Even if there’s no real emergency right now, Grimes County’s emergency personnel are planning for one.; like the recent exercise at the Tenaska Power Plant.
Shiro Volunteer Fire Chief Dan Sharron says they conducted a drill on a car fire adjacent to the main office and control room. Most of the county’s industrial complexes schedule these run-throughs to be ready for all sorts of possibilities, he explains, up to and including hostile take-overs and active shooters.
In fact, he tells Navasota News, most residents have no idea of the wide array of situations our first responders, smoke eaters and law enforcement personnel need to keep up with.
He lists traffic control for accidents, extracations when someone gets trapped, landing choppers for LifeFlight, and hazard control for a spill from an 18-wheeler or train, just to name a few.
And anyone who wants to know more about what our local heros are doing behind the scenes on our behalf is encouraged and welcome to come to the next meeting of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
The LEPC meets at Noon, the third Tuesday of every month at Las Fuentas (the old Wrangler Steakhouse) on the northbound Highway 6 feeder road, just north of Highway 105. You can also check out the Grimes County Emergency Management page on Facebook anytime.