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#ATX, are you ready? Then #letsgetreal! Thanks to Gilbert Hernandez/Vylette Ward for the support of our new #LetsGetRealATX public awareness campaign!… #keepaustinweird #keepaustinsafe
#ATX, are you ready? Then #letsgetreal! Thanks to @WeldonHenson and @brokenspoke1964 for their support of our new #LetsGetRealATX public awareness campaign!… #keepaustinweird #keepaustinsafe
Two years ago, this sweet @austinfiredept family wasn't sure they'd ever take a family vacation together again. Cancer will do that. But tomorrow, they leave for @WaltDisneyWorld, thanks to some very special organizations: 📸 DC Tony Haden, Austin Fire
Yesterday's #FirePreventionWeek message focused on the importance of having an escape plan (and working smoking alarms!) in the event of a fire in your home. Today’s messages are actually numbers…specifically, 900 and 3.
While our Honor Guard was in Maryland last weekend for the @NFFF_News Memorial Service, the names of the 119 fallen were added to the Memorial Wall...including our brother, Cadet Devon Coney, who passed away on 6/26/18. And yes, the coins have meaning:
You may have just 2 minutes (or less) to escape your house if a fire breaks out...and that assumes your smoke alarms are working! Today's #FirePreventionWeek message: make a plan, practice it, and check your smoke alarms! (Need some? Call 512-974-0299. We install for free!)
@austinfiredept FF Roger Davis gets ready to present one of 119 flags that were given to friends and family of the fallen at yesterday's @NFFF_News Memorial Service, a somber remembrance to the start of #FirePreventionWeek: 📸 FS D. Countouriotis, AFD
RT @CapMetroATX: #ACL is finally here, and so is #NationalTacoDay🌮@CapMetroCEO Randy Clark, Chief of @Austin_Police Brian Manley, and Chief…
Today, AFD Chaplain Andrew Fox did the #BlessingoftheAnimals for our two Accelerant Detection Canines (ADCs), Rae and Smokey, in honor of St. Francis of Assisi Day, October 4. 📹 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Dept.
PRESCRIBED BURN ALERT: Starting at noon today, our @WildfireDiv will be conducting a prescribed burn at the south end of the Decker Peninsula. The area we'll be treating is ~120 acres and should take four hours to complete. #ATXgoodfire
Listen up, Sheryl; it's #FirePreventionMonth! This shed fire was caused by spontaneous combustion from oily rags and did $15K in damage. So as you’re staining ur new chichier she-shed, be sure you lay those out to dry and then store them in a metal container. #thatswonderfulnews…
Yesterday, @EspadaTX members from across ctrl TX—with several from AFD—traveled to Houston to honor @HCSOTexas Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, who was shot and killed last week during a traffic stop: #HonoringDhaliwal 📸 Capt. de la Reza, AFD; @HCSOTexas
Congrats to AC Richard Davis and our Robotics Emergency Deployment (RED) Team, nominated for the “Unlocking Human Potential” category of the inaugural Civic Futures Awards, which is recognizing teams and individuals who are making an impact on transforming the future of cntrl TX.
Glad we could help ensure the kitty had a “purr-fect” rescue from his perch!…
She may not be an official part of #NationalFirePupDay, but we’d be happy to make our #AFDMonthlyMascot for October, sweet Sadie from @austinhumane, an honorary member! 📸 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Dept.
Hello hoomans! It #NationalFirePupDay. We good bois and girl at @austinfiredept. We frens, yesh? So treats please! Wat u meen noo moor?!? (L to R: Rae, Gunny, and Smokey, from our Investigations section!) 📸 Captain Andy Reardon, Austin Fire Department
Yesterday, our Fire Chief (and proud Marine) Joel G. Baker honored his USMC brother-in-arms Travis Manion by joining the hundreds of others at Camp Mabry in central Austin to remember the fallen as part of the @ATX_TMF #911HeroesRun. 📸 Capt. Jim Ryan, AFD
RT @JennFizz: Big thanks to @austinfiredept for installing visual smoke alarms for the benefit of my hard of hearing son. The A crew from s…
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! Congrats to @BRWArchitecture on their award-winning design for the latest addition to the @austintexasgov public safety family: AFD Station 49/@ATCEMS Station 20. 📸 BRW Architects
On 4/27/15, @STAR_Flight_TC nurse Kristin McLain fell 100’ to her death while rescuing a woman in the Barton Creek Greenbelt. This week, we helped install a memorial marker so all who passed by would remember Kristin and her sacrifice to save another.
