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Fire Marshal Special Operations Group

On February 20, 2018, the Williamson County Commissioners Court created the Fire Marshal office effective April 1, 2018. The Commissioners Court named Marty Herrin to be the county’s first fire marshal, and he was sworn into office on Monday, April 2.Williamson County Fire Marshal Special Operations Division is built to operate under an economical model that will provide all Williamson County citizens and visitors access to a regionally coordinated set of standards for specialized planning, enforcement and emergency response by assisting the local responders when needed, 24/7/365.

Office/Department Overview:  The Fire Marshal Special Operations office is statutorily responsible for providing fire investigations throughout the County and is also responsible for providing fire prevention programs, hazardous materials response, swift water rescue, wilderness search and rescue, technical rope rescue, and county resource coordination.  The Fire Marshal is tasked with preventing and reducing the impact of fires and other special hazards throughout Williamson County.

 
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Fireworks Safety Tips from the Fire Marshal's Office

  • 24 June 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Fireworks Safety Tips from the Fire Marshal's Office

When many people think of Independence Day celebrations, they think of fireworks; however, most jurisdictions have city ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks within or near the city limits.  If you are unsure of the ordinances, it is always safer to check with the city or local fire department prior to the purchase or discharge of fireworks. Fireworks are not permitted in Williamson County parks. To check an interactive county map with the fireworks free buffer zone area, go to this link  https://gis.wilco.org/maps/?viewer=countymap.  

Officials believe the safest way to enjoy fireworks is by attending a professional fireworks display sponsored by various jurisdictions and organizations throughout the area. Consumer fireworks can be dangerous when used improperly, causing serious burns and eye injuries.  Always check with your local fire department/district for recommendations or suggested precautions to follow before deciding to use them.  

The Williamson County Fire Marshal’s Office has these tips for keeping you safe: 

Before you shoot: 

  • DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN BUY FIREWORKS WITHOUT ADULT SUPERVISION 
  • Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers 
  • Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks 
  • Store fireworks in a cool, dry place 
  • Find a smooth, flat surface, away from the house or other buildings, dry leaves or grass 
  • Be sure to have water handy in case of a malfunction or fire 
  • ALWAYS HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION 

When you’re ready to shoot: 

  • NEVER ALLOW CHILDREN TO PLAY WITH OR IGNITE FIREWORKS 
  • Always read and follow label directions, warnings and instructions 
  • Be considerate of your neighbors 
  • Only ignite fireworks outdoors and away from houses and out buildings 
  • Light only one firework at a time 
  • Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned 
  • Never give fireworks to small children, even sparklers cause serious burns 
  • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks 
  • Never throw fireworks at another person, vehicle or animal 
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket 
  • Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers 
  • Dispose of spent fireworks properly 
  • For a full list of consumer fireworks safety tips and a safety video, please visit http://www.fireworkssafety.org/safety-tips/  
  • For other emergency preparedness tips, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/preparingwilco.   

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