Daily Dispatch: Texas News
11-year-old girl killed in Palmview fire
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
An 11-year-old girl died Sunday afternoon in a structure fire in Palmview. At least one other was sent to the hospital for injuries. Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra confirmed the girl’s death Sunday evening. Guerra said first responders found her body inside the burned house. “The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s office will conduct an investigation to determine the exact cause of the fire,” Guerra said.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brownsville Herald
Klein Volunteer Fire Department swears in first paid fire chief
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 09:42:07 -0700
The Klein Volunteer Fire Department swore in Michael Gosselin—the first paid fire chief in the department’s 68-year history—during a ceremony July 20. Since its inception in 1951, the KVFD has been led by an elected volunteer, Deputy Chief Eric Reinkemeyer said during the ceremony. However, Reinkemeyer said over the past almost seven decades the needs of the Klein area have grown exponentially with its population.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 9:42:07 AM - SOURCE: Community Impact - Spring and Klein
Follow Up: Miller County Volunteer Fire Department Committee will consider new fire department handbook
Sun, 21 Jul 2019 22:55:18 -0700
The Miller County Volunteer Fire Department Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to consider the new VFD Handbook. The meeting will be held in the second floor courtroom of the Miller County Courthouse. The handbook is modeled after what is used by Conway County's Fire Department and also creates an emergency services district for the county.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2019 10:55:18 PM - SOURCE: Texarkana Gazette
Shopping spree in Round Rock for kids of fallen responders
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: The children of fallen first responders have their backpacks full on Sunday morning. On Saturday, five first responder families were surprised with a shopping spree. Nearly a dozen children were given a $200 gift card for back-to-school supplies and clothes. They spent their day at Academy Sports and Outdoors in Round Rock.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KVUE-TV ABC 24 Austin
Firefighters battle Central Austin house fire
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Firefighters were at the scene of a major fire at a Central Austin home on Saturday night that has closed a key artery to traffic. The fire at 4514 Red River St., at the intersection of Red River and East 45th Street, was sparked at around 9 p.m., as indicated by time stamps on Austin Fire Department updates via Twitter.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Downtown Austin Patch
Waxahachie Fire station three represents concrete jungle logo with gorilla mascot
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 07:36:59 -0700
Welcome to the jungle where it is not all fun and games — at least not at Waxahachie Fire Station 3. Following 33 years of continuous operation, firefighters house at Waxahachie Fire Station 3 decided on a gorilla to be the station’s unofficial, yet somewhat official, mascot in 2013. The station’s logo is designed with a gorilla breaking out of the jungle with a halligan bar in its left hand.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 7:36:59 AM - SOURCE: Waxahachie Daily Light
Firefighter treated for smoke inhalation after battling fire at River Oaks mansion
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 05:50:44 -0700
VIDEO: A mansion in River Oaks is likely a total loss after a fire ripped through it late Thursday night. Multiple fire crews were called to the home on Meadow Lake Lane at Suffolk Drive. When crews arrived, they found heavy flames and smoke pouring from the second story of the contemporary home. Firefighters say the house's design may have made it difficult to contain.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 5:50:44 AM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
World-class training in Bryan-College Station: TEEX program draws 700-plus for industrial firefighting drills
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
PHOTOS: The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service is hosting more than 700 firefighters from across the nation and more than a dozen other countries as part of its 57th annual Industrial Fire School this week. Each summer, TEEX hosts three weeklong fire training courses that attract thousands from all over the world to Bryan-College Station.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Eagle
Groom EMS raises money for new fire, EMS station
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: Groom EMS and the Volunteer Fire Department have eight combined response vehicles and one very old building. They say the need for a new one is long overdue. “It’s kind of evolved probably over the last decade,” said Groom EMS Paramedic Jay Lamb. “This building is probably about 50 years old and it’s very functional very usable, but the space is just not big enough because equipment has grown.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFDA-TV CBS 10 Amarillo
Charter bus carrying summer camp kids from San Antonio catches fire in Blanco County
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: A charter bus caught fire Thursday morning on Hwy 281 in Blanco County. It happened near Hwy 281 and RR 1323, between Johnson City and Marble Falls. Blanco County EMS Chief Ben Oakley says the bus was part of a convoy of three motor coaches. The two other buses were not affected. 43 people were on board, and six were transported to a local facility.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KEYE-TV CBS 42 Austin
