Daily Dispatch: Texas News
Fort Bend County reviews emergency dispatch system amid dispute
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:49:29 -0800
A dispute over a recent change in dispatching procedures has prompted some Fort Bend County officials to consider stripping Sheriff Troy Nehls of his authority over the emergency response system in unincorporated areas. Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers said his office is reviewing how other counties, such as Montgomery and Williamson counties, use third-party emergency agencies — independent of the sheriff's office — to dispatch deputies when a 911 call comes in.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 7:49:29 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
East Texas fire departments report fire device thefts
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
It’s a small device that helps firefighters do their job, and now some East Texas fire departments are reporting them stolen. They’re called Fire Department Connections and they’re found on the outside of most commercial and multi-story buildings. Fire departments use them to get a water source when there is a fire involving these buildings.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KLTV. com
Behavioral Advisory Team applies for grant to fund crisis response team in Abilene
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 06:47:27 -0800
Abilene's Behavioral Advisory Team is one step closer to creating a crisis response team, which will allow mental health patients to get the help that they need instead of ending up behind bars. The Behavioral Advisory Team, made up of the Abilene Police Department, the Abilene Fire Department and the Betty Hardwick Center, is applying for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 6:47:27 AM - SOURCE: KTXS-TV 12 Abilene
Woman doesn't remember how she got stuck in air vent in vacant north Houston home
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
Firefighters pulled a woman from an air vent in a vacant north Houston home early Friday morning, fire officials said. The woman told firefighters that she didn't remember how she got in the vent which appeared to be brand new, District Fire Chief Eric Hutzley said. She said she crawled in through the roof but got stuck in the vent inside the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Texas schools would get extra $50 per student under shooting preparedness bill
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:02:55 -0800
School districts get an extra $50 per student to improve security under a new bill filed just ahead of the Parkland shooting anniversary. House Bill 1754 would create a school safety allotment to help districts prepare for shootings or other emergencies. Schools could use the extra cash to install physical barriers or cameras, hire security personnel, train staff and students on emergency preparedness or fund treatment programs "relating to addressing adverse childhood experiences.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 12:02:55 PM - SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Rosebud VFD member delivers child in car parked in driveway: 'He caught the baby like a football'
Fri, 15 Feb 2019 07:19:58 -0800
Kya King Hernandez of Rosebud thought she was going to sleep in Thursday. She was 9 months pregnant and she was tired. Her daughter, Leia Le’Shawn Hernandez, had other plans. Jay Shults, training chief with the Rosebud Volunteer Fire Department, received the call about a woman in labor at 4:55 a.m.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 7:19:58 AM - SOURCE: Temple Daily Telegram
Tax disbursement yields $20K for most Rusk County fire departments, commissioners told
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 21:30:13 -0800
The 16 paid and volunteer fire departments in Rusk County were funded to the tune of about $1 million during 2018, the chief of the tax-supported countywide fire district told the Rusk County Commissioners Court at its meeting Monday. David Burks, board president of Rusk County Emergency Services District No.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 9:30:13 PM - SOURCE: Longview News-Journal
‘I’m about to lose everything’: Ex-Dallas firefighter busted for hidden camera in station bathroom, affidavit says
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:13:59 -0800
A former Dallas Fire-Rescue firefighter with a long history of sexually explicit behavior in the workplace has been arrested for allegedly planting a hidden camera in a bathroom at the fire station, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Craig Lawrence allegedly placed a small camera, which doubles as a USB charging device, in a downstairs bathroom of DFR Station 11.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 5:13:59 PM - SOURCE: KENS5.com San Antonio
24 Hours With the Amarillo Fire Department
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 19:59:44 -0800
Sometimes it's hard enough to make it through an eight hour work day, now imagine having to work 24 straight every shift. That's a reality for Amarillo Firefighters. I spent an entire 24-hour shift with an AFD crew to see what they go through on a daily basis. At 7:30 a.m., the 24-hours for B-shift at Amarillo's Central Fire Station officially began.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 7:59:44 PM - SOURCE: KCIT-TV MyHighPlains.com
Arson charges dismissed for woman accused of starting 4 fires in 5 years
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 16:58:57 -0800
A Wichita Falls woman suspected of setting fire to four homes in five years now has two arson charges dismissed. A Wichita County grand jury returned no bills on two of Lenny Hallmark's arson charges. The Wichita Falls Fire Marshal's office filed charges last November after an investigator interviewed and recorded a conversation with Hallmark.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 4:58:57 PM - SOURCE: KFDX NBC 3- KJTL FOX 18 - KJBO MyTV 35
Two killed in Smith County house fire
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 14:34:03 -0800
Two people were killed in a Tuesday morning fire northeast of Tyler. According to the Smith County Fire Marshal, the fire occurred in the 10800 block of County Road 384 around 6:15 a.m. Firefighters from Smith County, Chapel Hill, Jackson Heights and Winona worked together to extinguish the fire. The fire is under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 2:34:03 PM - SOURCE: KYTX-TV CBS 19 Tyler
Saginaw City Employee of the Year Named
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 19:02:54 -0800
Last Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, Jeff Mayhue, Fleet Services Chief Mechanic, was presented the 2018 Saginaw City Employee of the Year Award by City Manager Gabe Reaume. Mr. Jeff Mayhue’s role in the City as Fleet Services Chief Mechanic presents him as the front line component in keeping the City’s small and large equipment and vehicle fleet in service and well maintained.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 7:02:54 PM - SOURCE: Saginaw, TX
Seth Stephens promoted to Lieutenant in Plainview Fire Department
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:59:20 -0800
In his new role, Stephens will be responsible to lead the other firefighters/paramedics on his shift as well as all operations at the station. He is also a Hazmat Technician for the department. A member of the Plainivew Fire Department for six years, Stephens most currently worked as the Equipment Operator/EMT-Intermediate.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 9:59:20 PM - SOURCE: Plainview, TX
Burleson firefighter doubles as prom date
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 07:33:02 -0800
When a Burleson woman learned that her date to a Night to Shine had cancelled at the last minute, her mother turned to the Burleson Fire Department for help. “I got a call last Friday from a young lady’s mom who told me that she had a crazy request,” Burleson Fire Chief K.T. Freeman said. “She explained that her daughter was going to a Night to Shine and that her date could no longer take her.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 7:33:02 AM - SOURCE: Stephenville Empire-Tribune
Dry grass sparked, destroying barn in South Lubbock County fire
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 18:25:00 -0800
Multiple agencies responded to a large fire in South Lubbock County near FM 2130 and FM 41. The fire burned an estimated five acres of private land. Original reports from the Emergency Management coordinator had the fire possibly starting from the removal of trash. KCBD has spoken with neighbors of the landowners who say the fire began when an arc from the electric motor of a golf cart sparked on dry grass.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 6:25:00 PM - SOURCE: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock
Firefighters from four departments teamed up to battle DeWitt County saltwater disposal fire
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 10:38:47 -0800
A cloud of dark, black smoke appeared over the 7800 block of FM 108 in DeWitt County Monday afternoon. Volunteer firefighters from four departments responded to a fire at the saltwater disposal site around 3:35pm yesterday. According to the Office of Emergency Management in DeWitt County, crews from Westhoff VFD, Yorktown VFD, Nixon VFD, and Smiley VFD spent more than seven hours trying to extinguish the flames.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 10:38:47 AM - SOURCE: KENS5.com San Antonio
Texas bill would make it illegal for Verizon and any other wireless provider to throttle disaster zones
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
Legislators in Texas are mulling a bill that would make illegal to “impair or degrade” mobile data in any declared disaster zone, in an apparent response to telecom giant Verizon’s decision last year to tell California firefighters busy tackling the deadly Mendocino Complex fire they needed to upgrade their plan or continue to suffer slow speeds.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gizmodo.com
Firefighters' house calls help chronically-ill in Arlington
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:10:39 -0800
An innovative program in Arlington is helping hundreds of patients with chronic conditions avoid costly re-admissions to the emergency room. Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital has teamed up with Arlington Fire Department to send paramedics on home visits to patients who are at risk for not properly managing their condition after leaving the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 2:10:39 PM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas - Fort Worth
Dallas Fire-Rescue Paramedic expected to make full recovery after weekend's deadly ambulance crash
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 14:06:22 -0800
A Dallas Fire-Rescue firefighter/paramedic is expected to make a full recovery after being involved in a weekend ambulance crash that sent him and his partner to the hospital; but resulted in the death of the driver who struck them. The collision, which happened on the passenger side of the ambulance, left Officer Nicholas Granados, 29, with a collapsed lung, a fractured rib and multiple lacerations, contusions and abrasions over multiple areas of his body, Dallas Fire-Rescue explained in a news release Monday.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 2:06:22 PM - SOURCE: CBS Dallas/Fort Worth
Austin firefighter opens up for the first time after being filmed in fire station bathroom
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 04:02:48 -0800
Kelly Gall would prefer if you didn't know her name. But the fire specialist with the Austin Fire Department is now stepping into the spotlight for her first interview. Gall's story started July of 2017 at Fire Station One on Fifth Street in Downtown Austin. That's where she worked with James Baker, her supervisor and good friend of 10 years.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 4:02:48 AM - SOURCE: KIII-TV3 South Texas
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