Amarillo Fire Department hosts first of several community meetings

Amarillo Fire Department hosts first of several community meetings
Amarillo Fire Department hosts first of several community meetings. (SOURCE: KFDA)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo Fire Department hosted its first community meeting on Thursday to engage the community, and assess and discuss expectations for the fire department.

“We just want to open that door both ways," said Captain Kyle Joy, Amarillo Fire Department Public Information Officer. “We have invited them into our fire stations but we also want to go into the community and get feedback on how we can better our fire department.”

Citizens had the opportunity to come-and-go to ask informal questions before the ‘town hall’ style meeting at the Warford Community Center.

“I think they will gain a better understanding of public opinion about what is going on," said attendee Kaden Cumby.

The meeting gave multiple community members a chance to have their voice heard and receive answers to their concerns.

“So, I was glad to hear that there is good fire protection in this part of town," said attendee Jesse Phrimmer. “I also heard that there wasn’t enough water in the fire hydrant, Well, I just was told that everyone of the fire hydrants have plenty of water.”

The department said the meetings are intended to educate the citizens on the department’s vision, direction, focus and growth.

“The fire department is about service. The citizens in the community, they give us purpose. They are the reason that we exist. We just want to communicate both ways,” said Captain Joy.

The department plans to have three more community meetings but have not determined when and where.

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