Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Drawing for University of Texas/Wyoming Game Tickets

In honor of September 11th the University of Texas has provided Austin Fire Department with 100 tickets for first responders. This is the game between UT and Wyoming at 6:00 pm. Chief Kerr will be an honorary team captain and will be on the field for the coin toss; the Austin Fire Department Challenge coin will be used for the coin toss. Other first responders and guests from law enforcement and EMS will be attending as well. All first responders will be sitting together in the north east section of the stadium.

At halftime, the first responders and their guests will be ushered onto the field to stand in the receiving line as the UT football team enters the field for the second half. Uniforms are not necessary and probably won't be worn by any other agency. In fact you’re encouraged to wear the AFD 9-11 T-shirt, your Texas Hook ‘em Horns shirt, or the orange UT shirts available from Local 975.

We will conduct a drawing for the tickets on Friday, September 3. To be eligible, you must be an AFD first responder, you must be off duty, and you must be available to attend. Please do not sign up for the drawing unless you are certain you’ll be able to go. If your name is drawn, you will receive a ticket for you and one guest. To enter the drawing, send an email to mandy.ray@ci.austin.tx.us no later than midnight Thursday, September 2. Be sure to include how you’d like to be contacted if you are selected.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

FY2008-2009 Statistics

Just posted on our web site: stats for the FY08-09 year. We promise to be more timely for the FY09-10 year, which closes September 30! Until then, here's a link to the FY08-09 stat sheet:


Monday, August 23, 2010

AFD Firefighters Featured in IAFF Magazine

In this month’s issue of Fire Fighter magazine that is sent out by the IAFF (the cover has a photo of a firefighter holding a rackline, facing away from the camera) you can find our very own FF Coitt Kessler (Q18/C) on the inside of the front cover. It’s a photo of someone doffing their airpack while going through to Fireground Survival Course (a course that Coitt helped develop, by the way!) while Coitt oversees his progress. Later in the magazine, there is a quick blurb about the program that Coitt and Lt. Kevin Kalmus (E16/C) have been working so hard on for several years. They even mention Austin, Texas as one of the locations where the program has been tested.

Check it out for yourself here: http://www.iaff.org/mag/2010/4.Jul-Aug/index.html (Page 2 and Page 54)

Pretty cool stuff! These guys have spent a significant part of their personal time working on a project that will eventually be taught to thousands of US and international firefighters. We're sure proud of them! (Special thanks to FF Lyzz Donelson at Ed Services for bringing this to our attention!)

Friday, August 20, 2010

FF James Glass Headstone Dedication

From this week's memorial dedication and honor ceremony. Special thanks to Lt. Pete Constantine (E12/C) who shot some of these pictures. Kudos to the Austin Fire Museum and AFD Historical Society for putting together such a moving tribute, especially FS Jerry Cohen (E30/A) and Lt. Josh Miller (E40/C).

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Praise for Engine 1, A Shift

On August 5, 2010 the crew of Engine 1 (A Shift)--Lt. Scott Bartell, Fire Specialist Joe Issacs, Firefighter Roger Davis, and Firefighter Greg Reddish--responded to an alarm activation at the Sabine Condos located at 507 Sabine. Mr. Scott Dixon Smith, an owner and resident, interacted with Lt. Bartell and spoke with high praise about Lt. Bartell’s professional demeanor, and the level of care and effort his crew demonstrated during this event. Mr. Smith went on to say that the Austin Fire Department provided prompt, efficient, and knowledgeable service. Additionally, Lt Bartell and his crew ensured that any and all concerns the residents had were addressed in a professional and caring manner. Kudos to the crew of Engine 1A and Lt. Bartell for their excellent service to the citizens of Austin!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Obama Visit

As we all know, President Obama was in Austin yesterday; Air Force One arrived and departed safely under the watchful eye of AFD's ARFF section. Battalion Chief Tom Thies, who oversees our operations at ABIA, was lucky enough to receive a challenge coin from U.S. Secret Service Agent Mindy O’Donnell.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Kudos for Engine 36, B Shift

"To the crew of Engine 36:

"I was on duty at SAH ED when {the patient} was brought in after a witnessed V. fib arrest (Tues AM). I just wanted to let you know that he is now off of the ventilator and has no neurologic deficit. The family went to great pains to express their thanks to 'the fireman and the paramedics' who worked the case. They have sent muliple emails to family and friends, many of which are community leaders, stating the same. I also wanted to compliment you on the wonderful effort and great save. Thanks for the continued great care supplied to our community."

Mark Ackrell, M.D.
Assoc. Director O.M.D.
Medical Director South Austin ED

Friday, August 6, 2010

Run With the Heroes: September 12, 2010

Firefighter James Glass, who died in the line of duty in 1917 and has since been posthumously honored with the department's Medal of Honor and the renaming of Engine 50 to Engine 13, will again be recognized as part of this year's Run With the Heroes. The race will take place on Sunday, September 12 and you can find all of the information, including registration, here: https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B2Z8jcI6iHM-MmZhN2M5MTgtMzNmOS00NmM1LWEyZWItMDczMTc1MzUwMjBj&hl=en&authkey=CIn35pMF

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Proposed Designs for the City's New Website

Anyone interested can review and comment on three design proposals for the City of Austin's new website through August 31 at http://speakupaustin.org/austingo. The online forum presents three potential design concepts for a new city homepage. Visitors to the site can review the proposed designs and share their thoughts on them using the discussion forums and survey. Placards showcasing the design proposals will also be available for review and comment in the City Hall atrium during every City Council meeting this month (today, August 19, and August 26).

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

On Newsstands Now: Austin Monthly Featuring John Marney

Many of you may remember a few years back when AFD Firefighter Reggie Tait was featured as one of the city's most eligible bachelors in the pages of Austin Monthly magazine. Fast forward to today--the latest annnual bachelors issue is on newsstands now and has featured among its selections our very own Firefighter John Marney! Check out the photo below, used in John's profile.