PRESCRIBED BURN ALERT: The @WildflowerCtr will conduct a prescribed burn of ~35 acres today b/t 1-5: p.m., done in cooperation with our @WildfireDiv personnel, as well as others from @AustinWater, @nature_tx, and @TCParks. #ATXGoodfire 📸 AFD
RT @CourtneyABC13: So glad to hear y’all are home safe! Winnie appreciates you!!! #abc13…
Good news! As of late last night, all those we deployed in response to TS Imelda are home. But we did get to check in on a few of them while they were gone. Check out this video by @CourtneyABC13, who was in Winnie covering the storm when a familiar truck and boat passed by...
It's always a pleasure when we get to meet those we help save under happier circumstances! That's exactly what happened this past Sunday when our A-shift crew from Engine 43, and the M31 and DC4 folks from our partners at @ATCEMS, got to visit with 88-year-old Bruno Boelstler.…
Hey, we know that guy! It's Lieutenant Matt Avery, from our Engine 6, C-shift crew, performing this helicopter hoist rescue of a stranded Texan after Imelda caused dangerous flood conditions. Way to go, Matt! 📸 @USNationalGuard
Today is Austin Museum Day in #ATX; you can visit many of them for FREE, including ours! Come check out some of our great artifacts. We're downtown at 401 E. 5th St., right next door to Fire Station #1, and are open from noon - 3:00 p.m. #ATXMuseumDay2019
What do we always say? Working smoke alarms are the cheapest life insurance money can buy. Yesterday's 3-alarm fire on Bannister Lane shows just how right this statement is; 26 people lost their homes. But no one lost their life. Call 512-974-0299 for yours. 📹 C. Wilkinson, AFD
A 3-alarm fire early this a.m. decimated an apt complex in south #ATX. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt, but the damage is still being totaled: 📸Capt. Reardon + Chris Wilkinson, AFD (Thx to the construction co., Motivado Group, for letting us share.)
Early this morning, we deployed 6 members of AFD (a Swift Water Rescue Boat Team) to Huntsville as part of @txtf1; they join 2 of our members who were deployed earlier this week. They’ll be dealing w/TS Imelda; she’s stalled out and up to 20" of additional rainfall is expected.
Kudos are in order for our B-shift crews from Engine 6 and Rescue 31, along with their partners from @ATCEMS Medic 1, for this inventive and unconventional method to get an individual's spouse down a spiral staircase for transport to the hospital:
Happy #DiezySeis to all our friends from Mexico! On this day in 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla led revolutionary forces against Spain. But did you know Mexico's flag was adopted just 51 years ago? Mexican flag history really goes back 600+ years:
As we lay our brother, FF Michael White, to rest today, we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers for our dept., his colleagues and friends, and most of all, his family. On behalf of all who knew Michael, thank you for the kind words, from the bottom of our broken hearts.
As we lay our brother, Firefighter Michael White, to rest today, we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers for our department, his colleagues and friends, and most of all, his family. Our heartfelt gratitude for all of the kind condolence messages we received from you.
Our new @AustinFC soccer stadium has barely broken ground and we've got wannabes trying to get in on the action! Take this young buck, who had to be rescued from a soccer goal yesterday by the A-shift crew from Engine 29! #GOOOOALLLLL 📸DC Palmer Buck, AFD
"Paws" well that ends well for these five fuzzy felines after the B-shift crew from Engine 28 rescued them from a storm drain yesterday: #newusefor5inchhose 📹 Division Chief Palmer Buck, Austin Fire Dept.
Welcome the newest member of the AFD family, Ladder 22! 📸 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Dept.
Eighteen years ago, the unimaginable happened; we spent today saluting those who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11. Thanks to all who joined us in remembering and honoring our fallen brethren. #neverforget 📸 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Dept.
RT @AustinFireInfo: Quint 01 prepares for ceremony at Buford Tower.
