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Special thx to @SallyHernandez at @KXAN_News for talking w/Chief Baker about this idea. We were the 1st public safety agency to participate in the annual PRIDE parade MANY years ago so we're excited to be raising our profile again in the LGBTQ community!
Special thanks to Sally Hernandez - KXAN for following up on this idea that Chief Baker mentioned immediately following his swearing-in ceremony. We were the...…
We rarely get the opportunity to train in a real-life setting for emergencies in mid-rise structures. But thanks to @UTAustin, we were able to do exactly that earlier this month...and keep the fire door open! 📸 Captain Josh Anderson, Austin Fire Dept.
Earlier this month, several of our Operations units rotated through some training at a building scheduled for demolition on the The University of Texas at Austin (UT) campus. They were kind enough to offer...…
Thinking about submitting an application for our next cadet class? Our Magic 8 ball has the answer:! Fill out a Candidate Interest Card and you'll be added to our e-mail list. Be among the first to know when the application link goes live! #JoinAFD2019
RT @AustinFireInfo: Firefighters from Truck 19 were called to a near cat-astrophe this morning when “Rue” climbed a tree and had her walkin…
Godspeed, Mr. Overton. Our flag and Quint 3/B crew offered our deepest respect and humility for your life of service. Today, it was our honor to serve you. Well done, good and faithful servant. Enjoy your well-deserved view from the very best front porch. 📸 BC Martinez, AFD
This is AFD Capt. Andy Reardon and Gunny, from our Arson Investigations section. As you can see, they spent some time in a courtroom yesterday with a couple of attorneys...a Grand Jury courtroom and Grand Jury attorneys, to be exact. But why? 🤔 📸 AFD
Imagine flatlining not once…not twice…but three times. That’s what happened to former US Secretary of Homeland Security and Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Ridge back on November 16, 2017. And today, he thanked the crews that saved him: 📸C. Wilkinson, AFD
Just a few days into 2019 and our first #AFDMonthlyMascot has been adopted! We got word from @austinhumane yesterday that #FabulousFrankie found his forever family a few days ago. What a great start to his new year...and ours! Our next feature, debuts 2/1. 📸 Chris Wilkinson, AFD
Fire Streams are one of the most important weapons in a firefighter's arsenal...and a key component of our Cadet Academy. But just what does it take to become an AFD Cadet? We've got answers! Come talk to one of our recruiters: #JoinAFD2019 📸C. James, AFD
Congratulations to former AFD Firefighter and current Councilmember @DGarzaforD2, who was elected by her peers this evening as the new Mayor Pro Tem, making her the first Latina MPT in the City’s history! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
In 11 seconds, 400 lbs of explosives brought down the University Towers parking garage yesterday at 23rd and Pearl Streets near @UTAustin. Built in 1968, this 7-story structure of 222,000+ sq.ft. was imploded to make way for a 2,000-bed student housing complex. 📹Lt. Haas, AFD
What was Cadet Class 126 up to during their 28-week Academy? Check out the photos and video: There’s just one thing missing, though...YOU! We start taking applications again in four weeks, so visit today! 📸Chris Wilkinson, AFD
Cadets no longer, we welcome our newest group of “probies” to the Austin Fire Department!
Four awards are given to cadets in each class: Most Physically Fit, Hammer, Best All-Around, and Valedictorian. Congrats to the winners from 126: Chris Robertson, Kent Perez, Logan Wood, and for the first time EVER, co-valedictorians Cadets Luke Cannon and Christopher McGarry!
Four awards are given to cadets in each class: Most Physically Fit, Hammer, Best All-Around, and Valedictorian. Congratulations to the winners from Class 126: Chris Robertson, Kent Perez, Logan Wood, and for the...…
Congrats to the 38 cadets from Class 126 who are graduating today! If you’d like to watch the ceremony live, you can do so at 10:00 a.m. CST via Interested in being a part of a future cadet class? Visit! 📸Chris Wilkinson, AFD
Practice makes perfect! As we spend today in rehearsal for tomorrow’s commencement ceremony for Cadet Class 126, we look forward to welcoming these newest members and their families into the AFD family! Watch the ceremony live at 10:00 a.m. CST via
#FabulousFrankie kicks off our #AFDMonthlyMascot campaign for 2019! This beautiful boy from @austinhumane is also bringing you our #AFDMonthlyMessage, designed to inform and educate…and hopefully, put a smile on your face, too! 📸Chris Wilkinson, AFD
A new year. A new Fire Chief. A new energy and excitement for what lies ahead. But one thing is the same: our commitment to selfless service, compassion, and humility. B/c that never goes out of style. We hope your 2019 is as full of new opportunities as ours. Happy New Year!
