County Officials Prepare For the Worst

by Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - "The reason we're pre-positioning today is to get on these fires early when they're in the beginning stages," Asst. Fire Chief David Hickman, said.

Midland Fire Officials and Emergency Management teams have prepared for the worst.

"That way we can hopefully get on top of them real quick and do any mitigation as far as fire spread and prevent any property damage and evacuations," Hickman said.

Using the Horseshoe Arena as a command post, they have constantly monitored the dangerous weather that threatens all of West Texas.

"We're just trying to make sure that we provide the critical weather information that these responders need to fight these fires," Pat Vesper, Meterologist with the National Weather Service, said.

The National Weather Service is teaming up with Texas Forest Service along with all of the Midland County Fire Departments and city leaders.

"We are really in an extreme fire situation, This is a very, very critical situation for people to remember to not to burn anything out there, if fires do develop, they're going to move very, very rapidly," Vesper said.

A large fire last Sunday caused local leaders to rethink their planning strategies.

That's why they chose to divide up all of the emergency crews into task forces that will dispatch from a central location.

"We're going to dispatch different task forces to different events depending on the size of the event," Hickman said.

A Salvation Army Station has also been set up all day providing meals and snacks to the emergency response teams.

These volunteers say they are proud to be serving those who put their lives on the line to serve Midland County.