GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- Every Grayson County fire department is now on board with a new wildfire task force, an effort that organizers hope will save property and lives. The task force has been almost two years in the making after wildfires in 2006 sparked a need for a united group. Mystic Matthews has more.
The task force was officially created last Friday uniting all of the Grayson County fire departments. Now the group says they will be ready for any emergency situation the county may face.
After months of planning, the Wildfire Task Force is now ready for action.
“It’s been a long time in the making, but we are ready to fight any situation,” Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones says.
All 19 fire departments across Grayson County are in the task force and will now be operating as one united group.
Allen Vols, president of the Grayson County Association of Fire Chiefs, joined forces with Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones to organize the force.
“It’s taken so long to organize because they have to take inventory of every station to see what each one has to offer, and then assign accordingly what each will contribute in case of emergency,” Vols explains.
Both fire chiefs say this is important because now all firefighters will be working together instead of as 19 separate departments.
Although it includes only Grayson County fire departments, the task force is ready and willing to help any surrounding county, increasing the protection for Texoma residents.
Both Vols and Jones say they are excited about the task force and what it means for our area, but they still need citizens to be aware of fire danger at all times and to remember Grayson County is still under a burn ban.