Parents shouldn’t have to bury their children. Our ❤️is broken for Officer Henderson and his family, along with our brothers and sisters at @Austin_Police. Rest in peace, sweet Hunter. And @Chief_Manley, if there’s anything we can do, don’t hesitate to ask. #publicsafetyfamily…
These four #AFDFurryFriday features are still looking for their forever families. Could you be one of the ones that helps starts 2019 off on the right foot and gets us to a 100% adoption rate?? (Photo credits: Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department)
It's time for #AFDFurryFriday! B/c it's the last Friday of 2018, we did things a little different, showcasing ALL the animals we featured this year from @austinhumane. And the best part? 90+% of animals found their forever families! 📹Chris Wilkinson, AFD
RT @ChrissyNews: @austinfiredept @AustinFireInfo - Thank you so much for your hard work this morning with the water rescues!! Everyone surv…
With severe weather predicted overnight and into tomorrow, knowing the difference b/t a Watch and a Warning can be life saving!…
Thinking of all of our firefighters, police officers from @Austin_Police, and medics from @ATCEMS who are away from their families, keeping the city safe. From our public safety family to yours, enjoy the day and rest easy; we’re ready to respond!
RIP Chief Pool. We’ll see you on the top floor.…
If you've never been to the Austin Firefighters' Ball—an annual event hosted by the Austin African American Firefighters Association—then you are missing out! It's one of the most fun events on our...…
Tonight's the last night to come see us at the @ATXLights! If you've been waiting to get in the holiday spirit, wait no longer. And if we miss you, happy holidays to you and yours from us and ours! (Special thanks to Jeanie Garrett for the photo!)
Fireworks went on sale yesterday and with New Year's Eve right around the corner, we want to remind everyone that FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS. Complaint calls should be made to 311, NOT 911. Start 2019 off right and #leavefireworkstotheprofesionals.
Remember that launch party we told you about yesterday for the 2019 "Austin Amazons" calendar? Five of those fantastic females are from AFD, so our photog, Chris Wilkinson, was at the party to capture the big reveal. But what was the biggest surprise?
Remember that launch party we told you about yesterday for the 2019 "Austin Amazons" calendar featuring women from across the city's public safety agencies? Five of those fantastic females are from AFD, so...…
Lovely Lulu is our final #AFDFurryFriday feature from @austinhumane for 2018 and we're hoping to get this smiley, sweet senior citizen a new home in time for Christmas. Could it be yours? (Photo credit: Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department)
There are not enough days before Christmas to tell you about all of the things our members are doing to help those less fortunate have a brighter holiday. But here’s two we just had to share: (Photo credits: Chris Wilkinson and BC Randy Denzer, AFD)
The "Austin Amazons" 2019 calendar launch party is tonight from 5-8 p.m., 8401 Cameron Rd.! Five fabulous female FFs from AFD are featured, w/proceeds going to Allies Against Slavery, a Central Texas org committed to ending human trafficking in Austin:
It's a girl! Welcome Rae, a 2-year-old black Lab, to our Investigations team! She's our newest addition from @ATFHQ. But perhaps the most interesting fact about Rae is the connection she has to our handler's grandmother: 📸Chris Wilkinson, AFD
Honored to be part of the inaugural "Shop with a First Responder" event yesterday, ensuring some deserving kids from @AustinISD got to pick out great gifts--for themselves or their families!--thx to @Target: (Photo credit: Chris Wilkinson, AFD)
Want to submit an app on 2/4/19 for our next cadet class but you didn't have the 15 hrs of college credit requirement? We just got word the 15 hours has been dropped from the min quals! Be sure you've filled out a Candidate Interest Card at! #JoinAFD2019
Is Internet dog dating a thing?!? Maybe it should be, as that's how Dino, our @austinhumane #AFDFurryFriday feature from August 10, got his second chance at love! (Photo credits: Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department; Austin Humane Society)
Four decades of community service and political leadership ended last night with the passing of Gus Garcia. But his legend will live on through the many lives, both young and old, he touched. Thank you, Gus, for always putting service above self. You set a great example. RIP.
Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to introduce “The Red Rooster”! It was our privilege to rename Engine 48 today in honor of Mr. Robert Moore, a fixture at @traviscoesd4 for years. But just how did he get that nickname? (Photo credit: Chris Wilkinson AFD)
A few of our Spec Ops members made a special trip to #McLaneFord in Fredricksburg on Friday to thank them for the outstanding customer service they showed us back in October! (Photo credit: Division Chief Brandon Wade, AFD)
“It took two ladders and two fire trucks, but they did it! My cat was stuck in a tree in our back yard. When I tried to get him down, he went higher and was just out of reach of our extension ladder.“ —Missy Smith Bunner Kudos to Engine 21 and Quint 19 B-shift crews. Great job!
“It took two ladders and two fire trucks, but they did it! My cat was stuck in a tree in our back yard. When I tried to get him down, he went higher and was just out of reach of our extension ladder.“ —Missy...…
Look for our display at the @ATXLights now through Christmas Eve! Among other things, you can “try on” the gear and see how it looks...perhaps as you prepare to submit an application when we open our next hiring process on Feb.4?? Tag us in your pics! #JoinAFD2019 #thiscouldbeyou
Look for our display at the @ATXLights now through Christmas Eve! Among other things, you can “try on” the gear and see how it looks...perhaps as you prepare to submit an application when we open our next hiring process on February 4?? #JoinAFD2019 #thiscouldbeyou
How would you like to have your very own Hemi in time for Christmas...and at a cost of just $20?!? Our #AFDFurryFriday feature this week from @austinhumane is ready to roll out the door and into your heart today! Photo credit: Chris Wilkinson, AFD
In the 1950s, Chrysler launched the first version of its famous Hemi engine, known as the FirePower. How fitting, then, that today’s version of the Hemi—our #AFDFurryFriday feature this week—found some...…
It's a LONG way down from Chief Baker's 6'6" frame to the table, but he made it look easy at our 16th annual Senior Holiday Luncheon yesterday, where we provided 500+ free holiday meals to some of our fave people: senior Austinites! #theladyinredisourspiritanimal 📸 Austin Fire
Now THAT'S teamwork! Kudos to our E10/C shift crew on Monday night: FS Lynn Eichler and FFs Donald Eickhoff, Steven Slaughter, and Silas Boling. The on-duty Safety Chief found this note from Kristy Rosenacker w/@ATCEMS Medic 14 taped to his door. #ourmissiongoesbeyondourname
RT @RetailMeNot: Today was a good day for the sole! 👟👟 In just 2 min, @austinfiredept and @Austin_Police chiefs collected over $5,000 in su…
When the CEO of @RetailMeNot literally gives you the shoes off his feet for the @austinpoliceobs shopping spree w/@chief_manley, you know it's going to be a good day! #itsgottabetheshoes 📸 Battalion Chief Todd Pomroy, Austin Fire Department
Congrats to our new Fire Chief, Joel G. Baker! He was sworn in this a.m. by the Honorable Cliff Brown, 147th Criminal District Court. Chief Baker’s daughter, Jaelynn, and wife, Jennifer, proudly stood by, as Chief Baker becomes the first African-American Fire Chief for AFD.
You can watch the swearing-in ceremony for our new Fire Chief, Joel G. Baker, live at 10:00 a.m. on @austintexasgov cable Channel 6 or via the webstream at….
