Thursday, April 29, 2010

UT Softball: Military/First Responder Appreciation Games

The Texas Athletics Department would like to invite all Police, Fire, EMS, and Military personnel--along with your guests--to our annual Military/First Responder Appreciation games at Red and Charline McCombs Field located at 2001 Comal St., (east of IH35). Discount is available to you and your guests. These games will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPNU.
  • #14 Texas vs. #10 Georgia:  Sunday, May 9 at noon (order deadline: Friday, May 7 at noon)
  • #14 Texas vs. #10 Georgia: Monday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. (order deadline: Monday, May 10 at noon)
Tickets are $3 for all Military and First Responder personnel. To order, please call 512-232-3865. Advance purchase only, discount not available for purchase at the game. Discount is for general admission seats. For questions, please email: All tickets subject to availability. Game time is subject to change. Check for the latest updates.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 28, Baskin-Robbins stores across the country will hold their annual 31 Cent Scoop Night from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. to show their commitment to the firefighting community. The Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation will make a $100,000 donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to honor Amercia’s firefighters who have died in the line of duty, and Baskin-Robbins shops will reduce the price of small scoops to 31 cents.

AFD Firefighters will be on hand at the following stores this evening to scoop ice cream and help out this great cause (thanks to those who volunteered!), so stop by between 5-10 p.m. tonight and scream for some ice cream!
Austin Baskin Robbins Stores:
  • 730 W. Stassney Lane, Suite 155, 78745
  • 9911 Brodie Lane, Suite 850, 78748
  • 12407 N. Mo Pac Expressway, Suite 115, 78758
  • 9900 W. Parmer Lane, 78717

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

April 23 Trench Training

On April 23, Engine 20, Rescue 20, Engine 28, Rescue 28, and Battalion 6 held a trench training class at the old water treatment plant below Montopolis (Govalle) that has shut down. The trench rescue specialist station will be #20 and Station 28 will be the structural collapse specialist station; one backs up the other and both stations will respond to these types of calls.

The T-trench that was used in this training was about 6 feet deep and 3-4 feet wide. Many thanks to BC Randell Nations for the pictures below.

Fight for Air Climb: Saturday, May 15, 2010

More than a run, more than a walk, the Fight for Air Climb is a unique event and an exciting challenge for anyone. On Saturday, May 15, 2010, hundreds of people will huff and puff their way to the top of the Frost Bank Tower for a great cause. This is more than your same-old 5K. This event is a vertical race to climb 30 stories. Whether climbing for a winning time or simply to cross the finish line, in honor or in memory of someone with lung disease, this event is a great way to challenge yourself physically. We encourage you to form a team (we can have as many AFD teams as we like) and show Round Rock FD, Lake Travis FD, and Pflugerville FD (who all have teams participating) why we're the best!

For more information, click here:

Friday, April 23, 2010

Civilians Donate to Diaper Drive

In an effort to give back to our community, all Fire Civilians recently donated diapers or funds in support of the Marywood Children & Family Services Foundation. We received $119.15 in cash donations, which brought our total diaper count to...21 packages! Way to go, civilians; thanks to everyone for donating!

Jill Craig's Research Published

Congratulations to Jill Craig, our Exercise Physiologist, who had her research published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research this month. The work improved the prediction equation for aerobic capacity using the maximal and submaximal treadmill protocols. This has not only helped us in our Wellness program, but it also has been adopted by the IAFF Wellness Fitness Initiative to be used by Fire Wellness programs internationally. If you'd like to read the report, you can do so by clicking here:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

AFD Annual Bass Fishing Tournament Pics

The Austin Fire Department held their Annual Bass Fishing Tournament on Lake Travis April 13, 2010. The weather was perfect for the 10 teams that competed for the bragging rights to win first place or catch a big largemouth bass. The teams were made up of firefighters, retirees, and police officers. The bass were in pre-spawn and post-spawn patterns, and were tougher to catch this year than in previous years. The 1st place winners were Marcus Faske and Ken Krueger (subbing for Carrie Stewart whose daughter broke her arm the night before the tourney) with a winning weight of 8.6 lbs. The 2nd place team was Mike Colosky and his son with a total weight of 5.7 lbs. The 3rd place team was a team of retired firefighters, Sandy Castillo and “Can Opener” Robertson. Richard Myers and Steve Nardecia won 4th place, and the 5th place winners were Mario Gonzales and Mr. Gibson. The big bass for the tournament was 2.6 lbs and was caught on a Texas Rigged Worm in Pumpkin color in 10 feet of water by Marcus Faske. Everyone had a great time on the water and everyone agreed to having another tournament in October. Make plans to attend this fall tournament and hope to see you out on the water. We would like to thank Local 975 for donating $100 towards the prize money that was awarded.

