Daily Dispatch: Texas News
Momentum for Houston Firefighter Pay Parity Grows, Despite Mayor's Opposition
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is holding town halls to try to convince voters that the city can’t afford Proposition B, a ballot measure that would tie firefighters’ pay to that of police. It’s turning into an uphill fight. Mayor Turner argues that full pay parity would cost Houston nearly $300 million, at a time when the city is wrestling with chronic deficits.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Public Media
Injured Abilene firefighter continues to improve
Sun, 23 Sep 2018 19:31:25 -0700
It’s been a little over a week since Mike Degering was traveling to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Colorado Springs when his motorcycle crashed. “I was traveling to Colorado Springs to surprise Mike,” Angela Degering, Michael’s wife said. “We were going to be meeting up there and some of the folks that I met in New Mexico notified me that he had been in a severe accident.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 7:31:25 PM - SOURCE: KTXS-TV 12 Abilene
City of Houston appears to be willing to back off fight over liens filed in deaths of firefighters
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:03:24 -0700
On Friday, in District Court, the city appeared willing to abandon liens, without stipulation. After an inquiry by Channel 2, Alan Bernstein, the Director of communication for the mayor, wrote the following: "As City Attorney Ron Lewis indicated in court today, there is a deal in progress that may resolve the matter involving the liens the city filed under a previous mayor against the defendants.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 6:03:24 PM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
Southlake firefighters save man and teens from floodwaters
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 21:25:43 -0700
Cell phone video captures the moment Southlake firefighters rescued three people from a maserati stuck in floodwaters. On Friday night Southlake firefighters responded to eight water calls in just a two-hour time span. The most severe rescue was caught on cell phone video. On North White Chapel Boulevard, a father and his teen became trapped on the middle of a bridge after the maserati got stuck in floodwaters.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2018 9:25:43 PM - SOURCE: Fox 4 News
Greenwood volunteer firefighter found guilty of arson
Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700
A Greenwood volunteer firefighter has been found guilty of arson. Alan Alton Self, 24, pleaded guilty of setting intentional fires back on Dec. 2017 and March 2018. He set fire to his own fire station on two separate instances, a local Greenwood business, Trinity Pallets, three separate times, and ended his spree by burning down the Valley View Baptist Church in Greenwood.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KWES-TV NewsWest 9
Mission receives SAFER grant for nine additional firefighters
Sat, 22 Sep 2018 15:16:59 -0700
At a special meeting held last Friday, the City of Mission accepted the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The federal grant is worth $1,022,828, and it will be utilized to hire nine new firefighters for Mission. This is the first time the city has received the SAFER grant with the fire department in mind, Mission has received it for the police department in the past.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2018 3:16:59 PM - SOURCE: Progress-Times
Charter amendments town hall canceled after San Antonio firefighters union president pulls out
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 18:33:01 -0700
On Thursday, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, President of the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association Chris Steele, and St. Mary’s Professor Frank Garza were all supposed to appear on a panel during a town hall to discuss the charter amendments on the November ballot. When Steele pulled out of the town hall, Mayor Nirenberg also pulled out, so co-sponsors UTSA and the San Antonio Express-News canceled the event.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 6:33:01 PM - SOURCE: KENS5.com San Antonio
Related: Bexar County Democratic Party Endorses Fire Union's City Charter Amendments
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:43:50 -0700
The Bexar County Democratic Party is endorsing city charter amendments proposed by the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association. A town hall organized by the San Antonio Express-News and University of Texas at San Antonio about the charter amendments was cancelled about a hour before the event was set to take place Thursday night.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 4:43:50 PM - SOURCE: Texas Public Radio
New report shows Texas leads in house fire fatalities to date
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 16:41:56 -0700
"This year, we've had two fatalities that were directly a result from a house fire,” says Longview Fire Marshal, Kevin May. He’s referencing just two of the eleven deaths that have come because of house fires in East Texas, and that number represents more than 10% of house fire fatalities in the state.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 4:41:56 PM - SOURCE: KYTX-TV CBS 19 Tyler
McAllen opens new Emergency Communications Center
Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:29:36 -0700
It wasn’t your typical ribbon-cutting ceremony: In order to mark the grand opening of the McAllen Fire Department’s Emergency Communications Center on Thursday, together the fire chief, city staff and dispatchers ceremoniously disconnected and reconnected a large industrial electricity plug. The center has been open since July 2, 2018, marking the first time since May 2012 that calls for fire service are routed directly from the city’s public safety answering point (PSAP), housed at the McAllen Police Department, to the city’s central fire station on North 21st Street.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 9:29:36 AM - SOURCE: Monitor
San Antonio Fire Department Responds to Minor Explosion at Toyota Plant
