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Meet Andrew Flores, La Vernia’s new fire inspector

Meet Andrew Flores, La Vernia’s new fire inspector
NANNETTE KILBEY-SMITH Andrew Flores, a firefighter with the city of Balcones Heights, is the new fire inspector for the city of La Vernia.

The city of La Vernia has something it’s never had before.

Andrew Flores is the city’s new fire inspector.

“I like that I’m able to come in and do little things that will make the city safer on the whole,” he said.

He was introduced to the La Vernia City Council during the Nov. 12 council meeting. So far, he’s visited the La Vernia Independent School District campuses and several day-care establishments in the city, providing an annual inspection for commercial properties.

“People are responding positively,” Flores said.

The role is part-time; he also serves the city of Balcones Heights as a firefighter. It was through that role that he became interested in fire-prevention and safety issues, which led to his obtaining certification several years ago as a fire inspector.

The Bexar County resident is a father of two children. Firefighting is a family tradition, he said.

“My grandfather, Daniel Culp, founded the volunteer fire department in Von Ormy and was the chief for many years,” Flores said. “The fire department was based at his house. My dad and uncles were firefighters. I went to school to become a fireman. It came naturally.”

He loves his role in La Vernia, helping to make the community safer.

“People have been real receptive,” he said. “They may have to spend a little money to add extinguishers or equipment, but they see the need.”

City Administrator Yvonne Griffin is pleased with his progress, and the safety element it’s bringing to La Vernia.

“There hasn’t been anything like this before in the city,” she said. “The city is very much behind this effort.”

It will take a little while, she said, for Flores to accomplish all the initial inspections of commercial premises within the city. The flurry of activity will become a routine of annual inspections and updates, she said.

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