Free Covid-19 Testing

There are reports from people who have been tested at freestanding ERs of bills exceeding $6,000 for a COVID-19 test. If you decide you need to be tested the above link is a good resource or you can register locally in Blanco and our local EMS will test you for free. If you are asymptomatic you may have to wait behind others who have symptoms. To register, go online to: If you have a problem registering please call 844.868.8308.

SPECIAL NOTICE (06/30/2020)

The laboratory is currently over capacity due to increased demand. As such, today we are testing symptomatic patients only. If you do NOT currently have symptoms, your testing registration will be placed onto a ‘STANDBY’ list, and you will be contacted once the lab has capacity for asymptomatic patients. Capacity will be reviewed weekdays at noon.

IF YOU CURRENTLY HAVE SYMPTOMS, please continue with registration. Patients with current symptoms will continue to be prioritized and tested immediately (typically same day).

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, but do not have symptoms, you are required to quarantine for 14 days, regardless if you are tested and regardless of your test results.

If you have questions regarding testing, please call our hotline at (844) 868-8308.

Covid-19 Testing on 5/2/2020

MOBILE TEST COLLECTION will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020 starting at 8:00 am at LBJ High School, 505 N. Nugent Ave, Johnson City. You must register: or call 512-883-2400. Tests are conducted by appointment only. You must be symptomatic and will be screened to see if you have: Fever and/or Chills; Cough; Fatigue; Body Aches/Muscle or Joint Pain; Shortness of Breath; Sore Throat; Headaches; Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea; Nasal Congestion; Loss of Taste and/or Smell.

Pruebas para detector el COVID-19, Sabado, 2 de Mayo de 2020 abre a las 8:00 am, LBJ High School, 505 N. Nugent Ave, Johnson City. Para concertar un cita:; 512-883-2400. Se requieren un cita para la prueba. Debe tener uno o mas sintomas para hacerse la prueba – Fiebre o escalofrios; Tos; Fatiga; Dolores de cuerpo; Dificultad para respirar; Dolor de garganta; Jaqueca; Nausea, vonito o diarrhea; Congestion nasal.

Fire & EMS Gun Raffle Is Over!


Kel-Tec Sub 2000 9mm carbine, Tan – Sponsored by: Ruvalcabas Paving Co
Diamondback DB15 Rifle 300 Blackout – Sponsored by: Cox Paving of Texas
Browning 1911-381 Black Label Pistol – Sponsored by: Cox Paving of Texas
Browning A-Bolt 3 Hunter 6.5 Creedmor – Sponsored by: Cox Paving of Texas
Remington 870 Express 20 ga pink camo – Sponsored by: Petersen Tire

Congratulations to the winners! (As of now, all winners have been contacted.)
Winning numbers:
0087, 0425, 0750, 0756, 1923

Hill Country Heartbeat 5k Run

Blanco, TX – May 2, 2020

This Event has been Canceled out of precaution of Covid-19.

Be kind to your heart!  Join us for a 5K run (or walk!) in the beautiful town of Blanco, Texas. Placement medals, t-shirts, food, beverages and a great time are waiting for you!

Run registration is thru Athlete Guild at

All proceeds of the Hill Country Heartbeat 5K run will go to Blanco Fire & EMS Auxiliary.  We thank you for your support!

2020 Annual Fire/EMS Fish Fry

This Event has been canceled out of precaution of Covid-19.

at Yett Park, Blanco, TX – Saturday, April 4, 2020

4:00pm – 7:00 pm

It’s time for the Annual Fire/EMS Fish Fry at Yett Park on Hwy 281.  Please join us at this annual FUNDRAISING event for fabulous fish and fixin’s, live music from The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, gun raffle, silent auction and kids events! 

This event is hosted by the Blanco Fire & EMS  Auxiliary.  All proceeds will be used to equip and support emergency services.  We thank you for your support!


We are now on Amazon Smile! Did you know that you can donate to Blanco County Emergency Services Auxiliary, supporting your Blanco Fire & EMS, without affecting your Amazon purchase? You can! All you need to do is to go into Amazon Smile, select us using the full name above and then start shopping! Your purchase price will not be affected but Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to our organization on your behalf. It’s so easy and we truly appreciate your help! Thank you on behalf of your Blanco First Responders!

Hearts ‘n Heels 5K Run (or walk!)

