Other than some gusty winds, it was a pretty calm Tuesday outside of the Jetmore Fire Department.
But inside, Fire Chief Brandon Harms spent the day preparing for what could come.
“We’re pretty heavy fuel load for this fire season,” he said. “ A lot of growth last year. If you got high winds, then it becomes very dangerous.”
After recent years of large wildfires across the state, Harms said he uses any down time to prepare for the next one.
“Just normal everyday maintenance,” he said. “We’re trying to keep supplies on hand. Water for the trucks, for drinking, snacks.”
He said they never know how long it could take to battle the flames.
“It can be 15 minutes to three days,” he said.
Harms said every firefighter is prepared with their gloves, helmet, boots, gear and masks.
“They’re expected when the pager goes off or the whistle goes off, drop what you’re doing and show up and go on the fire,” he said.
Starting this week, Hodgeman County officials are also encouraging residents to call dispatch for controlled burns.
“From now until the end of the summer, just do what you can to keep from causing a fire,” Harms said.
All of these preventative measures to make sure no one gets hurt when the next fire ignites.
“We want to try to save everybody,” he said.