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Volunteer firefighters keep Cedar Creek Lake safe


David Webb is a veteran journalist who has written for the mainstream and alternative media for three decades. He is now a freelancer who lives in the Cedar Creek Lake area.

Cedar Creek Lake area volunteer fire departments need more firefighters to join their ranks.

Applications from men and women are accepted at the fire stations. Training is provided. Applicants must be at least 18 and be licensed drivers, be able to pass an agility test and a background check. As volunteers, firefighters receive no compensation.

Volunteer fire departments in the various cities often assist each other in firefighting, particularly in the case of large fires. Applicants must be able to attend regular meetings and training exercises.

Applications are available at the fire departments:

Kemp Fire Dept., 1307 S. Elm St., Kemp, TX 75143, 903-498-7909, kempfire.com

Mabank Fire Dept., 111 E. Mason St., Mabank, TX 75147, 903-887-4747, mabankfire.com

Gun Barrel City Fire Dept., 306 Municipal Dr., Gun Barrel City, TX 75156, 903-887-6909, gunbarrelcity.net

Payne Springs Fire Dept., 9674 SH 198, Payne Springs, TX 75156, 903-451-4511, psfirerescue.com

Tool Fire Dept., 525 S Tool Dr, Tool, TX 75143, 903-432-2905, toolfirerescue.com

Trinidad Fire Dept., 300 W Front St, Trinidad, TX 75163, 903-778-2141, trinidad.ca.gov/departments-a-services/volunteer-fire-department.html

Malakoff Fire Dept., 101 Kilmanfield Rd, Malakoff, TX 75148, 903-489-4216, cityofmalakoff.net/departments/volunteer-fire-department.html

Information about the fire departments also can be found on their individual Facebook pages.


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Water stained to lightly stained; 73–77 degrees; 0.01 high. Black bass are slow on Texas rigged craws, spinnerbaits, shallow crankbaits and buzzbaits. Crappie are fair on minnows. Catfish are good on trotlines. White bass are good on slabs and minnows. Hybrid striper are good on slabs and minnows