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Due to the current and ongoing flooding situation in the Hill Country, we have deployed a boat squad of seven people, an AFD boat, and two helicopter rescue personnel as part of @txtf1 statewide response to the area. We expect they’ll be gone several days. https://t.co/JwQSYM4R29
44° and waterlogged, yet still... #atx https://t.co/xpmYDERlEI
Yo, Derek! Congratulations! Proving that firefighters never throw in the towel, we're sending a shout-out to one of our own, Firefighter Derek Kirchner (Engine 8/A shift), who showed 'em how it's done at... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
Come see us at the Living Gospel Church’s Community Health Fair (301 N. Georgetown St. in Round Rock)! You’ll find our Recruiting folks there until 2:00 p.m. today and they’d be happy to talk to you about the upcoming process, which will be held next spring. #JoinAFD2019 https://t.co/hwRxFbt4y1
Namaste, y'all! To be a “yogi”, one must have purity of heart, gentleness, patience, and radiance of character. This Yogi—our #AFDFurryFriday feature this week from @austinhumane—has all that and more! goo.gl/1N9Ywc 📸Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department https://t.co/UlsDO3vVAW
Congratulations to all of our award winners, promotees, retirees, and those marking at least a decade of service to the Austin Fire Department; it was our honor to recognize you during our Quarterly Awards... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
It's a "twice as nice" Thursday, with news from @austinhumane that not 1, but 2 #AFDFurryFriday features have been adopted! Congrats to Dino and Jewel, and their new forever families! Adorable pics at goo.gl/DerGRY. #AFDFurryFridaysuccessstory 📸Chris Wilkinson, AFD https://t.co/cJe0pZh2DD
It's a "twice as nice" Thursday, with news from our friends at the Austin Humane Society (AHS) that not one, but two of our recent #AFDFurryFriday features have been adopted! Like his namesake, Dean Martin,... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
In a NASCAR race, crews aim to make pit stops last no more than 11.5 seconds. Anything longer and their driver risks losing precious time and spots in the field. But what if a pit stop took 15 minutes and... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
Pike chapters across the country support their local fire departments. We’re honored to have been the recipient of this donation. It will be put to good use!! twitter.com/utaustinpikes/…
Learning how to fold the American flag properly is serious business. Last week, Fire Specialist Demetrius Countouriotis, who's also a member of our Honor Guard, taught 7-year-old Corbin the 13 folds and their meanings: goo.gl/qLuCLy 📸 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Dept. https://t.co/4v9QEMfxN5
As we continue our #FirePreventionMonth efforts, we look back at the #GreatChicagoFire that started 147 years ago today, the changes that event spurred re: fire codes, and the one thing that can make a positive change that we all have total control over: goo.gl/PKhPcu https://t.co/6kd4eUtjwA
In 1992, Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember our fallen firefighters. Tomorrow, 103 Fallen FFs will be honored during the 37th Memorial Service. Watch it live, from 9:30 am – noon EDT, at firehero.org.
With eyes the color of an aquamarine, our #AFDFurryFriday feature could not be more aptly named! Jewel, a mixed breed pup, is 10 months old; @austinhumane says she's smart AND pretty! And, she's part of the #100HappyHomesChallenge: goo.gl/WmgZHL 📸Chris Wilkinson, AFD https://t.co/C8ITxJ787E
Thank you, ATX! B/c of you, we raised ~$64K during #FilltheBoot2018 for @MDAAustin; that's $50K MORE than 2017! We and @AFA975 are so grateful! A big SO to Station 31; they raised $5,600 of that, the most $ of any station. And 31's A shift got $3,600 of it! 📹Chris Wilkinson, AFD https://t.co/FzsISPjsRt
Because of your generoisty, we raised almost $64,000 during this year's Fill the Boot campaign for MDA - Austin; that's $50,000 MORE than last year! You came through for MDA in a big way, and we—along with... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
We may have discovered the reason why dogs hate baths so much! The B-shift crews from Engine 25 and Rescue 28 responded to a call this afternoon about a dog who had somehow managed to get one of his paws caught... facebook.com/35684432104971…
Is it still #throwbackThursday if the throwbacks are only 1 and 2 weeks prior, respectively? No matter; let's do it anyway! We're throwing back our #AFDFurryFriday features from 9/28 and 9/21; @austinhumane says both Hoover and Lady have been adopted! 📸Chris Wilkinson, AFD https://t.co/rSpcZUa7AC
Thank you for allowing us to be there. It was our great honor and privilege to do so. twitter.com/jonlucebuilder…
