Fire Station on Prairie Street in downtown Union Springs.

By Faye Gaston

A firefighter is a rescuer trained in firefighting and they work closely with other emergency response agencies such as the police and emergency medical service.

They are "first responders" who are on call at any hour of the day or night regardless of the weather. The Union Springs Fire Department members volunteer their time to help protect the community. 69% of firefighters in the United States are volunteers.

Firefighters face many risks, such as smoke inhalation, toxic fumes, superheated gases, and heavy physical exertion.

These may result in physical illnesses that include a higher risk for certain types of cancer.

A leading cause of death is the collapse of the wall, floor, ceiling or roof, often without warning. In the United States 25% of deaths of firefighters is by traffic collisions while responding to or returning from an emergency or by a vehicle at the scene of the emergency.

There is possible emotional damage caused by the stress of witnessing traumatic scenes.

Dwayne Anderson, Fire Chief of the Union Springs Fire Department, gave his monthly report to the City Council on September 3, 2019 about the activities for the month of August 2019, as follows: Fire Drill the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 6:00 p.m.; August 1, wild fire on Highway 110; August 1, another wild fire on Highway 110; August 6, house fire on Bernard Street; August 8, wild fire on Lily Lane; August 17, training from the Alabama Fire College, and August 23, tree fire on Parker Street.

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