Texarkana, Texas Firefighters Association Local 367

Texarkana, Texas Firefighters Association Local 367 This page is intended to allow citizens access to their local firefighters and to allow us to share information with the citizens of the Texarkana area.
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Why are our firefighters asking FOR an Amendment to our City Charter? It would level the playing field when firefighters...
10/23/2020

Why are our firefighters asking FOR an Amendment to our City Charter? It would level the playing field when firefighters and the City cannot agree on contract negotiations. The Amendment would require firefighters and the city to submit contract negotiation disputes to a three-member arbitration panel. The panel would hear evidence and issue a binding ruling for the city and firefighters to follow. Please vote FOR the City Charter Amendment. Early voting continues through October 30th. Election Day is November 3rd.

Keep Our Fire Department Strong! In contract negotiations with the city, Texarkana firefighters are asking for a Level P...
10/19/2020

Keep Our Fire Department Strong! In contract negotiations with the city, Texarkana firefighters are asking for a Level Playing Field. For this to happen, a City Charter Amendment must be approved by you, the voters.

We ask you to please Vote FOR the Texarkana City Charter Amendment. Voting FOR for the City Charter Amendment means:

• NO NEW TAXES
• Reduced legal costs for city
• A focus on fixing, not fighting
• A more competitive fire department

Early Voting October 13th - 30th. Election Day November 3rd.

“Peaceful protests by our neighbors exercising their first amendment rights across America are being interrupted by viol...
06/16/2020
IAFF Statement on Unrest Across America - IAFF

“Peaceful protests by our neighbors exercising their first amendment rights across America are being interrupted by violence and unrest. In the middle of the challenges and turmoil, I am proud of our IAFF fire fighters, paramedics and EMTs who are once again proving their dedication to keeping their communities safe when they are needed most.

“As always, the safety of our members is our top priority. So, it was with disappointment and outrage that I witnessed our members – who are integral to keeping everyone, including protesters, safe — attacked over the weekend. In cities from Atlanta and Austin to Cleveland and Minneapolis and St. Paul, our members were subjected to having bricks or large fireworks hurled their way, simply for doing their jobs. This is inexcusable.

“Throwing rocks, fireworks or directing violence toward fire fighters, paramedics and EMTs is never acceptable.

“Fire fighters will continue to respond when needed; it is their job and their calling. On behalf of our 320,000 IAFF members, please allow your fire fighters on the frontlines to do that job, keeping everyone safe, without violence or incident.

“To our members, stay safe and know that this IAFF has your back.”

Harold A Schaitberger
General President
International Association of Fire Fighters

https://www.iaff.org/news/iaff-statement-on-unrest-across-america/

“Peaceful protests by our neighbors exercising their first amendment rights across America are being interrupted by violence and unrest. In the middle of the challenges and turmoil, I am proud of our IAFF fire fighters, paramedics and EMTs who are once again proving their dedication to keeping the...

The Fight For What’s Right organized by Anthony Albin
06/10/2020
The Fight For What’s Right organized by Anthony Albin

The Fight For What’s Right organized by Anthony Albin

On Wednesday June 10, 2020 the city of Texarkana, Texas decided to bend the knee to the rage … Anthony Albin needs your support for The Fight For What’s Right

Clay has been our brother for thirteen years and needs our help. Please consider donating to him to help keep food on hi...
06/10/2020
The Fight For What’s Right organized by Anthony Albin

Clay has been our brother for thirteen years and needs our help. Please consider donating to him to help keep food on his table and a roof over their heads.

Thank you!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/bfrnf5-the-fight-for-whats-right?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1

On Wednesday June 10, 2020 the city of Texarkana, Texas decided to bend the knee to the rage … Anthony Albin needs your support for The Fight For What’s Right

06/02/2020

“We’re aware of the commentary. Divisive rhetoric is not the answer in these challenging times. While we will help ensure that the consequences of this incident are sensible and fair, we hope lessons can be learned from it. In the meantime, we’re ready to refocus on Texarkana firefighters’ daily mission: delivering excellent service, being good stewards of city resources, and giving back to the community.”

Firefighters save 5 dogs from house fire
06/01/2020
Firefighters save 5 dogs from house fire

Firefighters save 5 dogs from house fire

Texarkana, Texas, firefighters saved five dogs from a house fire Sunday afternoon in the 2900 block of Hazel Street. The dogs' owner attempted to comfort

Firefighter union files ballot initiative petition
05/30/2020
Firefighter union files ballot initiative petition

Firefighter union files ballot initiative petition

The city's firefighter union has filed a petition it hopes will be the first step toward forcing officials into binding arbitration regarding a new employment contract.

A Crew members from Quint 3 and Squad 1 extricated an injured worker from the roof of FBC Moores Lane this morning. High...
05/22/2020

A Crew members from Quint 3 and Squad 1 extricated an injured worker from the roof of FBC Moores Lane this morning. High angle rescues are one of the many jobs that Texarkana Firefighters are asked to perform. This rescue was successful and went really well according to Texarkana Firefighters on scene.

05/20/2020
TXK Today

TXK Today

Local First Responders Recieving Free Big Jake's BBQ Today. Thanks to Texarkana Emergency Center, Texarkana Funeral Home, Farmers Bank & Trust, Eagle Distributing. We also spoke with a LifeNet Paramedic and COVID-19 survivor Robert “Bob” Flotkoetter.

Plano paramedic talks challenges, rewards during pandemic
05/18/2020
Plano paramedic talks challenges, rewards during pandemic

Plano paramedic talks challenges, rewards during pandemic

Brad McCutcheon knows Plano well. Growing up in the city, he knew he would go on to become a firefighter. After leaving for Texas A&M University in College Station, McCutcheon

05/04/2020
Our prayers are with Captain Bunting’s family and the men and women of Texarkana, Texas Police Department. Rest In Peace...
04/30/2020

Our prayers are with Captain Bunting’s family and the men and women of Texarkana, Texas Police Department. Rest In Peace, Capt.

After 5 years of service with the City of Texarkana, Firefighter Brandon Whitehurst has decided to part ways with Texark...
04/25/2020

After 5 years of service with the City of Texarkana, Firefighter Brandon Whitehurst has decided to part ways with Texarkana, Texas Fire Department. FF Whitehurst, who has been a valuable asset to our city, is constantly training and furthering his knowledge of the fire service. Brandon also serves as Fire Chief of Hooks VFD.

FF Whitehurst has accepted a firefighter position with Red River Army Depot. Citing low pay as a major factor in leaving Texarkana Fire Department, Brandon makes the 3rd member of TTFD to submit a resignation in the last few weeks.

Local 367 members appreciate your friendship and brotherhood over the last 5 years, Brandon. We hope nothing but the best for you, Andria, and the girls! Congratulations on your career move.

Texarkana Texas Fire Department
04/25/2020

Texarkana Texas Fire Department

A great picture of Central Fire Station by our very own Brad Smith as the storms prepare to roll in to town. This is our oldest station still in service. It was built in 1951.
Stay safe tonight. We will be ready if you need us.

Firehouse.com
04/24/2020
Firehouse.com

Firehouse.com

"She went out looking like a princess,” said Jerel La Santa, who had just finished his first shift as a New York City Fire Department (FDNY) #firefighter when he found out his daughter was in the emergency room with #COVID19. #coronavirus

Texas State Association of Fire Fighters
04/22/2020

Texas State Association of Fire Fighters

Texas firefighters offer condolences to the family, friends and station crew of El Paso Fire Suppression Technician Eduardo A. Ramirez, who died Tuesday night in the line of duty. After FST Ramirez collapsed during physical training at the station, his crew fought valiantly to save his life. Rest in peace, FST Ramirez. With El Paso Fire Fighters Local 51.

Salt Actual
04/19/2020

Salt Actual

25 years ago today. #OKC #remember #them

Thanks to Joe’s Pizza and Pasta of Texarkana for feeding the whole dang Fire Department today!
04/15/2020

Thanks to Joe’s Pizza and Pasta of Texarkana for feeding the whole dang Fire Department today!

04/14/2020
Edward A. Kelly IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer

Edward A. Kelly IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer

A message from Edward A. Kelly IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer to the “Tip of the Spear.”

This message is from our IAFF GST Ed “Edzo” Kelly, to each of our IAFF Brothers & Sisters working the front lines. Each and every one of you are literally the “Tip of the Spear” in this fight against the global pandemic, COVID-19. This is like no other challenge we have ever faced. This is a danger and very real threat, not only to all of our members, but also to our families and friends, should any of us become infected.... but we must still answer the bell.

Wishing you a Happy Easter!
04/12/2020

Wishing you a Happy Easter!

04/11/2020
International Association of Fire Fighters

International Association of Fire Fighters

Fire fighters play an important role in the public health system. Cross trained as paramedics and EMTs they are the first link in emergency medical care for the overwhelming majority of the citizens they protect.

Fire fighters play an important role in the public health system. Cross-trained as paramedics and EMTs they are the first link in emergency medical care for the overwhelming majority of the citizens they protect.

IAFF fire fighters are first on the front lines. Learn more at www.IAFF.org/coronavirus

Texarkana Gazette
04/07/2020
Texarkana Gazette

Texarkana Gazette

Mayo Manufacturing is making one-time-use and reusable face masks in hopes of protecting first responders and the public and reducing the spread of COVID-19. "The whole idea is to take care of the people who are taking care of us." #CoverUpTexarkana

04/05/2020
Firefighter Fenton

Firefighter Fenton

But for real, can we just move on. Wash your hands, stay at home, and let’s get this crap over with.

Local 367 is saddened to announce that Texarkana, Texas Fire Department has lost two more young firefighters to neighbor...
04/03/2020

Local 367 is saddened to announce that Texarkana, Texas Fire Department has lost two more young firefighters to neighboring fire departments. After almost 2 years on the job, FF Thomas Culpepper has accepted a job with Red River Army Depot Fire Department. FF Colby Eubanks has accepted a job with Longview, TX Fire Department after only 1 year with TTFD.

Countless training hours go into developing a good firefighter. They become brothers fairly quickly. It’s always sad to see a brother go.
Texarkana, Texas Firefighters Association Local 367 members would like to wish our brothers Thomas and Colby the best of luck in their new careers!l

In a Local 367 questionnaire, both FF Culpepper and FF Eubanks listed “low pay” as the number one reason to seek employment elsewhere. An entry level Firefighter/EMT begins at $59,841/yr at Red River while a Firefighter/EMT recruit in Longview fetches $49,011 in the first year. Starting pay for a Texarkana, TX Firefighter/EMT is $38,643 per year and has remained unchanged since October 2016.

Texarkana, Texas Firefighters Association Local 367
04/02/2020

Texarkana, Texas Firefighters Association Local 367

Texas State Association of Fire Fighters
04/02/2020

Texas State Association of Fire Fighters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TSAFF to Cities and ESDs: Do Not Deny Texas Firefighters COVID-19 Medical Coverage and Paid Quarantine Leave

Hundreds of firefighters around state are monitoring possible line-of-duty exposures to virus

AUSTIN, Texas, April 1, 2020 – As more Texas firefighters face line-of-duty exposures to Coronavirus / COVID-19, the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters urged city and emergency services district (ESD) administrators and insurers to follow state law and cover ill or quarantined firefighters’ medical expenses and paid leave or face harsh political and legal consequences.

To press the point and prevent insurance disputes, TSAFF – which represents 18,000 professional firefighters in 180 communities – contacted state legislators, state agencies, and the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool (TMLIRP), the largest workers’ compensation administrator for Texas cities and ESDs. For weeks, the TSAFF executive board and staff have been monitoring COVID-19 developments, advising state and federal government officials, and consulting with legal counsel.

TSAFF President John Riddle said, “State law is clear: Like cancer and other line-of-duty injuries, COVID-19 claims by firefighters are compensable. Firefighters in Texas likely have been exposed to COVID-19 from Day 1 of the pandemic and presumably would be among the last people exposed when the outbreak wanes. Hundreds of firefighters around the state, including more than 600 in Houston, are monitoring possible line-of-duty exposures to the virus. We expect the next several weeks to be a critical period in the pandemic response in Texas.”

Riddle said most Texas fire departments have instituted policies to ensure that firefighters who are exposed to COVID-19 are properly quarantined, educated as to self-monitoring for symptoms, and immediately placed on administrative leave with pay. This helps ensure at-risk firefighters are sufficiently monitored for their health and do not infect family, fire station crew members or others in the community.

“The problem is,” Riddle said, “some Texas cities are preparing to fight their firefighters’ COVID-19 exposure claims. They are toying with departmental policies that essentially punish quarantined firefighter by denying them administrative leave, proper medical care through the workers’ compensation system, and quarantine away from their community. In our view, it’s reckless, terrible public health and safety policy – and illegal. We are quietly working to convince them to reverse course for the good of all involved.”

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he “waived certain statutory provisions” so that “public safety employees who contract COVID-19 are not also financially penalized.” Riddle said, “We appreciate Gov. Abbott’s order, and are hopeful it will be clarified to mean a firefighter will be fully covered from quarantine and testing through recovery. The last thing a firefighter or paramedic at this time needs to worry about is his or her family’s job or economic security. Our firefighters want to be on the frontlines of the pandemic response and their employers must back them up to make sure their minds are where they need to be when they are on duty.”

03/26/2020
TXK Today

Rest In Peace Officer Smith ❤️

Police from across Texarkana escorted the body of Texarkana, Arkansas Police Detective Holly Smith to the funeral home tonight. Holly passed away this evening after a battle with cancer. Our prayers are with Holly’s family, friends, and co-workers.

Let us all practice the following recommendation so we can get back to some normalcy sooner than later. We are all ready...
03/22/2020

Let us all practice the following recommendation so we can get back to some normalcy sooner than later. We are all ready for baseball, spring dances, graduations, birthday parties, going out to dinner, catching a movie, and all the other things we love.

Training never stops! Texarkana Firefighters Capt. Mike Benson and Engineer Jonathan Mixon engaged in training with Prob...
03/19/2020

Training never stops!
Texarkana Firefighters Capt. Mike Benson and Engineer Jonathan Mixon engaged in training with Probationary Firefighter Greg Aucoin on Wednesday. Greg is the newest addition to Texarkana, Texas Fire Department.

Who remembers Sparky? Your kids do!
03/18/2020

Who remembers Sparky? Your kids do!

Sparky turns 69 years old today! Send Sparky some birthday love by sharing your photos with him using #SparkysBirthday!

We do fire drills at work. We do them at school. Now we need to do them at home.  While we are home with our children du...
03/18/2020

We do fire drills at work. We do them at school. Now we need to do them at home. While we are home with our children during these unprecedented times, home accidents will be on the rise. Go over some home safety measures with your family to ensure that they are prepared if the unthinkable happens.

- Check to make sure your smoke detectors are functioning
- Practice fire drills, teaching your children 2 ways out from various areas in your home
- Establish or review your safe meeting area outside

We will all get through this thing together! Let’s be safe about it while at home!

Message Texarkana, Texas Firefighters Association Local 367 with any questions or for any additional safety tips or contact Texarkana, Texas Fire Department!

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