Erath County commissioners met Monday and heard a presentation by Captain Matt Boyd regarding a name change from Cross Timbers Emergency Responders — which is based out of Morgan Mill — to Erath County First Responders.
“We think the new name will let people know the area we cover in a more specific way," Boyd said. "We want to communicate as effectively as possible with the commissioners because we interact with county first responders on a regular basis.
“We are an all-volunteer group located in Erath County and we provide basic life support and ALS advanced life support as first responders in Erath County.”
The group responds to medical emergencies, traffic accidents, injured persons and any incident requiring EMS.
"And we provide medical support and water to the local fire departments during large fires. We don’t do firefighting, however," he said.
The group has also provided EMS/first aid to local school sporting events, the Firecracker 100 Bike Race, the NRCHA World Finals, Larry Joe Taylor Texas Music Festival & Rhymes/Vines Festival and other events.
The court also approved a request from Facilities Director John Wooley for an upgrade for Simplex Grinnell intrusion and fire suppression equipment at the motor vehicle and tax office.
Wooley said, “We’ve used Simplex Grinnell in other county facilities with great success for about 15 years. They’re the largest company in this field in the world and we’re just bringing the motor vehicle and tax office building into alignment with what we’re doing elsewhere in county facilities.”