Issue 14
May 2019
Firefighters Issued Ballistic Vests
by: PIO Sheldra Brigham

HFD recently held training for new ballistic vests for firefighters. Company trainers gave an  overview of the ballistic protection specs, care & maintenance, and sizing. HFD detailed policy on when the ballistic protection shall be worn, storage on apparatus, and a deployment plan.  Houston officials authorized more than a million to purchase ballistic vests for firefighters adding Houston to a  growing number of cities buying the vests to better protect firefighters encountering active-shooter or other deadly situations.

Chief Davis Awarded Firefighter of the Year by American Legion 

District Chief Maurice White was honored as Firefighter of the Year by American Legion Post 77. This was the first time this type of event was held by this group but they hope to continue the effort next year. 

Safety Event with George Springer, HFD, and The Hartford

George Springer, right fielder for the Houston Astros, joined The Hartford and the Houston Fire Department at Law Elementary School for a hands-on fire safety day for children in kindergarten through second grade. This included a simulated fire and smoke demonstration in The Hartford’s Fire Safety House, an opportunity to meet Houston firefighters and tour a fire truck. The Houston Astros and George Springer are partnering with The Hartford to raise awareness about the importance of fire safety. According to The Hartford Home Fire Index, Houston ranks No. 45 among the 100 U.S. cities with the highest home fire risk. To help educate children in Houston about the importance of fire safety and prevention, The Hartford will bring its Junior Fire Marshal program to the city. In addition, The Hartford donated $20,000 to the Houston Independent School District and the Houston Fire Department for fire safety education, as part of the Junior Fire Marshal program, one of the country’s oldest corporate-sponsored public education programs.

HFD Shares Defibrillators with Parks and Recreation Department

The Department of Parks and Recreation now has 10 new defibrillators on hand to assist citizens. HFD donated the devices that were acquired when Houston started its “PAD” or Public Access Defibrillator program.  HFD will provide maintenance for the lifesaving devices.  

More New Ambulances on the Way

Houston fire stations are set to receive 5 new Frazer built ambulances in the next few weeks.  Mayor Turner approved $900,000 in additional funds to purchase the ambulances.  They will likely be assigned to A12, M03, M24, M40, and M049. HFD has added 32 EMS units since July 2018.  

HFD Open House at Station 82

The Houston Fire Department “Open House” Public Safety Awareness Campaign will kicked off in the month of April at Station 82 to promote Fire Prevention and Safety.  The event will also served as chance for community members to meet Firefighters and learn how to best protect their family from fire.  The goal is to remind the public about common causes of home fires — such as cooking, heating units, and smoking — and the importance of having working smoke detectors (and checking them frequently), and having a fire safety escape plan in place. There are two safety themes for 2019 open houses...”Know the Way Out” and “Cook with Caution.” Open house activities, which may vary by fire station, include: an interactive tour through the fire safety house to learn how to prepare and evacuate during an emergency; demonstrations by firefighters; fire station tours; photo ops with Sparky the Fire Dog; and free hot dogs and chips. 

Enos Cabel Takes Part in Astros Adopt-a-Station at 42's

Enos Cabel played for the Astros from 1975-80 and 1984-85. He is in the top 10 in franchise history in several categories. In 1978, he was named the team’s MVP after setting club records in at-bats (660) and games (162) and tallying a then-record 195 hits, which ranked third in the National League. He visited Station 42 as part of the Astros and Gardner Denver Adopt-a-Station Program. 

Fill the Boot in Full Swing
HFD Hazmat Gearing Up for Golf Tournament
Cadets Sworn In

66 cadets were sworn in as Houston Firefighters.  We congratulate them and thank their families for their support.  Many will be on the job at their stations as early at Saturday. 

Community Event Recognizes Firefighters
Hero Award Winners

Congratulations to 5 Houston firefighters honored by the 100 Club at the 65th annual Heroes Award for their role in rescuing a citizen trapped inside a burning home: FF Patrick Cornwall, EO Erick Hahn, FF Reuben Johnson, FF James Knipstein, and FF Edward Williams.

Firefighters Take Part in Free Car Seat Check
by: Chief Steve Dunbar

On Apr 25th, HFD coordinated a car seat safety check event with our friends at TCH, HPD, HCSO, and the Greenhouse Int'l Church in Greenspoint.  We ended up checking 88 car seats total while distributing 68 new car seats to needy families. To put those numbers in perspective, that is the second most TCH has done in the past few years at an event. Their goal is usually a minimum of 40 car seats checked at events and we more than doubled that! Thanks Stations 21, 64 and 84 for your help. 

D2K Learning Lab Showcase

During spring 2019, Houston Fire Department partnered with the Rice University’s Data-to-Knowledge (D2K) Learning Lab, which works on long-term projects to solve complex, real-world problems with the power of data science. The team assigned to Houston Fire Department analyzed the usage, availability, and response times of each apparatus in the fleet. The team’s presentation on “Formulating Optimal Vehicle Location Policies for the Houston Fire Department” won first place during the D2K Learning Lab Showcase. The research team included Shannon Chen, Erin Kreus, Jesse Pan, Ashwin Varma, and Lynn Zhu. Sponsor mentors consisted of Executive Assistant Chief Rodney West, Assistant Chief Ruy Lozano, and Management Analyst Leonard Chan

HIPAA Update

HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT

enacted 1996.

Mission Statement

This monthly newsletter is to keep H.F.D. personnel informed of HIPAA news and regulations throughout the year in concomitance with the yearly Moodle class.

MESSAGE

FireFighters being on location of an incident who have cameras on their helmets or gear must be conscientious not to make public any video footage where a patient can be identified concerning their medical emergency.  This means not to put it on “You Tube” or any “Social Networking Website.”  Once again, it could be the patient’s address, pictures of the patient, license plate numbers of the patient’s vehicle, and etc.. Also, this includes FireFighters on location using their cell phones, dash cameras on the emergency vehicles, vest cams, and any other device that records the scene.  This recorded material made public would be a violation of HIPAA.  Be Safe.  

HFD HIPAA Compliance Officer:

Kenneth W. Payne

Chief Communications

Office #832-394-6865

Cell #713-299-2872

April Statistics
by: Alicia Breaux

In April 2019, HFD responded to 28,276 incidents (24,504 EMS service calls & 3,772 fire service calls)

 

Top Responding Units in April

 

Ambulance 7 - 471 responses

Ambulance Supervisor 30 - 258 responses

District Chief 68 - 71 responses

Engine 28 - 432 responses

Hazmat 2 - 58 responses

Heavy Rescue 11 - 55 responses

Ladder 7 - 174 responses

Medic 8 - 367 responses

Medical Service Unit 92 - 212 responses

Rescue 42 - 41 responses

Safety Officer 30 - 155 responses

Squad 46 - 434 responses

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