After honoring retired AFD FF Bob Luce in 2017 for a rescue performed almost 60 years earlier, we honored him again yesterday when he was laid to rest. Well done, good and faithful servant. goo.gl/iaVFKv. Photo credit: Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department https://t.co/4lOaaAWYqd
During our awards ceremony in 2017, we rectified an oversight was almost six decades in the making. Retired Firefighter Bob Luce (who joined AFD in 1954) and his fellow retiree, Leo Meek (who joined us... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
Always proud to participate in @Austin_Police's National Night Out event! Look for us tonight b/t 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at gatherings across the city; with 280+ requests for our participation, we’ll make as many as we can. Share your photos and use the hashtag #NNOAustin! https://t.co/9SMBe2UQUl
We talk a lot about the fire service "family", but in the Countouriotis household, they take it literally! Last week, AFD Fire Specialist Demetrius Countouriotis, a 14-year veteran of the fire service (seven... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
Five new Fire/EMS stations in 5 years for 6 neighborhoods. That’s a lot of detail to keep up with! Luckily, we now have a website to help us—and you—do that: atxpublicsafetyprojects.com. We’re looking forward to becoming an integral part of these neighborhoods! (Site: Yes Moon, AFD) https://t.co/hW9ZYIxlGB
For #FirePreventionMonth, we're focusing on a fire cause that's 100% PREVENTABLE: those started by improperly discarded smoking materials, like the 4-alarm one from earlier this summer that displaced 30 people and did more than $1 million in damage. goo.gl/xYk7Vd 📸AFD https://t.co/DVpMfbIUVl
In support of #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth, we honor all the survivors, those who are struggling with the disease now, and those who have lost their battle, as well as all of the family and friends who have assisted them through their fight. https://t.co/iHvb6yRNPA
We’ve had many members serve as guardians on various trips w/@HonorFlightATX, but yesterday may be the first time we’ve ever been asked to lead the “march” (via bagpipes!) of veterans through the terminal at @AUStinAirport to their gate. goo.gl/zeT36e 📸Tina Lee, COA https://t.co/ENkwErXV9W
RT @JCyrier: Gave Chief Randy Denzer some TX and Come and Take It flags before he deployed in Aug to CA wildfires. Today, he returned one…
In 1948, the Hoover vacuum cleaner company slogan was: “You’ll be happier with Hoover.” 70 years later, they're still right, except the Hoover we're talking about is our #AFDFurryFriday feature this week from @austinhumane! goo.gl/cH5T5K 📸 Chris Wilkinson, AFD https://t.co/UOZQrqbi6d
Hope you can join us! #RunwiththeHeroes2018 facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
Congratulations to The ATX Team (representing the Austin Fire Department) who took FIRST PLACE in the 2018 Round Rock Firefighter Combat Challenge earlier this month! The Challenge encourages firefighter... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
If you ever get the chance to visit Disaster City at the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service - TEEX in College Station, do it! Our Fire Explorer Post 370 got the opportunity last week, when they made a... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
Always happy to take the time to teach kiddos about fire safety! :-) twitter.com/mrdahnert/stat…
Training never ends! Last week, C-shift crews from Engine 40 and Quint 40 worked on skills w/a “Res-Q-Jack". When a vehicle is unstable, it can be used to either lift or stabilize it, making the scene safe for our crews to go in and remove occupants. 📸BC Josh Portie, AFD https://t.co/im9UbnbVmK
She's once, twice...three times a lady! This lovely lass—a 2-year-old mixed breed from @austinhumane —is our #AFDFurryFriday feature this week. Everyone needs a special "lady" in their life; could this Lady be yours? goo.gl/ZfutSJ 📸Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Dept. https://t.co/WgyQi4NAMR
Always a privilege to participate in the @IAFFNewsDesk #FallenFireFighterMemorial ceremony in Colorado Springs. Last weekend, 271 fallen FFs from across the U.S. and Canada were added to the Wall of Honor. goo.gl/Y3VPHV 📸Fire Specialist Demetrius Countouriotis, AFD https://t.co/O7Kdw0qrCm
The wait is over! All of the photos and the graduation video from Cadet Class 125's ceremony last Friday are up and now available for you to download/view! #whateverittakes Class 125 Flickr Page: flic.kr/s/aHsms1Txk9 Class 125 Grad... flic.kr/s/aHsms1Txk9
Two is good...three is better! @austinhumane (AHS) just told us that June, our 8/31 #AFDFurryFriday feature, has been adopted, too! This 10-month-old mixed breed pup (and her lovie!) are off to their new forever home. #AFDFurryFridaysuccessstory 📸 Chris Wilkinson, AFD; AHS https://t.co/kWXoqTh1dl
