Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy 2012!!

Happy New Year!! We hope it's gotten off to a great start for you. We've got several miscellenaous things to kick off 2012, so let's get going!
  • The Austin Fire Department was recently notified that it was one of several City of Austin departments that recently earned recognition from the Southern Region of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Austin’s Flood Safety Awareness Campaign 2010 won an Award of Merit in Community Relations/Communications Management. Flood Awareness Week is a joint effort of the City of Austin, the National Weather Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Austin American-Statesman’s Inside Line, and the Texas Floodplain Management Association. Several City of Austin departments participate in this effort including the Austin Fire Department, the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services, the Corporate Public Information Office, and the Watershed Protection Department. The awards highlight the outstanding work of communicators in 16 southern states and several Caribbean countries. Entries were judged by communications peers from across the United States.
  • A wonderful kudos note to our folks at Station 44/B shift:
    • "Our family wants to sincerely Thank the Austin Fire Department #44 for an immediate response to our family during our medical crisis. Our son has had a stroke, epilepsy and sever seizures. Usually we can control them with medicine and a VNS implant. Our son had surgery on Dec. 2 and his seizures became uncontrollable on Dec. 3. He was in and out of consciousness. The fire department was very understanding and showed us sincere compassion till the ambulance got here. I wish I had the names of the fireman that came out, but during our time I did not get that information but They know who they are. God bless you for choosing your profession and being there for us when we needed you. Thank you from our family: Bob, Barbara, Tobey and Alysia Abbott"
  • The West Point Society sponsored a clean up of Mount Bonnell. Several members of AFD participated, rappelling down the cliffs facing Lake Austin to pick up litter. Those individiuals included Lt. Randy Elmore (E01/A Shift), Capt. Scott Bartell (Spec Ops), FS Matt Avery (E01/A Shift), FF Roger Davis (E01/A Shift) and FF Tye Baker (Q01/A Shift). You can read the story in the West Austin News here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B2Z8jcI6iHM-NjIxMTg0YjQtMTAxNy00YzZhLTg4Y2UtZjYxYWEzZTQ1YmMw

Photo credit: Rodolfo Gonzalez, Austin American-Statesman
Photo credit: Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman