Howdy Ponder! I guess we can say summer is here! Yes it has been hot and DRY! As most should know now, there is a BURN BAN IN EFFECT! Don't know for how long, but we will need a significant amount of rain before it will be cancelled. So don't get fooled into thinking that if we get some rain that the ban will be lifted. Please go to the Denton County Fire Marshall's web site to keep up with the ban and review the regulations in place during the ban. While we go through this dry spell, keep your grass mowed very short as this creates a "defensive space" for you home should a grass fire head your way. During the burn ban, if you are not following regulations, there is a good chance the Fire Marshall will pay you a visit. So make sure you are following the rules. Along with it being hot, PLEASE, PLEASE make sure you do not forget to look in your vehicle before you lock it. Make absolutely sure you did not leave a child or pet in the vehicle. As has been shown on the news, it doesn't take long for the heat to reach an extremely dangerous level. I am sure visits to the lakes and pools will be in your plans, so make sure to keep an eye on the little ones. Don't being messing with your phone or involved in an activity that distracts you. A drowning can happen in a blink of an eye and is silent. It is not like the movies where you see someone splashing and yelling. Whether you can swim or not, WEAR A LIFE JACKET. There have been multiple drownings in our area lakes and pools where the victim was NOT wearing a life jacket. Also make sure you are staying hydrated. Not the adult beverage hydration! Lots of water and electrolyte type drinks. Good to mix the electrolyte half and half with water. Take breaks as often as you can and if possible have some type of shade covering where you are working. We had to new additions to the PVFD family. The Felderhoff's and Thrash's welcomed two boys into the world. CONGRATULATIONS!! On June 23, we had a full day of hands on training that was a great success. Our neighbors Justin FD and Krum FD joined us also. Made for a good day of learning, meeting new folks and fellowship. Thanks to all who made it possible - Grapevine FD, Denton FD, Flower Mound FD, DFW Airport and Justin. These departments provided equipment that made the day successful. Also want to thank Captain Matt Edwards, FF Jared Irby and Driver/Engineer Brad Feldpaush from the Grapevine FD who gave up their time to come teach. We had some great EMS training as well that involved Denton Regional Med Center presenting their capabilities as a Level II trauma center. The PVFD responded to 50 calls in June and our members gave up 99 manhours to handle these incidents. As always we thank our members and their families for their dedication to our community. Take care Ponder and God Bless.