It's an #AFDFurryFridaysuccessstory x 2! Papaya and Sheba, both @austinhumane residents and #AFDFurryFriday features (9/7 and 91/4, respectively), were adopted over the weekend! (Photo credits: Chris Wilkinson, AFD; Austin Humane Society) https://t.co/qkrm3Y0guI
Who runs the world? Girls! Today's #AFDFurryFriday feature is brought to you by 5 fabulous AFD females, along with "Queen" Sheba from @austinhumane! This all-around perfect pooch needs a kingdom of her own; could it be with you? goo.gl/7wRXYo 📸 Chris Wilkinson, AFD https://t.co/cwEFL1XZpd
No longer cadets...welcome probies! 👏🏼👏🏼 facebook.com/35684432104971…
The commencement ceremony for Cadet Class 125 is officially in session! (Photo credit: Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department)
Congratulations to the 29 members of Cadet Class 125, who will graduate today and join the ranks of more than 1,100 men and women of the Austin Fire Department! Watch via live stream from @ghbcAustin at 1 pm CST: ghbc.org/live-worship. 📸 Chris Wilkinson, AFD https://t.co/zKswYgwbZ2
The name, "Sullivan" in our department holds a long, storied history. And tomorrow, one of our cadets—Maxwel Sullivan Higdon—will continue building on that history, when he becomes the sixth member of the... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
Class 125's 29 cadets—including one who will be the 6th in his family to join AFD!—are rehearsing today for graduation tomorrow. Each group adopts a motto and designs a flag for their class; Class 125 chose, "For those who came before us, we give our all today."#neverforget https://t.co/c0QgzQ8dYe
As we come to the end of another anniversary of 9/11, we wanted to share some pictures from the day's events and say thank you to all who came out to support us as we honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Take a moment this evening to... flic.kr/s/aHsmpRDgRP
"Thank you for your service." "Thank you for the water." Meet Liam. He wants to be a firefighter when he grows up. @WaysideSchools Eden Park Academy handed out water at our Tower Climb this a.m. to those who finished what the 343 started on 9/11/01: goo.gl/pT5WTh 📸AFD https://t.co/LcQV7UBlor
This is Liam. He, along with 18 of his classmates from Wayside: Eden Park Academy were at our 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb this morning, handing out water and Gatorade to the men and women who finished the... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
The wait is over! We're kicking off our recruiting efforts for our 2019 hiring process this Wednesday, September 12 at Prairie View A&M University! If you're interested in learning more about a career—not just a job—with the Austin Fire Department,... joinafd.com
These irons, assigned to the roof position, were recovered from the World Trade Center. They returned to their rightful place with @FDNY's Tower Ladder 13...but the man who carried them in did not. Join us tomorrow as we remember 9/11: goo.gl/rhdU6o 📸 @KempterFireWire https://t.co/tlSW6xyLYh
RT @AustinFireInfo: Even Fernando got in the mix to help our FF’s this afternoon at 1124 Rutland Dr. Fire cause determined to be improperly…
Although the papaya is considered one of the world’s most exotic fruits, our #AFDFurryFriday feature this week from @austinhumane is more of a native! But just like the fruit she's named after, our Papaya is incredibly sweet: goo.gl/jb5EaN 📸 Chris Wilkinson, AFD https://t.co/Yvpdz43FvZ
In keeping with this month's theme of preparedness, we want to talk about something that won't necessarily help you get ready for a natural disaster—like the Code Red notification system we told you about... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
Fires. Floods. Hurricanes. In Texas, we get them all. So it's crucial to be prepared...but are you ready? First, sign up NOW for emergency alerts in your area via Code Red goo.gl/fQ48aP. Then, visit ready.gov. Because it's not a matter of "if", but "when". https://t.co/WDuYeMuiz2
Is this FF fighting this blaze by himself? Nope! 20+ C-shift members were at IH35/William Cannon on 8/27, where this semi-truck cab was engulfed; luckily, the driver escaped, as did commuters the next a.m. @Austin_Police re-opened it in time for commuters. 📸 BC Calvin Poole, AFD https://t.co/cJyDdfee0M
Seven years ago today. We’re thinking of all those in Texas who continue to deal with the aftermath of the #BastropFire, and of those in California who are just starting the long road to recovery from the #CarrFire. goo.gl/ziFXtH https://t.co/4YTQU679Rq
We, along with COA Transportation Dept., are hosting a public meeting on 9/17 to share strategies and get feedback on balancing pedestrian-friendly roadways w/ability of public safety vehicles to get in and out of areas quickly and safely. Join us! goo.gl/dPuZZJ https://t.co/Th6mDNIxfq
