Thursday, March 29, 2012

Billboard Art

On Friday, March 23, Ladder 36/C shift gave10th grade Bowie High School art student Julia Lund a "lift" on south Lamar to sign her artwork, which will appear on 10 billboards throughout the city to promote April as AISD's Youth Art Month. We received several phone calls thanking AFD for participating in the event, so thanks to the crew for demonstrating how our mission goes beyond our name!

Photo credit: Adam Owen, Reagan Outdoor Advertising

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Carnegie Hero Fund Commission

AFD recently learned that Robin DeHaven, the gentleman who helped evacuate several IRS workers from the Echelon building incident, has been chosen one of 21 individuals from across the country to receive the Carenegie Medal. It is given by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. You can read the heroic deeds of all 21 of this year's honorees at

Special thanks to BC David Brietkze and the Community Outreach section for helping facilitate this information.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Flood Awareness Week Demonstration & Media Coverage

This past Saturday, members of Fire Station 1 (A Shift) participated in a swift water rescue demonstration as part of Flood Awareness Week. Pictured left to right (below): FF Joe Richardson, FF Chris Layton, FF Jeff Heaton, FF Greg Reddish, and FF Ty Baker. Great job, guys!

Photo by Ed Zavala, KXAN

And here's a list of all the coverage the event got. Special thanks to BC Palmer Buck for his great work on these!

Turn Around Don't Drown Was the Message

First responders lead demonstrations on flood rescues

Swift water rescue demonstration: Event promotes flood water safety

KXAN Blog: Flood Safety Awareness Week

KXAN Blog: Flood safety poster contest

Rescue Teams Demonstrate Flash Flood Techniques

YNN (Covered Flood Awareness Week Each Day)
Monday: Flood Awareness: Flash Flood Alley (Not Online)

Tuesday: Flood Awareness: Respect the storm drains

Wednesday: Flood Safety Awareness: Floodplain and flood insurance

Thursday: Flood Safety Awareness: The danger of flash floods

Friday: Flood Safety Awareness: New technology helps protect against flood hazards (two videos

Kids' contest focuses on 'Turn around, Don't Drown'

Friday, March 23, 2012

Firefighters Fight Fire in Dresses

Now here’s something you don’t see every day. From Minnesota...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Austin Library READ Poster

Our very own FF Xochitl Hernandez has been chosen to be the "face" of the 2012 Austin Library's READ poster, which you'll see all over town beginning April 1. The photo shoot took place earlier this week and here's a couple of test shots we took so you can get an idea of how great this is going to look. Special thanks to the C shift crew at Station 4 who let us take over the truck bay for a while, and to Melanie Liner, who works in Support Services, and her husband, Ben (PFF, Q35/A) who were willing to have their very adorable Dalmatian, Royal, be part of the shoot!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Fire 20/20 Features FF Nadia Martinez for Women's History Month

Did you know that March is Women's History Month? Check out this great article from Fire 20/20, a non-profit organization that envisions a fire and emergency service that represents the multicultural communities it serves. Our very own FF Nadia Martinez (E25/B) is featured!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Texas Veg Fest: March 31, 2012

Fire Specialist Matt Bennison (E12/A) will be a volunteer medic at the Texas Veg Fest on Saturday, March 31. Texas VegFest is an annual event promoting and celebrating plant-based diets for a healthier, more sustainable future. The event will be held in Austin, ranked eighth of “North America’s Most Vegetarian-Friendly Cities.” The event will host a variety of different sponsors and vendors. Details below if you want to go!

Texas VegFest
Saturday, March 31, 2012
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Fiesta Gardens West End
2101 Jesse E. Segovia St.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Austin Monthly's Hottest Bachelors Hunt Underway

Austin Monthly's annual search for the city's most fascinating, accomplished, and eligible bachelors is underway! You might recall that our very own John Marney and Reggie Tait were each featured in previous issues. If you'd like to be considered, send a photo and details (name, age, occupation, etc.) to editor Nominees must be single and over the age of 25. Deadline is March 15.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Blue Santa Golf Tournament: April 3, 2012

Come out and play golf for a great cause...Operation Blue Santa! The tournament is April 3; the deadline to sign up (either individually or a team of four) is next Friday, March 16. Check out the flyer below for all the details!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Austin American-Statesman: Wildfire Preparations

This week, the Austin American-Statesman is running a series of stories on the wildfires from this past summer. Today's stories are on preparations area fire departments, including AFD, are making, as well as possible changes to the fire code. You can check out both stories by clicking on the links below. Also, pictures from both stories are shown below as well (photo credit: Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman).

Special thanks to Lt. Josh Portie, Lt. Randy Denzer, PFFs Ryan Washington and Jason Rodriguez, and Chief Engineer Carl Wren for their participation in helping make these stories so powerful.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

AFD Wins First Place in the MDA Fire Truck Pull!

On Saturday, February 18, approximately 12 teams competed in pulling a fire truck, raising money for MDA. Not surprisingly, the Austin Fire Department team won first place! Check out the great photos below (thanks to FS Mary Ann Hubbard and FF Darren Hyson for sending them along)!