There is a volunteer fire department in a city of 2,000 people because towns in
Texas of that size do not have the tax base to support salaries and benefits for
a full time fire department. It has nothing to do with being conservative or
liberal. It has to do with fiscal reality. The little town where we live had to
lay off the entire(4 man) police department when repairs on the city water line
overwhelmed the rest of the budget. The factory was probably there and what
town there is grew up around it. There really isn't much in West other
than the Sonic Drive-In and the Czech deli right off I-35. The deli has a great
selection of kolaches.
This will be the "go to" case study for every Emergency Response,
HazMat, Incident Command, and HAZWOPR class for the next decade.
I wonder why a plant with 20 tons of high explosives (the Oklahoma City bomb had
one ton) is allowed to be within a block of houses and apartments. Texas touts
its business friendly environment but can we be a little too business friendly?
Is a little regulation of dangerous items and its attendant cost too high a
price to pay to prevent this kind of thing?
@one voteBecause in a conservative Texas town, nobody is going to
vote for a tax increase to pay for a "real" fire department, especially
because the odds of the fertilizer factory exploding were so low in most
I'm a little mystified about the response to the fire. If the article is
correct, the fire started at 6:30 and the explosion was at 8:00. I admit it is
easier to point fingers in hindsight than to successfully plan and implement
strategies for every disaster, but no one predicted that a fire at a fertilizer
plant could cause an explosion? There was no evacuation plan to keep people
safe in case of such a fire/explosion? Sad.
Tragic explosion. Why is there a volunteer fire department in a town with a
factory that would probably explode if there was a fire?
Happened in The State of Texas, city of West Texas.