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 13:46:34 -0700
Employees at San Antonio’s Toyota Texas manufacturing facility quickly extinguished flames caused by a vapor explosion at the Southside plant Thursday morning. Toyota’s own firefighters and 22 units from the San Antonio Fire Department responded to the incident just before 10 a.m. The explosion occurred inside an external scrubber system used in painting by a supplier at the plant and resulted in a minor fire that was put out by employees, company officials said.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 1:46:34 PM - SOURCE: The Rivard Report
Houston Texans to honor first responders during home opener on Sunday
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:10:39 -0700
The Houston Texans will honor first responders at the home opener Sunday against the New York Giants. Kickoff is set for noon and the team is asking fans to wear white. The first 50,000 fans at the gates will receive GO TEXANS Roll-A-Banners. First responders from the Pearland Police Department, the Katy Fire Department, the Houston Police Department, the Houston Fire Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office will participate, and Texas state flag holders and Clay Walker will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 2:10:39 PM - SOURCE: KPRC-TV NBC 2 Houston
Houston mayor agrees to 7 percent raise for police weeks before firefighter pay vote
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:09:48 -0700
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner agreed to a 7 percent pay increase for police officers just weeks before a Houston referendum vote to determine whether firefighters deserve comparable pay for similar ranks. Turner announced some of the details of the pay raise at Wednesday's city council meeting. The two-year agreement with police will cost the city $52 million and goes into effect July 1, 2019.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 6:09:48 PM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
Upgraded Buda Fire rating could help lower insurance rates
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:10:35 -0700
A new rating for the Buda Fire Department could help lower insurance rates for all residents and businesses. The Buda Fire Department is announcing it’s one of only 300 fire departments in the United States to receive a Class 1 Insurance Service Office, or ISO, rating out of over 49,000 communities surveyed.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 7:10:35 PM - SOURCE: KXAN-TV Austin
Judge sides with DA’s Office in the case of former Brownsville fire chief
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 20:52:13 -0700
A state district judge shot down a motion seeking sanctions against the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office filed in the computer security breach criminal case against former Brownsville fire chief Carlos Elizondo. Elizondo’s defense attorney, Eddie Lucio, filed the motion, which also sought a hearing to determine whether the DA’s Office violated attorney-client privilege as well as asking 107th state District Judge Benjamin Euresti Jr.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 8:52:13 PM - SOURCE: Brownsville Herald
Amarillo crews battle fire at Atmosphere Soul Food Cafe
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:01:12 -0700
The Amarillo Fire Department has responded to a fire at the Atmosphere Soul Food Cafe in north Amarillo. According to firefighters on scene, a crew spotted the fire at about 1:45 p.m. at 804 N. Washington Street. Within four minutes, six units were on scene battling the fire. The building was fully involved when crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 6:01:12 PM - SOURCE: KTXS-TV 12 Abilene
DWI arrest highlights battle between firefighters union and City of San Antonio
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 17:38:28 -0700
The current collective bargaining agreement between the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighter’s Union expired four years ago. Right now, the first responders are operating on an evergreen plan, keeping the most current contract in place and allowing time to negotiate. But the city says that's not happening.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 5:38:28 PM - SOURCE: KENS5.com San Antonio
Cow, car crash claim life of Glen Flora firefighter
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:37:42 -0700
A volunteer firefighter has died following a crash after training with El Campo fire crews Monday night Officials say 24-year-old Frank Partida, Jr., a member of the Glen Flora Fire Department had been conducting training operations with El Campo Volunteer Fire Department when he was returning home last night.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 10:37:42 AM - SOURCE: El Campo Leader-News
City of Austin drops workers’ compensation suit against firefighter who says her cancer is work-related
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:45:27 -0700
The city of Austin will drop a workers’ compensation lawsuit against an Austin firefighter who was diagnosed with cancer and has argued the disease is related to her work, City Manager Spencer Cronk announced Tuesday. “After discussion with council today, I have asked the law department to dismiss the current litigation involving our firefighter, Carrie Stewart,” Cronk said in an email Tuesday to Mayor Steve Adler and City Council.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 3:45:27 PM - SOURCE: Austin American-Statesman
Dallas Council Approves Budget With Officer & Firefighter Raises
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:48:19 -0700
The Dallas City Council has approved the budget for the next fiscal year, and it includes raises for police officers and firefighters. There were protests expected at the meeting, but as of the lunch hour none had taken place. Activists, who have protested for the last week and a half over the death of Botham Jean, said they’d be at the council meeting this morning because raises for police officers are included in the overall budget.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 1:48:19 PM - SOURCE: CBS Dallas/Fort Worth

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