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Summer Heat and High Fire Danger

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So far, this year has been a lot less taxing than previous years, but that does not mean we are in the clear.  Drought conditions still exist and we are still at a high risk for major fires in the county.  Keep your guard up both mentally and physically!  Keep plenty of water on hand and drink water and other healthy fluids whenever possible.  Keep healthy snacks/energy bars with your fire gear. Keep your PPE in good repair and ready to go! 
 
 
 
BE SAFE OUT THERE and COME HOME FROM EVERY CALL!!!!

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LESSONS FROM THE FIRE LINE
 
 
Plan ahead for the next fire call.
     When the tones go off, we never know if the fire call will last for a short time or if it will be a fire that takes many hours and personnel to contain.  Remember that when you respond you may want to have a few "creature comforts" to aid you on the fire scene.
 
Try to get safety goggles and dust mask for everyone that is going to be out on a fire scene during high winds and blowing dust.  Try to find some small squirt bottles that are used in Science labs.  Along with the bottles, get a small bottle of clean water to wash out dirt and particles from firefighter's eyes.  Throw in a few bottles of eye drops to stop stinging and burning from smoke and dust irritations.  Throw in a few small jars of lip balm to protect lips from the blasting winds ( I would recommend the small glass jars instead of sticks because the sticks will melt during the hot summer months) Also, a small bit of petroleum jelly applied to the cheeks will help combat wind burn during the winter months.
 
These are small creature comforts, but they are much appreciated on extended fire scenes when you are out in the smoke and wind for hours at a time. 
 
Take care and be safe out there!
 
Pepper Sullivan
Asst. Chief 702
Howard County Volunteer Fire Dept.

Howard County Volunteer Fire Department
P.O.Box 2877 Big Spring, Tx. 79721-2877