Frequently Asked Questions

There are no paid positions in the department. All firefighters including our fire chief are strictly volunteer positions as are all officers and directors serving on the board.

In the past, the majority of the funding for Bergheim Volunteer Fire Department has come from

  • Fire Department fundraisers such as garage sales, annual benefit dinners accompanied by live and silent auctions, and raffles
  • Donations from individuals in our coverage area
  • Kendall County
  • Donations and grant monies from charitable foundations

Operational costs for the Bergheim VFD generally run between $80,000 - $120,000 per year depending on weather conditions, the number of volunteer firefighters, the number of runs made, the age of our vehicles, etc. 

No, Bergheim VFD does not charge for any services provided.

No, any charges you may be assessed by your insurance company are not specifically allocated for Bergheim VFD. The cost of your home insurance policy may include an assessment charge to reimburse your insurance provider for fees they are required to pay to the Texas Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Fund, which is managed by the Texas Forest Service.  The State imposes this assessment on all insurance providers in Texas with the intent to help all Texas volunteer fire departments with equipment and training expenses; however, the Texas Forest Service dispenses funds ONLY to those volunteer fire departments that apply for and meet the qualifications for grant money.