Grady County Fire Department update

Grady County Fire Department
PO BOX 788 Chickasha, OK 73023

Office Phone 405.448.1749

Fire Chief 700 Perry Wenzel , Assistant Chief 701 Larry Hayes,
District Chief 702 Buddy Myers, DC 703 Brian Bearce, DC 704 Larry Crabb,
Finance/Records Officer 705 Christie Kern, Medical Officer 707 Dr. Tom Wicks,
Safety Officer 708 George Manning, Maintenance Officer 709 Delmer Barthelme

Administration Office location : 903 S Walnut Ninnekah, Oklahoma 73067

In Service of Others

Grady County Fire has seen a significant decrease in the amount of wildland and controlled burn out of control calls over the last month. This is due to several reasons;

Citizens being more prudent and cautious when performing prescribed burns, outdoor trash burning and outdoor type cooking.

Significant amounts of moisture and higher humidifies which makes it harder for fires to start and continue burning once they do get started.

Growth of wildland fuels due to the warmer temperatures and moisture. Green fuel does not ignite or burn nearly as easily as dry.

While we have seen a dramatic decrease in wildland fires we have seen an increase in accidents as well as medical calls and structure/business related fires.

The most recent was a Semi-Tank Truck rollover on highway 19 East of Chickasha on May 22nd. Some parts of highway 19 were shut down over nine hours in order to remove the Semi from the highway. Tragically in the early morning hours of May 4th a young man lost his life on highway 81 north of Pocasset in a head on collision.

We have worked several structure/business fires with the most spectacular being the Cobalt Disposal wellsite near Alex. This fire could be seen from several miles away as the flames and smoke rose into the air. The initial investigation indicates that this was weather related and caused by a lightning strike.

Grady County has been fortunate as far as weather has been concerned this spring season with minimal damage being done as severe storms and numerous tornados have moved across the State of Oklahoma.

Significant progress is being made towards getting the 10 wheel multipurpose fire units in service. The units that are in service have been very successful in speeding up the suppression process at all the different types of fires they have deployed to. We appreciate the support we received from the county residents which allowed us to accumulate the money necessary to fund this project.

The Grady County Fire Department (official) Facebook page is regularly updated as quickly as possible to communicate department activities of all types to the public including road closures, active working incidents and any updates necessary.

Should anyone have questions, concerns or comments about Grady County Fire we are available 24 hours per day 7 days per week. Our Office is located at 903 S Walnut Street, Ninnekah. The Office number is 405.448.1749 or gradycountyfire@gmail.com. The GCFD Public Information Officer, District Chief 702 Myers can always be reached with any questions from the press at 405.255.0582.

About the Author

OK SW News
OK SW NEWS - The Chronicle Newspaper http://www.okswnews.com - http://www.okswnews.weebly.com Bob Moore - 580-695-0331 - okswnews@okswnews.com