Daily Dispatch: Texas News
Houston councilman pitches garbage fee to pay for firefighter pay increases
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 04:40:57 -0800
Mayor Sylvester Turner says he will fight a proposal to charge a monthly trash fee that would be used to generate funds in response to Proposition B. The city of Houston will need about $80 to $90 million to fund the firefighter's pay increase. Councilman Dwight Boykins says he looked at what other cities were doing to raise money, and proposed three ideas involving trash pickup fees.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 4:40:57 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
Update: Four-person staffing on Austin fire engines now a law following City Council vote
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:38:41 -0800
Although already required by national fire safety regulations, four-person staffing on all fire engines is now required by an Austin city ordinance following City Council action Dec. 13. The Austin Fire Department has required constant four-person staffing consistently since 2012 to align with the National Fire Protection Association’s standards.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 5:38:41 PM - SOURCE: Community Impact - Central Austin
Harris County Firefighters struggle to put out business fire due to high wind, lack of water
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 05:28:54 -0800
Firefighters had a hard time putting out a large fire in north Harris County. According to authorities, the fire started around 9 p.m. Thursday as a garbage fire near W.Helms Road and Airline Drive. When firefighters arrived, they found the fire had spread to a nearby tire shop. Firefighters jumped into action, but within minutes the fire hydrants were tapped out and they struggled to find another functioning hydrant in the area.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 5:28:54 AM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
Fire at West Gin in Brownfield, businesses and homes evacuated
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:25:12 -0800
Crews are working to extinguish flames at a major fire inside West Gin in Brownfield. According to Brownfield News, the Farmers Coop, homes and other businesses were evacuated due to the fueling station at the coop. Burning debris, carried by the high winds, ignited modules on the gin's yard. Police are working to clear the area, except for emergency crews, with concerns about large propane tanks at the Brownfield Farmers Coop that are dangerously near the fires.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 4:25:12 PM - SOURCE: http://www.mylubbocktv.com
Child honored by Grand Prairie Fire Department for protecting sister from dog attack
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:17:10 -0800
A 10-year-old from Grand Prairie got special recognition from the Grand Prairie Fire Department for protecting his sister from two large, loose dogs last Friday morning. The Grand Prairie Fire Department explained on its Facebook page, Jonathan and his sister, Melanie were attacked by the dogs as they walked to the bus stop just a few houses down from their own.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 5:17:10 PM - SOURCE: CBS Dallas/Fort Worth
3 displaced, dog missing after fire destroys NE Austin home
Fri, 14 Dec 2018 07:41:28 -0800
A family of three is displaced and a dog is missing after a fire destroyed a home in northeast Austin Friday morning. Fire crews responded within five minutes of the first call but officials say the there was heavy smoke and flames coming out of the back and front of the house by the time they arrived.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 7:41:28 AM - SOURCE: KXAN-TV NBC 36 Austin
Austin City Council to consider making 4-person crew rule mandatory for fire calls
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800
Austin City Council members on Thursday will consider an ordinance that would require most of the city’s fire vehicles to be staffed with a minimum of four people, a move decades in the making that supporters say will improve safety and efficiency at the Fire Department. The ordinance would essentially bring into law a policy that the Fire Department has already been implementing to make sure that first responders are able to act immediately during a critical fire incident.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Austin American-Statesman
San Antonio Fire Department phasing in new ambulances
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:34:48 -0800
The San Antonio Fire Department is phasing out some of its older ambulances with newer models, designed with the help of the men and women who will use them. Between the already-delivered 18 ambulances in the fiscal 2018 budget and the 21 more in fiscal 2019's budget, the Fire Department will have enough new ambulances to fill its full-time fleet, plus a few to be used during peak hours.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 5:34:48 PM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
Firefighters extinguish flames at Longview home damaged by fire
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 07:54:51 -0800
Firefighters have contained the flames burning inside a Longview home Wednesday morning. Longview Fire Marshal Kevin May says witnesses reported the fire around 8:30 a.m. Thursday coming from a home near the intersection of Arkansas St. and Highway 80 E. When firefighters arrived, May says the home was about 30 percent involved, and the fire was burning mainly in areas built on to the home.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 7:54:51 AM - SOURCE: KLTV-TV ABC 7 Tyler
Bexar fire officials warn: Critical fire danger as gusty winds blow in with strong front
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 05:08:08 -0800
Bexar County fire officials are warning of a critical fire danger as a strong cold front brings gusty winds to the area on Thursday. The front will move through the area during the lunch hour, setting up windy conditions for the afternoon. Some wind gusts could reach up to 50 miles per hour! "Although we have had some wet weather, this has caused an abundance of grass and woody grow.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 5:08:08 AM - SOURCE: WOAI-TV NBC 4 San Antonio
