If you see flames this Sunday near Planterville, that will be a controlled burn of a building for purposes of training members of the Todd Mission Volunteer Fire Department.
Emergency Management Coordinator for the county David Lilly presented the situation, which was previously approved in he fall, at last week’s meeting of Commissioner’s Court. He says this is going to be done in the building at 10802 on Spur 234.
“Todd Mission was already going to be working with Whitehall in that training, this is just a natural step forward, they have taken the whole thing over themselves, and are ready to go with the actual burn on January 30th,” said Lilly.
There will be a chance for the community to throw things into the burns as well.
County Judge Joe Fauth noted why this is an important exercise.
“One, the burn can save the taxpayers about $10,000 to $12,000 in demolition costs,” said Fauth. “Plus, it is an opportunity for our volunteer fire departments to get training they might not normally get, so we wanted to take advantage of that.”
Lilly also added that this exercise is a way to safely take down the building, so it is not a fire hazard, should the situation arise.