We'll give you three guesses as to what the favorite activity was when Girl Scout Troop 5454 came to visit the B-shift crew from Engine 26 last week! FF Steven Medina made sure everyone (even the parents!) got a turn at the nozzle. 📸 Lt. Kevin Rowe, Austin Fire Department
As we prepare to mark the 18th anniversary of 9/11 next week and remember those we lost, we hope you’ll join us to honor their memories. #neverforget
Yesterday marked 9 years since the most destructive wildfire in Texas history struck our state: the Bastrop County Complex Fire. As we continue w/100+ degree temps and dry fuels here, are you ready when (not if) the next wildfire starts? 📸 Tim Patterson
We begin today w/extremely heavy hearts. FF Michael White, a 12-year veteran of AFD, passed away last night at home. Our thoughts and prayers are w/his family, crew members, and all of his brothers and sisters throughout AFD. RIP, Michael; you will be missed. 📸 C. Wilkinson, AFD
We're 2 days late w/our #AFDMonthlyMascot for Sept., but our 4-legged friends deserve some time off for Labor Day; they’re working so hard to find their forever families! But we’re back…and so is Preston, our feature from @austinhumane! 📸 Wilkinson, AFD
Ahead of Dorian’s expected "dangerously" close swipe of Florida's east coast either late today or early tomorrow, we’ve deployed and/or stood up a total of six AFD members @txtf1 to assist those along the East Coast in dealing with Dorian’s aftermath.
If you’ve got a little free time this long holiday weekend, this would be a great way to spend it!…
RT @NHTSAgov: Officers and first responders put their lives at risk every time they set foot on the side of the road. Make it safer for the…
Every 5 days an Austinite is killed in a crash. We can do better, y'all. Put your phone away and watch for others on the road, especially our first responders. Zero deaths, zero excuses. That’s #VisionZeroATX. 📹 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department
Why is our Fire Marshal talking about his , "close encounter with a Pop-Tart..."? It might just be the quote of the week, but this humorous comment leads to a serious topic: off-campus fire safety.
With the 8th anniv of the 2011 TX wildfires coming, we and @TXForestService mobilized portable tanker base equipment at @AUStinAirport last week; some of the largest ✈️ made pit stops to load up w/3K - 9K+ gallons of retardant: 📸 Phillps/Rudloff, AFD
Congrats to our Honorary Fire Chiefs! We esp ❤️ this touching moment last night b/t FS Jason Bryant (Eng 8/A shift) pinning the badge on his grandfather, retired FS Charles E. Bryant, Jr., the oldest living member of our department. 📸 C. Wilkinson, AFD
Kudos from @CommerceGov to three of our members for their participation in the @usnistgov Public Safety Communications Research Program as SMEs for Public Safety UAS operations. As the first metro fire dept to receive a Certificate of Authorization from the FAA, we're honored!
It’s the 1st day of school for the majority of kids around here. Please pay extra attention to 🚌 and their passengers; watch for children who may be crossing the street to get to school or get on or off the bus. And remember, no texting and driving! Here’s to an amazing year!
Join us at @austintexasgov City Hall this Thursday at 5:00 p.m. as we name five "Honorary Fire Chiefs", trailblazers from the Austin Fire Department's history:
REMINDER: Until further notice, DO NOT swim in, or drink Lady Bird Lake water! For more information, visit:
When your Peer Support Team decides to "clown" around for a good cause, there's smiles for miles! 📸 Lieutenant Dana Dietrich, Austin Fire Department
It's the hottest month of the year, y'all. Now imagine fighting a fire in this heat wearing 100+ lbs of gear. As our friends at @KVUEnews reported last week, that's what our FFs deal with every day:
We GET cookies all the time from folks, but how often do you see firefighters GIVING cookies? When the B-shift crew at Station 17 wants to thank @CTVSEH for saving two kittens they rescued, that’s exactly what they did! 📸 Torrey Pond, CTVSEH
Many years ago, we became the first City of Austin public safety agency to participate in the @AustinPride parade. We’ve continued our involvement every year since, including tonight. Thanks for having us! (Photo credit: Jeanie Garrett)
Many years ago, we became the first City of Austin public safety agency to participate in the Austin Pride parade. We’ve continued our involvement every year since, including tonight. Thanks for having us! (Photo credit: Jeanie Garrett)
Many years ago, we became the first City of Austin public safety agency to participate in the @AustinPride parade. We’ve continued that tradition every year since, including tonight. Thanks for having us! (Photo credit: Jeanie Garrett)
The "Chief" of the forest celebrated his 75th birthday today, so we threw him a party; check out the party pics! Special thanks to @AustinCityParks for hosting us at the always lovely Austin Nature and Science Center. 📸 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Dept.
