On Thursday, March 21st, the McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department received a call at 6:54 p.m. and responded to a multivehicle accident in front of the McQueeney Gun Club on F.M. 725. One engine, one rescue truck, one command vehicle and 6 firefighters responded to the call. The driver of the vehicle depicted in the photograph below was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio. The other driver declined treatment. The department also remediated a fuel spill from the second vehicle. The scene was cleared by 7:52.
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Local fire departments responded to a structure fire on the 3200 block of Link Rd at approximately 7:30 a.m. Friday morning. The home involved was a 100 year old wood structure, and housed a family of 7. Only one resident was home at the time and he was able to escape unharmed. McQueeney VFD, as well as 3 other area departments responded to the call and worked for several hours, but were unable to save the structure. Donations of cash and gift cards to help the displaced family are being collected by Friedens Church, 2555 Friedens Church Rd. or you can donate at https://www.facebook.com/donate/608241236314349/
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The McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched at 12:30 p.m. on 12/23/18 for a major 2 vehicle collision at the intersection of FM78 and FM1044 with possible entrapment. Firefighters responded with an engine and rescue truck and 2 POV units. They arrived to find both lanes of FM 78 blocked due to a T-bone accident. No victims were found to be entrapped. Patient care and assessment were begun with assistance from Schertz EMS and law enforcement from Guadalupe County and TXDPS. Traffic was diverted via 1044 and Pioneer Road. Two ambulances were used to transport victims. While working this accident, a medical call was received, and two McQueeney firefighters left to respond with the rescue truck. The roadway was reopened at 1:45 p.m.
Jeff Bonkoski of Hazard Control Technologies, Inc. presented training of area firefighters on the benefits and uses of F-500, an encapsulating agent that can be effectively used on Class A, Class B and Class D fires as well as lithium battery fires and magnesium fires. It also can be used to encapsulate fuel spills, rendering them nonflammable. He later demonstrated the encapsulation feature of the product by creating a water/gasoline /F-500 emulsion, then trying unsuccessfully to light it with a blow torch.
November 27, 2018: The McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department recently received a donation from the McQueeney Lions Club and a grant for firefighting equipment from the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program and we have begun purchasing new firefighting equipment with these funds. The first equipment to be purchased was 2 gasoline powered ventilation fans and some hand tools to be used for forcible entry, rescue and other related tasks. The ventilation fans are replacing two 20 year old fans that are becoming more and more expensive to maintain and the new hand tools will give the fire department more flexibility when operating at fires and other emergencies. The fire department will be purchasing additional equipment in the next few months as we determine the best way to use the remaining grant funds received from the Texas A&M Forest Service. Pictured with the new equipment are firefighters Stephen Talavera and Josh Harlow.