Fire Department Appointment

lieutenant_fire_deptAt the regular board meeting last Tuesday, the Secretary/Treasurer, Diane Sheehy, was appointed Lieutenent in the department. Diane is a level 2 qualified firefighter and richly deserves the promotion. She has tirelessly served as Secretary/Treasurer and responded to multiple emergency calls. We know she attributes all her achievements to God, but we congratulate her and in the process glorify God for his blessing and grace. May He guide and protect her in her new role.



It’s a little early, but Thanksgiving will be celebrated at the Church on the Arroyo on November 11, 2018. Join the community for Turk’s turkey and fixin’s – he does the best smoked turkey south of the North Pole. See y’all there.

Thanksgiving Dinner Flyer 20181

South Padre Sandcastle Days


It’s that time of year again. The sand sculptors are busy at Clayton’s putting together this year’s sand castles. Join the masters of sand and the folks at Clayton’s for the event.





Here is the schedule of events for the weekend, all days start at 09:00:

Wednesday, October 3rd

  • Masters of Sand carve as a group build Sponsors Sculptures. See them work their magic on the group sandcastle.

Thursday, October 4th

  • Official start Masters of Sand Competition
  • Join the Masters, listen to music and watch them create Unforgettable Sand Art

Friday, October 5th

  • Masters of Sand continue sculpting
  • Registration Open – Amateur competition includes: Kids, Family, Groups, and Singles 1 pm – 5 pm
  • T-Shirt Sales Open
  • Sandcastle Days Mercado
  • Live Bands on Stage At Clayton’s

Saturday, October 6th

  • Sandcamp – Free Sandcastle Lessons begging at 8:00 am
  • Master Sand Sculpting competition final day!
  • Sandcastle Days Mercado Open 10:00 am to Close
  • Children Water Slides, Bouncer & Bull Riding Open
  • Amateur Registration open 8:00 am
  • Amateur competition begins at 9:00 am, ends at 3:00 pm / Kids, Family, Group or Singles Castle welcome
  • Unlitter Campaign 10th Annual Trashion Show “Straw Wars Theme” at 4:00 pm
  • Judging for Amateur and Masters Divisions
  • Awards Ceremony for Amateur and Masters Divisions at 4:30 pm
  • Live Bands on Stage at Clayton’s

Sunday, October 7th

  • Sandcamp – Free Sandcastle Lessons begin at 10:00 am
  • Sandcastle Days Mercado
  • Children Water Slides, Bouncer & Bull Riding Open
  • Enjoy the Sand Monuments, Listen to music and play the day away
  • Spread The Word Family Fun For All Ages
  • People’s Choice Awards at 3:00 pm

Power pole fire

You may have noticed we experienced a power failure around midnight last night, lasting about 3 hours. The culprit was a power pole fire at the Channel View RV park that started around 7:30 pm. Here’s how the incident unfolded: The Fire Department was dispatched by 911 at 7:50. The chief arrived a few minutes later, followed by the pump truck and firefighters at 8:00. Since the power was still on, the Fire Dept could not extinguish the fire immediately. Hosing water onto live power lines is a no-no. A Magic Valley Electric Co-op crew arrived around 8:45 and used fire extinguishers to put out the fire. The pole was severely damaged and the Co-op crew retired to a safe distance, waiting for backup to repair/replace the pole. With power still on, the fire re-ignited and continued burning the pole until it broke off. The broken portion was held aloft by a line feeding over to the RV park. There was no immediate danger of the fire spreading and the Co-op crew elected to leave power on to avoid a blackout in the area. By 11:45, the Co-op backup crew had still not arrived, the wind was picking up a little and the fire was starting to pose a threat from dropping embers. The Fire Department determined that the situation was too dangerous and instructed the Co-op crew to cut the power. The fire was well and truly extinguished by the pump truck crew. Fortunately, within minutes of putting out the fire, the Co-op construction crew arrived with a new pole, equipment and what looked to be at least 8 cherry pickers. They got to work and the power was restored after 3 or so hours. We don’t have any photos of the incident but here are a sampling of what pole fires look like and what ensuing damage can occur.

Pole fires usually start by an arc tracking across an insulator to ground over the wooden pole. The arcing is not sufficient to trip the circuit, but is hot enough to set fire to the pole. Salt from the sea air and dirt settle on the insulators. After a long dry spell, this accumulation becomes heavy. When there is a short rain which is not hard or long enough to wash off the accumulation, the rain water dissolves the salt, mixes it with the dust and creates a path for the electricity to arc and track across the pole, igniting it in the process. This is fairly common close to the ocean, in fact Port Mansfield Fire Department inform us that 80% of their fire calls are for pole fires.

Thank you to the Arroyo City Fire Department for their prompt response and vigilance in protecting our community.

New Brush Truck for the Fire Department

Yesterday Chief Jay and Asst Chief Chuck visited the Federal Surplus Depot in San Antonio to find a replacement for the old Deuce and a Half brush truck. They found a 2007 truck and trailer with only 68 miles on the clock. Needless to say they clinched the deal. Work will now start to transfer the tank, pump and hose from the old truck to the new. It is a simple exercise and is expected to be complete within two weeks. The old Deuce will be put out to pasture after a long and productive life.


Goodbye old friend.

2018 Fish Fry

It’s that time of year again. The Fire Department is having their annual Fish Fry Benefit to raise money. As you know, the county woefully under funds the Fire Department, so we have to step up to help them provide their essential service to the community. The event will be on February 24 – this is a heads up for you to mark your calendars and cancel other arrangements. See you there!


Here is a PDF version if you want to download the flyer and send it to your friends: