Friday, July 29, 2011

17th and Colorado Parking Garage Fire

Qunit 1 (A shift) operating at a car fire earlier this week on the 6th floor of the state parking garage located at 17th and Colorado. Crews kept the fire contained to just one vehicle! (Special thanks to BC Palmer Buck for this great shot.)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Rescue 20

Taken by Lt. Lee Williams during final inspections at Pierce in Appleton, WI. This unit replaces the last of the 1996 rescues. They've been waiting a long time for this one--it was originally scheduled for replacement back in 2006!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Power of Water

From today's Statesman. What a fantastic representation of community service by FF Anguiano!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ray Davis Pass the Torch Basketball Camp, July 26 - 28

Through this annual effort, Austin children ages 6-12 are learning basketball skills and the value of good citizenry. The annual basketball camp, now called the Ray Davis Pass the Torch Camp, is being held this year at the Virginia R. Brown Recreation Center, 7500 Blessing Ave., from Tuesday, July 26 through Thursday, July 28.  Boys and girls will have fun learning teamwork and basketball skills. It is co-sponsored by the Austin African-American Firefighters Association, AFD 's Community Outreach section, and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department's (PARD) Roving Leaders program. During the week, kids learn fundamentals of the game, fire safety, and hear guest speakers. If you'd like to get involved or have questions, please contact Merv Griffin, the program supervisor at PARD, at 974-7865.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Dinner with the Chief

Every once in a while, Chief Kerr will authorize a "Dinner with the Chief" prize to be auctioned off at a charity event. A couple of months ago, a winning bidder of one of those prizes came to collect at Station 32 and fun was had by all; many thanks to those folks on the C shift who made the guests feel so welcome. Check out the photos below, courtesy of (now) BC David Girouard.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Boots vs. Badges Blood Drive

The annual Boots vs. Badges blood drive competition between AFD and APD starts on Monday, July 10 and runs through Saturday, July 16. You can find all the details on the flyer here:

C'mon, people, roll up your sleeves and donate in honor of your favorite department! It's a friendly competition but the ultimate winner is The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

That Truck is Toast

An 18-wheeler carrying Wonder Bread caught fire last night on I35 and shut down traffic for several hours. That truck is toast! :-)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Austin Hook and Ladder Co., No. 1 - Lantern

Here is a great introduction to one of the most precious artifacts being displayed in the Austin Fire Museum. The story of how it was acquired and its journey through the years is a favorite. Special thanks to FS Jerry Cohen and Lt. Josh Miller who provided this information to help folks be more familiar with our history and possibly the most important item in the Museum's inventory.

The Lantern

by Jerry Cohen

Check out this picture of Old Central Fire Station No. 1 from 1915. Colorado Fire Company No. 2 is the pumper on the left and Hook and Ladder Fire Co. No. 1 is pictured at right.

Now, focus your attention above the front door at the bottom left corner of the fire station. You’ll see a lantern hanging from the second floor balcony and positioned above the front door.

In 2004, when the Austin Fire Department Historical Society and Museum was being organized, a gentleman in his 80′s got word of a fire museum in the works and contacted us. The man, Leo Mueller, Jr., mentioned that his father was Chief of the Austin Fire Department in 1913 when it was volunteer. Following Chief Mueller’s involvement with the Austin Fire Department, he somehow gained ownership of this Hook and Ladder 1 lantern. Many years later, Mueller, Sr., passed on the lantern to Mueller, Jr. Mueller, Jr., hung the lantern as his bedroom light fixture for well over 30 years! After learning of the opening of the Austin Fire Museum, Mr. Mueller donated the lantern for display. The Hook and Ladder 1 lantern is one of the AFD Museum’s most prized possessions and we are eternally grateful to Mr. Leo Mueller, Jr. for his donation.

There is a frosted glass on the rear with the inscription March 23, 1861. The significance of that date is unclear to the AFD Historical Society. We have found several dates of organization and charters for Hook and Ladder #1, with September 25, 1857 being the most common, but have not yet found documentation of the significance of March 23, 1861.

 Fire Chief Leo Mueller, Sr., in 1913

Fire Chief Leo Mueller, Sr., in 1913

Friday, July 1, 2011

4th of July Safety Reminders

  • If you see/hear fireworks being used in your neighborhood, please call 311, NOT 911 to report it.
  • The fire danger is extremely high. If you’re going to barbeque, please use propane and not charcoal. Remember, the use of charcoal is banned in all city parks.
  • The Travis County Commissioners Court has banned the use, sale, and/or possession of fireworks within the county through July 27 with Governor Perry’s signature. This includes any type of firework that has an ignition source, including sparklers (which would be allowed under “normal” conditions).
  • Tossing cigarette butts out of car windows, leaving cooking unattended, and parking your car on dry grass are all recipes for fire disaster.
Please help us keep you safe this holiday weekend!

And many, many thanks to all of our men and women in uniform, both past and present, who have worked so hard to give us the freedoms we enjoy today. We salute you this 4th of July!