Tarpley increasing firefighting capabilities Posted in: News Tarpley is a small community with a big heart and a lot of determination when it sets goals. The unincorporated area 12 miles southwest of Bandera is close-knit and especially proud of its emergency response organization - the Tarpley Volunteer Fire Department. ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!