Don't forget: Smokey Bear's bday party is tomorrow! Smokey will even be there IN PERSON to take pictures with his adoring fans. And what's a party without cake?!? Just a meeting! 😉 Special thanks to @HEB for providing some very special cupcakes for the event.
PRESCRIBED BURN ALERT: If you see smoke in the area today, our @WildfireDiv is planning to conduct a prescribed burn at Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary. This burn (sections A1-A4) will be 26 acres along Lindell Lane on the northeast side of Walter E. Long Lake.
Please don't let your four-legged friends swim or drink out of Lady Bird Lake until further notice. Although not a danger to humans or the City's drinking water, ingesting the algae could be problematic for your pets.…
Each February, 17,000+ 🏃 come to ATX for the @austinmarathon, so it's easy to get turned around as we all make our way across the city. That's what happened to one young lady earlier this year, who recently posted a review on Google about her experience:
We think all our #AFDMonthlyMascot features are gems, but the August one really is! Meet Gem, a 3YO German Shepherd from @austinhumane who's smart AND beautiful! Are you the one to put a ring on it and make her a single lady no more? 📸 C. Wilkinson, AFD
🤔: Unattended cooking is 1 of the top 3 causes of 🔥 in #ATX. This blaze at an apt complex earlier this week displaced 1 person and did $20K in damage. Please, finish what you start; don't walk away. And if you don't have it already, get renter's insurance! 📸DC Palmer Buck, AFD
The City has been building and renovating @austinfiredept and @ATCEMS stations around #Austin because of growth, aiming to make sure paramedics can get to residents as quickly as possible #Boomtown2040
" make sure paradmedics AND firefighters can get to residents as quickly as possible." 😉
RT @AustinFireInfo: Good news!! The firefighter in question is doing well, has been released from the hospital, and will be back at work ne…
Smokey Bear is turning 75 on August 9 so we're throwing him a birthday party! Come join us at @AustinCityParks Nature & Science Center for wildfire education, fire trucks, and lots of birthday fun! This event is free and open to the public.
Two awesome backpacks built by our Spec Ops' section for @austintexasgov's 14th annual #BuildaBackpack drive! Each summer, employees use their own $ to buy school supplies for needy ATX kids. Last year, 1,400+ backpacks and 230+ boxes of supplies were donated! 📸 BC Bridges, AFD
Come see our @WildfireDiv at the last #SummerSavings event (4-7 p.m. today) at @SHPCAustin! We'll be there w/@austinenergy and @AustinWater, sharing wildfire preparedness tips to protect your family and property. B/c it's not a matter of "if" the next wildfire comes...but "when".
Two months ago, we shared the story of Frodo, our May #AFDMonthlyMascot from @austinhumane, who was on the hunt for his “precious” forever family. Well, we’re happy to report that Frodo has been adopted! 📸 Chris Wilkinson, AFD; Austin Humane Society
PRESCRIBED BURN TODAY: In case you see smoke in the area, the @WildflowerCtr will conduct a prescribed burn of ~23 acres from 1 - 5 p.m. The burn is conducted in cooperation with our personnel, as well @AustinCityParks, @AustinWater, @LCRA, MD Anderson, and @TravisCountyTX Parks.
Today, we honor the 3 brave men who, 50 years ago, set foot on the moon and 4ever changed the course of history w/the words, “Houston...the Eagle has landed.” Five decades later, that accomplishment and the work by 400K people to bring it to fruition still boggles the mind.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE: Universal Security Instruments has recalled 180,000 smoke alarms (models MI3050S and MI3050SB, w/date codes b/t 2015JAN19 thru 2016JUL11). If you have one, test it; if there’s no noise, contact the company at 877-612-6955 for a replacement.
AFD Spec Ops and @LTfirefighters did a week-long, intense rope access course last week; when the citizens we serve need high-angle rescues from extreme heights or situations where access is extremely difficult, we'll be ready. Thx to @elevatedsafety and @Safety_LMS. 📸Tom Wood
Carbon monoxide is AKA "the silent killer" so having a CO detector is critical. But what about our neighbors who can't afford them? That's where we and our colleagues at @Austin_Code come in; we've partnered up to help solve that problem! 📸 Yes Moon, AFD
Around 4:30 a.m., multiple C-shift crews responded to a 2-alarm fire at The Woods apartments off Barton Skyway. Two people are dead, 9 residents are displaced, and $750K in damage was done. Cause is under investigation: 📸 Div. Chief Thayer Smith, AFD
This just in: we have deployed 7 more AFD members for TS/Hurricane Barry; they comprise an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team with Texas Task Force 1 and a FEMA swiftwater/flood search and rescue team. They’re on their way to Denham, LA, where they’ll most likely assist w/evacs.
