Troop 22 NEWS: Fire Safety Pt 2
MMA Scouts continued with the Fire Safety Merit Badge, part 4. Fire Station 3 of the Harlingen Fire Dept was the destination. Scouts received instruction on how to use a portable fire extinguisher, and fire safety as it pertains to household equipment, such as an outdoor barbecue pit and lawn mower (never gas-up a hot lawnmower!).
Young Austin Connor of local Troop 42 joined with Troop 22 Scouts as a special guest.
Lieutenant Adair welcomed our Scouts and conducted a very informative session on the many workings of the communications center and the fire-fighting capabilities. He was assisted by several other fire-fighters. The boys received a detailed tour of the facility and learned of the many functions provided by Station 3 professionals. Along with fire-fighting duties, it serves as the primary communications center for Harlingen Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Technicians/Treatment. The center also handles emergency communications for part of Cameron County. The COMM tower directly behind the building juts at least 150 ft into the sky.
Lt. Adair is obviously well-versed in any fire-fighting topic. He proved very effective in his instruction to the Scouts. This particular session of the merit badge was a high privilege, since very few people ever get to inspect the complicated inner workings of a city emergency communications center. The entire event was impressive! Our Scouts deeply appreciated the effort.
Several “new” boys joined Troop 22 this week. We’re up to 50 members now and growing!
Troop 22 actively seeks donations or other assistance to maintain a quality program. Please contact the Scoutmaster, SgtMajor Jim Poe, at 956-423-6006×270 if you have questions about the Boy Scout program or seek to lend your support.
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