By Faye Gaston
Rob Cameron, Chief of the Union Springs Fire Department, explained the dangers of the power line fire on June 5, 2021, as follows: "A power line broke behind Dr. Williams' dentist office and the Faith Baptist Church. The power line fell to the ground and caught the grass on fire. The grass burned itself out.
However, the power line was still hot and very dangerous. Usually, firemen will put any fire out caused by a downed power line with a broken stream nozzle, but this is dangerous if the line is still energized. Firemen must keep a safe distance from the line and also must have situational awareness at all times.
This means they watch the line, the water runoff, any bystanders, and any contact with the line. Firemen will not stand in any water or wet soil around the energized line because the current can travel through the conductive surfaces."
The firemen extinguished a house fire on County Road 180 on June 3, 2021. They extinguished a grass fire on Highway 223 on June 5. 2021.
They responded to a car accident on Highway 82 on June 8, 2021.
The fireman completed regular fire drills on June 7 and June 21. During the training on July 5, the Women on Mission (WOM) of First Baptist Church of Union Springs presented a card of appreciation and cookies to the firemen to thank them for their service to the community. Members representing the WOM were Amy Hall, Sally Hall, Faye Duncan, and Mona Crawford.
The firemen also attended training conducted by the Alabama Fire College.
Chief Rob Cameron said, "An instructor from the Alabama Fire College held a class at the Union Springs Fire Station on June 5, 2021.
"The class topic was fire scene operations and tactics, covering everything from the first arriving unit to basic overall operations. The Alabama Fire College provides free training to all volunteer fire departments in Alabama. The Union Springs Fire Department was hosting these trainings monthly until the COVID pandemic hit. This was the first training since some precautions were lifted."
Fire Chief Cameron presented a report on the fire department's activities during the month of June at the Union Springs City Council meeting on July 6, 2021.