The group!

1st place winners – Faske/Krueger
2nd place winners – Colosky/Colosky

3rd place winners – Castillo/Robertson

Richard Meyers “Big Bass” (NOT!)

Ride to Recovery Photos

Here are some pictures from this years Ride to Recovery flag display. Thanks to Darrell Laurence for lending the super large flag and FF Jeff White for welding the bracket to display it from. Thanks also to Lt. Gary Scott, FS Mitch Wehmeyer, and FF Jeff White for rigging the flag from Ladder 3. The riders were very impressed to see this much larger flag displayed as they rode through this year. (And thanks to Captain David Brietzke (L03/B) for the photos!)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Texas Round Up: This Saturday, April 24

Testing is over—now’s your chance to be a part of our “Do Your Part—Zero Fire Deaths” initiative! You say you missed the Cap10K kick off? Not to worry! The Governor’s race, the Texas Round Up, will be this Saturday, April 24 in downtown Austin. And if you’re running or walking in the race, you can get in on the ground floor of this program!

As with the Cap10K, we’re looking for you, your friends, and your families to wear our special red T-shirts, helping promote the message about what citizens can do to protect themselves from a fatal fire.

So, if you’re already registered, just bring a copy of your registration receipt to HQ anytime between now and Friday and get your race-day T-shirt. Please see Michelle DeCrane or Mandy Ray, and we’ll hook you up!

Want to register but haven’t done so yet? Just click here for all the information on how you can do so: Once registered, same deal applies so get signed up today!

Thanks for helping us spread the word!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Fill the Boot Kick Off

Chief Kerr was out this morning with the crews from Station 1 to collect money for MDA's Fill the Boot, which starts today and runs through Friday. She even managed to get the Sherrif's Department to cough up some cash. Remember, give early and often--we're trying to raise $175,000 this year!

Cap10K Photos

We had a great time this past Sunday kicking off our "Do Your Part--Zero Fire Deaths" initiative at the Cap10K. If you missed participating, you're in luck--the Governor's Texas Round Up race will be Saturday, April 24 and we have shirts left over that you can wear in that race if you sign up. Look for more info this week about how to get yours but for now, check out the photos below!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ethics Survey Deadline Extended!

We got a call from the City’s Integrity Office on Friday. Currently AFD's response rate ranks 30th out of 31 departments. As of Friday, only 299 folks had responded out of 1052 (28.4 percent of the department). In order to give everyone a chance to respond and (hopefully) raise our response rate, the deadline has been extended to this Friday, April 16. Info about the survey is noted below. Please take a few minutes to complete it before the deadline.

Please take a few minutes to complete the City's first ethics survey by clicking on the link below. While the survey will take about 10 minutes of your time, it will give us valuable information in understanding the ethical climate of our organization.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Cap10K Race Information

Are you participating in the Cap10K on Sunday and wearing one of our snazzy new T-shirts to help promote our "Do Your Part-Zero Fire Deaths" initiative? If so, then please meet us at the City Hall Plaza (the side facing the river) at 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning and we'll walk to the starting line together.

See you there!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Zero Fire Deaths Initiative Kicks Off This Sunday!

I know many of you out there are studying for this week’s promotional exams (GOOD LUCK, by the way!), but I wanted to remind everyone that our “zero fire deaths initiative” kicks off at the Capital 10K this Sunday. We’re looking for 150 firefighters, their friends, and their families to wear our special T-shirts, helping promote the message about what citizens can do to protect themselves from a fatal fire.

After all that studying, this would be a great stress reliever and a chance to enjoy some fresh air on a beautiful Sunday morning! And if you can’t make it, you can certainly recruit your friends and family to join us.

For more information, read the Message from the Chief here:

Or, just call me (974-0151) or e-mail me ( Hope to see you there!