Monday, October 31, 2011

Texas Monthly BBQ Festival

Texas Monthly held their annual BBQ Festival yesterday on the grounds of the Long Center. More than 30 restaurants from across the state had samples of their finest to share, and 3,000 attendees took advantage of it! The Austin Fire Department was a co-sponsor of the event, spreading safe outdoor cooking tips and wildfire safety messages throughout the day. Legendary Texas musicians Ray Benson and Jimmie Vaughn were also on hand, and Chief Kerr presented each of them with an AFD Challenge Coin. A great time was had by all...check out the photos below!

Chief Kerr talks fire safety tips with Texas Monthly Editor-in-Chief Jake Silverstein.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

AFD Firefighter Bruce Odems Sings the National Anthem

Our very own Firefighter Bruce Odems (Community Outreach) will be performing "The Star-Spangled Banner" this Saturday, October 22 at 8:00 a.m. to kick off the Pink Heals 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by the Pink Heals Tour (in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month). Come show your support for Bruce and the cause!

Pink Heals 5K Run/Walk
8:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
9th and Main Street, Georgetown
For more information, contact 512-930-3473 or visit

Friday, October 14, 2011

AFD Exhibition Basketball Game: October 25

The Trinity Christian Academy Varsity team would like a rematch! If you were there a couple of years ago, you might recall the very exciting game in Lexington, Texas that went into double overtime..what a great game! The boys are older, stronger, and faster now, and want to see if the Austin Fire Department's still got it!

Date: October 25, 2011
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
More information:
Questions? Contact Firefighter Darren Hyson, 913-9768.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Garner Wildnerness Rescue Competition

The Llama Mountain Team, anchored by the Austin Fire Department's Special Operations Team, took top honors at the recent Garner Wilderness Rescue Competition, hosted by Texas Rescue Competition. The Llama Mountain Rescue won both the Vertical and Advanced Competition, and captured the High Point Trophy for the fourth year in a row.

AFD Special Operations Members who participated were:
  • FS Matt "Mama Llama" McElearney
  • FS DJ Walker
  • Capt. Tommy Gillis
  • Capt. Lonnie Owen
  • FF Carrie Stewart
  • FS Jeff Deane
  • FF Chris Bowen
  • FS Heath Haddock
  • FF Les Ward
Check out the great photo below! Special thanks to Battalion Chief Palmer Buck for the info and picture.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

MetroRail Collison

On Monday, October 10, 2011, the MetroRail was involved in a Train/Pedestrian collision. After taking care of the pedestrian who suffered critical injuries, crews from Ladder 8, Rescue 28, and Engine 28 assisted 20 passengers off the train and onto buses to continue their commute. Check out the photos below! Special thanks to Battalion Chief Palmer Buck for sending these along.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

National Night Out is Tonight, October 4!

National Night Out is an annual event dedicated to building stronger community partnerships and neighborhood unity. The Austin Fire Department is again providing fire- and life-safety education. Neighborhood associations around the city will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, parades, flashlight walks, contests, and youth activities.

Our colleagues at APD are hosting a kick-off party this evening from 5-7 p.m. at Mueller. Check out the flyer here ( for more information. It's free, so come on by!