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Congrats John, you leave some really big shoes to be filled. Enjoy your retirement sir!
12/30/2020

Congrats John, you leave some really big shoes to be filled. Enjoy your retirement sir!

It was an honor to be spend the last few years working with John Childers a icon with Houston Fire Dept and Station 7. After more than 40 years of loyal dedicated service he has decided to throw in the towel. We the members of station 25 wish you John Childers a very well deserved and happy retirement, the void you leave will be difficult to replace.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
11/09/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

‘Rally to Remember’ Set for Today at 2 p.m.

Family of fallen HFD Captain Jay Jahnke, retired and active Houston firefighters, supporters to rally and urge city to not drop HFD below national safety standards again

HOUSTON, Nov. 9, 2020 – Nearly 20 years after the line-of-duty death of HFD Captain Jay Jahnke forced the City of Houston to finally conform to the national fire service safety standard of four-person staffing of fire trucks, the Turner Administration and Fire Chief Samuel Peña allowed HFD fire trucks to lapse below the staffing standard last week.

Today at 2 p.m., a “Rally to Remember” will be held at 1801 Smith Street in downtown Houston. The rally will include the family of Captain Jahnke, retired and active Houston firefighters, and community supporters, including elected officials.

HPFFA President Patrick M. “Marty” Lancton said, “The continuing failure of the city to adequately staff fire stations and apparatus becomes more dangerous every day. This past week, the city crossed a line and broke a 20-year promise made after Captain Jahnke died in the line of duty: HFD fire trucks were staffed with less than the four-person national safety standard. This happened because of the HFD staffing crisis caused by the divisive actions of the mayor and the fire chief. More than 400 firefighters recently have left HFD for better jobs elsewhere or to retire. This is destroying HFD from within.”

Lancton added, “Four-person staffing, like many fire service standards, was paid for with the blood of our fallen, including the line-of-duty death of Captain Jahnke in 2001. Today, the Jahnke family, active and retired firefighters, and our supporters in the community are here to reflect on the sacrifices of firefighters – active and fallen – and the city’s promise to abide by national safety standards for the sake of firefighters and the public we serve. We call on the mayor to end the political and legal attacks on firefighter families and commit to rebuilding the fire department in compliance with national safety standards.”

Masks will be required at the rally.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
11/04/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

KPRC2 Joel Eisenbaum
11/01/2020

KPRC2 Joel Eisenbaum

NOW:

President of Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association fires off letter to Houston Fire Department Chief Pena regarding 3 person crews... understaffing.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
10/24/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
09/08/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Houston Fire Fighters Mourn the Loss of Tommy Searcy

An 18-year veteran of HFD, he fought COVID-19 for several weeks

HOUSTON, Sept. 8, 2020 – Tommy Searcy, who served 18 years in the Houston Fire Department, passed away today after valiantly fighting Coronavirus / COVID-19 for several weeks, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association said.

A captain at HFD Station 67, Searcy, 45, had been hospitalized in The Woodlands. His death will be classified as a line-of-duty death by HFD. He is the third Houston firefighter to die from complications of COVID-19.

HPFFA President Patrick M. “Marty” Lancton said, “We mourn the loss of our firefighter friend and brother, Tommy Searcy. Please keep Tommy’s family, friends and station crew in your thoughts and prayers. Capt. Searcy leaves behind a loving family, many friends and a long list of Houston firefighters who respected and enjoyed serving with him. We are praying for his three daughters, Kaylin, Krista and Kinley, and his twin brother, Tony, who is a senior captain in HFD. The Searcy family asked us to share thanks to the community for so strongly supporting them during Tommy’s illness. Tommy’s death is a reminder to be vigilant in our efforts to keep our families, friends and station crews safe in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Details of the memorial service for Capt. Searcy will be announced as soon as possible.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
08/29/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Houston firefighters at Station 49 at 1212 Gessner are grateful no one was injured when the ceiling collapsed. A generation of neglect by city officials means there are challenges every day with the declining HFD fleet and facilities -- mold and sewage in stations and parking lots, broken-down fire apparatus and ambulances throughout the city, and no A/C in fire stations and apparatus. The administration of Mayor Sylvester Turner is years behind in HFD replacements and maintenance efforts. Concerned citizens should call Houston City Hall at 713.837.0311.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
08/09/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
08/03/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Houston Fire Fighters Mourn Loss of Jerry Pacheco

A 17-year veteran of HFD, he fought COVID-19 in recent weeks

HOUSTON, August 3, 2020 – Jerry Pacheco, who served 17 years in the Houston Fire Department, passed away early today after valiantly fighting Coronavirus / COVID-19, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association said.

Pacheco, who was a fire fighter / paramedic at HFD Station 101, had been hospitalized in the Houston area. His death will be classified as a line-of-duty death by HFD. He is the second Houston firefighter to die from complications of COVID-19.

HPFFA President Patrick M. “Marty” Lancton said, “Please keep the family, friends and station crew of Jerry Pacheco in your thoughts and prayers. Jerry leaves behind a loving family, including a son in the Houston Fire Department, many friends and a long list of Houston firefighters who respected and enjoyed serving with him. We mourn the loss of our friend. His tragic death is another reminder to be vigilant in our efforts to keep our families, friends and station crews safe in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Details of the memorial service for Fire Fighter Pacheco will be announced as soon as possible.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
08/03/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Houston Fire Department - Station 55 - The Double Nickel
08/02/2020

Houston Fire Department - Station 55 - The Double Nickel

The city closed units in fire stations all over the city today, including at HFD Stations 8, 16, 19, 59, and 78.
COVID-19 is an excuse for, not the cause of HFD's staffing crisis and lack of "surge capacity" in the pandemic response. More than 400 HFD firefighters have left for better jobs or retirement in the past year and a half. Firefighters are being mandatorily held over at the stations. Some have worked up to 96 straight hours recently. Citizens can reach Houston City Hall at 713.837.0311.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
07/27/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Houston firefighters are in San Antonio, continuing preparations for the memorial service tomorrow for fallen HFD Captain Leroy Lucio. Many thanks to the San Antonio Professional Fire Fighters Association and San Antonio Fire Department for the hospitality and support.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
07/27/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Celebration of Life
Leroy Peña Lucio

Monday, July 27
Visitation: 6 p.m.-7 p.m.
Rosary: 7 p.m.
St. Bonaventure Church
1918 Palo Alto Road
San Antonio, TX 78211

Tuesday, July 28
March: 12 p.m.
Memorial Service: 1 p.m.
Community Bible Church
2477 N Loop 1604 E. Access Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78247

Mask will be required. HPFFA members: HFD Class A or dress uniform is encouraged.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
07/23/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mayor Sylvester Turner Continues Legal Attacks on Firefighters, Voters

City still seeks to have voter-approved collective bargaining declared ‘unconstitutional’;

State labor leaders warned the mayor of ‘dangerous implications’ for working Texans

HOUSTON, July 23, 2020 – Despite condescending, misleading public statements to the contrary, Mayor Sylvester Turner still seeks to have the voter-approved collective bargaining system for Houston firefighters declared unconstitutional, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association said today.

For two years, the mayor has asked district and appellate courts to declare the firefighters’ use of Texas Local Government Code Chapter 174 unconstitutional after publicly claiming he still wants to negotiate a new firefighter contract under the same system. No negotiations have occurred, and the mayor has not met with firefighter leaders since 2017.

In a letter to the 14th Court of Appeals today, the City of Houston advised justices that it considers “the statute is unconstitutional” and asked for a ruling on the issue.

HPFFA President Patrick M. “Marty” Lancton said, “The mayor’s vindictive, taxpayer-funded obsession with punishing Houston firefighters and our families continues. Over and over, the mayor has said he is not attacking the constitutionality of voter-approved collective bargaining, but that clearly is not true. Sylvester Turner will say, do and spend whatever is necessary to avoid working with firefighters on any issues at all.”

Houston voters approved Chapter 174 collective bargaining for Houston firefighters 2003. The law has governed wage rates for Texas public safety personnel for four decades, Before 2017, the HPFFA has successfully negotiated several contracts with the city. Turner is the only Houston mayor to fail to reach a collectively bargained contract with firefighters.

Texas labor leaders, led by Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy, have warned Turner of the “dangerous implications” of his position in the litigation. The mayor’s constitutionality argument, Levy wrote, risks “wide ranging consequences to the detriment of many thousands of Texas working people and their families.”

The case is “City of Houston, Texas, Appellant vs. Houston Professional Fire Fighters’ Association Local, 341,” Case No. 14-18-00976-CV consolidated with Case No. 14-18-00990-CV.

ABC13 Houston
07/22/2020

ABC13 Houston

BY HIS SIDE 💔 As 29-year Houston Fire Department veteran fought for his life while battling COVID-19 inside a San Antonio hospital, his wife kept an around-the-clock vigil right outside his first floor window.

Fire Capt. Leroy Lucio died of coronavirus on Monday. Read more here ➡️ https://abc13.com/6326610

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
07/21/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Houston Fire Fighters Mourn Loss of Leroy Lucio

A 29-year veteran of HFD, he fought COVID-19 in recent weeks

HOUSTON, July 20, 2020 – Leroy Lucio, who served 29 years in the Houston Fire Department, passed away tonight after valiantly fighting Coronavirus / COVID-19, the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association said.

Lucio, who was a captain at HFD Station 103, had been hospitalized in San Antonio. His death will be classified as a line-of-duty death by HFD. He is the first Houston firefighter to die from complications of COVID-19.

HPFFA President Patrick M. “Marty” Lancton said, “Please keep the family, friends and station crew of Leroy Lucio in your thoughts and prayers. Capt. Lucio leaves behind a loving family, many friends and a long list of Houston firefighters who respected and enjoyed serving with him. We mourn the loss of our friend. His tragic death is a reminder to be vigilant in our efforts to keep our families, friends and station crews safe in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Details of the memorial service for Capt. Lucio will be announced as soon as possible.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
07/16/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Again, HFD's worsening, but long-predicted staffing shortage has consequences. The Turner Administration is cutting fire service at stations all over the city, including at Station 31 on the north side. COVID-19 is an excuse for, not the cause of HFD's lack of "surge capacity" in the pandemic response. More than 400 HFD firefighters have left for better jobs or retirement in the past year and a half. Firefighters are being mandatorily held over at the stations. Some have worked up to 96 straight hours recently.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
07/14/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
07/10/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

HFD's worsening, but long-predicted staffing shortage has consequences. The Turner Administration is cutting fire service at stations all over the city, including Station 69 on the west side. COVID-19 is an excuse for, not the cause, of HFD's lack of "surge capacity" in the pandemic response. More than 400 HFD firefighters have left for better jobs or retirement in the past year and a half. Firefighters are being mandatorily held over at the stations. Some have worked up to 96 straight hours recently.

HFD Fire Station 68
07/06/2020

HFD Fire Station 68

To the residents of the Braeburn community and southwest Houston: L68 is currently out of service due to lack of staffing.

For further questions and comments, contact District J Council Member Edward Pollard (832-393-3015) or Mayor Sylvester Turner (713-837-0311).

*please note that Council Member Pollard did not make this decision and is opposed to the action taken by the city*

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
07/04/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Houstonians in the Galleria area have reduced fire coverage today. The HFD command staff put Ladder 28 - the busiest ladder truck in the city - out of service. The consequences? Late last night, Ladder 28 would have been first at the scene of the pictured fire on S. Piney Point Road.

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association
07/04/2020

Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association

Today, the City of Houston is down 218 firefighters out of a shift of more than 900. This morning, 167 firefighters were mandatorily held over and kept at stations. Some heldover firefighters have worked up to 96 straight hours in recent days. Contrary to the city’s news release yesterday, firefighter overtime pay was not just “authorized” for this weekend. The city has spent an estimated $98 million in overtime recently, including about $21 million for HPD for the recent George Floyd march. As the mayor well knows, HFD is chronically understaffed which forces overtime expenditures. COVID-19 is an excuse, not the cause of the city's lack of fire and EMS surge capacity.

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