Howdy Ponder! What a roller coaster of weather!! From tee shirts to parkas in one week and sometimes in a day!! It definitely made for a busy month for all departments in our region. As I mentioned last post, do not be fooled by what little moisture we get. The ground may be wet but the grass is dead, dry and plenty of it. Even BBQing has caused a grass fire. We will be in these conditions until the grass greens up. Hope all are aware-BURN BAN IN EFFECT! Keep your grass around your property cut short. Buzz cut is best. You would be very surprised how a HUGE difference that makes. If you are in a mobile home, make sure your skirting is intact and if not, that you have no trash or excess storage under your home. On another weather note, I am sure we will get another ice event in some form or fashion. If it is below freezing and there is moisture be VERY conscious that there is a good chance of ice on the road and adjust your speed and driving posture accordingly. Just because the speed limit is 70 MPH doesn't mean you need to be driving at that speed. We added a new junior member to our department. Jessie Longbrake daughter of James and Barbi Longbrake. Jessie's dad is a career fireman in Grapevine and one of PVFD's Lieutenants. You have probably seen a big ladder truck out and about. This is the apparatus the insurance is renting for us while our engine is being repaired. There have been comments by uneducated people about the waste of money it was to buy it. WE DID NOT BUY IT!! Granted there will be a time in the near future that we will need to purchase such an apparatus, but right now it is a loaner and a good way to evaluate how this type of unit will operate in our community. And it is not costing us a penny! We had a busy January with 51 calls and a few large grass fires. As I said the last post, as our population increases so will our call volume. It is the nature of the business. However, the PVFD will be here to continue to serve our community as we have been for the past 80 years. Our thanks to our members and their families for their dedication and sacrifice of personal time to answer these calls, attend training and station duties and maintain a quality family life. Take care and God Bless!