Daily Dispatch: Texas News
Two children dead in Rusk County fire
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 18:42:49 -0800
A four-year-old and a two-year-old are dead after a Wednesday afternoon fire in Rusk County. The cause is still under investigation. It's a parent's worst nightmare, some may even say it's the unthinkable, two children dying in a fire. At 4:30 on Wednesday afternoon a fire started at a mobile home, multiple agencies responded.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 6:42:49 PM - SOURCE: East Texas Matters
Despite Approval of Prop C, San Antonio Fire Union Contract Negotiations Still in Limbo
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:01:20 -0800
Questions still linger about the fate of firefighter union's stalled labor contract negotiations and the City's leadership days after San Antonio voters approved two of three firefighter union-backed city charter amendments. The short answer is that nothing changes immediately. City Council first will approve a canvass of the votes on Nov.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 4:01:20 PM - SOURCE: The Rivard Report
Memorial plaque unveiled for fallen Silsbee firefighter Jay Hinkie
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 16:42:24 -0800
A memorial plaque was unveiled Thursday honoring a fallen hero. The 100 Club of Southeast Texas presented the plaque which will hang inside Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department. Assistant Fire Chief Jay Hinkie was working a rollover accident when he was hit by a car. The incident happened in August of 2017.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 4:42:24 PM - SOURCE: KBMT-TV ABC 12
Port O’Connor firefighter cleared
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 01:46:07 -0800
A Port O’Connor volunteer firefighter is glad to get his reputation back. “My mother always taught me the truth would set me free,” Troy Beaudry, 48, said Thursday in a phone interview. About two months after Calhoun County sheriff’s officials charged Beaudry in August with impersonating a public servant, which is a third-degree felony, an October grand jury decided against pursuing prosecution, clearing the firefighter of any charges.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 1:46:07 AM - SOURCE: Victoria Advocate
Liberty firefighter arrested for alleged child sexual abuse
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:56:39 -0800
Volunteer assistant fire chief is accused of sexually abusing a child. The Liberty County Sheriff's Office arrested 35-year-old James Russell Clymer Jr. at a friend's home on Monday.Sheriff's Capt. Ken DeFoor said Clymer is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child. "It’s the past several years that we know of so far, but the investigation is still continuing," said DeFoor.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 2:56:39 PM - SOURCE: Laredo Morning Times
Mobile fire experience comes to Waco
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:26:48 -0800
The Ohio-based LION company travels across the region to bring its equipment and gear to local firefighters. With the new LION Mobile Fire Experience, firefighters can test what the company has to offer in real-life situations. A room inside the trailer can simulate a structure fire. There are panels that light up, crackling sounds and smoke that fills up the room.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 3:26:48 PM - SOURCE: KXXV-TV ABC 25 Waco
4 children dead after house fire near Wolfforth
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 08:57:59 -0800
Emergency officials at the scene of a Wednesday night fire report that four children died after a house fire around 10:51 p.m. near 14000 block of County Road 1430. Officials with the Woodrow Volunteer Fire Department report the children who died were between the ages of 1-and-7-years-old. Wolfforth, Carlisle and Woodrow volunteer fire departments responded to the scene, alongside deputies with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 8:57:59 AM - SOURCE: KWES-TV NewsWest 9
Houston firefighters, mayor disagree on path forward after voters approve pay parity
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
One day after Houston voters approved a sweeping pay raise for the city’s firefighters, union officials called for an end to “divisive politics” and a return to collective bargaining, even as Mayor Sylvester Turner said the ballot initiative’s passage would force him to downsize the Houston Fire Department, cause response times to rise and endanger public safety.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Advocates Fighting to Extend Worker's Comp Protections for Retired Firefighters Diagnosed with Cancer
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 22:33:56 -0800
They risk their lives to protect our communities and now some are fighting for help to save their own lives. Firefighter associations say there are mountains of research linking their job to a broad range of cancers. But many workers comp providers only cover a small portion of that list. The problem is even worse for retirees.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 10:33:56 PM - SOURCE: KXAS-TV NBC 5 Dallas - Fort Worth
Central Texas fire departments join forces to investigate arson cases
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 05:33:57 -0800
There may soon be a new Task Force in Central Texas dedicated to stopping arsonists. The Temple Fire Department is partnering with the local fire marshals and fire departments throughout Bell County in hopes of creating a new Anti-Arson Task Force. The department said that compared to national numbers, Bell County has a large percentage of fires that were set intentionally.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 5:33:57 AM - SOURCE: KXXV-TV ABC 25 Waco
Austin Fire Department asks city to send firefighters to more out-of-state wildfires
Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800
The Austin Fire Department is asking city leaders to let its crews help more with out-of-state wildfires. On Monday, AFD representatives briefed Austin's public safety commissioners on their experience fighting the Carr fire in California in August. "We called it the grind," said AFD battalion chief Randy Denzer.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: kxan
Worker rescued after getting trapped in trench collapse beneath Houston apartment building
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 15:50:26 -0800
A worker who was trapped for a couple hours inside a trench after it collapsed under an apartment building in southwest Houston has been rescued. He gave a thumbs up as he was transported to an ambulance at the Jadestone Apartments on Cook Road. The Houston Fire Department says the man, who is in his early 30s, was doing work about 12 feet below the ground's surface.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 3:50:26 PM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
Houston voters pass Proposition B on equal firefighter pay
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 20:11:51 -0800
The fight over Proposition B, which passed Tuesday night, concerns pay for Houston firefighters. It boils down to firefighters seeking pay that matches police officers of equal ranks. The fight is a long time in the making, including a huge effort to get it on the ballot in the first place. But it's something Mayor Turner says the city just can't afford.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 8:11:51 PM - SOURCE: KTRK-TV ABC 13 Houston
San Antonians approve Proposition B and C, reject A
Wed, 07 Nov 2018 05:16:27 -0800
Voters in the Alamo City decided whether the way the city does business should change through three propositions on the ballot from the firefighters’ union. Two of the three measures passed on Tuesday night. Proposition A would have changed the rules for what kind of initiatives can be brought to voters, lower the number of signatures needed on petitions and give petition drives more time to gather signatures.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 5:16:27 AM - SOURCE: KENS5.com San Antonio
Amarillo Fire Department: Fitness test successfully prepares firefighters
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 09:55:34 -0800
It’s year two for the Amarillo Fire Department’s Concept 2 Row Test, so when they put their gear on, they’re fit to fight fires in the safest way possible. “The first year that AFD implemented the Concept 2 Row Test to check our physical fitness and our readiness for firefighting, we were the first fire department in the United States to implement this test,” said Captain Kyle Joy with the Amarillo Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 9:55:34 AM - SOURCE: KFDA-TV Newschannel 10
Elderly man escapes San Antonio apartment fire, structure deemed total loss
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 13:51:06 -0800
The San Antonio police and fire departments were called out to an apartment fire early Tuesday morning in the 600 block of North San Eduardo. By the time firefighters arrived at approximately 12:14 a.m., the apartment was fully engulfed. An elderly man who lives in the apartment was able to get out safely, according to police.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 1:51:06 PM - SOURCE: KSAT-TV ABC 12 San Antonio
New fire chief named for Sugar Land
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 08:48:11 -0800
Sugar Land officials have tapped a 25-year veteran of the fire department to be the agency's new chief when the current one retires in January. Battalion Chief Doug Boeker was promoted to the chief's position by Assistant City Manager Doug Brinkley, according to a news release issued by the city. He will take over for Fire Chief Juan Adame, who will retire in January 2019.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 8:48:11 AM - SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Austin firefighters have high hopes for new fire chief
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 11:50:12 -0800
Austin's newest Fire Chief Joel Baker formerly of Atlanta Fire, has the full support of the Austin Fire Fighters Association. Association President, Bob Nicks said this could bring the leadership changes his members have been hoping for. "I am very encouraged with what I've learned about him so far," he continued, "I think he's going to articulate a clear image and make the right moves to fix some of our morale issues.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2018 11:50:12 AM - SOURCE: KLBJ-AM News Radio 590 Austin
Two hospitalized after Washington County fire
Tue, 06 Nov 2018 07:31:11 -0800
One person and a firefighter were hospitalized after a house fire in Washington County early Sunday morning. According to reports, the Rocky Creek Volunteer fire department responded around 5:30 am Sunday. A two-story house and numerous cars were on fire. Two residents were found outside the structure with one suffering from burns.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 7:31:11 AM - SOURCE: KBTX-TV Channel 3 Bryan
Firefighters Association President: Texarkana firefighters seek successful negotiations with city
Mon, 05 Nov 2018 20:46:21 -0800
Two years ago, Texarkana voters approved collective bargaining for firefighters. Our promise, then and now, was to continue delivering excellent service, be good stewards of city resources and give back to the community. Our election win gave us a seat at the table with city management. Our hope was to help the city ensure competitive firefighter wages, benefits and the safest possible working conditions.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2018 8:46:21 PM - SOURCE: Texarkana Gazette

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