As TS Barry barrels toward the LA coastline, 8 of our members made preparations early this morning for deployment to Beaumont as part of @txtf1. They may be gone two days or two weeks, so please keep them, their families, and those in LA in your thoughts. 📸 DC Palmer Buck, AFD
TS Barry may become the 1st hurricane of 2019 before it makes landfall along the Gulf Coast Friday or Saturday. Even if you're not in the path this time, what about the next? With 5 storms predicted for '19, prepare now! And register for local alerts at
When the Fire Chief comes to your @ChildDefender summer school program to read to you, you pay attention...even if that person is 6'6", a long way up from your vantage point down front! 📸 C. Wilkinson, Austin Fire
What goes up, must come down. But how? It takes hours of specialized preparation, something our Spec Ops' crews know very well... like this tower rescue class a couple of weeks ago: 📸 Capt. Josh Anderson, Austin Fire Department
It wouldn't be the 4th of July without AFD leading the neighborhood parade! This morning, the Engine 43 A-shift crew led the residents of Circle C through their area streets, just like MANY of our other units did in communities all over Austin. 📸Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Dept
C’mon, ATX... be like AFD Division Chief Palmer Buck and show us those veins!! We’re 1/2way through our annual #BattleoftheBadges blood drive with @WeAreBlood but there’s still time to donate to your favorite public safety agency and give a life-saving gift at the same time.
July 4th often finds people spending time together around a swimming pool. But the water itself isn’t the only potential danger. Do you know what else to look for? Our friends at @26WestATX helped us highlight those earlier today: 📸 C. Wilkinson, AFD.
We're all about solving problems, but this past weekend was an really busy one for our C-shift crews in doing so,,,,with a duplex fire, a lost hiker we had to reach via a "Birds of Prey" exhibit, and an 18-wheeler that needed 1,000 cases of H20 offloaded!
Red, white…and black? Yep! On this first day of July, we’re thinking about those three colors—not the typical ones you associate with America’s birthday—in honor of Mabel, our #AFDMonthlyMascot from @austinhumane! 📸 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Dept.
Who will come out on top in this year's #BattleofhteBadges blood drive, hosted by @WeAreBlood? That's all up to you! Learn how you can donate this life-saving gift in honor of your favorite first responder...and be OUR hero!
The longest line at @austintexasgov's "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" event today? The one to ride in a fire truck. No surprise there; who DOESN'T want to ride in a bright, shiny fire truck with lights and sirens?! 📸C. Wilkinson, AFD
Under a beautiful TX sunset sky, our E40 and Batt7 C-shift crews got in some Auto Aid training hosted by one of our partners, @PflugervilleTX Fire Dept. Anytime we can join events like these and work "side by side" w/other depts in the area, we take it! 📹 Lt. Lonnie Saul, AFD
Most days, the firefighters who work at their respective stations handle clean-up duties. But this week, the A, B, and C shift crews at Station 46 got a pass from @BethanyAustinTX's Compassion in Action kids; how lucky are we?!? 📸Chris Wilkinson, AFD
Fireworks went on sale yesterday and with the 4th of July holiday right around the corner, we want to remind everyone that FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS! For complaints, dial @ATX_311, not 911. #leavefireworkstotheprofessionals
This weekend, our pals at @austinmobility kindly shared one of the messages we put together re: 1st responder safety and the #MoveOverSlowDown law as part of our #SafetyStandDown2019. If you saw them, we hope it was catchy enough to "drive" the message home! 📸 C. Wilkinson, AFD
See anything special in this photo? We did! Taken last month in S. Austin at an apartment complex's public safety event, all of the kids in it are girls! 7+% of our uniform members are women, more than the national average, and we're always looking for more! 📸 Lt. Sjolseth, AFD
As we wrap up our #SafetyStandDown2019, we saved the worst for last: distracted driving, specifically related to cell phone usage. How can you #watchourbacksbywatchingtheroad if you're focused on your phone and not on what's happening around you?!?
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