Fire, EMS crews getting a workout

Despite the extra head count in Brady this weekend with the Sixth Annual Heart of Texas Thunder Drag Boat Races, the local police department remained relatively calm, according to Brady Police Chief Tommy Payne; however, that wasn’t the case for fire department personnel. “It was really quiet this weekend, and other than family disturbance calls, our officers didn’t really have any problems,” he said. On the fire department side of the equation, with one truck stationed at Brady Lake on standby, in just a 30-minute span, firemen were dispatched to two separate grass fires Sunday afternoon’both caused by lightning strikes. The first grass fire Brady firefighters responded to was in the area of U.S. Hwy. 377 North and F.M. 1121, while the other one occurred at F.M. 1121 and County Road 300. According to Brady Fire Chief Randy Rankin, while crews were working to extinguish those fires, the local EMS requested help with forcible entry at the Sagebrush Apartment Complex for a welfare concern. He added that the patient at that residence was too weak to get up and unlock the dead bolt. The manager of the facility was able to unlock all other locks, but the keyless dead bolt made it impossible for emergency response personnel to gain access to the property with out extensive damage. Rankin and EMS Director Eddie Sayles had to break a window to gain access to the patient who was eventually transported to Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital. “We had all of this happen in just 30 minutes,” Rankin said. “We feel pretty sure that there were other grass fires due to the amount of lightning strikes that occurred which were not called in because the rain extinguished them.” The blaze near F.M. 1121 and County Road 300 burned approximately an acre of land, and according to Rankin, even with the grass being as green as it is due to recent rainfall, it still burned easily. The other fire was contained to a small area and as the rainfall increased into the evening, the chances for either fire to re-ignite were slim. By Monday morning, local emergency response personnel were dispatched to a location on U.S. Hwy. 87 South for a one- vehicle rollover. Initial reports were sketchy, but as crews arrived on scene, they discovered the accident was in Mason County, five miles over the county line. A gentleman was apparently ejected from his vehicle, and crews provided a secure location at Camp Air as they awaited Shannon’s Air-Med 1 helicopter. “Originally, it was reported that the patient was run off the road by another car; however, the true cause has yet to be determined,” said Rankin. Another Monday accident was reported in the afternoon at the intersection of Eighth and Pecan. Crews responded to a two-vehicle accident with five people involved. Only one complained of any injuries and was transported to the hospital to be checked out and was later released. “That is the second vehicle accident we’ve had at that location in just over a month and a half,” said Rankin.

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