Harris County first responders receive pet oxygen masks
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
Four first responder agencies in northwest Harris County received pet oxygen mask kits on Tuesday. Invisible Fence of Greater Houston donated 50 oxygen mask kits to the Spring Fire Department, Cypress Creek EMS, Tomball Fire Department and Northwest Community Health during a ceremony at Spring Fire Station 71.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Patch
Volunteer fire departments may face budget cuts in Taylor County
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: The Taylor County Commissioners Court is currently holding its budget workshops at time of publication. Gary Young of the Ecca Fire Department spoke on behalf of the Taylor County Fire Committee requesting more funding for updated equipment and other unfunded mandates. His department and departments across Taylor County are always struggling for basic needs.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTAB-TV CBS 32 Abilene
Gonzales County EMS board shrinks to three
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
With the passage of new bylaws at the Gonzales County Emergency Medical Services and Rescue board meeting July 16, the board has shrunk from 11 members to three. The move, described by the EMS’s future executive director Eddie Callender Jr. as a “milestone,” was an important step in the ongoing Gonzales County Emergency Services District No.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Gonzales Inquirer
El Paso Fire Department reminds public to practice pet fire safety
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: The El Paso Fire Department is reminding us about pet fire safety. Not only should you keep your pets from accidentally starting fires, but pet owners should also keep animals in mind when coming up with a fire escape plan. The National Fire Protection Association said nearly 1,000 home fires each year, are accidentally started by pets.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFOX-TV FOX 14 El Paso
First responders in Nacogdoches connect with kids during Touch-a-Truck event
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: Learning took the form of hands-on experience at the Nacogdoches Public Library Tuesday, where first responders and drivers of other familiar vehicles stopped to let kids take a closer look. The library hosted a Touch-a-Truck event that gave kids the chance to meet and learn more about the jobs of firefighters, police officers, construction workers, and more.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTRE-TV ABC 9 Lufkin
Gray County reviews proposals for new county wide EMS
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 -0700
VIDEO: Gray County officials are deciding between two different ambulance services to have county wide emergency services. Gray County commissioners are looking at two different proposals to see which ambulance service would be best for the 22,000 residents in the county. One proposal came from Hemphill County who is proposing to place two ambulances in Pampa, two in Hemphill County and one in McLean, with hopes of a third in Pampa just for transportation.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFDA-TV CBS 10 Amarillo
Brownwood Fire Chief Eddy Wood gets sendoff to new job as Saginaw division chief
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 01:42:44 -0700
Brownwood firefighters, local officials and friends offered their best wishes in a Tuesday reception to outgoing Fire Chief Eddy Wood, who will begin working as division chief — the number two position — at the Saginaw Fire Department. Brownwood Fire Marshal Buddy Preston will serve as interim chief until a new chief is hired.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 1:42:44 AM - SOURCE: Brownwood Bulletin
Fire put out at Panda Power Plant in Temple
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 16:40:15 -0700
VIDEO: Several Temple fire crews responded to a fire in a natural gas turbine at the Panda Power Plant in East Temple at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Temple Fire Department Training Chief Johnathan Christian said. Temple Fire Chief Mitch Randles said the fire suppression system at the plant contained the fire but firefighters stayed on scene to make sure it did not spread.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 4:40:15 PM - SOURCE: KCEN-TV NBC 6 Waco/Temple/Kileen
Retreat Volunteer Fire Department advances towards computerized firefighting
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 06:42:55 -0700
Retreat Volunteer Fire Department added a new 2019 tanker/pumper with many computerized updates to their fleet. Thanks to this new addition, Retreat VFD was able to donate two of their serviceable apparatus to other small fire departments. “This new tanker/pumper is quite an upgrade from our 1975 manual truck,” said Fire Chief Hunter Smith.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2019 6:42:55 AM - SOURCE: Corsicana Daily Sun
Corpus Christi approves funds to replace Emergency Operations Center generator
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:42:52 -0700
VIDEO: Those in charge of the City's Emergency Operations Center have finally gotten approval for a new emergency generator. The one they had actually broke down during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, forcing everyone to relocate during the storm. The current generator is said to be about 18 years old and beyond economic service life.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2019 5:42:52 PM - SOURCE: KIII-TV ABC 3 Corpus Christi
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