This isn't Tchaikovsky's Sugar Plum Fairy...this is our Sugar Plum, this week's #AFDFurryFriday feature from @austinhumane! This 3-year-old, mixed breed lady has been practicing her pirouettes since she arrived at AHS this summer! 📸 Chris Wilkinson, AFD
Rae, the newest + to our Investigations team, and her handler, Lt. Brandon Jennings, will graduate today from @ATFHQ K9 Training Ctr. But it's also Rae's 2nd bday and #PearlHarborDay, so they made a special trip to DC to honor the 2,403 who lost their lives 77 years ago. 📸 AFD
Although he's a happy, healthy baby now, little Leo was born three months early and weighed just about two pounds. Yesterday, his parents came by Station 22 to thank our crew, as well as those from @ATCEMS, who made his survival possible: 📸 Mike Benavides
Interim Fire Chief Tom Dodds was “underdressed” at #OperationBlueSanta bfast this a.m.! There’s no way to compete w/either @Austin_Police @ChiefElyReyes or Blue Santa himself! But no matter; we’re always happy to support @austinpoliceobs! You can, too, at
Remember that fire on Beaver Street Saturday night we told you about? Because there were burglar bars on the house, Firefighter Jimmy Casares from Truck 18 had to get them off in order to open up the structure. (Photo credit: Battalion Chief Josh Portie, Austin Fire Department)
We're blown away by this @statesman story about Yazmeen, a Senior Financial Analyst at HomeAway, who delivered her baby boy three months early thanks to the help of @ATCEMS and @austinfiredept! 💙 #TeamHomeAway
Happy endings like these are THE BEST!! We're so grateful we were there for Yazmeen and Leo, and that the Tuskan family will all be together for Christmas. Maybe we can tell Leo this story again in 17 years or so...when's he old enough to #JoinAFD!
And because pictures don't really do it justice, check out our compilation video of the amazing rescue at the Dobie Center Sunday morning: (Photo/video credit: Austin Fire Department)
This past weekend was a busy one for us, with several critical incidents...including this dramatic rescue of a young man who fell more than 50 feet down a 2x2 "hole" on top of the Dobie Center. Photo credit: Austin Fire Department
Our members are good at all sorts of things...including “playing” Santa Claus! 📸Acting Lt. Bryan Daugherty, AFD
PRESCRIBED BURN TODAY: In case you see smoke in the area, @WildfireDiv will be conducting a prescribed burn today starting at 10:00 a.m. at the Indiangrass Wildlife Sanctuary. #ATXgoodfire
This regal retriever/hound mix is today's #AFDFurryFriday Duke from @austinhumane! But this handsome hound is no royal playboy; he's looking for his forever family. Could yours be his new kingdom? 📸 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Dept.
A man we never met, a firefighter we never knew. But today, we were all one family, brought together by @DallasFireRes_q's David Walters, who we had the privilege of honoring this morning: 📸 Battalion Chief Drew Britcher, Austin Fire Department
What's it like to hang out in the clouds? A few of our Spec Ops members found out earlier this month! Video credit: Firefighter Jacob Whittington, Austin Fire Department)
Today's magic number is in 10 weeks from today, we'll begin accepting applications for our next cadet class! Want to join one of the best FDs in the country? Our recruiters will be in Houston AND San Antonio on Thursday. Learn more at #JoinAFD2019
It was a beautiful morning for the annual @ChuysRestaurant #ChildrenGivingToChildrenParade, the largest collection point of toys for @Austin_Police #OperationBlueSanta. Didn’t make it? Drop off your new, unwrapped toys at any AFD fire station ( 📸 AFD
Today’s not just any #AFDFurryFriday….it’s #AFDFurryBlackFriday! And our feature this week from @austinhumane isn’t just black…she’s black as Night! This one-of-a-kind deal is as special as they come: 📸Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department
First responders have all different ways of marking holidays, whether working or not! AFD BC Josh Portie and his son, Bryce, are spending Thanksgiving on Guadalupe Peak—the highest natural point in TX—at Guadalupe Mountains National Park. 📸 BC Josh Portie, AFD
Did you know that Texas ranks NUMBER ONE in the most grease and cooking fires today?! We want you to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving so don't leave your cooking unattended! But if the worst happens and you need our help, call 9-1-1 and we'll "bee" right there! #beedobeedobeedo
