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Southlake Officers and Firefighters Sworn In and Promoted During DPS Promotional Ceremony

New Southlake Police Officers and Firefighters were sworn in Thursday night at the annual Promotional Ceremony at the DPS North Training facility.

After the swearing in of new officers and firefighters, others were recognized for recent promotions and several were honored with the Meritorious Conduct and Lifesaving Awards for their heroic efforts. Southlake Police Chief James Brandon and Fire Chief Mike Starr spoke at the event along with Mayor Laura Hill.  “I’m so honored to be a part of this celebration of commitment, hard work, and dedication. It makes me so proud to be your mayor,” said Mayor Hill.

“Becoming a police officer is a calling,” said Chief Brandon. Like all Southlake first responders, these men and women never shy away from danger. They instinctively run towards it and that’s why their work has life-changing effects that ripple throughout the community. “It is a desire to protect the innocent and serve the community,” added Brandon.

Each officer and firefighter chose a loved one to pin their new badge on them; either their spouse, one of their children or a parent to do the honors. It’s always a very special and emotional ceremony. “We recognize that it’s not just the officer or firefighter who makes a sacrifice. It’s also the employees’ spouse and family who make great sacrifices simply by having a loved one that is a dedicated first responder,” said Chief Starr.

The Meritorious Conduct Award went to Officer Brad Uptmore. On January 22, 2017, Officer Uptmore Officer Uptmore selflessly worked to remove the driver from a burning vehicle by trying to pry the driver’s door free. Realizing that the door was wedged shut due to the damage from the collision, Officer Uptmore then made an attempt to cut the seatbelt in order to free the driver. With the fire encroaching into the interior of the vehicle and beginning to burn the driver, Officer Uptmore used a jacket in an attempt to keep the flames away from the trapped driver.  He continued working until Southlake Fire Department personnel arrived on scene and extinguished the fire.  Officer Uptmore was subsequently treated for injuries he received in his attempt to save the driver’s life.

Fire personnel Cody Brazelton, Chase Sanderson, J. Moloney, and Jason Wise received the Lifesaving Award. On April 8, 2016, these first responders responded to a motor vehicle collision on State Highway 114 service road near the intersection of Dove and White Chapel. Personnel arrived at the scene quickly and found several vehicles involved, some with major exterior and interior damage. Crews rapidly assessed numerous patients and found one to be in dire need of immediate care. The patient was a 1 month old female found unresponsive and not breathing, still secured inside her car safety seat. Fire personnel performed a swift but focused medical and trauma assessment then promptly transported the child to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. The expeditious and advanced emergency care provided by fire personnel helped stabilize the patient which ultimately led to a positive outcome for the patient and her family.

These first responders exemplify the dedication and professionalism of being a Southlake Police Officer and Firefighter.

Congratulations to all of our new staff promoted staff and recipients of the Meritorious Conduct and Lifesaving awards.

 

New Police Officers           Promoted Officers                                         

Brad Uptmore                               Lt. Jose Luna

Jamie Hannah                              Sgt. Jason Henniger

Kyle Meeks                                   Sgt. Jonathan Macheca

Ricky Holder                                 Cpl. Preston Logan

Raymon Cannon                          Cpl. Chris Milton

Tony Pate                                     Cpl. Robert Briggs

Bobby Cure

Diedre Spears

Stephanie Warren

 

New Firefighters                  Promoted Firefighters                 

 

Chris Horne                                   Jimmy Elliott, Engineer

Nicolas Miles                                 Wes Adams, Engineer

Daniel Miller                                  Ricky Davis, Lieutenant

Cody Pierson

Joshua Borsky

Alfredo Del Valle

Kaleb Gilliam

Lester Gomez

Jared Higgins

David Hill

Kurt Hill, Deputy Chief

 

Lifesaving Award            

Joshua Brady

Cody Brazelton

Chase Sanderson

J. Moloney

Jason Wise

 

Meritorious Conduct Award

Officer Brad Uptmore









 

 

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Proclamation for Southlake Firefighters who Assisted in Hurricane Harvey Efforts

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Mayor Laura Hill presented several members of the Southlake Fire Department with a proclamation for their efforts in assisting first responders and victims of Hurricane Harvey in South Texas.

The proclamation reads as follows:

Whereas, in August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the United States causing catastrophic floods in the Texas Gulf Coast area; and,

Whereas, the results of the floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues; and,

Whereas, many in the community as well as Southlake Employees  volunteered to assist in providing donations for families affected by the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey; and,

Whereas, Southlake Emergency Management Coordinator, Eric Hutmacher, assisted the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) at the DPS Region 1 Regional Coordination Center (RCC) at DPS Headquarters in Garland, TX . He was also included in the Air Command Section and later transferred to the position of Single Unit Resource Leader; and,

Whereas, Southlake firefighters Lt. Jeremy Blackwell, Jason Moloney, Seth Corder, and Steven Tanner were deployed with Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aide System, Strike Team 109 to Dickinson, Texas to assist with the ongoing rescues and evacuations during unprecedented flooding in South Texas; now,

Therefore, I, Mayor Laura Hill, on behalf of the City Council, do consider it a great privilege and honor to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Lt. Jeremy Blackwell, Jason Moloney, Seth Corder, Steven Tanner, and Eric Hutmacher for their dedicated service to the welfare of others.

