Local firefighters help the community beat the heat

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 18:33:08-04

The Belton Fire Department gave away box fans Friday to help the community beat the summer heat.

Chief Bruce Pritchard said the summer is when people need to stay out of the heat but some can't afford a good air conditioning system. 

The department teamed up with the Belton Walmart, Belton H-E-B, TruMH, Belton Rotary Club, and the Belton Professional Firefighters Association for the second annual event.

In 2015 the department ran out of fans in a few hours, so this year the department made sure 54 were donated. 

"The elderly are a lot more susceptible to heat problems so it's very important even just warm air blowing by is good," Chief Pritchard said. "It's going to cool you off quite a bit. But even if we can give people a fan that don't have one and need one. Then that's 50 people that got them."

Firefighters at both the Sparta Road and Central Stations were stocked with fans.

Residents just had to show proof of residence before they were given one. 

Chief Pritchard said they will keep giving them away until they run out.

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