Firefighters respond to heavy smoke at Waco apartments
Thu, 13 Dec 2018 05:20:29 -0800
Firefighters responded to a Waco apartment complex after heavy smoke was seen in the area on Thursday morning. The fire department said 10 units responded to the Eastgate Apartments in the 2000 block of S. Fifth Street around 6:15 a.m. No one was inside the apartment, but smoke escaped into other units, forcing residents out while firefighters removed the smoke.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 5:20:29 AM - SOURCE: KXXV-TV ABC 25 Waco
Two San Antonio families displaced after stairwell fire spreads into apartments
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:34:46 -0800
Two San Antonio families were forced out of their homes Wednesday evening after a fire that began in a stairwell spread into their apartments. Officials with the San Antonio Fire Department said fire units responded to the apartment complex on the city's North Side near Blanco Road and Loop 410. The fire, which affected a two-story building, was quickly put out by SAFD crews and two people who were in the apartments made it out safely.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 5:34:46 PM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
City of Houston files legal brief claiming fire pay parity amendment unconstitutional
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800
The city of Houston has alleged in a legal claim that the voter-approved charter amendment granting firefighters equal pay to police officers is unconstitutional and preempted by Texas’ local government code, echoing a similar contention from the Houston Police Officers’ Union. The claim, filed in state district court as part of the police union’s lawsuit against the Houston Professional Fire Firefighters Association and the city, comes 10 days after a judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking implementation of Proposition B, which passed with 59 percent of the vote last month.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Cronicals
Roscoe firefighters say Sweetwater dispatchers not giving them 911 calls
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:36:26 -0800
The Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department said that Sweetwater's emergency dispatchers are not notifying them of emergencies and they have posted their concerns about the situation on social media. The Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department's Assistant Fire Chief Robert Hoffman posted a message on Facebook that he called a public service announcement, saying that the Sweetwater dispatchers, "will not page or notify the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department anymore of any emergencies, but it would be [at] the discretion of the shift on-duty.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 6:36:26 PM - SOURCE: KTXS-TV 12 Abilene
Gregg County sets hearing for third emergency services district
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 21:03:55 -0800
A public hearing date is set for Judson-area fire suppression leaders wanting to establish a third emergency services district in Gregg County. At its regular weekly meeting Monday, the Gregg County Commissioners Court accepted a petition of 111 registered voters and property owners who want to create ESD No.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 9:03:55 PM - SOURCE: Longview News-Journal
Killeen Firefighter of the Year stands out in department
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:36:15 -0800
One Killeen firefighter stands out in the department and was awarded this week by the Exchange Club of Killeen as this year’s Firefighter of the Year. Firefighter Cody Edelhauser, 37, is a highly trained paramedic and firefighter who has been with the department for 13 years, said Killeen Fire Chief Brian Brank, on Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 1:36:15 PM - SOURCE: Killeen Daily Herald
Potter County Commissioners approve new Bushland Fire Station
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:40:06 -0800
On Monday, the Potter County Commissioners Court approved the request for a new Bushland Fire Station. The original building was built in 1974 and appears to be very dated. Potter County Chief Richard Lake said the current building can not be renovated. "Number one, it's too small and it's too old to do any modifications to or to really fix anything and because of its location its not strategically placed within the community to be able to respond quickly," said Chief Lake.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 4:40:06 PM - SOURCE: KVII-TV ABC 7 Amarillo
Balch Springs Officers catch boy forced to jump during fire
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:51:27 -0800
A Balch Springs woman and her young son are safe after police helped them escape their second-floor apartment during a fire early Monday morning. That fire started around 6:30 a.m. at the Quail Apartments. Three police officers, who arrived before the fire department, rushed through the building knocking on doors to wake up residents.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 3:51:27 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas - Fort Worth
New Austin fire chief officially sworn in
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:46:59 -0800
The city of Austin has sworn in its new fire chief Monday morning. Joel Baker was sworn in Monday, December 10, during a ceremony at city hall. Baker is the city's first African-American chief to lead the department. He is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he previously served as the fire chief. Baker is taking over for former fire chief Rhoda Mae Kerr who retired from AFD over the summer.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 8:46:59 PM - SOURCE: KXAN-TV NBC 36 Austin
Man dies in north Beaumont house fire
Tue, 11 Dec 2018 07:39:58 -0800
A house fire has claimed the life of a man Tuesday morning in Beaumont. The man was confirmed to have died in the fire in the 1300 block of Caldwell Avenue on the north side of Beaumont according to Beaumont Fire-Rescue Chief Scott Wheat. A neighbor reported the fire at about 8 a.m. at a home in the 1300 block of Caldwell Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 7:39:58 AM - SOURCE: KBMT-TV ABC 12
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