OKC Firefighters Work On New Plan To Tackle Wildfires
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Fire Department is working on a new plan to tackle wildfires across the metro.
Because Oklahoma City is so big and there are so many outlying areas, it takes awhile for them to get to some of these wildfires. So they are counting on the public to help them get prepared.
Oklahoma City Fire Department Maj. Joe Johns did an exchange program in the fall of last year with a fire department in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There, he was able to realize the big problem Oklahoma City is facing regarding wildfires.
Because Oklahoma City is so large and spread out, there are numerous areas where development meets natural vegetation which makes these areas incredibly vulnerable to wildfires.
That's why they are coming up with a plan to help you keep your home safe, especially if you live in an outlying area.
"I'd like to see people get their homes prepared, hardened, make them defendable, because if you help us then, if we are slow getting there, for some reason because you're in the outlying areas, then that gives us extra time," Johns said.
There will be several meetings held on Thursday nights starting next week at multiple different fire stations. Below are the list of meeting times:
MEETING TIMES / LOCATIONS:
- 9/21/2017 Fire Station 18 4116 N. Prospect Avenue 6 p.m.
- 9/28/2017 Fire Station 30 4343 S. Lake Hefner Drive 6 p.m.
- 10/5/2017 Fire Station 27 6400 N. Westminster Rd. 6 p.m.
- 10/12/2017 Fire Station 28 7101 S. Anderson Rd. 6 p.m.
- 10/19/2017 Fire Station 32 12233 N. Mustang Rd. 6 p.m.
- 10/26/2017 Fire Station 35 13017 S. May Avenue 6 p.m.
- 11/2/2017 Fire Station 33 11630 SW. 15th St. 6 p.m.