DeSoto Fire Rescue

DeSoto Fire Rescue Established in 1949. 66 personnel are divided among three 24-hour shifts, capable of responding to calls for help for fires, emergency medical services, rescue, public service, public fire education, and much more.
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Operating as usual

07/02/2021

Fireworks are illegal in DeSoto. If you are reporting the use of fireworks, please call the non-emergency number which is 972-223-6111. Please do not call 911!

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE!
06/29/2021

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE!

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE!

06/28/2021

Station 263 (A shift) having fun AND getting their groove on at Johnson's Health and Wellness this past Saturday at their health fair. We hope this puts a big smile on your face!

DeSoto Fire Rescue helping our neighbors in Duncanville.
06/23/2021

DeSoto Fire Rescue helping our neighbors in Duncanville.

06/16/2021

SUMMER ARRIVED HERE IN TEXAS WITH A VENGENANCE! Please take note and be aware of the following:

Heat-related illnesses are common occurrences in our brutally hot, humid Texas summers and come in various forms, including minor inconveniences, such as a sunburn or rash, but can progress into something much more significant, such as a heat stroke. Severe heat illnesses occur when the body cannot get rid of excess heat, causing core temperatures to rise and the heart rate to increase. Heat and dehydration can also affect concentration and employees can be more prone to accidents. With proper education and preparation, heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable.

Signs and Symptoms of Heat Illness:
• Dizziness or headache
• Fatigue, weakness
• Cramping
• Damp, pale, or clammy skin
• Sweating stops, redness of skin
• Confusion
• Vomiting

Personal Risk Factors for Heat Illness:
• Lifestyle - caffeine drinkers, alcohol consumption, and fitness level
• Body Size - carrying excess weight affects the body's regulation of temperature
• Age - young people and older adults do not adjust as well to temperature changes
• Illnesses - heart disease, diabetes, and prior heat-related illness

Preventing Heat Illness:
• Cool water is best for optimal hydration. It is important not to overconsume sports drinks
• Be sure to get adequate sleep and nutrition
• Take breaks to allow time to acclimate to the weather; watch out for each other
• Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, and ventilated clothing
• Educate employees to know the signs of heat exhaustion
• Plan work for cooler times of the day and monitor conditions using a heat stress app
• Use SPF sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB sun rays

CONGRATULATIONS TO CLASS #66 FOR A JOB WELL DONE!
06/11/2021

CONGRATULATIONS TO CLASS #66 FOR A JOB WELL DONE!

Station 263 (A shift) doing some training with our new rookie.  We think he's enjoying it!
06/08/2021

Station 263 (A shift) doing some training with our new rookie. We think he's enjoying it!

For anyone who is planning to attend the festival, here is some updated news.
06/04/2021

For anyone who is planning to attend the festival, here is some updated news.

Fun times at the new fire station!
05/30/2021

Fun times at the new fire station!

05/29/2021

A great day to have a hose uncoupling! Station 262 is officially open. Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate.

05/29/2021
If you look closely, you’ll see our fire chief picking up trash from the service road of I35 and Belt Line Road. Good jo...
05/28/2021

If you look closely, you’ll see our fire chief picking up trash from the service road of I35 and Belt Line Road. Good job Chief Duffield! Team work.

Come celebrate with us tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m.  See our new station and meet the firefighters.  They will be givi...
05/28/2021

Come celebrate with us tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. See our new station and meet the firefighters. They will be giving tours of the new station. Hope to see you there!

Come celebrate with us tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. See our new station and meet the firefighters. They will be giving tours of the new station. Hope to see you there!

Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting/Open House next Saturday, May 29th from 10:00 a.m. to noon for our new fire station!...
05/20/2021

Please join us for a Ribbon Cutting/Open House next Saturday, May 29th from 10:00 a.m. to noon for our new fire station! We are very excited to finally be in this beautiful facility.

05/20/2021
Join us for an informative session on Fire & Rescue!
05/18/2021

Join us for an informative session on Fire & Rescue!

Join us for an informative session on Fire & Rescue!

Photos from DeSoto Fire Rescue's post
05/05/2021

Photos from DeSoto Fire Rescue's post

05/05/2021

Just a reminder that today is the first Wednesday of the Month, so it’s Outdoor Warning Siren Test day. At 2pm today (assuming the sky stays clear), Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Lancaster will activate sirens for an audible test.

