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Southlake Welcomes New Deputy Chief of Operations for Fire Department

The Southlake Fire Department is pleased to announce its newest Deputy Chief of Operations Kurt Hall.

Hall was selected from a pool of more than seventy applicants. Some of the top candidates for the position came from the DFW area as well as agencies outside of the state. “Kurt stood out from the rest and brings with him a wealth of experience which will help us maintain our superior performance levels.” said Fire Chief Mike Starr.

He most recently served as the Assistant Fire Chief for the City of Allen and before that he was the Deputy Fire Chief for the Town of Addison. “I am excited to join the City of Southlake Fire Department. The department has an outstanding reputation as a high performing organization and is known for delivering excellence in customer service. I am also looking forward to taking a hands-on approach in daily operations and providing the Southlake community with the quality service they expect and deserve,” said Deputy Chief Hall.

Hall has spent 23 years in Fire Services. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs, from the University of Texas at Dallas, a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University. Hall began his career in fire Services in 1994, working his way up the ranks from firefighter/paramedic to Assistant Fire Chief.

Along with his academic and professional experience, Hall is certified by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a Master Firefighter, Master Fire Instructor III, Master Fire Investigator, Master Arson Investigator, and he also holds a Master Peace Officer certification from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

“The Southlake Fire Department is thrilled to have someone of Kurt Halls’ caliber and education. He will be a great asset to our fire department and help us continue to achieve the high standards we have set for our agency,” said Chief Starr.

Hall has been married to his wife Sondra for 24 years. They have two children, a daughter Kaleigh, 20, who is attending the University of North Texas, and a son Dallas, 26, who served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Army and is now working as a Department of Defense (DOD) contractor.

Please join us in welcoming Deputy Chief of Operations Kurt Hall to the City of Southlake.

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Duncanville Police Department Offering Civil Service Exam

The Duncanville Police Department is offering a Police Civil Service exam on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Individuals interested in a rewarding career in Law Enforcement are urged to fill out an interest card to be eligible for the civil service exam. The Duncanville Police Department has great opportunities in a variety of aspects of police work. If you are interested in a law enforcement career, submit an interest card by 3 pm on August 4, to be eligible for the exam on August 12. To fill out an interest card or for more information, visit www.duncanville.com. Cops

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TCC Chancellor Giovannini Continues Focus on Workforce Initiatives, Will Attend Meeting at the Department of Labor

 

Chancellor GiovanniniFORT WORTH, Texas (June 13, 2017) – Tarrant County College Chancellor Eugene Giovannini has been invited by the White House to attend a meeting at the Department of Labor on Wednesday, June 14 outlining worker-trainer initiatives.

 

During this trip, Chancellor Giovannini will continue to collaborate with elected officials, business leaders and other stakeholders to forge strategic partnerships that impact the vitality of Tarrant County. Recently, TCC announced a state-of-the-art automotive training partnership with Toyota Motors North America. The Technician Training and Education Network Program (T-TEN) will provide students the opportunity to acquire additional skills, national certification and employment at Toyota and Lexus dealerships in a five-state region.

 

“Tarrant County College is deeply connected to the economic and social well-being of the region and state,” Giovannini said. “TCC generates tremendous value, not only in preparing students to enter the workforce and thrive, but in creating sustainable and measurable economic vitality for alumni, businesses and taxpayers.”

 

As a leader in workforce training, TCC provides customized training for many Tarrant County area corporations. Serving more than 100,000 students annually, TCC offers an array of academic and career and technical programs designed to prepare highly skilled workers for the global workforce.

 

 

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Southlake Fire Department Awarded Mission Lifeline Award

The City of Southlake is pleased to announce the Southlake Fire Department has achieved the 2017 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus level recognition award presented by the American Heart Association.

This is exciting news for the City and lets citizens know they are receiving the best possible care. This is the highest level of recognition related to pre-hospital cardiovascular care available to EMS providers nationwide. The department received this recognition following the submission of specific patient care data that proves we met or exceeded certain criteria. These include how quickly our Firefighter/Paramedics identify and begin treatment for those patients experiencing a heart attack. Additional criteria include how quickly fire personnel obtain, interpret, and submit EKG’s to the receiving hospital. All of these efforts combined decreases the time it takes to stabilize heart attack patients which ultimately saves cardiac muscle and leads to an increase in survival.

The department received Gold level recognition in 2016 but based on our personnel’s continued determination to provide the BEST patient care possible, the AHA advanced our status for 2017.

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Southlake Police Department Helping to Keep Your Home Safe and Sound

Heading out of town for summer vacation? The Southlake Police Department can help keep your home safe and sound while you are away.

Through two free services for Southlake residents, the Home Security Inspection program and the Vacation House Watch program, homeowners can rest assured about their home’s security.

