Daily Dispatch: Texas News
Fort Worth selects new fire chief
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:45:51 -0700
Jim Davis, the fire assistant chief in Columbus, Ohio, has been selected as Fort Worth’s 13th fire chief to direct the city’s 987-member, $145 million department. Mayor Betsy Price and City Manager David Cooke scheduled a news conference Wednesday morning to introduce Davis, according to a media alert from the city.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 3:45:51 PM - SOURCE: Fort Worth Business Press
28-year-old becomes first female fire chief of Little River-Academy
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:06:47 -0700
A 28-year-old woman became the first-ever female chief at Little River-Academy. Becky Griffin took the role of interim chief after the former chief and four other members stepped down last week. Griffin said she can't share the reason behind their departure yet. The mother of four has been at Little River-Academy Volunteer Fire Department for five years.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 6:06:47 PM - SOURCE: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock
Two Austin firefighters suspended after damaging equipment, memos say
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:15:29 -0700
Two Austin firefighters received four-hour suspensions after damaging department equipment during incidents in May and June. The first happened on May 16 when fire specialist Chad Benestante closed a bay door on a fire engine while leaving a station to respond to a call, suspension paperwork said. The second happened on June 10 when firefighter Dustin Mills was working with an aerial ladder.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 11:15:29 AM - SOURCE: Austin American-Statesman - Metered Site
Houston council members call rare special meeting over fire ballot petition
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:59:22 -0700
Five city council members have filed for a special meeting Friday to discuss a ballot initiative for firefighters to receive equal pay to police officers. Greg Travis, Michael Kubosh, Brenda Stardig, Dwight Boykins and Martha Castex-Tatum all filed the notice for a special meeting to be held at 10 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 4:59:22 PM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
Families of fallen firefighters seek formal guarantee Houston won't claw back insurance payments
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:54:50 -0700
A badly wounded firefighter and the families of firefighters lost in the 2013 Southwest Inn blaze say they've been living under a cloud of uncertainty and are seeking a formal guarantee the City of Houston won't come after their assets. At City Council Tuesday it was confirmed, that at some point, the city had in fact placed millions of dollars in liens against the families of the fallen as well as former firefighter Robert Yarborough.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 5:54:50 PM - SOURCE: KRIV-TV Houston MyFox 26
Gilmer fire chief speaks out about stolen radio, false alarms
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:06:56 -0700
On July 15, a Gilmer Fire Department handheld radio was stolen and whoever took it began using it sending out many false alarms, like tornado warnings and officer down warnings. “Officer down, officer down,” squawked a radio recording. That was one of the calls Upshur County Emergency Responders had to deal with early Sunday morning.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 6:06:56 PM - SOURCE: KCBD-TV NBC 11 Lubbock
Paris Fire Chief Larry Wright is set to retire soon
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:26:30 -0700
Paris Fire Chief Larry Wright is ready to hang his fire hat and start a new chapter in life. A firefighter for nearly 40 years, Wright has been with Paris Fire Department for nearly six years. He said he has noticed a “tremendous change” from when he started to now. “The equipment used has improved dramatically,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 9:26:30 AM - SOURCE: eParis Extra!
No firefighter union negations until after November elections, San Antonio union leader says
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:07:29 -0700
The head of the San Antonio Firefighters Association told a group of neighborhood leaders Monday that the union will not go back to the bargaining table with the city until after voters decide on 3 Charter amendments in November. Chris Steele made those remarks at the Northeast Neighborhood Alliance meeting where the union discussed and debated the Charter amendments with Secure San Antonio’s Future, a group against the Charter amendments.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 3:07:29 AM - SOURCE: KABB-TV FOX 29 San Antonio
McKinney Fire Department regraded with top PPC rating
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:54:52 -0700
McKinney Fire Department was regraded a Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating of Class 1, the highest rating a fire department can achieve, by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The city earned a Class 1 rating in 2014 and was regraded this year after the State of Texas adopted a new rating schedule.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 9:54:52 AM - SOURCE: North Texas e-News
Volunteer firefighters in Henderson County face budget, staffing, workload challenges
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 14:12:08 -0700
Whether it's in the middle of the night or on a scorching July afternoon, volunteer firefighters have to be ready to answer the call. With more homes and structures popping up in parts of Henderson County, those first-responders are facing a heavier workload. At the same time, the expense of keeping the firefighting vehicles in running order and maintaining enough personnel to control the blazes are growing obstacles.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 2:12:08 PM - SOURCE: Athens Review
Nobody hurt in gas, cylinder company fire in Austin County
Tue, 17 Jul 2018 08:36:44 -0700
Authorities say nobody has been hurt in several explosions and a fire at a gas and cylinders company in rural Central Texas. Austin County Sheriff Jack Brandes said the accident at Western International Gas & Cylinders was reported around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Brandes says the plant, which provides bulk gases such as acetylene, is 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of Bellville and there's no threat to the town of about 4,200.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2018 8:36:44 AM - SOURCE: KABB-TV FOX 29 San Antonio
Man accused of setting fire to Victoria mosque found guilty
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:54:28 -0700
The man who was charged for setting a mosque in Victoria, Texas has been found guilty today. After five days of trial, jurors returned this afternoon with guilty verdicts on all counts charged against Marq Vincent Perez. The jury found Marq Vincent Perez, 26, of Victoria, was responsible for a hate crime in the burning of the Victoria Islamic Center Jan.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 4:54:28 PM - SOURCE: KRIS-TV NBC 6 Corpus Christi
City of Baytown sues cancer-stricken firefighter to avoid paying insurance claims
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A firefighter battling cancer is being sued by Baytown's city government, which seeks to deny paying him insurance coverage for his treatment over the last 18 months. Patrick Mahoney, a battalion chief for the Baytown Fire Department, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in December 2016, forcing him to have half of his thyroid removed and undergo continued treatment, including thyroid hormone supplements and regular blood work.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle - Metered Site
Laredo firefighter may have been victim of hit-and-run
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 05:24:23 -0700
Laredo police are investigating a motorcycle crash Sunday that left a Laredo firefighter dead. The Laredo Police Department said a vehicle may have hit Rolando Solis, 37, and fled the scene. The crash occurred at about 1:30 a.m. as Solis was riding a motorcycle in the 2700 block of south Interstate 35.
- PUB DATE: 7/16/2018 5:24:23 AM - SOURCE: Laredo Morning Times
Battle over equal pay continues for Houston Fire Department
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 20:24:49 -0700
Houston Fire Department Chief Sam Pena would not reveal Friday whether he plans to vote in favor of his firefighters' push for pay parity with the Houston Police Department, if and when the issue is put on the ballot. "I am going to vote, right? That's my civic duty," Pena said when Channel 2 investigator Joel Eisenbaum asked him how he intended to vote.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 8:24:49 PM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
Hallsville VFD welcomes 'The Beast' as new dual-purpose truck
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 22:35:45 -0700
The Hallsville Volunteer Fire Department has added a 2018 International truck to its fleet, thanks to a $200,000 cost-share grant through the Texas A&M Forest Service Rural Volunteer Fire Department Assistance Program. The department’s cost share portion was paid by Harrison County Emergency Services District No.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2018 10:35:45 PM - SOURCE: Longview News-Journal
Amid probe of Houston Fire Department, Texas fire commission adopts stricter rule on gear cleaning
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 19:08:14 -0700
In response to a request by Houston firefighters, the Texas Commission on Fire Protection this week adopted stricter rules for how fire departments show they adequately clean firefighters' gear to remove contaminants. Fire departments across the state now must file a standard operating procedure for gear cleaning annually with the commission in Austin, instead of merely being required to have a policy on the books.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 7:08:14 PM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle - Metered Site
Shallowater Fire Department receives grant to help protect firefighters from cancer danger
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 15:30:10 -0700
Working as a firefighter is already a challenging job, but recent statistics indicate that it can also make you more susceptible to cancer. "Currently, firefighters are battling cancer as a whole because firefighters are 10 percent more likely to have a cancer diagnosis then the general population," Joseph Wallace, president of Last Line of Cancer Defense, said.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2018 3:30:10 PM - SOURCE: KXXV-TV ABC 25 Waco
Dallas Fire-Rescue's first black firefighter, Kenneth Parker, dies at 70
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Dallas firefighters are honoring the life of the man who broke the department’s color barrier. Kenneth Parker became Dallas Fire-Rescue’s first black firefighter in 1969 after the federal government mandated that the city hire black firefighters. He passed away Tuesday from heart failure at the age of 70.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 4 News
Temperatures Rise in Dallas Ambulances Leaving Patients, Paramedics in the Heat
Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:33:46 -0700
If there is one thing we can all agree on, it’s hot, very hot, and no shade tree can come close to the relief from a well-performing air conditioner. Another indisputable fact is this: If you get sick, like overwhelmed by heat, and need to be rushed to the hospital, you definitely don’t want the A-C to go on the blink in the back of your ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2018 9:33:46 AM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas - Fort Worth

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