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.