The Southlake Police Department offers personal home security inspections to residents free of charge to identify any potential weak points of entry for burglars and offers suggestions to help safeguard your home. Each home inspection takes between 15-20 minutes and may be scheduled at the homeowner’s convenience. Contact Valerie Snyder at 817-748-8173.

If residents plan to be out of town for an extended period of time, homeowners can request a vacation house watch. Through the program, a police officer will check the residence (at least once per shift) to ensure the premises are secure. Residents can sign-up for a vacation house watch by completing an online form and can change the dates of service by calling the dispatch at 817-743-4522.

Residents can check the security of their own homes by reviewing the Home Security Points Checklist, a valuable tool that serves as a reminder to evaluate windows, doors, landscaping, and garage doors.

This summer, make safety a priority by allowing the Southlake Police Department to assist you in protecting your home and your valuables. For additional information, visit the Southlake Police Department webpage.

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TCC Fire Academy Hosts Grapevine Fire Department for Special Appreciation Event

Donation of ladder truck enhances training as Academy accepts applications for fall class
 
sideview one of firetruckFORT WORTH, Texas (April 18, 2017) – The Tarrant County College Fire Service Training Center will host leaders from the City of Grapevine on Wednesday, April 19, to express gratitude for the city’s recent donation of an aerial apparatus truck to the College’s training program.
 
The ladder truck—a 1999 E-ONE 75-foot Quint—passed its serviceable life with the City of Grapevine. Used trucks often go to auction, but Grapevine Fire Department Chief Darrell Brown proposed giving the vehicle to the Fire Service Training Center, located on Northwest Campus. The Grapevine City Council unanimously approved the donation.
 
During a special appreciation luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m., the College will conduct tours of its Fire Service Training Center and display the ladder truck. In addition to Chief Brown, dignitaries in attendance will include City Council members Paul Slechta, Michael Lease, Chris Coy and Duff O’Dell, City Manager Bruno Rumbelow, Assistant City Manager Jennifer Hibbs, Assistant Chief Stuart Grant and Assistant Chief John Sherwood.
 
“The generosity of the City of Grapevine will have a real impact on the next generation of firefighters,” said Steve Keller, director of TCC’s Fire Service Training Center. “This allows us to hold multiple truck courses simultaneously and give students even more experience in real-world situations. They will enter the workforce even more prepared to serve their communities.”
 
The donated vehicle is worth approximately $140,000. It becomes TCC’s second ladder truck and third fire truck overall. Prior to use by students, the truck was refurbished and underwent inspection and certification of the ladder.
 
The Grapevine Fire Department has had a long, successful partnership with TCC. In the 1970s, many Grapevine firefighters studied under Jim Nichols, who pioneered TCC’s fire service education program. When the Grapevine Fire Department launched the use of Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulances the following decade, more than 40 firefighters obtained paramedic certification through the College.
 
Since the 1990s, TCC has worked with the Grapevine Fire Department to provide professional development classes in hazardous materials, specialized rescues and other topics. Many past and present leaders of the department, including Deputy Chief Mark Ashmead, are TCC alumni.
 

TCC is the area’s primary trainer for firefighters and other first responders. Fire Service Training Center courses combine classroom instruction with hands-on skills training. Facility features include a simulated city for live firefighting—with streets, residences, businesses, an apartment-hotel complex and high-rise buildings—along with a swift-water rescue site, trench rescue training area, confined-space rescue maze and simulated train derailment with hazardous materials scenario.
 
Tarrant County College holds three 14-week cadet classes each year, and the Fire Academy is certified with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, which makes graduates eligible to take the state certification exam for basic firefighting. TCC consistently has a pass rate of or near 100 percent.
 
The deadline to submit an application for the Fire Academy’s fall 2017 cadet class is Thursday, July 27. Veterans are encouraged to apply. In addition to the Fire Academy, the Fire Service Training Center offers an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology and continuing education for professional and volunteer firefighters.
 
EDITOR’S NOTE: Media interested in touring the Fire Service Training Center or conducting interviews should call 817-515-1542 by Wednesday at 10 a.m.
 

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Southlake Fire Department State-of-the-Art Ambulance Arrives

In the Cities continuing efforts to provide the best emergency care possible to Southlake citizens, the Southlake Fire Department is putting a new state-of-the-art ambulance into service.

The department has purchased a new ambulance, also known as, a Mobile Intensive Care Unit or MICU for short. The new MICU is designed to maximize the vehicle’s functionality through strategically located electronic connections and ports, storage cabinets, and static working areas. Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “The new MICU also contains advanced safety features that offer the best protection for both the patient and those providing emergency medical care.” The unit contains a new patient loading and unloading system that is fully automatic. This feature will increase patient safety while decreasing potential lifting injuries to firefighters.

The new addition will replace the existing ambulance currently housed at Fire Station #1. The new ambulance hits the streets in April.

 

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