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Over the weekend, we sent 12 people to N. TX due to numerous tornadoes there, and the forecast of severe weather across the state for the next few days. They'll be gone through Wed., maybe longer. Please keep them in your thoughts as they're out serving their fellow Texans.
It’s a bad day when a natural gas line is damaged during construction. The best way to stop a natural gas leak? Do so BEFORE one starts. Our Spec Ops' personnel, @texas811, and @TexasGasService taught 💯s how to do that yesterday: 📸 C. Wilkinson, AFD
The Fire Chief has extended the current waterway ban to 5:00 p.m. today. This will allow all of the gates at Tom Miller Dam to be closed before the ban is lifted.
If you're in the Lakeway area today, the procession and funeral for @WestlakeFD Lt. Chris Askew will take place this afternoon. Services: 2:00 p.m. at Emmaus Catholic Parish (1718 Lohmans Crossing Road). Procession: Begins at 1:00 p.m. RIP Chris; we'll see you on the top floor.
You think the photo we shared earlier was something? Wait until you see this: drone footage of the swiftwater training this week at Tom Miller Dam, shot by our Robotics Emergency Deployment (RED) Team! 📹 Firefighter Preston Culver, Austin Fire Department
Not for the faint of ❤️! AFD Spec Ops' crews, @ATCEMS, and @SATXFire out this week for training at Tom Miller Dam. But one missed current and things can go bad quickly. And Mother Nature doesn't care that it's *just* a training exercise. 📸 BC Nations, AFD
GOOD NEWS! The Fire Chief has lifted all restrictions except Tom Miller Dam to Redbud Trail, closed til noon 5/17. Red Bud Isle and Lady Bird Lake b/t Red Bud Isle and Tom Miller Dam, and Barton Springs Pool, remain closed. All other areas are open! #happyboatingkayakingcanoeing
Effective immediately, the Fire Chief has issued a Waterway Ban for the following areas: • Lady Bird Lake • Mansfield Dam downstream to Commons Ford Park • Walsh Boat Landing to Tom Miller Dam This ban is in effect until Friday, May 17 at noon when it will be re-evaluated.
Hope you can join us on Wednesday, May 22 for our next installment of "Joe with Joel at Joe's"!
Thoughts and prayers to our brothers and sisters at @WestlakeFD; 15-year veteran Lt. Chris Askew lost his short battle with cancer on Mother's Day. He leaves behind his wife, Jennifer, and children Lauren and Luke:
New Waterway Ban for: • Lady Bird Lake; • Mansfield Dam downstream to Commons Ford Park; and • Walsh Boat Landing to Tom Miller Dam. Only 40+ ft. commercial motorized 🛥️ allowed on Lake Austin b/t Walsh Boat Landing and the Loop 360 bridge. Ban re-evaluated at noon, 5/15.
#HappyMothersDay to all the moms out there—but especially to those who serve their communities as firefighters, too—like AFD Lt. Aimee Beasley-Spadoni, pictured here with her son, Nate. 📸 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department
RT @LCRA: Two floodgates are now open at Mansfield Dam. For more information, visit the Flood Operations Report.
See Yauncey. See Yauncey run. See Yauncey chase a squirrel up a tree. See Yauncey get stuck. See the B-shift crew from Engine 8 rescue Yauncey. 📸 Fire Specialist Bryan Daugherty, Austin Fire Department
HAPPENING NOW: The Fire Chief has issued a waterway ban thru noon 5/15 for (a) Lady Bird Lake from Red Bud Trail upstream to Tom Miller Dam and (b) Lake Austin from Oyster Landing downstream to Tom Miller Dam. Per @AustinCityParks, Barton Creek and the BC greenbelt remain closed.
Shortly before storms began pummeling our area after the lunch hour today, Captain Lyzz Donelson captured them rolling in across our Training Academy.
Our boat squad members were redeployed last night after 14" of rain were reported in Fort Bend Cty and more than 7 in Sugar Land. And, the @NWSSanAntonio has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch til 1:00 p.m. CST for Travis and many surrounding counties:
When a Midrise structure fire alarm becomes an Auto Fire...because we have no call type for a fire under a helipad that sits on top of a parking garage! 📸 Battalion Chief Josh Portie, Austin Fire Department
It was a tumultuous start to this past weekend! In the 24 hours from noon 5/3-noon 5/4, AFD responded to 30 Flood Assist calls, 10 Water Rescues, six structure fires, and 14 Wires Down/Wires Arcing calls. There's another round of heavy storms coming so #turnarounddontdrown!
