Daily Dispatch: Texas News
Houston mayor meets with firefighters, says he is open to negotiating phase-in of raises
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
For the first time since the November election, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday sat down with the head of the firefighters union and said he is willing to negotiate a plan to phase in raises mandated by the voter-approved charter amendment that requires the city to pay firefighters the same as police of equal rank and seniority.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
City Manager appoints Mike Ross as new Mansfield Fire Chief
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:48:41 -0800
City Manager Clayton Chandler announced Wednesday the appointment of Mike Ross, former assistant fire chief and current interim chief, to the position of Fire Chief for the City of Mansfield. “It is gratifying to maintain consistency and stability in a department while also finding the right person for the job,” Chandler said.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 7:48:41 AM - SOURCE: Mansfield, TX
Bexar County house fire displaces family of four
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:15:05 -0800
A woman and her three children are without a home after a fire ripped through their house Tuesday morning. The fire happened around 11:15 a.m. at the Northwest Bexar County home, located in the 10200 block of Barron Field near Pue road. Vilma Ruiz said she returned home Tuesday morning to find her house up in flames and her neighbors trying to fight the fire with water hoses.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2019 12:15:05 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
Explosion reported in Jersey Village, Harris County firefighters respond
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 19:06:33 -0800
Harris County firefighters are responding to reports of a explosion in the Jersey Village area in Northwest Harris County, near Highway 290 and FM 1960. The Jersey Village Police Department reports the location as the 12200 block of Spencer Rd. The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office confirms they were called to assist.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 7:06:33 PM - SOURCE: Beaumont Enterprise
Predawn fire burns three semitrucks at Victoria truck yard
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:30:53 -0800
Fire burned three semitrucks at a Victoria truck yard Wednesday morning. Firefighters were dispatched to Saia LTL Freight, at 9405 U.S. 59, about 5:30 a.m. for a reported fire, said Victoria Fire Marshal Tom Legler. Two of the trucks were destroyed while a third was damaged from heat exposure. No one was injured, and no buildings were damaged.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 10:30:53 PM - SOURCE: Victoria Advocate
Houston firefighters ask judge to force city to implement Proposition B 'pay parity'
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association sought a court order Tuesday aiming to force the city to pay firefighters the same as police officers of corresponding rank and seniority, one day before Mayor Sylvester Turner and the union are set to discuss ideas for implementing pay raises. The move comes more than two months after voters approved Proposition B, a November ballot measure granting pay parity to Houston firefighters, which would amount to a massive raise that Turner says the city cannot afford.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
San Antonio apartment fire drives families out of their homes
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:49:52 -0800
Most families at a Northwest Side apartment complex are back in their homes after a fire sent them out into the rain early Wednesday. Police and firefighters went around banging on doors at the Melia Apartment Homes around 4:30 a.m. to make sure everyone evacuated. They had received calls, initially, about smoke inside one apartment, then about a fire burning through a ceiling.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:49:52 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
One killed in Midland County crash
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 22:33:37 -0800
We are learning more about the incident that occurred in Midland County Tuesday afternoon. According to Midland County Fire Marshal, Dale Little, two 18-wheelers collided. One of the 18-wheelers involved caught fire. One person was killed and another was taken to a Lubbock area hospital following the collision.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 10:33:37 PM - SOURCE: yourbasin.com
Man's quick action helps save his San Antonio home from fiery destruction
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:49:28 -0800
A fire inside an attic at a home on the city's East Side forced a homeowner to evacuate early Wednesday morning. The fire was reported just before 5:30 a.m. at the home in the 1200 block of Hammond Avenue, which is located not far from South Walters Street and Rigsby Avenue. The man who lives inside the home said he was asleep when he smelled smoke.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:49:28 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
Nassau Bay to Dedicate New Fire and EMS Station Grand Opening Event & Open House January 19th
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:02:25 -0800
The City of Nassau Bay will officially open a new fire station for the first time in over 30 years this Saturday, January 19th. The dedication ceremony, complete with ribbon cutting and hose-uncoupling, will take place at 10:00 am, with an Open House to follow from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The new station at 18295 Upper Bay Road is a 17,400 square foot facility and comes equipped with the latest in fire and emergency services technology and daily amenities.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2019 5:02:25 AM - SOURCE: Guidry News Service
Award-winning Katy first responder loves to help people
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:38:14 -0800
A diehard Harley-Davidson rider, a single mother of five and “a huge animal lover” is an award-winning firefighter/EMT in the Katy Fire Department. Katy Fire Chief Russell Wilson selected firefighter/EMT Tana Vallone for his Fire Chief’s Award “in recognition of your exemplary service to the Katy Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 7:38:14 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
No firefighters injured after driver crashes into Grand Prairie fire station, walks away
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:55:15 -0800
A driver who was allegedly under the influence crashed into a Grand Prairie fire station Monday morning, causing minor damage to the building, officials said. No one was injured in the crash, which happened about 6 a.m., Grand Prairie police spokesman Mark Beseda said. Police arrested the driver, 26-year-old Abdimasir Osman Adan of Grand Prairie, on charges of driving while intoxicated and failure to leave ID.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 4:55:15 AM - SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Bovina Volunteer Fire Department receives new fire truck
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 23:54:04 -0800
The Bovina Volunteer Fire Department upgraded its decades-old fire truck for a brand new piece of equipment. The new truck is a major purchase for the group and will help crews put out fires faster. Bovina VFD Fire Chief, Cesar Marquez, said he has needed this piece of equipment for a long time. "We've got a brand new truck and a brand new pump that doesn't leak," said Marquez.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 11:54:04 PM - SOURCE: KVII-TV ABC 7 Amarillo
Former EMS volunteer is accused of inappropriately touching teen at the South Houston Fire station
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800
A former emergency medical service volunteer at the South Houston Fire station is accused of touching a teen girl inappropriately at the firehouse. Michael Sean Sluder, 42, is charged with Indecency with a child. The city of South Houston said he is not an employee of the city, but used to be an EMS volunteer.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Click-Houston.com
Man cooking outdoors may have started fire that displaced 2 families, San Antonio Fire Department says
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 08:15:55 -0800
A man who was cooking outdoors may have accidentally started a fire that displaced his family and his neighbors, according to the San Antonio Fire Department. The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday behind one home on Humboldt Street near Somerset Road. Firefighters arrived and soon found out the flames had spread to a pile of debris in the backyard, as well as the home.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 8:15:55 AM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
Construction of new Waco fire station underway
Tue, 15 Jan 2019 04:26:42 -0800
A new fire station, which is currently under construction, will be complete in the fall. The building will be located in the 4500 block of Bagby Avenue near Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries. According to Waco Fire Chief Bobby Tatum, a 2015 study recommended Fire Station 5 to be relocated to Central Texas Marketplace to improve emergency response coverage.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 4:26:42 AM - SOURCE: KXXV-TV ABC 25 Waco
Fire kills two at Canyon Lake home
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:41:12 -0800
Two people were killed in a massive fire near Canyon Lake in Comal County early Monday morning, according to the Canyon Lake Fire Department. Firefighters were called to a mobile home fire at about 4:15 a.m. along the 300 block of Dreamland Drive, near Cranes Mill Marina. When they arrived, they found flames shooting out of the trailer.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 7:41:12 AM - SOURCE: KABB-TV FOX 29 San Antonio
Race car catches fire, explodes in Beaumont Waffle House parking lot
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:41:34 -0800
Underneath a wall of fire, one man's prized possession slowly melted away. "The heat pushed me back when it exploded, I've been distraught all day," The owner of the burnt race car, Wendell Melonson said. Melonson spent Saturday night racing his 1980 Chevy Monza in Evadale before getting dinner at the Waffle House off College Street in Beaumont.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 7:41:34 AM - SOURCE: KBMT-TV ABC 12
City of Killeen Recognizes Dedicated Service
Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:10:45 -0800
The City of Killeen honored 146 employees at its Dedicated Service Awards today. Awards were given to each employee who reached a five-year increment of service in 2018. Longest tenure honors went to Fire Chief Brian Brank for 40 years of service to Killeen Fire Department. Crime Prevention Coordinator Tammy Moseley was honored for 30 years of service.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 7:10:45 AM - SOURCE: Killeen, TX
Morning fire destroys Rusk County deputy's home
Sat, 12 Jan 2019 16:16:16 -0800
An early morning fire with no one at home destroys an East Texas home and turns out to be the residence of a first-responder. It happened just after 5 Saturday morning at a home on county road 173 near FM 1249, just east of Kilgore. A burned out shell is all that remains of an old wood home on county road 173, just east of Kilgore.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2019 4:16:16 PM - SOURCE: KLTV-TV ABC 7 Tyler

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