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Lubbock Fire Department on standby to help fair goers in need

Firefighter interacts with kids (Source: Ashlyn Tubbs) Firefighter interacts with kids (Source: Ashlyn Tubbs)
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Fried s'more (Source: Ashlyn Tubbs) Fried s'more (Source: Ashlyn Tubbs)
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Not all attractions at the Panhandle South Plains Fair are a ride, or deep-fried.

In fact, sometimes children get the most excited not when they see the games, but some of their heroes with the Lubbock Fire Department.

LFD has a couple of units with their equipment inside parked near the food vendors, in case of an emergency.

"If there happens to be an accident or somebody's heat exhausted or something, that's what we're here for," LFD equipment operator Chad Ford said.

There is a list of possible emergencies they could see at the fair.

"Motion sickness is another one, falls, sprained ankles, stuff like that," Ford said. "I think there was some lost kids probably a couple of nights ago...and we get that radio call and we help locate those."

Just last year, firefighters put out a smoker fire in just minutes. They also have to watch out for grease fires.

"We just want to make sure that if it does happen, we're here to take care of it," Ford said.

While firefighters stay on standby in this area to help, they receive help themselves a few hundred feet away.

"We're raising money for all our extra events and fundraising that we do," said Justin Smith, the secretary for the Lubbock Professional Firefighters Association. "We do Fill the Boot, we do Coats for Kids, and we also help support High Point Village."

The Lubbock Professional Firefighters Association has had their food stand at the fair for at least five years, with their unique food creations.

"With playing with our fryers, as firefighters do best, we came up with a fried s'more," Smith said.

Each year, the different fire stations divide tasks like making the s'mores to fry, filling ranch cups or smoking brisket to prep for the busy fair week.

"The brisket wrap is actually a very hot topic," Smith said.

That teamwork leads to at least five people crammed in close quarters during fair week, with another type of extreme heat than they are used to.

"I'm actually standing right next to [the fryer] and it's quite toasty on the shirt," Smith said.

However, it is actually refreshing for these firefighters to serve their community in a very different way for them.

"I call it the 'fair family'," Smith said. "We're all willing to help each other…I think that's the coolest thing."

Along with The Lubbock Fire Department, there are plenty of Lubbock Police Officers out at all times as well who make sure families have fun and stay safe at the fair.

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