HOTWASH Tonight In WebbRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Mar 27 2018 10:24 PM
WEBB: This evening Webb Volunteer Fire Chief Jamar Ivey and Columbia Volunteer Fire Chief Clint Wright conducted a “hot wash” following the large woods fire this past Thursday through Sunday on Bill Yance Road and Highway 52.
Joining the room full of UNPAID PROFeSSIONAL FIREMAN, Mr. Brady Dunn of Alabama Forestry Commission and Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management Director Chris Judah.
HOTWASH - a time after an incident where the team partners come together and discuss the incident, the personnel, the equipment. Discuss the issue was to what the departments were presented with, what steps were done to handle the issue, the positive steps and the negative steps. A time to discuss the personnel and safety issues the situation presented. What equipment that was in place, what equipment was needed and the logistics of how to get that equipment.
In January 2018 Dothan - Houston County Emergency Management Director Chris Judah took over the reigns as President of the Houston County Volunteer Fire Chief’s Association. One of the goals of Chris Judah was to begin the HOTWASH sessions following incidents throughout Houston County.
But it was Webb Volunteer Fire Chief Jamar Ivey and Columbia Fire Chief Clint Wright that took that idea and made it a reality tonight. The room was packed full of UNPAID PRoFESSIONALS that give of their time, money and energies at no cost to the public. Give their time and risk their lives in order to save lives and property.
To improve the services, HOTWASH sessions such as tonight are critical. A time for honesty in how incidents can be managed better and improved upon. Nothing critical of how things happened, but how can they be done better.
Tonight it was emphasized, Houston County has 19 fire agencies and not 17 Volunteer Fire Departments. These Volunteer Fire Departments include and strongly feel Dothan as a partner with the volunteer departments. Also a partner is the Alabama Forestry Commission. All partner together with the same common goal, save lives and property, as safe as possible.
THANKS to Chief Jamar Ivey and Chief Clint Wright for making things happen. THANKS to Emergency Management Director Chris Judah for the leadership in bringing all players of fire, EMS and law enforcement together.