Sunday, April 21, 2024

Local firefighters return home from wildfire deployment

FMFD was deployed to Coryell County near Waco earlier this month to assist with containment of a wildfire (photo courtesy of the Flower Mound Fire Department).

Several local firefighters returned home recently from assisting with a wildfire near Waco.

Five members of the Flower Mound Fire Department and firefighters from Double Oak and Lewisville fire departments returned home Thursday after five days helping to contain the Harmon Road Fire in Coryell County, west of Waco, according to FMFD spokesman Brandon Barth. The firefighters were part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System Strike Team 150, which helped contain the 2,300-acre Harmon Road Fire last week.

TIFMAS is a state program that utilizes local firefighters from around the state to provide aid when a fire — or other natural disaster, such as a hurricane — is too much for the local authorities. The state reimburses the town for the deployed firefighters’ overtime, as well as overtime required to cover their shifts.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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