This conference, held recently in San Antonio, offers survivors of firefighters who have died in the line of duty a variety of workshops focusing on wellness, healing, and practical concerns. The organizers were having trouble getting enough help to transport families from the airport to the conference. They called Chief Kerr at the last minute and AFD stepped up to the plate. Education Services provided three vans and six personnel to assist in moving the folks. Please see the note below from Battalion Chief Thayer Smith:
The assistance we provided to the Fallen Firefighters Foundation went very well. With our 3 vans and 6 personnel we reportedly had the largest contingent of assistance. Each group made approximately 4 runs between the airport and the hotel. They moved people and luggage. The “airport” Lieutenant would meet his group of people and then assist them and their luggage to the van driver for transport to the hotel. Between airport runs the vans also shuttled attendees to various events downtown.
"All returned safely to Austin around 10 pm last night. The guys report that the participants were astounded and much appreciative that it was Austin firefighters that did the majority of the work in San Antonio.
"Sounds like we got some great national PR for the assistance our folks provided."
Chief Kerr's response: "Thanks to AFD – I am so proud of our department and our ability to respond to a short notice request. Another example of 'Our Mission Goes Beyond Our Name'!!! Like you said, Thayer – it gave me pleasure to know that the AFD logo and patch was in San Antonio!!!"