Cohnway Matthew Johnson

Fire Fighter/ EMT

The Maltese Cross

The Maltese Cross is our symbol of protection. It means that the Firefighter that wears this cross is willing to lay down his life for you just as the crusaders sacrificed their lives for their fellow man so many years ago. The Maltese Cross is a Firefighters badge of honor, signifying that he works in courage - a ladder's rung away from death. This site is dedicated to all of the Firefighters that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

The Oak Hill Fire Department holds 9-11 Memorial

The Oak Hill Fire Department (Travis County ESD #3) held a memorial Sunday, September 11, 2011 to honor those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. The memorial was erected at Fire Station 301 located at 9211 Circle Drive.

Since 9/11, pieces of the World Trade Center have been handed out sporadically over the last decade by the New York and New Jersey Port Authority Police. Approximately 2,000 fragments, mostly of the towers' steel support beams, have been distributed so far to survivors, police and fire departments and individual towns. Prior to 2009, about 300 pieces had been distributed, but the Port Authority decided two years ago  to begin offering fragments to any interested groups of first responders.


Anyone and everyone are encouraged to visit this memorial.

Cadets of the 2011 Oak Hill Fire Academy and Training Staff are in attendance.

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

Every year in the United States, about 3,500 people die in home fires.  Most of these deaths occurred in homes that didn't have a working smoke alarm.


The Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign is part of the U.S. Fire Administration's effort to reduce fire deaths and injuries across the nation by urging residents to install smoke alarms in their homes and inspect and maintain them on a regular basis.  Working smoke alarms and sprinklers save lives. 


A working smoke alarm can help you and your family escape a deadly home fire.  It can also help save the lives of firefighters who would otherwise have to risk their lives by searching a burning home for residents.  A working smoke alarm continuously scans the air for smoke, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It never sleeps.


The USFA is encouraging you to practice fire safety and do your part to get out, before firefighters have to come in. 


While smoke alarms can alert residents to a home fire, they cannot extinguish a fire.  Sprinkler systems can!

Oak Hill Fire Academy Class 9 of 2011

Cohnway's brother, Michael (below w/sunglasses) graduated from the Oak Hill Fire Academy October 15, 2011.  This was the 9th class to graduate from the academy.  These cadets make it look easy but they trained in one of the hottest and dryest summers on record.  "Congratulations" Class 9.  We wish each of you great success in the Fire Service

 (Walking the hose removes water before going back on the truck)

  ( "The Enforcer" is a forcible entry prop)


 (Vehicle Extrication) 


Michael and Patrick Swearingen 


The Oak Hill Fire Academy 

January - October



(Firefighter Safety) 

                                    (Physical Training)






                                                        Propane Burn