New Cadets

Beautiful day for Sheldon Community Fire & Rescue’s new hire cadets hard at work.

Empowering Safety: Sheldon Community Fire & Rescue Trains Hampton Inn & Suites Staff in Fire Readiness and Extinguisher Use

HAMPTON INN & SUITES / Houston East / Beltway8: Sheldon Community Fire & Rescue was invited to demonstrate to hotel staff how to be the first line of defense in the event of a fire.

Fire extinguisher use is so important to hotel staff who may be first to know of an issue.

Familiarize yourself with your extinguisher and remember the acronym PASS—Pull (pin), Aim, Squeeze and Sweeping motion.

Don’t panic, be prepared.

DID YOU KNOW: Smokey Bear was a real bear?

The living symbol of Smokey Bear was a five-pound, three-month old American black bear cub who was found in the spring of 1950 after the Capitan Gap fire, a wildfire that burned in the Capitan Mountains of New Mexico. Smokey had climbed a tree to escape the blaze, but his paws and hind legs had been burned. Local crews who had come from New Mexico and Texas to fight the blaze removed the cub from the tree.

Previously in 1942, the U.S. Forest Service established the Cooperative Forest Fire Prevention (CFFP) program. The same year, on August 13, Disney’s full-length animated motion picture Bambi premiered in New York City. Soon after, Walt Disney allowed his characters to appear in fire prevention public service campaigns. However, Bambi was only loaned to the government for a year, so a new symbol was needed. After much discussion, a bear was chosen based on a rough sketch by Forest Service artist Harry Rossoll. His name was inspired by “Smokey” Joe Martin, a New York City Fire Department hero who suffered burns and blindness during a bold 1922 rescue.

Smokey Bear remains a symbol that only we can help prevent wildfires, loss of life, property and nature.