NAPLES, Fla. - Wink News has learned the Naples Fire Chief is heading to Pensacola. Chief Steve McInerny says he wants to learn first-hand what works in case the oil spill comes here.
"Anything is possible with this leak the way its been going," says Chief McInerny.
McInerny says preparation is a necessity in his job. Right now, his job isn't just fighting fires, it could be fighting oil. He ordered two-thousand feet of oil containment boom for the city. It arrived this week. Today, firefighters inspected the boom for any holes and practiced attaching it together. The boom will be set up at Gordon Pass and at Doctors Pass if the oil reaches the shore.
"We as a city want to protect our inlets, our way of life, our beaches," says Chief McInerny.
The boom cost taxpayers $17 thousand. But, McInerny says if the oil never reaches Naples, its still important to have.
"We could use this boom in the future for a hurricane if we had any sort of spills, vessels go down," says McInerny.
On Tuesday, he is traveling to Pensacola to meet with fire officials there. "We wanted to get ahead of the curve see cleanup operations firsthand," says McInerny. "What works and what doesn't."
He's staying true to his motto.
"Prepare for the worst hope for the best," says McInerny.