WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) — On Friday, community leaders gathered for the ribbon cutting of Fischer Store Bridge. Hays County leaders tell us the bridge was completed a full three months ahead of schedule.
Now that the bridge is back, a representative with Wimberley EMS says they can now serve the Fischer Store community. Since Memorial Weekend the city’s EMS was unable to service the Fischer Store area because they would have to drive 40 miles to respond.
EMS director Ken Strange says it was tough not to be able to service people of his own. “It was really difficult for us. We had to have a mutual aid agreement with Canyon Lake [EMS] and they came out and ran all our calls out here and did a great job for us,” Director Strange explains.
Strange says over 150 people were impacted. Since the bridge was out, Wimberley EMS could not cross over to Fischer from the Wimberley side of the bridge.
“We let them handle everything on that side of the bridge,” Director Strange says.
Canyon Lake Fire Chief Shawn Wherry says helping other communities in need is exactly what their job stands for.
“We work very closely with all of our neighboring agencies and even in time of need, when there is a single incident that goes beyond local capabilities, we all help each other,” Canyon Lake Fire Chief Shawn Wherry says.
Chief Wherry says they currently serve between 25,000 and 30,000 people in their jurisdiction. Luckily, their calls fluctuate so much they are able to adjust to taking on another community.
“That is something that we deal with day in and day out just due to local demand,” Chief Wherry explains. “Being that we deal with it on a frequent basis, we are able to easily adopt to that when we take on an additional area.”
Fortunately, their fire station #3 is located just 5 miles from the Fischer Store area. The chief says they only serviced about five calls a month so it was not that much of a strain on their station.
Now that the bridge is open Director Ken Strange says they are back in business. So far, they have not had any calls to the Fischer area.
“Thank you for supporting us so well, we are here for them and we are ready to take care of them now,” Strange says.