Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association
Our Mission Statement
To bring together graduates of the City of San Marcos, Texas Citizens Fire Academy program to interact with the City of San Marcos, Texas Fire Department (SMFD) in promoting public education and awareness in the fire and life safety.
Meetings are held once a quarter, usually the second Thursday of each month.
Meeting Schedule for 2020
Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 5:30 pm Special Presentation: The 100 Club of Central Texas will be explaining their mission to provide support to the families of first responders who have been killed or critically injured in the line of duty.
Previous Meeting Dates
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 5:30 pm
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 5:30 pm
Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 5:30 pm
Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm Special Presentation: Stop the Bleed Class taught by Katie Contreras from San Marcos Hays County EMS
Annual Fundraiser: Pancakes with Santa!
On Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am all were invited to Station #5 for Pancakes, Fire Trucks, and Santa! Pancakes with Santa is always a great event! Santa made his grand arrived on Ol' Betsy and then listened to children's wish lists. Santa & Elf Natalie took photos with almost 200 kids!
At the 2019 Pancakes with Santa, SMFD staff and CFAAA Alumni cooked up almost 500 sausage patties and over 1000 pancakes on the specially designed rotating pancake grill for the annual fundraiser for our friends at the fire department in 2019. Funds raised will go towards the needs or special projects the department may request.
We also want to thank the generosity of McDonald's that donated drinks, butter, and syrup, Taco Cabana for bean and cheese tacos, and Mochas and Javas for donating hot coffee and hot chocolate. A huge thanks to all of our incredible volunteers that made this event so successful; especially former Mayor Daniel Guerrero who filled in for Santa and his elf, Natalie! They were THE BEST!
Santa will make his way back to Station #5 on December 12, 2020, always the 2nd Saturday in December!
Backpacks Donated to SMFD Summer Camp Program
The San Marcos Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association donated custom made backpacks for the departments Junior Fire Academy Summer Camp in June 2018. The drawstring backpacks held fire prevention material and supplies for the campers that participated in the week long day camp. The fire department had two sessions in the month of June that were filled to capacity with happy children.
Pictured bottom row: Battalion Chief John Koenig, Engineer Louis Gonzales, Firefighters Danny Martinez and Stephen Warne. Top row: Assistant Fire Chief Rick Rowell, CFAAA members Greg Wurzbach, Melinda Villarreal, Elizabeth Ehlers, and Teresa Lauderdale, and Fire Chief Les Stephens. (Photo by Don Anders)
CFAAA Welcomed New Recruits
The Alumni Association welcomed the fire department's newest members, Josh Jahns and Rudy Blasich, with a welcome bag filled with goodies, information about things to do and see in San Marcos, and merchandise freebies from area businesses.
We would like to thank San Marcos Daily Record, Sur-Powr Battery Supply, Ozona National Bank, Dr. Aycock, and many other local businesses who contributed to the welcome bags. The newest probationary firefighters will be an asset to the San Marcos Fire Department growing department!
SMFD would like to thank the Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association for donating 60 smoke detectors on Friday, November 15, 2019.
Did you know that San Marcos residents can get free smoke detectors and installation through the Fire Department? Call the Smoke Detector Hotline at 512-393-8484; to schedule this free service if you live within the City Limits. Let's get a smoke detector in every home!
Pictured are CFAAA members Melinda Villarreal, Teresa Lauderdale, and Elizabeth Ehlers and SMFD Engineer Scott Grunwald, Captain Larry Howard, Battalion Chiefs Aaron Crawford, John Koenig, Firefighter David Tomas, Engineer David Tomas, Fire Chief Les Stephens, Engineer Billy Mullins, Firefighter Rudy Blasich, and Captain Jeff Green.