By Betty Anderson
Bruce Swearingen, Okmulgee Fire Chief reports that rain MUST come to avoid wild fires. He said, “As we start the new year, we are still facing the fact that we haven’t received a sufficient amount or even enough small rain showers to help with keeping the wildfires in check. If we don’t get some kind of moisture soon, we are looking to experience a bad fire season like last year.”
He also reported that they are seeing fires in chimneys and older structures that have not been properly maintained. In December Swearingen reported to the City Council that they had 66 fire incidents they responded to.
Swearingen also reported that the three new Firefighters are busy learning procedures and policies and becoming proficient in the operation of the firefighting equipment and apparatus and learning the streets of the city. Two of the three have already received their Firefighter I Certification and the third is in training to take his certification exam at OSU Fire Service Training.
Danial Dawson, a 2 year veteran of the Fire Department has resigned and has been offered a position at the Oklahoma City Fire Department. They are reviewing applicants for his replacement.
Greg Carmack, Okmulgee Firefighter has been promoted to Lieutenant. Chief Swearingen said, “I know he will do a great job in his new position.”