Our Interim Fire Chief Tom Dodds—along with several of our Assistant Chiefs—were out in rush hour traffic yesterday afternoon, kick-starting our efforts to raise $100,000 this year for MDA - Austin’s... facebook.com/35684432104971…
What's it like being depolyed to the largest wildfire in California for two weeks, finding yourself in a firefight 30 minutes after arriving on the scene, cutting down trees more than 6 feet in diameter,... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
It's the last day of August, but we still have time for a little June! This adorable 10-month-old mixed breed pup from @austinhumane is our #AFDFurryFriday feature this week. Want to keep a little bit of summer around all year long? goo.gl/T8TMtG 📸Chris Wilkinson, AFD https://t.co/2MXB8FxV5B
Pongo’s ready to fill his boot this weekend, but we’ve got a bunch of others that will need some help, too, as we hit the streets for the annual #FilltheBoot campaign with @MDAAustin! goo.gl/zR1j4T https://t.co/s062SbnPOs
Pongo’s ready to fill his boot this weekend, but we’ve got a bunch of others that will need some help, too, as we hit the streets for the annual #FilltheBoot campaign with MDA - Austin! We’ve got just three days... facebook.com/35684432104971…
This weekend is our annual Fill the Boot campaign with @MDAAustin so get ready! goo.gl/tnWroF https://t.co/GN85ZjwmJN
Congratulations to Assistant Chief Richard Davis, who was honored last weekend at the Edwards Ministerial Association's (EMA) 10th Annual Image Awards Scholarship Luncheon. Chief Davis was one of five... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
It’s an #AFDFurryFridaysuccessstory….times two! That’s right, it’s “two-fer Tuesday” around here, as we celebrate the adoption of Howie AND Bud from @austinhumane (AHS), our features from July 13 and August 24, respectively! goo.gl/3gvo1d 📸Chris Wilkinson, AFD; AHS https://t.co/IGOi0BiZs1
Special thanks to @EllenforAustin, who dedicated the Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park yesterday to all Austin first responders! We were honored to be there alongside our colleagues from @Austin_Police and @ATCEMS to receive proclamations from her, making it official! https://t.co/LJXs8JmL3n
While our colleagues at the Austin Police Department (APD) are just getting their drone program "off the ground", we were the first metropolitan fire... mystatesman.com/news/local/aus…
Nice work by our Engine 15/C shift crew! twitter.com/OakSpringsMed/…
One year ago today, #HurricaneHarvey--which tied Hurricane Katrina as the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting $125 billion in damage--made landfall and proceeded to ravage the Gulf Coast through... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
This Bud's for you! No, we're not talking about the 12 oz. of Bud some of you may be familiar with but rather our #AFDFurryFriday feature from @austinhumane this week, Bud the Bluetick Coonhound! Learn more at goo.gl/1p5kXE. 📸Chris Wilkinson, AFD https://t.co/FmvbryEqyV
Thanks for taking the time, Sally! This is a critically important step in doing all we can to take care of our firefighters and we appreciate the opportunity to share it. twitter.com/SallyHernandez…
Aaaaaannnnnddddd, they're back!!! Welcome home Randy Denzer, Steve Gibbon, Jim Buhrkuhl, Stacy Oakley, and Mike Scott; they arrived in Austin safe and sound last night. Thank you for representing us and Texas so well. We couldn't be prouder! Now get some rest; you've earned it! https://t.co/3hfJs8dHWu
If "duck wrangler" was a thing, this would be the man for the job! Meet Johnny Mendez, one of our equipment technicians, and his new friends, at goo.gl/aq2qDW. Photo credit: Adrian Rodriquez, Austin Fire Department https://t.co/umdvOHYphD
Our crew in California is coming home! On what would have been their 14th day of deployment, the five members of AFD will be flying home tomorrow. But before they leave, Battalion Chief Randy Denzer sent us... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
As a lone eagle sadly surveys the damage done to his home, our Battalion Chief Randy Denzer sends in a new report from the frontlines of California, where our crew is entering their 12th day of deployment: goo.gl/d3cyZh (Photo credit: Battalion Chief Randy Denzer, AFD) https://t.co/cjtzGkYL2w
An update from our Battalion Chief Randy Denzer as our crew enters their 12th day of deployment in California: "On Sunday, we patrolled some the most rugged terrain we have seen as of yet along very high... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
“You showed up when needed, successfully completed the assignment each shift, worked safely, and did above and beyond in many cases...let’s finish strong and keep safety as a high priority until everyone is... facebook.com/35684432104971…
“This morning, we stopped to say hello to the family holding the Texas flag for us every morning and night last week.” —Battalion Chief Randy Denzer #Texasproud https://t.co/ARVqRVajh7