 

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Southlake Firefighters & Police Officers Participate in the 7th Annual Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

On Saturday, September 9, 2017 eleven firefighters from Southlake’s Fire Department and seven police officers from the Southlake Police Department will participate in the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Dallas.

On Saturday, September 10, 2016 seven firefighters from Southlake’s Fire Department and nine police officers from the Southlake Police Department will participate in the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Dallas.

Southlake firefighters and police officers are climbing to honor the 343 fallen firefighters, 70 police officers, and nine EMS personnel who were killed on September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center Towers fell. Each climber will be wearing full firefighter, police gear and equipment, just like the New York first responders did on that day.

Climbing for the Southlake Fire Department is:  Barry Kevin, Brazelton Cody, Crowder Joe, Elliott James, Harbold Kraymer, Horne Chris, Jackson Johnathan, Jackson Johnathan, Pierson Cody, Sessums Ryan, Teague Cory, and VanNatta KJ. Representing the Southlake Police Department are: Randy Thomas, Jason Henninger, Blas Hernandez, Jose Luna, Jonathan Macheca, Tyler Sewell, and Ashleigh Douglas.

Each member of the Southlake DPS team, along with the other climbers, will wear the name and picture of a fallen firefighter, police officer or EMS worker.

The 9/11 Dallas Stair Climb is held at the Renaissance Tower in Dallas.  Saturday, hundreds of firefighters and police officers will join together to climb 110 floors, the same number of floors the first responders were faced with at the Twin Towers more than fifteen years ago.

Opening ceremonies begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane (Flight 11) flew into the North Tower.  Firefighters and police officers will start their climb at 8:50 a.m., the same time first responders began arriving at the Twin Towers.

If you would like to show your support, you can come to the Renaissance Tower in Dallas to cheer on the climbers and/or if you would like to donate you can do so by going to the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

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Southlake Firefighters Respond to Call for Help in South Texas

A four man fire crew from the Southlake Fire Department has been requested by the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS), to assist in the Hurricane Harvey rescue operations in south Texas.

The Southlake Fire Department immediately responded to the call and preparations are underway to send a four man team with one of its backup fire engines. The firefighters heading to south Texas are, Seth Corder, Jason Moloney, Steven Tanner, and Jeremy Blackwell.

Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “We are ready to go wherever we are needed to help Cities devastated by Hurricane Harvey.”

The Southlake team is expecting to be in service for up to 12 days. All fire crews being called into action for TIFMAS will assist in rescue operations, fire calls and other life saving emergencies.

With dire warnings of tornadoes, torrential downpours and days of flooding to come, conditions for broad swaths of southeast Texas are expected to get worse. Many people are still trapped in their homes and need rescuing. Chief Starr says, “We are on our way, along with other Fire Departments from across Texas, and our team will begin rescue operations as soon as they arrive.”

TIFMAS, The Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, is coordinated by the Texas A&M Forest Service. TIFMAS is the framework through which fire and rescue agencies work together to provide support for incidents such as hurricanes and wildfires. Local resources, including personnel and apparatus, deploy at the request of the State to provide assistance.

Southlake and Flower Mound Fire Departments met up at the DPS HQ Southlake Fire Station and are on their way to south Texas.

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Southlake Firefighters Train to Hone Skills

Southlake Firefighters never slow down. Whether it’s responding to a medical emergency, a fire call, a major traffic accident, or attending a public education event for the community, the men and women who make up the department are always on the go.

Even with this busy schedule, crews make time to hone their skills through ongoing training. Recently, firefighters received hands-on training for Street Level Airway Management (SLAM). “It’s important for every firefighter to be able to care for a patient in various difficult scenarios,” said EMS Battalion Chief Ryan Arthur.

In most situations, firefighters are going to be able to place a patient on a level surface like the floor or ground, but in some cases it’s just not possible. For example, what if firefighters respond to a patient who suffers a medical condition while working underground beneath a manhole? It’s a cramped space with low visibility. Firefighters are trained to lower personnel crew into the manhole, stabilize a patient; including making sure their airway is open, before securing them to the stretcher and bringing them to the surface for transport to a hospital.

Firefighters from A, B, and C shift spent several hours over three days perfecting techniques and learning from the best in their field. The classes are taught by the department’s experienced Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Field Training Officers (FTOs). “The FTOs are experts in their field and do an amazing job. Training in this type of environment is so important and helps firefighters think outside the box,” said Fire Chief Mike Starr.

The SLAM course uses hands-on training aids to help firefighters get the most accurate experience before utilizing their skills on patients. “It’s more realistic than working with only plastic tubes that are made to mimic a human’s trachea or lungs,” said Arthur.

The SLAM training also includes use of a special camera that’s inserted into a mannequin’s trachea. During training, obstructions are put in place to allow firefighters to problem solve. It allows them to see what they normally can’t see in a real situation. The camera can also be used in treating a real patient with an airway obstruction. “Time is critical when you are trying to clear an airway and restore breathing in a patient,” said Arthur.

