Daily Dispatch: Texas News
San Antonio, firefighters union agree to extend mediation in contract talks
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:48:43 -0700
The firefighters union and City of San Antonio have agreed to another deadline extension for labor contract negotiations, according to union and City spokespeople. The union sent a brief press release Thursday afternoon, stating: “The parties have agreed to another 15-day extension to continue mediation.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 3:48:43 PM - SOURCE: Rivard Report
Retired Burkburnett firefighter passes away
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:53:41 -0700
The Burkburnett Volunteer Fire Department shared Friday retired firefighter Noah Scrimpsher has passed away. Scrimpsher served the fire department and the citizens of Burkburnett for over 20 years. Scrimpsher still attended a few business meetings a year and he was often asked about around the station.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2019 8:53:41 AM - SOURCE: KFDX NBC 3- KJTL FOX 18 - KJBO MyTV 35
Hale County: Worker falls from wind turbine, critically injured
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 20:50:00 -0700
VIDEO: A contract worker is in the hospital with critical injuries after he fell 50 feet from a wind turbine in Hale County. It was at the Hale Wind Project. He's 26 years old. His name has not been released.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 8:50:00 PM - SOURCE: KJTV-TV 34 Fox Lubbock
Waco firefighters kick off 'Fill the Boot' campaign
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 21:23:46 -0700
The Waco Fire Department and Waco Professional Firefighters Association Local 478 kicked off their annual 'Fill the Boot' campaign Thursday. For three days, Waco firefighters will post-up at major intersections across the city and go car-to-car to accept donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 9:23:46 PM - SOURCE: KWTX-TV 10 News Waco
Highlands restaurant opened by former firefighter treats first responders
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:09:18 -0700
VIDEO: If you're looking for a local spot with a huge heart for law enforcement, Backdraft Restaurant in Highlands is your place! The restaurant has been serving the area for 21 years. The original owner was a firefighter. So, first responders have always dined at the restaurant for free or reduced prices.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 6:09:18 PM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
Man rescued from Austin fire reunites with responders who saved him
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 15:50:53 -0700
You could say Johnny Atchinson walked through the fire and was not burned. He woke up to flames blocking his door and pouring in through his window one-night last month. The fire started at the Park Avenue Place Apartment complex located at 306 E. 30th St. near the University of Texas campus back on March 31 around 2:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 3:50:53 PM - SOURCE: KXAN-TV NBC 36 Austin
San Antonio firefighter died because his safety device didn’t work, lawsuit alleges
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 21:17:34 -0700
The family of the San Antonio firefighter killed battling a massive Northwest Side fire in 2017 filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the manufacturers of a safety device used by firefighters to signal when they are in trouble. According to the lawsuit filed in Bexar County District Court, firefighter Scott Deem was killed after his Personal Alert Safety Systems, or PASS, device did not sound as intended.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 9:17:34 PM - SOURCE: San Antonio Express News
Follow Up: Council delays layoff vote as Houston firefighters say details are still missing
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 17:16:41 -0700
VIDEO: It didn't take long for Houston's city council to delay a vote on potential firefighter layoffs Wednesday. With one word, Councilman Dwight Boykins moved it to next week. There was no discussion until council members' personal time at the end of the meeting. Council members Brenda Stardig and Dr.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 5:16:41 PM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
What’s the buzz? Waxahachie Fire Station Three deals with bee migration
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700
It’s the birds and the bees talk over at the Waxahachie Fire Station Number Three. Only, not the one you’re typically used to. Waxahachie Fire Station Number Three, located at 407 Water St., has a slew of migratory animals that come through their station every year. Waxahachie Fire Capt. Josh Anderson said the animals come in-and-out of the fire station, but they usually like to pop up most around the springtime.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Waxahachie Daily Light
'I was scared for them:' Harris County homeowner recounts moment she, her kids escape burning home
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 06:56:45 -0700
VIDEO: While most people woke up to thunder, one homeowner in northwest Harris County woke up to an explosion and flames. The fire broke out around 4 a.m. Thursday in the Cypress-Fairbanks area on Churchill Way Drive and Crooks Way Court, authorities said. According to firefighters, the fire sparked after strong winds knocked over a tree fell, which brought power lines down on the roof of the home.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 6:56:45 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
Wichita Falls Fire Department: Memorial chili cook-off raises ALS awareness, scholarship funds
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 19:59:31 -0700
