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Michael McLemore

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This month we are highlighting a section of the fire department whose job it is to keep stations supplied, equipped and operating efficiently 365 days a year, our logistics personnel. Their goal is to provide quality goods and services to the members of the department in a cost effective and expedient manner.

The logistics section operates a small central supply room within the fire administration building. They purchase, maintain and distribute items such as office and janitorial supplies, station furnishings, fire tools and equipment, emergency medical supplies, fitness equipment, uniforms and protective clothing, fleet and equipment parts and firefighting gear. They also coordinate with fire station officers and the building support services department to ensure timely repairs and routine maintenance is accomplished.

Logistics also partners with our fleet maintenance department and specialized vendors to maintain the department’s fleet of vehicles. This includes scheduling preventative maintenance, repairs and refurbishment in addition to annual testing of fire pumps, hoses and ladders. Additionally, they work with several operations personnel (on-shift firefighters) who are certified to repair our self-contained breathing apparatus (air packs).

Departmental purchasing programs are centralized through logistics for enhanced efficiency and effectiveness. Research is conducted to explore technological advancements in firefighter protective equipment, fire trucks, tools, supplies, station wear and best practices for fleet and facility maintenance. The logistics section plays a key role in maintaining our ability to respond to the needs of our citizens each and every day!

With July 4 approaching, we want to remind everyone that it’s unlawful to possess, transport or ignite consumer fireworks within Sugar Land’s city limits. Moreover, the tip of a sparkler burns at a temperature of more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, which can cause third-degree burns and easily catch clothes on fire. The consumer use of sparklers, fountains and novelties alone account for approximately 30 percent of the emergency room fireworks injuries each year. SLFD discourages the use of consumer fireworks, particularly small children handling sparklers! We want you and your family to have a safe and enjoyable July 4. The safest way to enjoy fireworks and celebrate our nation’s birthday is to attend public fireworks displays where only trained personnel will be involved in their use.

One more important note -- applications will be accepted online or in person for the Citizens Fire Academy Class #8 from July 5 through Aug. 6. If you’ve ever considered participating, please check it out at www.sugarlandtx.gov under the fire department link! The only requirements are that participants are at least 18 years old, live or work in Sugar Land and can commit to attending all sessions of the class.

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