Ongoing training is an important part of the mission of the Southlake Fire Department and why it has a #1 rating with the Insurance Service Office (ISO) and the State Fire Marshal’s office. The highest rating a Fire Department can receive.

Southlake residents can breathe easy knowing firefighters and the Southlake Fire Department are dedicated to the safety and protection of your community and are always working to serve you better.

To learn more about the Southlake Fire Department visit their website at www.cityofsouthlake.com/firedepartment.

 

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Southlake Firefighters Help Battle Deadly Wildfires

A two-man team from the Southlake Fire Department has joined other firefighters across North Texas to help battle deadly wildfires.

The Texas Forest Service put out a call for help and the Southlake Fire Department answered by sending two specially trained wildland firefighters, Engineer Brent Nobile and Firefighter Seth Corder. Nobile and Corder joined firefighters from several local cities including, Fort Worth, Dallas, Weatherford and Stephenville. The teams have been working long hours to try to help control and contain the wildfires that are burning in the Texas Panhandle. The largest wildfire is burning north of Amarillo in Canadian, Texas.

This cluster of late-winter prairie fires has already burned approximately 478,000 acres of land and killed six people including three ranch hands, two of whom were a young couple in their 20s trying to move cattle away from the flames. Engineer Brent Nobile said, “There was devastation everywhere. You could drive for miles and miles and see nothing but scorched land in every direction.”

The Southlake Firefighters left on Monday, March 6 and are expected to be on the ground battling the wildfires for seven to ten days. Brent and Seth are part of a group of nine individuals within the Southlake Fire Department that have received specialized training in wildland firefighting. Fire Chief Mike Starr says, “The specialized training our firefighters receive allows us the opportunity to provide assistance to any agency facing devastating and fast-moving wildfires like these. It is critical to have a rotation of firefighters that are able to provide relief to crews that have been battling raging fires for days or even weeks.” Chief Starr adds, “This is a great partnership that allows us to come to the aid of any anyone that needs our help and support.”

The State of Texas reimburses all expenditures and any overtime incurred while Southlake resources aid in saving the lives and property of our neighbors in the Texas panhandle.

 

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Firefighters: change smoke, carbon monoxide detector batteries

Colleyville firefighters urge residents to change smoke alarm batteries around the house while winding clocks back this weekend.

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, and firefighting agencies around the nation believe this is a great time for people to test and replace the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 71-percent of smoke alarms that failed to operate had missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.

Colleyville firefighters are also reminding the community to replace smoke alarms every 10 years. While replacing batteries, residents should look for the smoke alarms manufacture date located on the back of the device.

Smoke alarm statistics

Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
More than one-third, 38-percent, of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present
The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

Source: National Fire Protection Association

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Southlake Firefighters & Police Officers Participate in the 6th Annual Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

On Saturday, September 10, 2016 seven firefighters from Southlake’s Fire Department and nine police officers from the Southlake Police Department will participate in the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Dallas.

Southlake firefighters and police officers are climbing to honor the 343 fallen firefighters, 70 police officers, and nine EMS personnel who were killed on September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center Towers fell. Each climber will be wearing full firefighter, police gear and equipment, just like the New York first responders did on that day.

Southlake Fire Chief Mike Starr, Lieutenant Ryan Sessums, Firefighters Jody Keeler, Will Mayer, John Jackson, Billy Vogler, and Daniel Lyons will be representing the Southlake Fire Department. Assistant Police Chief Ashleigh Douglas, Lieutenant Randy Thomas, Lieutenant Jose Luna, Sergeant Tyler Sewell, Sergeant Jason Henninger, Sergeant Jonathan Macheca, Corporal Blas Hernandez, Officer Weston Wood, and Officer Stefan Petrovich will represent the Southlake Police Department. Each member of the Southlake DPS team, along with the other climbers, will wear the name and picture of a fallen firefighter, police officer or EMS worker.

The 9/11 Dallas Stair Climb is held at the Renaissance Tower in Dallas.  Saturday, hundreds of firefighters and police officers will join together to climb 110 floors, the same number of floors the first responders were faced with at the Twin Towers more than a decade ago.

Participating in the 9/11 Stair Climb is incredibly meaningful for all of the first responders. Fire Chief Mike Starr said, “It is an honor for us to pay tribute to the fallen firefighters and their families. We climb to remember them and to honor their memory.”

The 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb was organized following 9/11 and continues to grow each year. Assistant Chief Ashleigh Douglas said, “Participating in the stair climb is a very humbling experience. The climb allows us the opportunity to make certain these brave men and women will never be forgotten.”

Opening ceremonies begin at 8:00 a.m., followed by a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane (Flight 11) flew into the North Tower.  Firefighters and police officers will start their climb at 8:50 a.m., the same time first responders began arriving at the Twin Towers.

If you would like to show your support, you can come to the Renaissance Tower in Dallas to cheer on the climbers and/or if you would like to donate you can do so by going to the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

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