“The streets are lined with signs and locals waving at us. This morning, we noticed the Texas flag flying at a corner. I asked the guy what part of Texas he was from. He responded, ‘we are from here, we wanted to thank Texas for coming to help us.’” —Battalion Chief Randy Denzer https://t.co/CzBmhQabQr
With apologies to Shakespeare, “A Caden by any other name would still be sweet.” This Caden—our #AFDFurryFriday feature this week from @austinhumane—doesn’t care what you call him, as long as you call him yours! Learn more at goo.gl/89dXQw. 📸 Chris Wilkinson, AFD https://t.co/Mz1JH5jv0F
We received another update from our crew in California, along with some new pictures, as they continue to work the #CarrFire. One of the worst in the state’s history, the blaze has been burning for almost... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
Rescues of all different kinds are a big part of our business here in Central Texas. With the topography, various waterways, and underground caverns and caves—not to mention all of the man-made... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
Last Wednesday, our C-shift crew from Engine 26 responded to a call about a man who had collapsed on the side of the road. Our partners at Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services (ATCEMS) took care... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
Always happy to help out our brothers and sisters at @LTfirefighters! #publicsafetyfamily twitter.com/ltfirefighters…
It's #warmfuzzyWednesday with another @austinhumane (AHS) and #AFDFurryFridaysuccessstory! This time, it's Caleb, featured back on May 25, adopted by Tara as part of AHS's foster-to-adopt program. Read all about it at goo.gl/Ycsgcb. 📸 Chris Wilkinson, AFD; AHS https://t.co/6NSY5S6R2w
As they came off the mountain earlier today after working 24 hours straight, Battalion Chief Randy Denzer sent us this update on our crews’ work on the #CarrFire in Shasta County (northern California):... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
As crews from around the globe continue to work the #MendocinoComplexfire in California, we got some pictures from one of our members, Battalion Chief Randy Denzer, who is currently serving as a Strike Team... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
In ‘07, we were the 1st public safety agency in ATX to be part of the PRIDE parade. Every year since, we’ve been honored to keep up that tradition, including last night. Thx to @AustinPride for the chance to celebrate ALL the members of our dept and those we serve! 🏳️‍🌈🚒 https://t.co/2jwBbIr1HT
Back in 2007, we were the first public safety agency in Austin to be a part of our city’s PRIDE parade. Every year since, we’ve been honored to keep up that tradition, including last night. Thanks to Austin... facebook.com/35684432104971…
CLARIFICATION: Southwest was kind enough to get Chief Bredahl on a flight at the last minute and donate the seats but to be clear, we will be reimbursing them for the cost of the ticket.
We LUV you, @SouthwestAir! They've come through for us in a BIG way and we couldn't be more grateful. Our Division Chief will be winging his way to El Paso for Fire Cadet Devon Coney's son's first day of kindergarten, courtesy of Southwest. THANK YOU!! goo.gl/UXLMRL https://t.co/wU18uOubZH
Dino, our #AFDFurryFriday feature this week from @austinhumane, is looking for his very own Rat Pack! Learn more at goo.gl/qvSfij. (Photo credit: Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department) https://t.co/GmIZO6e02X
At #FRI2018? If so, find an AFD RED Team member on the Expo floor to learn how we're using drones. Meanwhile, check out this video of "what the nerds are up to"... 🤓 described as such by one of them who created it for the conference! goo.gl/D7s2mc 📹Preston Culver, AFD
The Fire-Rescue International conference, hosted by the IAFC - International Association of Fire Chiefs, is going on now in Dallas and three of our members are there, talking about the use of robotics in... facebook.com/AustinFireDepa…
We've got some good news and some bad news...at least for one blue furry monster with googly eyes. Read more about our latest #AFDFurryFridaysuccessstory with our partners at @austinhumane at goo.gl/2uMDHu . 📸 Chris Wilkinson, AFD; Austin Humane Society https://t.co/gmWW0NTrFQ
We've got some good news and some bad news...at least for one blue furry monster with googly eyes. Read more about our latest #AFDFurryFridaysuccessstory with our partners at @austinhumane at goo.gl/2uMDHu. 📸 Chris Wilkinson, AFD; Austin Humane Society https://t.co/1QjCNzRBee
As our trucks were getting loaded up today to head to California, we got some video overhead from one of our drones. Thanks to our videographer (and pilot) Chris Wilkinson for capturing the moment and putting... drive.google.com/open?id=1t6gMj…
 
 
 
 
 
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