Wildfires scorched about 6,200 square miles of Texas two years ago, draining the state’s firefighting coffers and leaving emergency crews exhausted from months of battling massive blazes.
Standing on a stage behind flag-covered caskets, President Barack Obama told the residents of West that while he and others may not live in Texas, they are neighbors, and are also grappling with the town’s loss.
Complete coverage of nearly three hour memorial service dedicated to 12 first responders who lost their lives in West Fertilizer plant explosion.
In West, there are still too many questions, too much work, and too much worry for the devastated city to stop moving—even to mourn.
It started with a procession that included dozens of fire trucks and cars and pickups filled with men and women in uniform. The memorial service for those killed in the West Fertilizer Company explosion was held at the Ferrell Center on the Baylor University campus.
Friends, family and even some strangers gathered Tuesday in West for the funeral mass of Mariano Saldivar. His was the first of many funerals scheduled in the small town for victims of the explosion, which killed 14 people.
The firefighters and first responders who died in the plant explosion in West will be remembered this week at a memorial service on the campus of Baylor University in Waco.
Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz toured the devastation in West Friday. They declined to speculate on what regulatory changes might be needed in the wake of the deadly blast in order to prevent future tragedies.
A national fund has been established to assist the survivors and coworkers of the fire and EMS personnel who died as a result of Wednesday’s fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.
After the explosion at the West Fertilizer plant in West, first responders took the majority of those injured to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco.
A new multi-million dollar expansion at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport means better training for airport firefighters around the world.
The Texas agency responsible for fighting wildfires has asked the state Legislature for an additional $27.2 million to add some 90 firefighters and buy equipment as it faces the threat of more devastating fires in the future.