Altus - According to Wayne Cain, Jackson County Emergency Management Director, the recently developed Jackson County Fire Department Task Force has received over $22,000 in reimbursement for fire-fighting efforts.
The Jackson County Fire Departments Task Force consists of Altus, Blair, Duke, Eldorado, Elmer, Friendship, Headrick, Martha, Olustee and Warren fire departments. It was developed to help fight wildfires within the county and to assist surrounding counties, without depleting resources needed to protect our own county residents.
The summer of 2012 was one of the hottest and driest in memory and southwest Oklahoma was no exception. This fact was particularly noticeable when it came to fire prevention and responding to wild fires. Jackson County Fire Departments were kept busy this past year dealing with numerous fire out breaks. One of the most notable, was the fire located in the Cooperton-Indiahoma area.
The State of Oklahoma Emergency Management and Kiowa county Emergency Manager, requested the Task Force to respond to a large wildfire, in the Cooperton/Indiahoma area.
Jackson County Task Force answered the call in full with all ten fire departments reporting to the Mobile State Incident Command Center and under the command of Task Force Leader, Altus Fire Chief, Mr. Jerry Abbott. The Task Force spent
approximately 36 hours, doing their part to extinguish this wildfire.
Cain supported the Jackson County Task Force group by documenting the Task Force efforts to include manpower, equipment on scene, fuel usage and other pertinent issues that drive response cost up. As a result, the Task Force received a reimbursement check which was distributed to the Jackson County Fire Departments that responded to the fire.
For more information about the Task Force contact your local Fire Department. For information about Emergency Management, contact Cain at 580-482-0229 or Lloyd Colson 580-481-2260 or visit http://altusem.blogspot.com