Monday, April 30, 2012

A Plethora of Updates!

We've been so busy lately that we haven't had time to update this blog, so instead of making multiple posts, here's a few things we've been collecting for you to peruse. Enjoy!

Austin Fire Department Does Shattered Dreams: Check out some of the coverage of AFD's participation in a "Shattered Dreams" event a couple of weeks ago at Anderson High School. This program graphically illustrates, through a real-world accident re-enactment, of the dangers of drinking and driving. Special thanks to the C shifters on Engine 21, Ladder 31, and Rescue 28 who represented AFD so well in the exercise!

Kitchen Fire Safety Demonstration: At the Boy Scouts of America Local Heroes Funday, held at the Public Safety Training Campus on Saturday, April 14, Lt J.B.Valentine and FF Gabe Thompson (both with Education Services) joined forces to instruct attendees on the hazard of attempting to apply water to a grease fire. If you have ever been one to forget that you were frying something on the stove and returned to find your food in flames, please follow this path and watch the worst possible outcome that could occur if you forget and try to use water to extinguish a grease fire. Check out the video here:

Austin Fire Explorers Off to a Great Start: Our very own AFD Explorers also hit the ground running at the Boy Scouts Funday on April 14. They were a huge asset to the event where they taught the Fire Safety Merit Badge. They also assisted with the Fire Safety House and Static Engine display. They worked hard to represent the Fire Department by even staying after the event to clean up. They are excited about the program and look forward to more opportunities to serve the Austin community and AFD. Learn more about the event here: And check out the group photo!