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SAFD: 85 structure fires so far in March

SAFD Chief Charles Hood speaks about department’s response to slew of fires

San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood said his firefighters have efficiently handled the larger-than-normal amount of fires they’ve seen lately, but took care to mention the department’s emphasis on keeping firefighters from being overworked.

“We’re making sure that no one unit gets too drained, by making sure we’re deploying the right amount of resources to each fire,” said Hood. “We’re making sure they’re getting enough rest, enough rehabilitation, and then getting them back out in the field.”

The department has needed every helping hand it can get in a month that has seen 85 structure fires so far.

“Sometimes when they come, they come in bunches,” said Hood.

He said the department is used to handling high volumes of calls at all times, although the majority are medical calls.

“When you get several fires at one time, that can pose some challenges,” said Hood. “But we are a well-resourced department so we’re handling it all.”

Hood said his department is preparing for increased fire danger, as temperatures begin to rise with the arrival of spring weather.

“It’s something we always worry about, but we prepare for it every year,” said Hood.

An apartment complex fire on the 10000 block of Broadway Monday was made worse due to an unusually high heat index, firefighters said.


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