Thursday September 21 at 09:50 MVFD and BCSO responded to reports of a single car roll over. Upon arrival it was observed the vehicle had left the road way and come to rest in the pasture. 1 Patient was transported to BBRMC via Alpine Ems with non life threatening injuries. 3 dogs were also rescued from the vehicle. 1 dog didn't survive the crash, 1 was transported to alpine small animal practice via MVFD command 1 to be checked out. Both surviving dogs are currently being taken care of by first responders until the patient or family is notified and can come get the dogs. Thank You to BCSO Deputies Kretschmer and Martin, Border Patrol Agent Fernandez and Alpine EMS for all of your assistance with this call.
On Friday September 15th at 07:36 MVFD and BCSO responded to reports of a small grass fire 7 miles east of Altuda. Upon arriving BCSO Deputy Drawe and Marathon Firefighters found flames were put out by rain, but fuel on the ground was still smoldering. Deputy Drawe began over turning any smoldering materials while MVFD personnel foamed the area. Lightning is suspected of being the cause. Scene was cleared at 08:26. Thank you to Deputy Drawe for the assist.
April 26th at 7:30 pm MVFD was alerted to a small grass fire approximately 15 miles west of Marathon on the side of Hwy 90. Upon arrival responding units found the fire had been pretty well contained by passing motorists and Union Pacific personnel. MVFD mopped up and cleared scene at 8:06 pm. Cause of fire is suspected to be a carelessly discarded cigarette butt. Please dispose of cigarettes in a safe manner.
At 12:25 pm on Tuesday April 25th MVFD units responded to a grass fire 1 mile west of Marathon on the side of the highway. Responding units quickly contained the fire. MVFD cleared scene @ 12:57 pm.
On April 21st at7:20 pm Marathon Fire was requested in response to a small structure fire on south 6th street. Upon arrival responding units found fire had been extinguished by residents. After securing the building and checking for extension in the walls and finding none Marathon fire cleared scene at approximately 8:00 pm. Cause of fire is suspected to be a coil of live electrical wire on the side of the house arched igniting dead pieces of a cactus garden.
At 4:18 pm Tuesday April 4th MVFD responded to a call in regards to a rapidly spreading grass fire 18 miles north of Marathon on 385. Upon arrival responding units found the fire to be contained by workers on the ranch. With the assistance from Fort Stockton Fire 100% containment was secured at approximately 6:15 pm. Thank you to BCSO FSFD Dave Lambrix and the ranch workers for all your assistance.
On Monday March 13 @ 10:57 pm MVFD was requested in response to a vehicle collision 40 miles south of Marathon on Highway 385. Upon Arriving at scene MVFD assisted with traffic control and patient care for two individuals who had been ejected from the vehicle. Care was continued until mutual aid from Alpine EMS and Big Bend Ems got on scene and took over. One patient was transported to BBRMC by Big Bend EMS, while the other was taken to Odessa by Aerocare out of Fort Stockton. MVFD cleared scene at approximately 3:55 am after transporting the other passengers in the vehicle to Pope Ranch headquarters. There were a total of 7 passengers in the vehicle and two in the RV at the time of the accident. MVFD would like to thank BCSO Deputies Will Drawe and Chris Roach,Border Patrol, Big Bend Park Rangers, Alpine EMS, Big Bend EMS and Aerocare for their assistance and quick response time to this incident. Lastly to the Pope Ranch Headquarters for allowing the uninjured passengers to stay at the guest house for the evening until transportation home could be arranged.
At 1:12 am MVFD was alerted to a rekindling of the fire east of town. The area that rekindled was an island of Unburned fuel inside the burn scar from yesterday's fire, it was knocked back down and all burn areas were saturated before leaving scene. MVFD cleared scene at 2:45 am and will continue to monitor the area for any further activity.
At 10:45 am February 12th MVFD was called in reference to a rapidly spreading fire 1 mile east of Marathon near the old rope-o-matic. Upon arrival MVFD quickly got ahead of the fire to create a containment line to prevent the fire from jumping the train tracks and going out into the adjoining pasture. The fire was then quickly knocked down and mopped up. Responding units were BCSO 2130, Brush 43, Brush 41, Attack 1 and three P.O.V's owned by fellow firefighters and concerned citizens who stopped to help. Thank you Mike Bienski, Andy Lewis, and Will and Burney Drawe for all your help. Upon clearing scene MVFD also responded to two other fires 1 mile east of the original scene and 1/2 mile west of original scene, and quickly suppressed those fires as well. Fires are thought to have been started by a tow chain dragging the ground.
