Thanks to everyone who took the time to ask a question! I sat down with Melvin this morning and here are his answers!
Question: What is the scariest part of your job?
Melvin: Serving warrants would be one of the scariest things. You just don’t know. It’s the fear of the unknown until you get out there and do it. You don’t know what the situation is going to be until you actually encounter that person. A big part of diffusing that is treating people how you want to be treated. I live in this community, and I know I’m going to run into these people again down the road, so I try to treat everyone with respect.
Question: Has food ever cooked or popcorn ever popped during a fire? What are some strange things you’ve seen happen along these lines during a fire?
Melvin: There was a recent fire where food did end up cooking. Someone fell asleep while cooking and that ended up causing the entire fire. That happens quite frequently. This can happen during the summertime when kids are left at home by themselves. Unattended food on the stove causes a great percentage of fires.
Question: What part of your job do you take the most pride in?
Melvin: I take the most pride in making sure that all of our businesses follow the fire code. I take ownership in this because I live in this community and I want to make sure it stays safe. We want this to be a safe community for the residents, but also I live here, so I reap the benefits of a safe community too. We work alongside the health department and different entities to make sure everyone is following the same rules and providing a safe experience.
Question: Maybe you can share a little about the work you do as the Fire Marshal in regard to inspection of local businesses, etc that helps to ensure our citizens are as safe as possible?
Melvin: At the Marshal’s Office we try and make sure that all of our commercial businesses are in compliance with the Fire code. We want to look after the business owners as well as the citizens to make sure everyone enjoys a safe visit to our community. The Marshal’s Office visits with all the businesses in our city once a year for their annual fire inspection. We work with our local businesses and provide fire extinguisher training to their employees and offer other fire safety tips.
Question: Where can I take empty medicine bottles in White Settlement?
Melvin: You will need to contact either MedStar or the Tarrant County Health Department for that question. You can reach Medstar at (817)923-3700 and the Tarrant County Health Department can be reached at (817)321-4700.
Melvin: Thanks everybody! Stay safe and have a great weekend!