Please share for your friends and family.

04/25/2021

Help class #66 raise money for a great cause.

New update.
03/21/2021

New update.

SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 2021, ABBREVIATED COVID UPDATE

Dallas County has discontinued its Sunday reporting of COVID case numbers and statistics. They now include that information in their Monday summary. Therefore this will be an abbreviated summary.

While overall COVID-19 related numbers are looking better, not enough residents have been vaccinated to allow for a “herd immunity” to develop. Please keep our community safe until enough have been vaccinated to make a difference. Continue to wear a mask and follow the medically proven safety protocols against COVID including social distancing, avoiding crowds, and keeping your hands clean.

TDEM’s Texas Statewide COVID Summary for Sunday, March 21st is here: https://olympus.soc.texas.gov/services/Sitrep/GetFile.aspx?id=8300

Effective Sunday, March 21st, DeSoto’s temporary dedicated free COVID-19 Test Center will have a new location. This pop-up testing facility had been operating at Meadow Creek Park, but beginning Sunday, March 21st, at Noon, the new location for the immediate future will be at Moseley Park, 1300 Honor Drive, in DeSoto. It will operate daily from Sunday through Friday, Noon until 6 pm, until further notice. The State of Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is working with DeSoto on this effort and no advance reservations are needed. Those who are tested will be promptly notified of test results via the contact information that they provide at their arrival. There will only be PCR testing offered here and no vaccinations are provided.

On March 10, 2021, DeSoto Mayor Rachel Proctor issued the following COVID-related orders to continue to protect our residents. You can read these orders in PDF format here: https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/18902/ORDER-of-Mayor-Rachel-Proctor

Please register to be vaccinated. If you aren’t, there are multiple places in this notice that provide information about where you can receive assistance. Please don’t become preoccupied with which type of vaccine you should receive. All that are available have extremely high efficacy ratings and the medical experts caution not to delay. Information that is hearsay, ideologically slanted, or even that comes to you like a flyer left on your vehicle or door should not be trusted. If you have concerns or questions about getting vaccinated, contact your doctor or reputable sources such as the CDC, Dallas County HHS, or Texas 2-1-1.

The CDC has issued new safety guidelines for persons who have been fully vaccinated. It makes it clear that even with a full vaccination that you still need to mask, social distance, and restrict travel. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) is providing initial vaccinations to those at highest risk from COVID-19 and over 195,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been provided at the Fair Park mega-vaccine clinic since it began operations on Monday, January 11. Vaccine operations at Fair Park for both a patient’s first and second doses of Moderna will resume on Monday, March 22.

Parkland’s Ellis Davis Field House Vaccination Status: Parkland Hospital’s Ellis Davis Facility has reopened and vaccinations are being done by appointment only. There are no walk-ins. Parkland reports that teachers are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. In partnership with Dallas County Health and Human Services, Parkland is providing vaccines to Dallas ISD instructors.

Dallas County operates its COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Hotline so that residents can register over the phone for COVID-19 vaccinations. Dial 1-855-IMMUNE9 (1-855-466-8639) to register between 7 AM and 7 PM, seven days a week. You can also learn more about vaccine registration and requirements at www.dallascountycovid.org, View the flyer here: https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/.../020421FINAL...

DeSoto Seniors who do not have access to the internet can obtain help with registration over the phone from the DeSoto Senior Activity Center by calling 972-230-5825 during regular business hours.

For other residents who need help with accessing the internet so that they can register online, public computers are available in the DeSoto Public Library. Library staff will not be registering residents but can direct people over the phone or in the library to the Dallas HHS vaccinations page and online form. Contact the Library’s Information Desk at 972-230-9661.

DeSoto Seniors. If you need a free ride to and from Dallas County’s Fair Park Vaccination Mega Center can contact STAR Transit at least 24 hours in advance to make the necessary reservations. The linked press release will explain the full process in greater detail: https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/18659/STARTransit_FreeRides_1-28-21

Dallas County Cities COVID Cases: Please look under Dallas County Summary of Cases by City Distribution at https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/

As of Tuesday, March 16, 2021, the County’s reported 5,736 cumulative COVID Cases in DeSoto since the start of the Pandemic. The list for March 19th can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus/daily-updates.php There is an interactive map that provides Data on Demand via Dallas County can be accessed at: https://covid-analytics-pccinnovation.hub.arcgis.com/