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, at 8:30am, runners from across the state participated for a ladies only 5K run (or walk!) in our beautiful town of Blanco, Texas during Wild Woman Weekend.  All proceeds from this event went to support our Blanco Fire & EMS! We look forward to hosting co-ed running events in the future. Check back for future dates!

Catch me if you can!
2019 overall winner, Terry Hanlon, receives her trophy from EMS Chief Ben Oakley

Fire Department Fish Fry

The annual Blanco Fire Department’s Fish Fry, which is a major community event for the department, was held on April 6, 2019 at the original fire station located on Pecan St. We were able to say goodbye to the old station before we moved into the new station on Blanco Ave. This was our first major fundraiser and we truly appreciated all of the community’s support of our fire fighters!

Saying goodbye to the old…

Outdoor Burning Rules


Outdoor burning in Texas is regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).  The rules are accessible online at  Additionally, the County Commissioners Court may, under conditions of extreme fire danger such as drought, high wind, and low humidity, issue a ban on outdoor burning.  The following summarizes some of the rules:

  1. Outdoor Burning is allowed only when wind direction and other meteorological conditions are such that smoke and other pollutants will not adversely affect public road use or structures including but not limited to a residence, business, farm building, or greenhouse that houses humans, livestock, or sensitive live vegetation such as nursery plants, cultivated mushrooms, and plants raised for pharmaceutical production or laboratory research.  Also, burning closer than 300 feet from any such structure is allowable only with the owner’s prior written approval.
  2. Burning shall be conducted only when in compliance with the following considerations:
    1. Begin no earlier than one hour after sunrise and end on the same day no later than one hour before sunset.
    2. A responsible party must attend at all times during the active burn phase when the fire is progressing.
    3. Begin when wind speeds are at least six miles per hour and less than 23 miles per hour.
    4. Do not burn electrical insulation, treated lumber, plastic, non-wood construction/demolition materials, heavy oils, asphaltic materials, potentially explosive materials, chemical wastes, or items containing natural or synthetic rubber.
    5. Do not burn household trash or rubbish; garbage collection services are available in the county.
  3. Exceptions include outdoor burning for recreation, ceremony, warmth, campfires, and cooking fires.

The Fire Department has authority to fine individuals responsible for violations of the outdoor burning rules.  Fines are dependent on the amount of time spent on scene and the amount of equipment and material used.

La quema al aire libre en Texas está regulado por la Comisión de Calidad Ambiental de Texas (TCEQ).  Las reglas están disponibles en línea en Además, el Tribunal de Comisionados del Condado puede, bajo condiciones de peligro extremo de incendio, como la sequía, los vientos fuertes y la baja humedad, emitir una prohibición de quemas al aire libre. Lo siguiente resume algunas de las reglas:

  1. La quema en exteriores se permite solo cuando la dirección del viento y otras condiciones meteorológicas son tales que el humo y otros contaminantes no afectarán de manera adversa el uso de las vías públicas o las estructuras que incluyen, entre otras, una residencia, negocio, construcción de una granja o invernadero que alberga humanos, ganado. o vegetación viva sensible como plantas de vivero, hongos cultivados y plantas cultivadas para producción farmacéutica o investigación de laboratorio. Además, la quema a menos de 300 pies de cualquier estructura de este tipo solo se permite con la aprobación previa por escrito del propietario.
  2. La quema se realizará solo cuando se cumpla con las siguientes consideraciones:
    1. No comience antes de una hora después del amanecer y finalice el mismo día no más tarde de una hora antes del atardecer.
    2. Una parte responsable debe asistir en todo momento durante la fase de la quema activa cuando el fuego está progresando.
    3. Comience cuando la velocidad del viento sea de al menos seis millas por hora y menos de 23 millas por hora.
    4. No queme aislamiento eléctrico, madera tratada, plástico, materiales de construcción o demolición que no sean de madera, aceites pesados, materiales asfálticos, materiales potencialmente explosivos, desechos químicos, o artículos que contengan caucho natural o sintético.
    5. No queme la basura; servicios de recolección de basura están disponibles en el condado.
  3. Las excepciones incluyen la quema al aire libre para recreación, ceremonia, calor, fogatas y fuegos para cocinar.

El Departamento de Bomberos tiene autoridad para multar a los individuos responsables de violaciones de las reglas de quema al aire libre. Las multas dependen de la cantidad de tiempo que se pase en la escena y de la cantidad de equipo y material utilizado.