Howdy Ponder! Spring in January. Can't beat that!! Oh well might as well enjoy it while we can. On top of being warm it is DRY. The last couple of weeks of January we had 3 grass fires that came very close to involving structures so please be careful out there. Also don't let your guard down on keeping warm when the cold comes back. Remember to keep space heaters away from curtains, bed sheets, etc., keep the fireplaces covered with the screen and don't overload it. PVFD will be hosting a CPR/AED class along with a Basic First Aid class to follow. The CPR/AED class is $30. If you combine the CPR/AED with the First Aid it is $50. If you only want to attend the First Aid class it is $30. Date is February 11 and class starts at 9:00 AM at the fire station. Upon completion of classes and passing the exam, you will receive a certification card for CPR/AED and Basic First Aid. The certification is good for 2 years. Even if you don't need the certification, it is great information to have. If you need more information, contact the Ponder Fire Department. Congratulations to our Sam Thrash! He will be starting his career in the fire service next week with the Flower Mound Fire Department. Good luck Sam and have a great career. We have another one of our members in the running for two departments. The PVFD is so proud of our members who have chosen this endeavor and that we could be a catalyst for their journey. Our annual gun raffle will be starting soon and our BBQ dinner is right around the corner. More information to come. As you can see we had a busy month. Our members gave up 104 man hours to respond and handle these calls. This on top of required weekly training and station duties. As always we are grateful to their dedication and sacrifice and to their families who sacrifice also. Take care Ponder, God Bless and talk with you next month.