Project, “Keep Our Firefighters Hydrated” began Saturday, August 17 is an inspired promotion by DFW Scanner. Fans of DFW Scanner quickly sprang into action donating cases of water, Gatorade and other sports drinks, and were encouraged to drop off their donations at any local Saginaw, Eagle Mountain, Blue Mound or Haslet Fire Department.
Texas temperatures have reached well in the 100 degrees this summer, and while temps are expected to come down in the next few days, fire season may last longer. According to an article in State Impact of Texas, the state has now entered its third straight year of drought as a result of dry conditions and rising summer temperatures, leading to a season of severe wildfires.
"We would like to express our appreciation to all those who brought Gatorade and water to the White Settlement Fire Dept. We have received an outpouring of support from citizens and businesses. We would request that any further donations people would like to make be done to your local Fire Departments or to the Red Cross. White Settlement Fire has responded to many fire calls in recent weeks and we want our Firefighters to be well hydrated. Thanks again for all the support, “ said White Settlement Fire Chief, Brian Thompson.
“Keep Our Firefighters Hydrated” is ongoing and has no expiration date and has now expanded to include any local Fire, Police and EMS departments in DFW, according to a recent post on DFW Scanner’s Facebook page.
“We are encouraging residents to donate water, Gatorade and facial towels to their neighborhood fire departments,” stated DFW Scanner, a social media based app that informs north Texans of real-time Fire, Police, and EMS incidents in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
DFW Scanner was created in 2010 by John Burgdorf, a Texas A&M University student and later Jeff Hooper, a businessman from North Richland Hills, who joined forces to create the “DFW Scanner Network”, which encompasses current posts on Facebook, Twitter and a website (dfwscanner.net).
In a recent Star Telegram interview, Burgdorf said, "The growth of DFW Scanner is not due to our expertise in social media, it's due to the fact that it's the human nature of people to want to know what's going on.”
DFW Scanner is a perfect example of citizen journalism at work, disseminating the news through hyper-local sources and utilizing residents in their own neighborhoods to help stay informed of current events. DFW Scanner has nearly 130,000 likes to their Facebook page and over 25,000 followers on Twitter.