The Fire Chief has extended the ban on the following waterway: • Red Bud Trail upstream to Tom Miller Dam All other affected waterways previously noted as closed are now open.
Did you know that FFs are 2x as likely to be diagnosed w/bladder cancer than the general population? It's also the 6th most common type of cancer in the U.S. May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month so everyone—FFs and civilians alike—should get screened! Learn more from @B_C_A_N.
Planning on celebrating Cinco de Mayo today with some adult beverages? Figure out how you’ll get home BEFORE you go out; designate a driver, or book your taxi or rideshare IN ADVANCE!
📸 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department
Due to the heavy rains last night, the Fire Chief has closed the following waterways effective immediately until noon Monday, May 6, when they will be re-evaluated: * Lake Austin from Mansfield Dam to Tom Miller Dam * Lady Bird Lake * Colorado River downstream of Longhorn Dam
Mealtime in south ATX was a busy time for several of our B-shift crews this past Tuesday, with a fire at Denny's during breakfast and a car ablaze just outside of @WhollyCowATX and @kerbeylanecafe during lunch: 📸 BC Sheedy, AFD; @Bdubst3p
When there's an 80% chance of 🌧️, it's hard to think about the ☀️ days ahead...and the wildfire risk that comes w/them. But that's exactly what our @WildfireDiv did today, hosting the 7th annual Community Wildfire Preparedness Symposium: 📸C. Wilkinson,AFD
This is what our crew in N. TX saw yesterday as they moved into Brownwood in case of flooding in the Hill Country. These storms mean we're now officially into flash-flood season..and we'll be at #ProjectWeather on 5/4 to help you prepare! 📸 FS Carter, AFD
Congrats to @Chief_Manley of @Austin_Police, who was named one of the 50 "World's Greatest Leaders" by @FortuneMagazine! Chosen for his focus on community, ATX's low crime rate, and leadership w/the ATX bombings, this is well deserved. Honored to serve alongside you, Chief!
Due to the storms in North Texas, we've deployed a boat squad of 6 AFD members, along w/2 swiftwater boats and 2 support vehicles at the request of @teextweet to assist with any search and rescue efforts there. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers while they're on duty.
Thanks for the kind words and the important reminder. It doesn’t have to be a scorching summer day for the heat inside your car to rise to a deadly temp in just minutes. Remember to take your kids and your pets inside with you or leave them at home!…
Our #AFDMonthlyMascot for May—a fun-loving, 5-year-old Bulldog/American Staffordshire Mix from @austinhumane known as Frodo—never goes anywhere without his “ring”, so he’s always ready for a game of toss or tug! 📸 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Dept.
Know someone between the ages of 14-20 who's interested in serving their community and learning about the fire service as a possible career? Then they need to join our Fire Explorer Post 370! 📸 FF Robert McCray, Austin Fire Dept.
Congrats to FF Derick Zwerneman from our Dispatch section, who was hand-picked to give one of seven prayers at the annual Texas Prayer Breakfast—held yesterday in advance of the National Day of Prayer (May 2)—and hosted by Gov. Abbott: 📸 FF Zwerneman,AFD
Every day, 7 people die in house fires across the U.S. So today, we will #SoundtheAlarm with our partners from @RedCrossCenTex and install 1,000 smoke alarms in southeast Austin. Because 7 should always be thought of as a lucky number…not an unlucky one.
The accolades are rolling in for our @WildfireDiv!
Our Accelerant Detection Canines (ADCs) don't spend all their time sniffing out the potential use of accelerants at fires. Sometimes, they spend their time sniffing out future arson investigators! 📸 Captain Andy Reardon, Austin Fire Dept.
Happy #EarthDay! One of the ways we’re working to improve Mother Earth is through the use of environmentally friendly firefighting foam:
Happy #EarthDay! Forty-nine years ago today, the first Earth Day was observed and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day...…
To all of our Christian friends who are celebrating Easter today, we wish you a joyous holiday!
