LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - No one knows the importance of preventing a fire better than a firefighter. Felix Nunez was with the Laredo Fire Department for 30 years before retiring and joining Webb County's volunteer fire department.
"The best way to fight a fire is preventing it. One of the things you can do to be safe in the home is have a fire escape plan, check for fire hazards, check for electrical cords."
The county is applying for a grant that would train firefighters, to train residents on what to do in case of a fire. Firefighters would go to the resident’s homes and also talk about preventative measures. Residents who participate in the program would also get a free smoke detector from Webb County.
This would be the first time the Webb County Volunteer Fire Department would have a community outreach program. Commissioner Wawi Tijerina said the county has always needed something like this.
"You'd be surprised. We have had several fires where homes have burned down to the ground and these families tend to panic when a fire occurs and they do not know how to react. So they will teach them how to remain calm, but at the same time, take precautionary measures."
If approved, the grant will be for $50,000. The county will have to contribute $2,500 to the fund.
This program is only for county residents that live outside the city of Laredo lines. The fire department says they would like to concentrate on the areas farthest from their station, like the quad city area.