Getting a note like this is so humbling. Thank you to this father for taking the time to write such kind words in the midst of a very painful reminder: “I just retired from the LA County Fire Department after 37...…
They’re back from California! Welcome home the crews from AFD, @OakHillFire, #roundrockfire, @LTfirefighters, @KyleFD, and @BryanFireDept! See more at 📸 Division Chief Palmer Buck, Austin Fire Department
It was our honor and privilege. They gave everything; taking our time to do so was the least we could do.…
While Assistant Chief Aaron Woolverton and Interim Fire Chief Tom Dodds made their way around the 2018 @HEB #FeastofSharing yesterday, the look on these ladies' faces say it all! #honoredtoserve 📸 Battalion Chief Joe Limon, AFD
Looks like our crews’ sunrise departure from California yesterday was approved by even the highest of authorities. #nofilter Photo credit: Battalion Chief Randy Denzer, Austin Fire Department
As they make their way back to Austin, Task Force #6 stopped this morning at the Granite Mountain Memorial to pay their respects to the #Yarnell19, a sobering reminder of just how dangerous the work they just finished can be. 📸Lt. Steve Gibbon, AFD
Nineteen. That’s how many wildland firefighters died five years ago, when a wildfire near Yarnell, Arizona raged through the area, killing 19 City of Prescott firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain...…
Frying your turkey this year? Listen up! Here's 5 tips from us to keep in mind b4 you feast on the 🦃. And since Texas ranks #1 in grease and cooking fires, this information is especially critical around these parts. Read more at 📹Chris Wilkinson, AFD
On the road again... #LAtraffic (Photo credit: Battalion Chief Randy Denzer, Austin Fire Department)
“Mama, I’m coming home.” We start Thanksgiving week off with xtra gratitude, as we just learned the crews from AFD and the Central Texas area deployed to CA a week ago today are coming home! They should be back just in time for that 🦃 dinner. 📸 Capt. Andre de la Reza, AFD
The biggest cooking day of the year is just three days away. Wait until you see what happened next... (Photo credit: Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department)
How do drone operators, manned aircraft, and first responders all effectively work together in an emergency situation? Members from our division, as well as our Robotics Emergency Deployment (RED) Team, spent some time at the Texas Public Safety UAS...…
The Texas Public Safety UAS Summit—held at Reveille Peak Ranch (the only NIST-certified UAV training course in Texas) last month—was created for first responders, industry partners, and elected officials to...…
AFD Lt. Patrick Brown and FF Adam Aguirre spent Friday “working in the black", helping lessen the danger from "widow makers" by taking this tree apart so they could access the fire burning on the INSIDE. 📸Lt. John Stirling, AFD
“On Thursday, we were assigned a 24-hour shift to patrol neighborhoods. We had a few small smokes to manage through the day. We stayed very visible alongside a Cal Fire Strike Team and a Strike Team from...…
That dot around her eye is her calling Dottie, our #AFDFurryFriday feature this week from @austinhumane! Think you've got the spot for Dot(tie)? Let's find out! Photo credit: Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department
RT @WildfireDiv: @FireOFire Thank YOU for the shout out...and you are most welcome. Let’s get together again sometime, but under better cir…
Who says firefighters don't really get cats out of trees? Not us! Rescue #2 in less than a week happened this a.m. The B-shift crew from Engine 10 gets the credit this time, w/FF Silas Boling doing the honors. #felinefriendlyfirefighters #thelegendisreal 📸FF Chris Cortez, AFD
Meet John and his pet squirrel (yes, we said PET squirrel!), Rocky. They posed in support of @TxBurnSurvivors pediatric burn camps, including our "Camp Ax", named for retired FF Ax Dellert. Find out more at 📸 April Chole Terrazas
“I had a Strike Team leader once tell me that the essence of our job is, ‘Go out and do good...’” And so they did: Photo credit: Captain Andre de la Reza, Austin Fire Department
"Inside every cop, there's a FF trying to get out!" Quote of the day from our new Fire Chief, Joel G. Baker, after his confirmation this a.m. by @austintexasgov City Council. @chief_manley, if the whole Chief thing of @Austin_Police doesn't work out, we'd love to have you! 😉
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