All Dallas County COVID-19 Updates and Information can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/ and all guidance documents can be found here: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/guidance-health.php

Specific Guidance for the Public:

o Dallas County COVID-19 Related Health Guidance for the Public:https://www.dallascounty.org/Assets/uploads/docs/covid-19/community/Dallas-CovidGeneralGuidelines-060620.pdf

o Dallas County Measures for Protecting An Institution’s Workforce from COVID-19 Infection: Employer/Employee Guidancehttps://www.dallascounty.org/Assets/uploads/docs/covid-19/community/Dallas_Covid_Employer_Guidance_FINAL.pdf

o Dallas County Guidance for Individuals at High-Risk for Severe COVID-19:https://www.dallascounty.org/Assets/uploads/docs/covid-19/community/Dallas_HighRiskGuidelines.pdf

Here is some additional information on vaccinations from the State of Texas: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/immunize/vaccine.aspx

Here is information in English and Spanish from Parkland Hospital about how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. It is designed to clear up any confusion in the process if you are a Parkland patient or if you are not a patient of Parkland: https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/18645/How-to-get-vaccine-12121-English-Spanish

Listing of Test Sites from Dallas County: https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19/testing-locations.php

Listing of Test Sites From the State of Texas: https://tdem.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=1e91fb79fa44417898738e5bff31a3d8/

Dallas County/Parkland Drive-Through Testing Site at the Ellis Davis Field House, 9191 S. Polk St., Dallas, TX 75232, is normally open from Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. or until the testing limit is reached. This facility is closed on Sundays. https://www.parklandhospital.com/news-and-updates/ellis-davis-field-house-covid19-testing--1730

For the latest info about Texas 2-1-1 community resources on COVID-19 dial 2-1-1.
The State of Texas has a Mental Health Support Line that can make a big difference and you can call them toll-free at 833-986-1919 to speak with a mental health professional for help dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression. You can also find out more about the State’s COVID mental health resources here: https://dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/mental-health.aspx

COVID NEWS:

Daily Mail (UK): Texas Roadhouse founder and CEO Kent Taylor dies by su***de aged 65 after suffering severe post-COVID symptoms https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9385981/Texas-Roadhouse-founder-Kent-Taylor-dies-su***de-suffering-severe-post-COVID-symptoms.html

The National Review: Arkansas Governor: Trump Supporters’ Vaccine Hesitancy Stems from ‘Natural Resistance to Government’ https://www.nationalreview.com/news/covid-vaccine-hesitancy-among-trump-supporters-stems-from-natural-resistance-to-government-arkansas-governor-says/

Fox News Carolina: Married 66 years, husband, wife die minutes apart of virus https://www.foxcarolina.com/married-66-years-husband-wife-die-minutes-apart-of-virus/article_b5f16ee4-8a42-11eb-ace3-6be98ae20f1e.html

Reuters: Massive religious gathering worries India as COVID-19 cases surge https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-india-cases-idUSKBN2BD04N

Fact Check.Org: Posts Distort CDC Study Supporting Mask Mandates to Reduce COVID-19 https://www.factcheck.org/2021/03/scicheck-posts-distort-cdc-study-supporting-masks-mandates-to-reduce-covid-19/
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03/10/2021

DeSoto Mayor Rachel Proctor has issued the following COVID related orders taking effect at 12:01 AM on March 10th. You can view this document in PDF format (link below) followed by the text version below:

View these orders in their entirety in PDF: https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/18902/ORDER-of-Mayor-Rachel-Proctor

View these orders in text:

ORDER OF MAYOR RACHEL L. PROCTOR

DATE ORDER ISSUED: March 10, 2021

WHEREAS, beginning in December, 2019, a novel coronavirus, now designated SARS-CoV2 which causes the disease COVID-19, spread through the world and was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the Governor of the State of Texas, Greg Abbott (the "Governor"), declared a state of disaster for the State of Texas; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 418.108 and Article 1.800 "Emergency Management" of the City's Code of Ordinances, the Mayor of the City of DeSoto (the "Mayor') issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency on March 13, 2020; and,

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the Mayor issued an Order in furtherance of her authority to protect the safety and welfare of the public by slowing the spread of the virus; and,

WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the City Council of the City of DeSoto adopted a Resolution ratifying and ordering the continuation of the Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency; and