MVFD is always accepting applications for volunteer Firefighters. If you are looking for a way to be an important part of our little community this is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to do so. Come join a winning team, benefits include: free training from Texas A&M Extension Service. An opportunity to become EMT Certified, free gym membership to gage fitness and most importantly the opportunity to help our Marathon residents in their greatest times of need. The only thing it takes is a little bit of your time. Come by the station located at 109 ne 2nd St. Mondays at 1800 to learn more. We hope to see you there!!
At 2:49 pm MVFD was alerted to a motor vehicle accident 15 miles south of the checkpoint. Upon arriving units found the vwhicle had hit a large mule deer. Units remained on scene until Sixto's wrecker service arrived. MVFD cleared scene at 3:41 pm.
At 7:50 MVFD command was asked to accompany a deputy to Black Gap border crossing in reference to a vehicle collision. Upon arrival responding units found a chevy Silverado upside down under the bridge. It appears the driver ran into the barricades at a high rate of speed causing the vehicle to jump 2 of the barricades and end up on the bridge wall where it then rolled off of the bridge and came to a rest on its roof 20 feet below. Thankfully only minor injuries were reported. BCSO and MVFD cleared scene at approximately 12:30.
On December 17th at 11:45 MVFD responded to a request for mutual aid from our sister station Alpine Fire in regards to a structure fire with acreage involved. Before arriving on scene MVFD was notified of structure collapse Engine 41 returned to station and Brush 43 continued on to assist with mop up operations. While on scene MVFD units responded to a secondary incident involving the wind blowing the roof off of a home and landing on an electrical line. AEP quickly disconnec...ted power and scene was cleared. Units then returned to original scene to finish with mop up. Excellent work by Alpine Fire whose FireFighters have had a very long couple of days. Reminder to everyone we will be experiencing heavy sustained winds this evening and freezing temps if you see or suspect a fire call BCSO immediately so we can get moving. There also is an emergency burn ban currently in effect so until further notice no outside burning. Thank you all for your support. Stay warm, stay safe and have a great night.
Emergency burn ban has been put into effect over Brewster County. Effective IMMEDIATELY. No outside burning, this consists of BBQ, burn piles and any other type of open flame. Thank you for your cooperation.
On Saturday Dec. 17th at 03:48 MVFD Was alerted to a mutual aid request from Alpine Fire in regards to a house fire on Highway 90 in Alpine. Upon arrival Alpine Fire had already knocked down flames and had entered mop up phase. MVFD Personnel assisted Alpine Fire with puting out hot spots and checking for further extension of fire. MVFD cleared scene at 07:18. Great job to Alpine Fire Fighters for getting the fire under control rapidly to prevent further spread.
On Tuesday Dec. 13th at 13:40 Marathon VFD responded to a request for mutual aid from our sister station Alpine Fire for a structure fire on Lockhart and 5th. While on scene MVFD Firefighters ran support operations and with the help of Alpine Fire, Marfa Fire, BCSO, Game Wardens, APD & DHS got the fires knocked down by 17:30. MVFD stayed on scene to assist with Mop Up until 20:30.
Update on Wednesdays arctic blast: the weather service out of Midland Odessa expect this front to pass through the area tomorrow evening. As of yet very little precipitation is expected however it isn't out of the realm of possibility. The temps tomorrow evening are forcasted to be in the 20s and 30s with windchill in the teens. MVFD would like to remind everyone before this cold front hits to remember your pipes, pets and plants. Make sure you have those items prepared for freezing temperatures. Stay safe out there!!
Attention Marathonians: As most of you know we are in a winter weather advisory until 09:00 tomorrow as for the Marathon basin that doesn't mean much as we will see slightly below freezing temperatures with minimal ice accumulations. However Altuda pass will be impacted as well as Big Hill headed towards Stockton so please if you do have to travel those roads this evening or early in the morning, slow down and give yourself enough space to stop. Stay safe out there!!
Notice to all Marathon Residents: Today we will be experiencing high winds, with sustained winds at 22mph gust up to 35mph. The fuel load in town and outlying areas is extremely dense and dry. Today makes good conditions for a grass fire to rapidly spread. MVFD asks that if you have plans to burn any brush to please wait until this front has passed and the winds have died down, also to be careful when parking your vehicles in high grass as the heat from your catalytic converter can start a fire. Please be vigilant if you see any signs of fire call BCSO dispatch at 432-837-5541 immediately. Thank you for your support, Stay safe out there!
At 09:16 Thursday November 24th MVFD assisted BCSO Deputy Kretschmer on a vehicle accident 40 miles south of Marathon on Highway 385. The vehicle lost control over corrected and hit the guardrail before coming to a rest on the side of the road. We ask everyone traveling the highways for thanksgiving to slow down, no meal or family gathering is worth injury or your lives. From the MVFD Family to yours we wish you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Have a great day and God Bless.