Michael McLemore 06/01/11
The Sugar Land Fire Department prides itself on providing excellent service for our citizens, particularly in their time of need. In past columns, we have discussed training that the fire crews undergo to maintain readiness for the vast array of emergency services provided. However this month, we want to highlight a different type of service in which every division of the fire department assists.
Historically, it has proven prudent to allocate resources with special training, knowledge and or skills amid different city departments. The fire department and other city departments do so seamlessly year-round in an effort to provide more value-added services. These agreements to work cooperatively are otherwise invisible to the public.
A few examples follow:
• Our professional development (training) division assists with teaching other city personnel required National Incident Management System training, defensive driving, police block training. Resources are also provided for the regional SWAT team.
• Our fire prevention division provides resources for the police impact team which assists with surveillance to reduce crime in areas of concern.
• Annual fire extinguisher, fire evacuation and CPR classes are conducted citywide.
• Our department provides regional incident management team members for major disasters. IMT members are trained in the latest National Incident Management System tactics and strategies.
All city departments are charged with working cooperatively, and lending support among departments is paramount to our success in that endeavor!
Remember June is the beginning of hurricane season, so be prepared! For more information on getting ready, please visit www.sugarlandtx.gov and click on the Emergency Management tab under departments.
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