Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Firefighter Roger Davis in Austin Woman Magazine

Our very own Firefighter Roger Davis is featured in the "Simply Irrestible" column of the March issue of Austin Woman magazine, available now for free around town. You can see the piece yourself by clicking on the link below for the digital edition; Roger's profile is on page 64.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Arson Investigations Open House

We held the Arson Investigations Open House last Wednesday, February 22. One of two firefighters who were stationed at the original North Austin Fire Company #6 and who saved two boys from drowning in 1915 (Henry Oertli) was posthumously honored. His 82-year-old son, Charles, was on hand to receive the award, as was Fire Specialist Brandt Oertli (E01/C), who carries on the family tradition of service with AFD. Media coverage included YNN and Univision.

You can read the history of the station in the program we handed out by clicking here:

And here's the photos if you want to check those out:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Kudos to AFD from Meals on Wheels and More

We received the e-mail below from the VP of Client Services at Meals on Wheels and More re: the recent distribution on Valentine's Day of the HSEM Emergency Kits. Thanks to all of you who took part in getting these kits out to our citizens in need!

"Dear Chief Dodds: I cannot thank you all enough for this fantastic event and the incredible effort of the AFD to distribute the emergency kits in the Austin/Travis County Community to low-income, at risk, homebound older adults and disabled individuals. It was an incredible effort and I am so very grateful. I think our good work increased community awareness of potential emergencies and provided folks with a stronger sense of security and peace of mind. I have had a small number of phone calls from our clients who are responding to our letter and reporting that they did not get a kit. I talked with one client last night who asked, in broken English, is there an emergency about to happen that I don’t know about? Another client who had M.S. and in a wheelchair called me last week and said that the delivery of the kit increased her awareness of her own vulnerability of being in a wheelchair. Meals on Wheels is also getting calls from folks who are not our clients but who saw the media reports. They are requesting kits but we have not promised kits to folks who were not contacted 1st by phone or letter from one of the partnering agencies. If we have remaining kits, we will be happy to distribute to the community as calls come in. Thank you for the updated list. We will continue to distribute to folks on Meals on Wheels who were not home for the delivery. I will share the list with our partner agencies so that they can follow-up with their own clients."

Best Wishes,
Mary Teeters
Vice President for Client Services
Meals on Wheels and More

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Congratulations Coitt Kessler!

A hearty congratulations to Firefighter Coitt Kessler (Q18/C), who was recognized last week by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 6155 as their Firefighter of the Year! It is the Post's highest honor. Coitt was honored for his community service, including serving as a founding member of the Emergency Services Pipes and Drums Association (ESPADA) and his work in the creation of the St. Baldrick's event, where firefighters shave their heads on St. Patrick's Day to raise money for children fighting cancer.

At the ceremony on Sunday, February 19, Coitt learned that he had also won the Firefighter of the Year award for the state level of the VFW (to be presented at a later date) and that he is now in the running for the national award. Way to go, Coitt!

Check out the media coverage here:

Monday, February 13, 2012

San Jacinto Night: Tickets Available Online for $40 Until February 15!

The Austin Fire Museum invites you to join us at the Hilton Austin (500 East 4th Street) for San Jacinto Night! And through February 15, you can get your tickets online for just $40!

The Marriott Courtyard and Hampton Inn are both offering discounted rooms for $159 (rooms at the Hilton Austin are sold out). Call for reservations before April 6 and reserve yours today. Be sure and metion the special rate code: San Jacinto Night.

To purchase tickets online or to learn more about the event please visit:

Friday, February 10, 2012

Kudos to Engine 21/B Shift

Please see the kudos note below that Chief Kerr received that referenced our fabulous Engine 21/B shift crew who were on scene:

"The Austin Police community has blessed my family with a support system geared to helping guide in the recovery from trauma from the sudden death of a loved one. My mother found my sister deceased a few weeks ago and the kindness bestowed on mom and I as we sat on a couch at my sister’s condo, while they checked things out, was amazing. I am sorry I do not have the name of the excellent crisis/ grief counselor but she was the most kindest of individuals. Each officer and coroner crew, fire dept, and ambulance crew were just a true tribute to the most positive aspect of the police department and our emergency Services of Austin. Thank you and know: That when you put your life on the line or help 'civilians' like us, You Are Making A Positive Impact on our lives and the community. The 6 month old pup who was in the condo with a door closed from my sisters bedroom, had been alone for a long period of time and the attending officers realized this. Watering, walking, feeding and petting a stressed Beagle was what is above and beyond the call of duty. The beagle now has a loving home with some of our friends. I put the thank you e-mail I sent out to our friends about my sister’s passing. I know that you just deal with people at the moment of the event and past history is usually unknown so I just wanted you to know about her life.

"The events of the last few weeks has been tempered with kindness, understanding and a demonstration of Christian love that is an honor to the memory of my sister, Jody. The faith she lived everyday is a legacy that we cherish and remember. Aunt Jody was an example of unconditional love to my children and their peers. We did not hesitate when asked what to put on her header there was only one choice and that was 'Aunt Jody.' My sister had no children of her own and yet she cared for my three sons and their many friends.

"We just thank you all again for the show of support, food, kind words and flowers. My sister commented to me that no one would probably attend her funeral, because she was homebound the last years of her life. The church was packed at Austin Baptist Church for the service. The honor you gave my sister Jody, by attending the service or sending cards was so impacting that I am sure She looked down from Heaven and said 'Wow.'

"I believe that the time we have here on earth is to show the love of Our Lord, and so I say 'Well done my sweet sister, well done' and I am sure she will hear it many times now on. There was only one Aunt Jody, Passionate, and a follower of Christ, and oh how we will miss her."

Thank you and God Bless,
Beverly McCreary (sister)
Jack McCreary (father)
Dot McCreary (mother)

Friday, February 3, 2012

A Handful of Stuff

  • Metro Dask Obstacle Course/Race: Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Walter E. Long Lake. To register or for more information, go to  
  • Congratulations to the members of the Austin Fire Department who participated in the 3M Half Marathon last Sunday, January 29! BC Chris Swenson, Capt. Jim Ryan, Lt. Stephen Truesdell, FS Donald McCullough, FS Dan Alvarez, and Fitness/Safety Specialist Summer Sides all took part. Capt. Ryan took first place in his age division under Public Safety. FS Alvarez and Summer both placed fourth in the Public Safety division. What a great way to show how AFD stays healthy and strong...nice job!
  • Check out the nice kudos letter Chief Kerr received regarding AFD's assistance with the Riley Road fire in Waller County:
  • Our sympathies to the family of AFD Lt. John Byrne, who retired in 1993 after 20 years of service. You can see the thank you note they sent out here: