November 11, 2022 –

For the December City of Austin Runoff Elections, the Austin Firefighters Association (AFA) has endorsed Kirk Watson for Mayor and Jose Velasquez for District 3.

In District 5 and District 9, the AFA has carefully vetted the runoff candidates and believes that both of the D5 and D9 runoff candidates will be favorable on public safety issues. Therefore, for District 5, the AFA will endorse both Stephanie Bazan and Ryan Alter and for District 9 the AFA will endorse both Linda Guerrero and Zohaib “Zo” Qadri.

2022 AFA OFFICER & TRUSTEE ELECTIONS

November 9, 2022

Below are the nominations received from the Nominations, Elections and Voting Committee for the 2022 AFA Officer Nomination Period:

Secretary / Treasurer:

Gregory Pope

The nominee for Secretary / Treasurer has won by acclimation.

 

Vice President:

Jordan Brown, Jeremy Copus, Michael Duffee, Adam Finkenbinder, Christine Jones and Donnie Watson.

With 6 (six) nominees for Vice President of the Austin Firefighters Association and only 4 (four) open positions, we will go to an online vote.

Below are the bios for the six candidates for AFA Vice President. Please click on the name of the candidate to take you to their bio.

Jordan Brown

Jeremy Copus

Mike Duffee

Adam Finkenbinder

Christine Jones

Donnie Watson

Each member will be able to select up to 4 candidates for Vice President when voting online. The 4 candidates for Vice President with the most votes will declared the winners.

 

Trustee:

Michael Klepac and Cavason Sutton.

With 2 (two) nominees for Trustee of the Austin Firefighters Association and only 1 (one) open position, we will go to an online vote.

Below are the bios for the two candidates for AFA Trustee. Please click on the name of the candidate to take you to their bio.

Mike Klepac

Cavason Sutton

 

The online vote will begin on November 15th at 8 AM through November 17th at 5 PM. We will send out an email next week with a link to the online vote.

 

Please click here to go to the Discussion Board

October 9, 2022

Store will be closed on Monday – October 10 due to 2022 Scramble Against Cancer Golf Tournament. Store will resume to regular hours on Tuesday – October 11. Regular store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM.

 

 

September 26, 2022

 

The LBJ Presidential Library and Museum is offering free admission to health care workers and first responders from September 1 through the end of 2022.

We would be grateful if your organization would participate by sharing this information with your members and staff to help spread the word.

The LBJ Library is proud to honor the hard work, expertise, and sacrifice that health care workers and first responders have made in the past few trying years and that they continue to make every day.

Just show up and present a valid ID. Advance tickets are not required. Free admission includes staff and any worker at hospitals, clinics, doctor offices, fire, police, EMS, and pharmacy personnel in the Austin area and nationwide.

Free admission is for personnel only and does not extend to family members, friends, or other guests. Children under the age of 12 are free.

In this Dropbox, we have provided a graphic for you to use in newsletters, a flyer you can print to post on a bulletin board, and social media graphics and messaging. We will be promoting this free admission offer on our social media channels @LBJLibrary.

The LBJ Library is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last guest is admitted at 4 p.m.) Parking is free.

While exploring the Library’s exhibits, visitors step into a replica of the Oval Office, hear about life in the White House from the President’s daughters, delve into the digital archives to read letters, watch videos, and view photos from the Library’s collections, and experience the decade of the Johnson Administration – the turbulent 1960s. Our current temporary exhibit is about Lady Bird Johnson. Learn more about the Library at www.lbjlibrary.org

Questions? Email [email protected].

 

Thank you very much. Come visit us!

September 22, 2022

Please read email below from IAFF District VP McGhee on issue with IAFF website. Please contact Bob Nicks if you have any questions or concerns.

Brothers and Sisters.

On September 9, 2022, the IAFF Executive Board was informed that someone had taken control of the IAFF IT/IS infrastructure. Many of our IAFF systems that run our in-house servers are inoperable and are now held hostage by an unknown source.

This critical cyber incident has affected and compromised everything from our internal membership database to the VOIP phone systems at IAFF Headquarters.

The Executive Board has been told that staff and outside consultants are working to resolve these issues but no timeline for restoration has been provided.

URGENT: If you have or had an IAFF.org online account you should immediately locate the email and password used to login and consider that password compromised. You should cease use of that password anywhere else online and not use it, or a form of it, again.

I have been provided minimal additional information as of this date. However, in consideration of the serious nature of this cyber event and the multitude of systems involved, I am advising all Local Presidents to share this message immediately with their membership as many of our rank and file members have IAFF.org accounts, emails, and registered passwords.

Please consider this a good reminder to update your own local’s cyber security policies, passwords, two-factor authentication protocols, and internal social media systems.

While my information on the technical side of this cyber event is limited, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly with any questions or additional concerns.

In solidarity,

Roy L. “Sandy” McGhee
IAFF District 11 Vice President

September 6, 2022 – 

7:30 AM: 9 11 Memorial Ceremony to remember those Firefighters who lost their lives on September 11.  Buford Fire Tower on Lady Bird Lake,

Location:  Cesar Chavez and Colorado.

Austin Firefighters Association will hold their annual memorial to remember all who fell on September 11, 2001.  This ceremony also incorporates a remembrance of Austin Firefighters, active and retired, who have passed away in the last year.  The event will take place at Buford Tower. The ceremony will include the Austin Firefighter Honor Guard, Emergency Services Pipes and Drums Association and AFD Quint 1.

 

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09:30 AM: 9 11 Memorial Climb. Austin firefighters will climb the Pleasant Valley Drill Tower in full turnout gear, an air pack, and a hose bundle. Firefighters will make the number of up and down flights which equals roughly the height of the World Trade Center.

(Firefighters from Austin and surrounding areas have been participating in this Memorial Stair Climb every year since that tragic day in 2001. The first climb actually took place the day after the tragedy at the AFD William Roberts Training Academy during the training of Cadet Class #106.)

Location:  517 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.

 

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12:00 PM: Bagpipes and Drums. Hosted by the Texas Capitol.

Emergency Service Pipes and Drums Association (ESPADA) will play in the Texas State Capitol Rotunda.

Location:  State Capitol Rotunda

2022 Commemorative 9 11 T-shirts have been approved for use during the month of September 2022.

I have placed an initial order of 2022 Commemorative 9 11 T-Shirts. I will send out an email once I have received the T-shirts in the Union Store (ETA is next week).

The cost per T-shirt is $15

If you are interested in purchasing a T-Shirt, please send email to:  [email protected] and specify the following information:

A) AFD or 975 Logo on the front of the shirt

B) Size: Adult: (Small / Medium / Large / XLarge / XXLarge / XXXLarge) or Youth: (Small / Medium / Large)

C) Quantity of each Size

CLICK HERE FOR RENDERING OF 2022 9 11 COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRT 

We had a very large surplus of 9 11 t-shirts left over from 2020 so we have recycled these t-shirts and added a USA flag on one of the sleeves and the wording “NEVER FORGET” on the other sleeve.

2022 Scramble Against Cancer – Golf Team Registration is Open

07/11/2022

Dear Austin Fire Family,

There is something to be said about saving your own. Austin Firefighters have always been good at stepping up when a fellow brother or sister is hurt or experiencing loss.  The first Scramble Against Cancer was hosted at Onion Creek Golf Course on September 26, 2016. It was a golf tournament fundraiser created by his fellow firefighters at Station 8 for their brother, Austin Firefighter Ryan Endicott, who was diagnosed with cancer. His crew alongside the Austin Firefighters Relief and Outreach Fund set in motion a golf tournament that would help Ryan and his family as he battled this awful disease.

Ryan beat his cancer at the time; however, our fire family knew there were more Austin Firefighters who would need our help, and we have been able to help Austin Firefighters over the years since, with funds raised by our Scramble as these proceeds from the Scramble only help Austin Firefighters with a cancer diagnosis. To date the cancer fund has been able to help our brothers and sister with over $100,000 that has been raised with your support of the Scramble against cancer golf tournament.

As many of you know Cancer has hit our Austin fire family extremely hard in 2022 putting many of our firefighters faces to this awful disease.  Based on a study by the IAFF from 2002 to 2019, cancer accounts for 66% of firefighter’s line of duty deaths nowadays.

Travis Maher has been recently diagnosed with this horrible disease. We, as a group, need to step it up another notch, so we can help Travis and his family fight this disease. We are asking all of our fire family to please step up and help us support Travis! If you do not play golf, or you are not able to play because of your schedule, we ask that you please consider making a donation at the same link that is listed below. Ryan was the reason this fund was started, and Travis is why we continue to do this! Ryan was first, but reality is, Travis will not be the last. We have and will continue to fight every year, so we are able to fully support the next brother or sister, active or retired, to fight this awful disease. Your generosity and support in the past years, has allowed us to help Travis immediately, once we heard that he was in a fight for his life. Your continued help will allow us to help Travis and other AFD FF’s in the future!

Registration is OPEN for our 6th Annual Golf Scramble Against Cancer Benefiting Austin Firefighters on October 10, 2022 at Onion Creek Golf Course.  Please visit our Austin Firefighters Relief and Outreach Fund’s website to register your golf team, make a donation or sign up to be a sponsor visit our website at:

http://www.afrof.org

The golf tournament will be a 4-person team, and we will play a scramble format. When you sign up, please list the names of the players, that will be on your team. We can make name changes, if we need to at a later date. Please list a good contact number, and email, so that we can reach you if we have questions. A small lunch will be provided before the tournament starts, and a BBQ dinner will be provided after play is completed. Our Scramble sells out every year from the support of our firefighters signing up golf teams.  This year Onion Creek membership wants to take an even bigger part in signing up their golf teams in our Scramble, however we are not opening up registration to them until September 1, 2022…our fire family gets first dibs.  If you have any question, please reach out to me, Tommy Mobley at [email protected]

We have a Special Scramble Golf Flag Sponsorship opportunity as in years past for just our Austin firefighters to show their crew, station or fire division pride with limited space available.  Please reach out to me, Kristen Wade to purchase a golf hole flag at 210-823-2521 [email protected] or for details.

If you or your company want to donate items to our silent auction please contact Ronda Doughty at 830-214-5669 [email protected].

CLICK HERE to view the Scramble Flyer in order to spread the word far and wide to save our own and extinguish Austin Firefighters cancer.

Go register your golf team for our Scramble at www.afrof.org.

Sincerely,
Our Scramble Against Cancer Benefitting Austin Firefighters Committee
Austin Firefighters Relief and Outreach Fund
Golf Info: Tommy Mobley: 512-748-0488 or [email protected].
Sponsorships/Volunteer/Ball Drop Info: Kristen Wade: 210-823-2521 or [email protected]
Silent Auction Donations: Ronda Doughty: 830-214-5669 [email protected]

Dear Austin Fire Family,

Info about the benefit and the benefit t-shirts for BC Travis Maher:

When: Friday, July 29th at 8 pm

Where: Meanwhile Brewery
3901 Promontory Point Drive
Austin, TX 78744

From Capt. Marshall Dandridge:
“Our benefit shirts have been designed. Thank you to all the stations that sponsored the shirt. You can order the shirts online at the benefit page. Buy your ticket now to the event on the 29th.”

To get your tickets and order your t-shirts, please visit the following event link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/backing-our-brother-an-evening-benefiting-battalion-chief-travis-maher-tickets-383684810597

 

Thank you,

Kristen Wade
Volunteer
210-823-2521
Austin Firefighters Relief and Outreach Fund
Auxiliary to Austin Fire Families

“Those who can do, do.  Those who can do more volunteer…step up or step out of the way

The Store will be closed the week of July 11, 2022 due to Collective Bargaining with the City of Austin.

Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience.