Longview firefighters deployed to help battle West Texas wildfires

East Texas News at 6.
Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 1:56 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 1, 2022 at 11:17 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - The Longview Fire Department deployed four firefighters to help fight fires in West Texas.

They are relieving four Longview firefighters that were deployed to the Big Springs area two weeks ago. The Longview Fire Department has about 170 on staff. They require a minimum of 45 firefighters on duty in Longview on any given day. Firefighters who are deployed can sometimes affect certain shifts.

“Any time we send people on deployment, if our numbers are low that day then people come in and work overtime. All the overtime, all the money is paid for by the State of Texas. So, it doesn’t cost the citizens of Longview anything,” said Longview Fire Marshal Kevin May.

Sometimes the state will keep a crew for 21 days, but generally firefighters return home after two weeks.

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