Daily Dispatch: Texas News
Explosives Found After Santa Fe School Shooting That Left At Least 8 People Dead
Fri, 18 May 2018 07:59:17 -0700
Authorities in southeast Texas responded to Santa Fe High School on Friday morning after reports of an active shooter on the campus. The situation erupted shortly before 8:00 a.m. at the high school, located between Houston and Galveston, and at least eight people are dead. According to assistant principal Dr.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 7:59:17 AM - SOURCE: CBS Dallas/Fort Worth
Update: Drone over Lake Travis crash distracted firefighters from scene, fire officials say
Fri, 18 May 2018 08:22:59 -0700
As Lake Travis emergency crews rushed to a crash on RM 620 that injured 10 people Wednesday afternoon, a drone flying 300 feet over the scene distracted firefighters, they said. Lake Travis firefighters had to stop helping at the scene to secure the airspace after a STAR Flight helicopter landed, they said.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 8:22:59 AM - SOURCE: Austin American-Statesman
Related: Audio of Lake Travis firefighters' 911 call for help; 'We ran multiple vehicles off the road!'
Thu, 17 May 2018 13:27:36 -0700
"Fire dispatch. This is 604. We've been in a wreck. We're at 620 and Comanche Trail. We need fire, EMS and Star Flight. We ran multiple vehicles off the road." The voice on the radio message from Lake Travis fire fighters involved in a traffic mishap started off strong but got shaky when he had to add that they had hit other cars.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 1:27:36 PM - SOURCE: KEYE-TV We are Austin.com
Judge to appoint special master; Individual to review materials in former Brownsville fire chief's case
Thu, 17 May 2018 20:18:18 -0700
The attorney for Brownsville’s former fire chief and the Cameron County District Attorney’s office agreed Thursday morning to dissolve a temporary restraining order stopping investigators from reviewing evidence seized May 9 from the former fire chief’s home until a special master is appointed to review the materials.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 8:18:18 PM - SOURCE: Brownsville Herald
Follow-up: Video shows moment Groves firefighters rescued quadriplegic boy from house fire
Thu, 17 May 2018 14:42:22 -0700
Firefighters rescued a quadriplegic boy from a fully-involved fire that destroyed the home of a Groves family late Wednesday night. The parents and one other child were able to escape the fire while firefighters ran into the burning home to rescue their 12-year-old quadriplegic son. A video released Thursday afternoon by the fire department shows the moment when two firefighters brought the boy out of the home that was literally engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 2:42:22 PM - SOURCE: KENS5.com San Antonio
CrossFit 'Scotty' workout marks anniversary of San Antonio firefighter's death
Thu, 17 May 2018 12:49:01 -0700
A CrossFit workout called the #DeemDayChallenge honors the memory of fallen firefighter Scott Deem one year after his death in the line of duty. San Antonio Fire Department engineer and Iron Antler CrossFit owner Tommy Williams said he and fellow firefighters teamed up to create the workout. The "Scotty" was also accepted as an official CrossFit Hero WOD, or workout of the day.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 12:49:01 PM - SOURCE: KENS5.com San Antonio
Lake Travis firefighter suffered a medical emergency, caused accident on FM 620
Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A firefighter suffered a medical emergency while driving a firetruck according to a preliminary crash investigation. The firetruck struck five other vehicles before rolling onto its side and coming to a stop. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Lake Travis Fire and Rescue firetruck was traveling southbound on FM 620 on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 when the driver had a medical emergency and lost consciousness.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 7 Austin
PAC forms to oppose San Antonio fire union’s proposed charter amendments after clerk verifies petitions
Thu, 17 May 2018 08:44:58 -0700
A campaign to oppose three proposed City Charter amendments backed by the local firefighters union began Thursday with the forming of a political action committee expected to raise “well north of half a million dollars.” The PAC, called San Antonians for Fiscal Discipline, was set up soon after City Clerk Leticia Vacek told the City Council that the San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association had collected enough valid signatures on its petitions to force a charter-amendment election.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 8:44:58 AM - SOURCE: San Antonio Express News - Metered Site
Groves Fire Department: Child rescued seconds before roof collapsed
Thu, 17 May 2018 09:47:10 -0700
A child is in stable condition after being rescued from a fire that destroyed a Mid-County home, according to information from the Groves Fire Department. The child was rescued from the back bedroom of the house in the 3200 block of Allison Avenue after flames broke out around 10:15 p.m., the department said.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 9:47:10 AM - SOURCE: Beaumont Enterprise
University of Houston-Victoria assistant fire marshal recognized for saving life
Wed, 16 May 2018 13:35:58 -0700
When Stuart Sherman recently was singing during a church service, he wasn’t expecting to perform CPR and save a life that day or receive an award for it. Sherman, the University of Houston-Victoria assistant fire marshal-emergency manager and appointed police officer for the University of Houston Police Department, received a 2018 Lifesaving Award on May 7 at the University of Houston Police Department’s Badge Pinning Ceremony at the Rockwell Pavilion for performing CPR April 22 on a church praise team member who collapsed during service.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 1:35:58 PM - SOURCE: KAVU & KUNU-TV Crossroads
New Tyler fire stations to help with diversity and response times
Tue, 15 May 2018 20:35:43 -0700
Tyler Fire Chief, David Coble spoke at a community forum Tuesday. The forum was at the Tyler Public Library, Chief Coble addressed diversity in the department as well as provided an update on the new fire stations. The city is building a new Fire Station 1 and Fire Station 4. "Right now we have a pretty long response time; not really long, but more than we would like down in the South area of Tyler," Coble said.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 8:35:43 PM - SOURCE: KYTX-TV CBS 19 Tyler
Woodrow volunteer firefighters fight for one of their own
Wed, 16 May 2018 16:59:18 -0700
The Woodrow Volunteer Fire Department wants you to join their fight against cancer after one of their own was diagnosed. In March, Joe Gillispie, a 20-year member of the department, found out he had stage 4 lung cancer. "Keep going, you know, gotta stay positive," said Gillispie. Regardless of everything he is going through, he said his cancer won't tear him down.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 4:59:18 PM - SOURCE: KLBK & KAMC-TV EverythingLubbock.com
Former Smith County fire marshal inducted into Texas Division of Emergency Management Hall of Fame
Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
The late Smith County Fire Marshal Jim Seaton was posthumously inducted into the Texas Division of Emergency Management Hall of Fame on Tuesday, May 15. The award was accepted by his widow, Nancy Seaton; his daughter, Melissa Seaton; and Smith County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator Connie McCoy-Wasson, during the Texas Division of Emergency Management Conference in San Antonio.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock
El Paso Fire Department named among 100 ‘best fleets’
Tue, 15 May 2018 16:52:37 -0700
The El Paso Fire Department has been recognized on a national level. The department was among 100 fleets recognized as among the “Best Fleets in the Americas.” El Paso was ranked 64th among the nation's “best” fleets. The list identifies and encourages ever-increasing levels of performance improvement within the fleet industry.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 4:52:37 PM - SOURCE: KBDC
J.V. Smith, one of Dallas' first black firefighters, dies at 69
Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
It wasn't until seventh grade that Christina Smith found out her dad was a historic figure in Dallas. She mentioned to her parents that her teacher had put out a call for "Questions of the Day" that her class would puzzle over at the beginning of each class period. J.V. Smith told his daughter he had a question she should suggest: Who was the first black man hired by the Dallas fire department? "I was like, 'What, who was it?'" Christina Smith recalled.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News
Panola County remembers fallen police, firefighters at Peace Officers Memorial ceremony
Tue, 15 May 2018 13:06:07 -0700
Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake prays that no more names will be added to the local Peace Officers Memorial monument or to similar monuments nationwide. That prayer won’t go answered, he told a small crowd Tuesday. “We know that’s just not possible as long as such brave men and women stand and fight for what’s right,” Lake said.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 1:06:07 PM - SOURCE: Panola Watchman
Fritch VFD: Grant funds in demand for volunteer fire departments
Tue, 15 May 2018 16:45:53 -0700
Drought conditions are having a negative impact on a number of volunteer fire departments in the Texas Panhandle. Many volunteer departments are responding to more wildland fires than in the spring of 2017. The rise in call responses is forcing many departments to apply for grants to help offset costs.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2018 4:45:53 PM - SOURCE: KVII-TV ABC 7 Amarillo
Dallas Fire-Rescue To Roll Out Mental Health Treatment Program
Mon, 14 May 2018 20:53:34 -0700
Over the next few weeks, Dallas Fire-Rescue will roll out a new program to better help its members seek treatment for post-traumatic stress, substance abuse and work related mental health issues. DFR Chief David Coatney said work on the program began last year, with representatives from all three fire associations working with the department to develop the program.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 8:53:34 PM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas - Fort Worth
Firefighters go beyond the flames to save homes in the path of the Mallard Fire
Mon, 14 May 2018 21:46:20 -0700
Dallas city officials want to quickly get pay and benefit negotiations underway with police officers and firefighters in hopes of getting a deal done by the end of the year — significantly earlier than the down-to-the-wire talks less than two years ago. The current agreement — commonly known as meet-and-confer — began in October 2016 and doesn't expire until Sept.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 9:46:20 PM - SOURCE: KFDA-TV Newschannel 10
Dallas City Hall to police, fire associations: Let's talk about pay
Mon, 14 May 2018 15:45:22 -0700
Dallas city officials want to quickly get pay and benefit negotiations underway with police officers and firefighters in hopes of getting a deal done by the end of the year — significantly earlier than the down-to-the-wire talks less than two years ago. The current agreement — commonly known as meet-and-confer — began in October 2016 and doesn't expire until Sept.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 3:45:22 PM - SOURCE: Dallas Morning News

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