From The Secret List:
TEXAS PARAMEDIC LODD-APPARATUS
regret to pass on that at Burnet County (Texas) ambulance rear-ended a semi
last night and the
Paramedic driving that ambulance has died in the Line of Duty.
crash happened at around 2100 close to the border of Williamson and Burnet
crash caused a gas leak, shutting down the highway.
Medic driving the ambulance was taken to Seton Medical Center Williamson but
did not survive. The patient being transported in the ambulance during the
crash has been transported to St. David's. The conditions of the others injured
are unknown at this time. More to follow.
condolences to all those affected.
ThanksGiving Charity Golf Tournament
1-800-BOARDUP, Local 975 & the Austin Firefighters' Relief & Outreach Fund are hosting the 7th Annual...
ThanksGiving Charity Golf Tournament!
The Austin Firefighters' Outreach Fund
Wednesday, October 28rd, 2015
AVERY RANCH GOLF CLUB
1:00 Shotgun Start
$90.00 Individual Player or
Register your team on-line today by emailing Kevin Baum at email@example.com. Please make your check out to the Firefighers' Outreach Fund, and send your check/payment to Kevin Baum, PO Box 5217, Austin, TX 78763; you can pay at registration as well.
Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
Registration Includes: lunch, goodie bag, warm-up balls, golf, prizes, dinner, drink coupons and lots of fun!
Colin Camp Fundraising Campaign
Colin Camp was a firefighter with the Austin Fire Department for 7 years until June 18th 2013 when he was struck by a large SUV. Since that date, Colin has been unable to speak, walk or eat. He receives his food through a feed tube. Colin has requires 24 hour care.
Health insurance no longer covers the stay at the facility he is at, and now that has to be paid out of pocket, which is about $9,000 a month, not including the physical, occupational and speech therapy that he receives on a daily basis. For this very reason a GO FundMe account has been created. Please click on the link and donate.
AFA formal request to ATCEMS
Click on the image below to view entire Letter from AFA to ATCEMS as a formal request to begin discussions regarding consolidation.
Schlitterbahn Discount for AFA members
For year round fun at Schlitterbahn
Waterparks and Resorts, use the link below to access our Partner
Discounts. Discounts are available for admission, season passes,
accommodations and more. Although cabana discounts are not currently
available through our Partner Program, we have provided a rental link for your
To view the park-specific offers,
visit Partner Link listed below and follow the steps listed below.
the Item Type you wish to purchase.
your Quantities and Follow the Prompts.
your Promotional Code and Apply Promotion as requested one time only.
Confirm that your Rate has changed.
if your Promotional Code is not entered before check out, you will be charged full price.
6/26/2015 - Membership Update
Brother and Sister Firefighters,
On Wednesday, June 24th the AFA held an appreciation BBQ dinner to honor our friends on the City Council. The event was a huge success. Mayor Adler and 8 other council members attended along with approximately 125 firefighters and family. This is a remarkable showing considering Council's busy schedule requirements.
A big thank you goes out to all the firefighters who attended, you made the event great! Events like this help us to further build our relationships with City Council members. Nurturing and growing these relationships are key to our future success.
There is no place for politics on the fireground, however, over the last several years, it has become painfully obvious that local and state politics have a profound effect on the firefighters' pay, benefits and working conditions as well as our professional standards.
The AFA bargaining team did a magnificent job of negotiating a very favorable CBA, but our leverage to achieve this agreement was built by growing our political and legal might. Specifically, our relationships with council which produced the hiring and training standards council resolutions and the two active consent decree appeals pending with the 5th Circuit changed the nature of our struggle. AFA was able to reach a favorable CBA without ceding our principles.
Now, looking forward, we must to build upon on our successes by growing our PAC, both the regular Pac and the Pension Protection PAC. Myself and PAC and Eboard members will be initiating a PAC membership drive soon so please have your questions ready.
Finally, I want to express my appreciation for all the tremendous membership support over the last several years. Quite simply, it would have been unbearable if not for the understanding and support of the membership. For the firefighters to forego pay raises and contractual benefits for multiple years to make a stand for our important principles makes me proud to be your AFA President. Thank you!
President, Austin Firefighters Association
ATTENTION: ALL CLASSIC CAR ENTHUSIASTS
and Count are starting a classic car club for any current and
former Austin Fire Firefighters that have a passion for classic cars. We are
looking at any firefighter that owns a car pre 1980 (exceptions will be made
for newer cars) that would be interested in meeting once a month at the Union
Hall and caravanning to Top Notch Burgers on Burnet Rd afterwards. We would like to try and organize an annual
car show at the Union Hall once a year to raise money for different organizations
in the community and to raise funds to fully and professionally restore our old
Fire Engine that is down at shops. We would also like to try and get a group
together to go to the annual car show at the Expo Center each year in April.
Anyone with a "classic car" that is interested in joining the club please
contact us. The club's name will be Austin Skull Draggerz Car Club.
Jason Paez Station 22A
Count Station 8A
Brother and Sister Firefighters,
Thank you to all who voted. This vote had the largest member
participation in the history of our organization, with 773 total votes casted. The results was that an overwhelming 93% of the membership voted "NO" to the contract and
NO to the further erosion of our professional standards.
here to view the vote results]
The firefighter's principles remain intact, they are
non-negotiable and not for sale. Firefighters will not sell their principles for
any amount of money and that is what's called INTEGRITY. Our integrity, courage, and belief in our principles are the values that real leaders are made of. The safety of the citizens and firefighters of Austin is NOT for sale, no matter how much pressure the city applies to make us capitulate.
These principles should be rewarded, not punished. They
should be exalted, not stripped away by extorting firefighters family's by
eliminating a much deserved pay raise that all other city employees received. We the firefighters, need the support of the citizens, as we are not getting any from city management. The City Manager and Fire Chief are killing the very spirit that
they claim to instill in all city employees...honor, duty, family and sacrifice.
We cannot hold out forever. Over time,
if our bosses do not care, if the current council does not care, then we will work hard to seat a new council that will not let
our department be destroyed, one that will protect it and support it so great
things can continue to happen.
Now we must truly commit to a single cause! We need your help by
block-walking and assisting with the campaign. Please go to www.local975.org to sign up and block walk to help seat a
new 10-1 city council where fair-minded courageous leaders will stop this
nonsense. Join me in becoming part of the difference!
President, Austin Firefighters Association
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