Howdy Ponder! Finally figured out how to get back on our website to do the month in review. First off we would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Pioneer Natural Resources for their very, very generous donation of a pick-up. It is a silver 2014 F150 4x4. It will primarily be used as a chief vehicle but also for members to use when doing fire department related business and travel. Another HUGE THANK YOU to Co-Serv Charitable foundation as they awarded us a grant to purchase new hydraulic rescue tools commonly known as the Jaws of Life. What a GINORMOUS help these items are to the department and community. Our annual BBQ fundraiser is coming up May 19 at the Ponder High School. There are still plenty of gun raffle tickets available and we will be selling them until we are out or right up to drawing time. We are also selling meal tickets in advance also. If you don't have the cash on hand we are able to scan your credit or debit card as we now have the SQUARE device. We have received some awesome donations for the live auction but we could use some more. If anyone would like to donate an item or knows someone that would please contact us. As nicer weather is beginning to become the norm, there will be more burn days. In order to have a burn day, the Texas Air Quality department is what determines if it is a burn day or not. NOT the county unless a burn ban is declared by a judge. In order to burn, you need to make sure you have a permit which is free of charge and available on the Denton County Fire Marshall web page. You then have to make sure it is a burn day and the fire must be out by sun down. Only natural products are allowed to be burned. No plastic, mattress, tires, shingles, etc. Then you must log the address were you are burning. Keep in mind that even though you do EVERYTHING correct, there is a chance we will be responding to your location. This is due to folks driving down the road, seeing smoke and reporting it. Typically the dispatcher is not given an address just a general location. We will come out and verify that this is in fact your authorized burn. So don't panic if you see us. We had another busy month responding to 45 calls. Your firefighters gave up 100 man hours to respond and handle these incidents along with the required weekly training and Saturday duties. As always, we give a HUGE thank you to them and especially their families for supporting them in this noble service. Take care Ponder and God Bless.