Center. All members of the Texoma Fire District, whose dues are current, are invited to get a better understanding of all the changes.

There is still a need for more volunteers. All adults, male or female, interested in joining the Texoma Volunteer Fire Department, please contact Chief Todd Cissell at (580) 565-4491 or pickup an application from the mailbox at the station, fill it out and return to the station. Chief Cissell will contact you.

Everyone is welcome, so consider joining. The fire department truly needs your support.

Remember, the heat is still here so, make sure you stay hydrated. Make sure your outdoor animals have fresh water and some sort of shade. Also, remember the elderly and keep an eye on your neighbors.

Texoma Fire District Auxiliary meeting have been postponed until September 21 at 1:30 p.m.

On Wednesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the Lighthouse United Methodist Church will start back their “No Strings Attached” meals.

However, there will be some important changes. You will be able to drive thru the church parking lot and pickup your meals. Please STAY IN YOUR VEHICLES, do not get out, your meals will be brought to you from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thank you and everyone stay safe!