Public Safety, Core Services, and Fiscal Excellence

Elected official attending a groundbreaking ceremony for a new fire station.

The City of San Marcos delivers quality government services and improve community safety in a fiscally responsible manner with a professional workforce.


Outcome Statement: Collaborate to prioritize and enhance public safety services while building resiliency and trust within our community.

I. Adequately staff public safety departments to address community safety. 

  • A meeting was held at the Kyle Fire Department, Station 1, on July 7, to discuss collaborative programs with agencies in order to increase the pool of qualified Fire/EMS applicants within the central Texas region.
  • Recent changes were incorporated into the Meet & Confer Agreement to allow allow for this opportunity to be explored further.
  • Four new firefighters started in April 2023. We currently have 10 vacant positions to fill with only 11 candidates on the eligibility list with numerous steps in the hiring process to complete.

II. Complete construction and open Fire Station 6 and Phase I of the Fire Training Facility.

  • Fire Station 6 received its Temporary Certificate of Occupancy on June 26, 2023, and the Grand Opening Ceremony was held on Friday, June 30, 2023.
  • Construction on Phase I of the Fire Training Facility is on-going and we anticipate completion late summer/early fall of 2023.

III. Optimize the use of technology to improve community safety.

  • Fire Administration continues to work closely with GIS and identify new ways to utilize GIS and data to improve our Fire/EMS responses.
  • GIS was instrumental in redrawing the fire response districts and determining the response sequence for the opening of Fire Station 6.
  • Downtown cameras will be operationalized (9 in total) to assist with the identification of crime victims and suspects.

IV. Expand programs and partnerships that engage the community and strengthen community trust, including employing strategies for reaching diverse populations.

  • St. David’s Foundation grant has been used to fund many programs that support mental health. During June, programs included: art therapy, music therapy, caregiving connections support group, Eng-Aging programs to improve quality of life as you age, yoga, meditation, sound therapy, retirement readiness, adult time out crafting, and a mental health program about self-care, coping and relaxing.

V. Increase all-hazards and disaster preparedness, response and recovery through coordination and local partnerships and intergovernmental cooperation.

  • The Office of Emergency Management continues to work on the Hazard Mitigation Plan. 
  • As part of September’s National Preparedness month, a public outreach campaign will be completed to include communication information, how to build a kit, STEAR sign up, and how to create a plan for individuals and their family. This information will be shared with staff and reiterated on social media through communications each week. 
  • Continuity planning is taking place with local stakeholders to increase future sheltering coordination in our community. Two public information and FEMA Crowd Management Special Event courses will be conducted by NCS4 and is open to staff and public stakeholders throughout the state to learn how to create safe well-organized events for our community.