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Q: Is Ellis County Currently Under a Burn Ban?

A: For the latest information on Burn Bans please check with the Ellis County Fire Marshal.

Q: Why don't I always get Ellis County 911 when I dial 911?

A: If you are calling from a mobile phone, you may be connected to a wireless tower in another district. As Bristol is on the edge of Ellis County, mobile phones in the area often reach Kaufman County 911. We recommend having a land line based phone for emergencies so they are properly identified and located by service providers.

Q: How is the fire department funded?

A: The fire department is partially funded by state funds collected with property taxes and regulated by the Ellis County Emergency Services District #7 (ESD#7). The tax rate that supplies this portion (about half) of the operating cost is set by the ESD#7 Commissioners Board at $0.03/$100.00 of taxable property value. The remaining half of the operating costs for the fire department is raised by donations and fund raising events throughout the year.

Q: How can I get involved with the Bristol VFD?

A: The easiest way to get involved in any capacity is to attend one of the public monthly Board of Directors meetings on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the fire station.

Q: When was the Bristol VFD Founded?

A: According to local sources, 1974. Back then, as now, the department was made up of community members who had hearts for service and wanted to help out their neighbours whenever they could. They didn't have the same level of vehicles and equipment the department has today but that didn't damper their spirits. We appreciate the foundations they laid for the department and community. There is no way we could be where we are today without the time, energy and passions that have been put in over the years.

Q: Are there any paid staff at Bristol VFD?

A: No, all board members, firefighters and first responders are 100% volunteer.