The folks with the Wichita Falls Professional Firefighter Association invite the community to take part in 6th annual Kelly Crush Memorial Scholarship Chilli Cook-off on Saturday. It's been seven years since former firefighter Kelly Crush loss his battle with ALS, but the WFPFA members are still keeping his memory alive.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 7:59:31 PM - SOURCE: KFDX NBC 3- KJTL FOX 18 - KJBO MyTV 35
Volunteer firefighters statewide risk their jobs responding to emergencies
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 17:59:56 -0700
VIDEO: There are those who get paid to risk their lives to fight fires, but also those who volunteer to do it for free. Jeremy Profitt has been a volunteer firefighter for 23 years, and spent the last 5 of those in Andrews. Profitt responds to every call the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department receives.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 5:59:56 PM - SOURCE: KWES-TV NewsWest 9
Two dead after suspect opens fire in neighborhood, sets fire to San Antonio house
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 05:04:15 -0700
VIDEO: Two men are dead and a woman is in the hospital after a chaotic sequence of events on the south side Tuesday afternoon involving gunfire and a house eaten up by flames that San Antonio Fire officials say could have threatened the entire block. According to San Antonio Police chief William McManus, officers responded to the 200 block of Belden Avenue around 4 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 5:04:15 AM - SOURCE: KENS5.com San Antonio
Lubbock Fire Chief Lance Phelps turned in his intent to retire
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:07:17 -0700
Fire Chief Lance Phelps has turned in his intent to retire effective April 26th. Chief Phelps joined Lubbock Fire Rescue January 5th 1987 and has served the citizens of Lubbock faithfully for 32+ years. After promoting through the ranks Lance was named Chief of Lubbock Fire Rescue in October of 2015 and became the 9th Fire Chief of the department.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 4:07:17 AM - SOURCE: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock
City of Midland’s firefighter schedule helps with recruitment during boom
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 16:29:19 -0700
VIDEO: The City of Midland's fire department says its change of its scheduling policy has helped with recruitment during Midland's boom in recent years. Back in 2016, after a one-year trial run, the Midland Fire Department officially adapted to a 48, 96 schedule. A schedule that has first responders working for 48 hours and then taking 96 hours off for a continuous 6-day rotation.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 4:29:19 PM - SOURCE: KWES-TV NewsWest 9
Residents vote on how to move forward with new Ecca Volunteer Fire Department station
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:23:46 -0700
Folks in Ecca were split on how to move forward with the Ecca Volunteer Fire Department. The push back has led to the topic being a focal point at Tuesday night's meeting. It was a call to vote to either accept or reject how to fund a proposed building for a new Ecca fire station. The department has been raising money for a new fire station and a community center for the last 17 years, and now the community is split on where the department should build the new station.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 12:23:46 AM - SOURCE: KTAB TV 32 & KRBC TV 9
Fire marshal classifies cause of Central Lubbock fire as ‘undetermined’
Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:11:39 -0700
VIDEO: The Lubbock Fire Department responded to a fire Wednesday morning at the former Eagle Pointe Townhomes apartment building at 6100 Avenue R. Firefighters were called to the scene just after midnight. Crews found lots of smoke was coming from the building but they were able to quickly extinguish the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 7:11:39 AM - SOURCE: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock
Pecan Creek Volunteer Fire Department receives military truck through Texas A&M Forest Service grant
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 14:01:39 -0700
The Pecan Creek Volunteer Fire Department converted an excess Stewart Stephenson, 2.5-ton military truck into a firefighting machine by adding a slip-on unit. The truck was awarded through the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program and the slip-on unit grant was through the Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program both administered by Texas A&M Forest Service.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 2:01:39 PM - SOURCE: Concho Valley Homepage
Official: Nassau Bay station strengthens area fire, EMS service
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 09:26:50 -0700
The new Nassau Bay fire station pays off in better emergency response, not only for that city but for neighboring communities, a department official says. The Nassau Bay Volunteer Fire Department receives about 30 calls each week, including those that involve assisting other communities, department administrative assistant Leslie Shak said.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 9:26:50 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Crews put out fire at San Antonio South Side church
Tue, 16 Apr 2019 04:43:27 -0700
VIDEO: San Antonio firefighters responded to a fire at a South Side church late Monday night. The fire was called in just after 10 p.m. at the Holy One Church in the 300 block of East Petaluma Boulevard, not far from South Flores Street. irefighters said they arrived to find trash left by the front door, which was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 4:43:27 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
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