To all of our Jewish friends who will observe Passover starting at sundown this evening, we wish you a joyous holiday!
RT @ChristyM_TX: Great information from @bswhealth @Austin_Police @austinfiredept @ATCEMS @CATRAC_TX @PreparingWilCo @AISDPolice to give @A…
That time when @Austin_Police Chief @Chief_Manley challenged our Fire Chief, Joel G. Baker, to an ice cream cone-making contest at the @100clubcentex annual Good Friday fundraiser at McDonald's. #AFDforthewin #firefightersknowathingortwoabouticecream 📸 AFD, APD
That one time when Austin Police Department Chief Brian Manley challenged our Fire Chief, Joel G. Baker, to an ice cream cone-making contest at the The 100 Club of Central Texas’ annual Good Friday fundraiser at...…
May will serve as the inaugural #StoptheBleed month. We’re kicking things off a little early, tho; this a.m., we’ll be alongside other first responders to teach 100+ staff at @McCallumHS how to do just that:
Need an excuse to eat the best fast-food french fries around? Join us tomorrow, April 19, at a Central Texas area McDonald's to support @100clubcentex annual Good Friday fundraiser. A portion of all $ goes to families of first responders injured or killed in the line of duty.
With his only two means of escape cut off and his apartment building engulfed in flames, Johnny Atchinson had no way out. Last week, he got to meet the A-shift crew from Quint 3 who pulled him from that inferno and saved his life: 📸 Capt. Jim Ryan, AFD
“The plane is full of fuel and on fire.” Thankfully, that statement was only part of a drill for our ARFF crews at @AUStinAirport last night...but what if it was real? Our Chris Wilkinson was there to capture the whole thing...
"Fire Department. What is the address of your emergency?" As we mark the midpoint of #NationalPublicSafetyTelecommunicatorsWeek, we salute those who are the literal lifeline. B/C if there's no one to SEND help, help never arrives: 📸 Capt. A. Chelf, AFD
April is National Safe Digging Month, so be sure you heed the advice of @TexasGasService and dial 811 before you tackle any landscape projects this spring! #callbeforeyoudig Safety first, y’all!
Squirrel: 1 Sheba: 0 📸 Firefighter Preston Curtis, Austin Fire Department
Hours after 400+ FFs--with one seriously injured--fought a massive blaze at the famed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the fire is now out at the 850-year-old church. This drawing, by Cristina Correa Freile, depicts Quasimodo embracing the cathedral:
What it looks like when you and 11 of your colleagues from @LakeTravisFR and @pedernales_fire spend several days honing your water rescue skills so you can go toe-to-toe with Mother Nature during flooding season: 📸Firefighter TJ Buddrus, Austin Fire Dept
Last week, our ARFF folks used a Mobile Aircraft Rescue Firefighter Trainer for their annual daytime live burn exercise at @AUStinAirport (ABIA). They'll be doing it at night this week, so be advised if you see flames near the south terminal: 📹 ABIA PIO
Thanks to the @statesman for this great photo on the front page of today’s Metro section! ❤️ (Photo credit: Ana Ramirez)
Photos/video from Class 127’s 28-week Academy and their commencement ceremony yesterday are at NOTE: For the video, download the file to the device of your choice; Google limits the number of plays accessed directly via the link. 📸/📹 C. Wilkinson, AFD
Photos and video from Class 127’s 28-week Academy—as well as their commencement ceremony yesterday—can be found via the links below. NOTE: For the video, please download the file first to the device of your choice; Google...…
Chief Baker and several other Chiefs were out bright and early this a.m. b4 cadet 🎓 to do their part collecting💰for this weekend’s @MDAAustin #FilltheBoot campaign. We’ll be all over town through Sunday. And all the $$ collected here stays here: 📸 AFD
And that’s a wrap, folks...DIS-MISSED!
And that’s a wrap, folks...DIS-MISSED!…
Welcome probies! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼…
Congratulations to Cadet Anthony Ferrando—Valedictorian for Class 127–and Cadet Matthew Boyan, who won the Hammer Award...and the Most Physically Fit Award...AND the Best All-Around Award, a feat unprecedented in our Cadet Training Academy’s history!