WHEREAS, on April 7, 2020, the City Council of the City of DeSoto passed Ordinance 2191-20 indefinitely extending the local state of disaster declared by the Mayor and previously extended by City Council unless and until terminated by subsequent order by the Mayor and authorized the Mayor issue, modify, or terminate any lawful emergency order; and

WHEREAS, on March 2, 2021, the Governor issued Executive Order GA-34 which increased capacity of all business and facilities to their normal operating capacity and rescinded the statewide face covering mandate and most prior executive orders relating to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order GA-34 strongly encourages every person to use good-faith efforts and available resources to follow the Texas Department of State Health Services ("DSHS") health recommendations in providing or obtaining services; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order GA-34 does not preclude businesses or other establishments, including local government facilities, to require employees and customers to follow additional hygiene measures, including the wearing of a face covering; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the Texas Government Code, Chapter 418, and the authority granted in Ordinance 2191-20, Mayor Rachel L. Proctor finds it in the public interest to issue regulations for City of DeSoto facilities;

THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF DESOTO, TEXAS:

Summary: The virus that causes 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is easily transmitted through person-to-person contact, especially in group settings, and it is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to safeguard public health and safety. Because of the risk of the spread of the virus, and the need to protect the most vulnerable members of the community, this Order requires all individuals to wear a face covering when visiting any City of DeSoto building, facility, or outdoor space. This Order also limits capacity for City of DeSoto buildings and facilities to 50% of their listed occupancy. This Order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 10, 2021 and will continue until rescinded, superseded, or amended or until expired pursuant to applicable law.

UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 418.108, MAYOR RACHELL. PROCTOR ORDERS:

That effective as of 12:01 a.m. on March 10, 2021, and continuing until rescinded, superseded, or amended or until expired pursuant to applicable law, the following is ordered:

1. All previous Emergency Orders of the City of DeSoto in conflict with this order and Executive Order GA-34 are hereby rescinded.

2. All persons shall wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while visiting any city building or facility, provided, however that this face covering requirement does not apply to the following:

a. Any person younger than two (2) years of age;
b. Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
c. Any person while consuming food or drink;
d. Any person while the person is in their office and maintaining a safe distance from other people not in the same household;
e. Any person giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience; or
f. Any person expressly exempted by a city policy applicable to the premises or facility.

Following a verbal or written warning for a first-time violator of this face covering requirement, any person not wearing a face covering shall be denied permission to enter any city building, facility, or outdoor space and any official with authority to enforce this executive order may act to enforce trespassing laws and remove such persons from the city building, facility, or outdoor space if such person is violating this emergency order.

Local law enforcement and other local officials, as appropriate, can and should enforce this emergency order, Executive Order GA-34 and other effective emergency orders, as well as local restrictions that are consistent with this order and other effective emergency orders. But no law enforcement or other official may arrest or confine in jail any person for a violation of this emergency order or for related non-violent, non-felony offenses that are predicated on a violation of this emergency order.

Signs must be prominently posted at each city building or facility advising the public that a face covering is required while on the premises of the building, facility, or outdoor space.

3. All persons conducting a gathering or event of more than ten (10) people on city-owned outdoor space, such as city parks and city grounds, shall be required to submit a COVID plan that includes how the gathering or event will be conducted to ensure the use of facemasks, social distancing, and other necessary and reasonable efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The COVID plan shall be submitted to and approved by the City Manager or his designee.

4. Every city building and facility shall operate at no more than fifty percent (50%) of the total listed occupancy of the building or facility.

5. The above and foregoing recitals are true and correct and are incorporated herein and made a part hereof for all purposes.

6. Pursuant to Section 418.108(c) of the Texas Government Code, this Resolution shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the City Secretary. Additionally, the City of DeSoto must promptly provide copies of this Order by posting on the City of DeSoto website. In addition, the manager or operator of any building, facility, or outdoor space that is likely to be impacted by this Order is strongly encouraged to post a copy of this Order onsite and to provide a copy to any member of the public asking for a copy.

7. If any subsection, sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Order or any application of it to any person, structure, gathering, or circumstance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, then such decision will not affect the validity of the remaining portions or applications of this Order.

8. This Order shall take effect immediately from and after its issuance.

It is so ordered,
Rachel L. Proctor
Mayor, City of DeSoto
(officially signed and sealed)

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206 S. Parks Drive
DeSoto, TX
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