County Fire Department Ready For Busy Season
The Webb County Fire Department is preparing for what could be a busy season of brush fires.
Fourth of July celebrations are right around the corner and the hot, dry weather doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon.
Fireworks are officially on sale in Webb County, just in time for Fourth of July celebrations.
But as the heat continues, there's one group of people who won't be celebrating any time soon.
“Fireworks can cause many dangers to households.”
The sale of fireworks marks the beginning of what could be a very busy season for Webb County firefighters.
“We have had lack dry weather, lack of rain.”
The firefighters can expect to go to several calls over the next few months and they’ve got to make sure they’re ready.
“We want to make sure trucks are in good running condition nozzles spraying like they are supposed to be spraying.”
Checking all the equipment is routine but the chief says it's important that all his men and women, the 24 part time certified firefighters and the over 46 volunteers, are on the same page.
“We try to staff man power. This particular celebration we'll probably beef up our staffing.”
And he hopes residents of Webb County are too.
The county has banned aerial fireworks but Rangel says even the small ones can do major damage.
Rangel says it takes everyone making an effort to prevent fires and keep things like this from happening here.
“Keep safety at all times and be concerned about a potential fire out there.”
Keeping these guys and everyone else safe.
Rangel also urges people to make sure cigarettes are properly put out before being disposed of and to be careful when using any equipment outside that could create sparks.
Also as a reminder, fireworks are prohibited within city limits but if you plan to use them in the county, use them with caution.