Congratulations to the 30 cadets in Class 127, who’ll graduate and be sworn in at 10:00 a.m CST this morning! If you’d like to watch the ceremony live, you can do so at 📸 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department
Need an excuse to eat the best fast-food french fries around? Stop by any Central TX area @McDonalds today for lunch; $$$ will go to support @100clubcentex's annual Good Friday fundraiser. Proceeds go to families of 1st responders injured or killed in the line of duty.
It was prep and practice day for Class 127’s graduation tomorrow...and someone’s 40th birthday, too! 📸 Austin Fire Department
It's been 65 years since FFs started "Filling the Boot" w/@MDAorg and we have no intention of retiring! Look for our members this weekend at intersections across town, collecting for @MDAAustin ...and all the $ raised here stays here! 📸 C. Wilkinson, AFD
If you were up early this a.m., you may have seen our cadets from Class 127 doing their final 3-mile run in formation around Ladybird Lake. These 30 men and women are just 48 hours away from graduating and joining our family as "probies"! 📸 Fire Specialist D. Countouriotis, AFD
You can see real-time, low water crossing information and closures at #turnarounddontdrown…
Thanks to you and your little one for joining us! She is the cutest. ☺️…
Thanks to you and your little one for joining us! She is the cutest. 😊…
Ribbons are typically cut for the grand openings of new buildings. But we do things a little different in public safety; to officially open AFD Station 49/@ATCEMS Station 20 in Onion Creek today, we uncoupled a red and blue fire hose! 📸 C. Wilkinson, AFD
Thx for the mention, y’all, but just to be clear, this is a joint Fire/@ATCEMS station, not just AFD. 😊 We open at 1 pm, rain or shine!
Join us this Saturday, April 6—rain or shine!—for the opening of the newest member of the public safety family: AFD Station 49/@ATCEMS Station 20 in Onion Creek!
"Hi Twittersphere, Blaze from @austinfiredept here. Since I don't have thumbs, I got a human to take my pic for #SafePlaceSelfie day, but that doesn't make it any less important! My safe place at work is the interior stairwell. Where's yours? Figure it out now!" #eWxspotter
Last Friday, we hosted what is one of the most anticipated events during any cadet class: Propane Night. This training exercise gave family and friends the chance to see their cadets in action before they graduate next Friday, April 12. 📹Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department
Although his name means, “lived near a grove of trees,” our @austinhumane #AFDMonthlyMascot, Grover, is more interested in checking out the nearest hydrant with FFs Gerry Kammer and Danny Nguyen, both Team Leaders for Cadet Class 127: 📸C. Wilkinson, AFD
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Thanks for the SO! Glad to have you back reporting #ATXtraffic, Schmerica!…
RT @WildfireDiv: Our Robotics Emergency Deployment (RED) Team, part of the @WildfireDiv, went to #SXSW this year...but not in the way you m…
Our Robotics Emergency Deployment (RED) Team, part of the Austin Fire Dept.-Wildfire Division, went to #SXSW this year...but not in the way you might think! Check out this great video by Firefighter Preston Culver to learn more!…
Six days later, our HazMat Specialist, Preston Doege, is on his way back from the ITC #deerparkfire: 📸 Preston Doege, Austin Fire Department
The clock is ticking...and we saved the best for last! Our #JoinAFD2019 video playlist contains ALL the info you need about joining the best FD in the country...with personal stories from several of our members who help make up that designation! ✅it out:
The clock is ticking...and we saved the best for last! Our #JoinAFD2019 video playlist contains ALL the info you need about joining the best FD in the country...with personal stories from several of our members who help make up that designation! ✅it out:
¡Última oportunidad! ESTA. ES. ESO. #JoinAFD2019 Crédito de video: Chris Wilkinson, Departamento de Bomberos de Austin
ESTA. ES. ESO. #JoinAFD2019 Crédito de video: Chris Wilkinson, Departamento de Bomberos de Austin…
THIS. IS. IT. #JoinAFD2019 📹 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department
THIS JUST IN: AFD HazMat Specialist Preston Doege is headed to Houston to assist the 6th CST with air quality monitoring and chemical vapor plume modeling from the ITC #deerparkfire: 📸 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department
Just five days left to apply for the greatest job in the greatest city with the greatest department! Our application window closes March 27. #JoinAFD2019 📸 Chris Wilkinson, Austin Fire Department
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