Issue 9
December 2018
New High Water Vehicle at Station 84
PIO Sheldra Brigham

The Houston Fire Department has added an additional High-water vehicle to its fleet. The newest HWV has been assigned to Station 84. This station is located in the flood-prone Greenspoint area of Houston.  This latest addition boosts HFD’s high water fleet to 9 total.  

Hazmat Award
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HFD Hazmat received a grant from Flint Hills Resources in the amount of $10,000.00. The grant will be used purchase 4 licenses for PEAC software. PEAC software is a one stop shop program that simplifies several of the tasks that needs to be done on hazmat scenes. It includes:

  • Tech Reference with over 11,000 unique substances & 100,000 Chemical, All Chemical Protective Clothing with breakthrough times, EPA Reactivity Information, MSDS, Decontamination Data, Reference Checks, & host of other tools.

  • 8 Different Calculators, including; Plume Modeling, Vapor Cloud Explosions, Pool Fires, 

​Explosive/Fragmentation, Gamma Dose, Nuclear Model, Fallout, & our most recent addition a Radiological Dispersal Device (Dirty Bomb).

  • TII sites with all reported Facility & Contact Information, Site Plans, Threat, Hazard, & Quantity Matrixes, and Worse-Case Scenario Hazard Analysis

  • Incident Management Feature fully integrated with NIMS & ICS Forms that auto-populate common fields, chemical information, & maps.

Currently, to get all of this information a person has to be very proficient on 5-6 different web applications which takes about 8 hrs each of initial training plus monthly training. To be fully functional on PEAC software will only take about 4 hrs of training. Both hazmat units will have this capability. 

Upcoming Training Opportunity: Fire Officer Program
Assistant Chief Michael Mire
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There is an upcoming opportunity to increase knowledge of various management and leadership abilities to effectively lead and manage fire service personnel both on and off the fire ground. Registration is now open for the upcoming Texas Fire Officer Program. All members of volunteer, paid, or part-paid fire departments of cities and industries who need or wish to obtain state or national certification in accordance with NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications may register. he class is being conducted by: Texas Engineering Extension Service, a member of the Texas A&M University Syste and will be held at the Webster Fire Department June 17-28, 2019 from 8am – 5 pm. The cost is $500 for Texas Firefighters  and $1,300 for Out-of-State Firefighters. NFPA 1021 Fire Officer III/IV Course meets Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP), State Firemen’s & Fire Marshals’ Assn. (SFFMA) and ProBoard (NBFSPQ) certification requirements. 

Rural Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) Assistance Program (HB 2604)

  • Training tuition grants under this program will be provided up to a maximum of $129 per day, not to exceed $645 per trainee per school.

  • Training tuition grants are limited to a maximum of $6,250 per department per school.

  • The maximum amount of Training Tuition assistance a department may receive in a fiscal year (September through August) is $12,500.

Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS)

  • Training Tuition grants under this program will be provided up to a maximum of $129 per day, not to exceed $645 per trainee per school.

  • Training tuition grants are limited to a maximum of $6,250 per department per school.

  • The maximum amount of Training Tuition assistance a department may receive in a fiscal year (September through August) is $12,500.

For more information: Merrie Noak at 979.845.0518 or merrie.noak@teex.tamu.edu and to register go to:

www.teex.com/tfop or contact Merrie Noak at 979.845.0518 or merrie.noak@teex.tamu.edu

EMS Patient Reunion
By: Diana Rodriguez
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A thankful family visited HFD Station 75 recently to thank firefighters for their dedicated work.  In October, Mr. Gee Fung called his wife to let her know he was not feeling well and began to slur his speech.  He is a diabetic and his wife knew this was an emergency and called 9-1-1.  

Mrs. Deborah Fung, a local teacher, rushed home.  Upon her arrival, her husband was already unconscious, but being attended by HFD EMTs and paramedics.  Mr. Fung was barely breathing with a very faint pulse.  HFD members applied their AED and prepared to start CPR and defibrillate.  They assisted his breathing and performed advanced life support measures to get his heart beating properly.

 A few minutes later, he would have been in cardiac arrest. He was transported to a local hospital and recovered from his medical emergency.  The Fung family came by HFD station 75 to say “thanks” to their HFD heroes for saving their loved one and giving them the opportunity to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. 

Those involved were: Sr. 9-1-1 Telecommunicator: Jamicka LaCour, Engine 75: Capt. Kenneth Willingham; EMT Randy Ostwalt; EMT Donald Richardson; Paramedic Zachary Perez, Medic 78 Paramedics: E/O Tyler Renken; FF Oscar Pedraza, EMS Supervisor 69 – Paramedic Capt.  J. J. Riojas

Houston Fire Department Kicks off Operation Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive

On Nov. 17, the Houston Fire Department officially launched our annual Operation Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive with a kick-off event at Houston Fire Station #37. The day was filled with donations from the community, musical performances, and interviews from sponsors.   The toy giveaway day is December 20th for registered families. 

Mass Casualty Training Event Held at HFD's Training Academy
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Students from Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth, McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, UTHealth School of Public Health and UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics participated in the mass casualty incident drill at the Houston Fire Department’s Val Jahnke Training Facility. The annual mass casualty incident drill offers UTHealth students the training they need to hone their emergency first responder skills in a realistic simulation and presents them with a rare opportunity to learn with experienced faculty and staff by their side.

Shell Bike Build Provides Hundreds of Bikes to HFD's Toy Drive

Shell Oil Company recently made a major contribution to the Annual HFD Operation Stocking Stuffer. For the second year, they held a special “bike build” day to assemble the hundreds of bicycles to donate to this year’s toy drive. Shell employees will worked alongside firefighters to build bikes for Houston families in need of help this Christmas.

The Bike Build is part of Shell’s on-going partnership with the Houston Fire Department. Shell employees will built hundreds of bicycles to donate valued at more than $100,000. In addition to this substantial donation, Shell has donated $15,000 to this years’ toy drive.  On December 13th and 14th volunteers from Shell will also be helping to sort the toys for the toy give-away on December 20th.

"We appreciate the long partnership with Shell over the years and through donations from Shell we are reaching more children and families through our toy drive than ever before,” Sam Pena, Houston Fire Chief. 

The event was held at two Shell locations: Shell Woodcreek Facility, where Bruce Culpepper, President Shell Oil Company and HFD Fire Chief Samuel Pena gave remarks. The second "bike build" location was the Shell Technology Center where Assistant Chief Rodney West addressed the attendees.  Over the years Shell has provided the following:

• $100,000 to purchase a smoke trailer to teach students about fire safety

▪ $140,000 towards purchase of protective hoods. The protective hood covers those exposed areas of the neck, which are not protected by the coat collar, face piece or helmet.

▪ $150,000 to build 800 bikes to distribute with Operation Stocking Stuffer toy giveaway

▪ $45,000 towards Operation Stocking Stuffer that provides toys to children in our community

▪ Shell Volunteers – 2years of Bike Building. 

▪ Shell HR staff providing 200 staff and volunteers to sort and bag toys for the toy drive.  

We appreciate Shell’s continued support of the Houston Fire Department and all our programs.  

Popeyes Thanksgiving Dinner and Awards Presentation