Grady Young, left, Lt. Heath Turner and Kyle Omberg are among Fort Worth firefighters taking care of Stock Show guests this season. Photo by Terry Evans
Will Rogers Memorial Complex has its own fire station.
For the entire run of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, Fire Station 80 is staffed by firefighters from various other stations — four per 24-hour shift — under the supervision of Lt. Heath Turner.
“We’re responsible for handling every sick and injured person and every fire inside the WRMC grounds,” Turner said.
The only exceptions are injuries that happen inside the rodeo arena in the Will Rogers Coliseum, because that’s the purview of a special team of medical professionals.
Station 80’s seasonal crews worked the Stock Show since 1944, said Lt. Tim Hardeman, the fire department’s spokesperson, adding that a typical day brings eight to 10 “customers.”
“Most of the injuries are so minor that the person refuses additional medical attention,” he said. “The call volume fluctuates.”
Indeed, Hardeman said the crew was so busy Sunday they had to call in an extra company to help handle the number of “slips, trips, falls and minor cuts.”
Medstar handles ambulance service. But the firefighters have a 1991 Spartan engine if they need it.
To handle fires – mostly limited to trash cans and the occasional car or truck – the engine carries 500 gallons of water and pumps 1,250 gallons a minute. To handle firefighters, the station has four Murphy beds, a mobile communications center and a cozy kitchen.
– Terry Evans