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Vo l u m e V I D e c e m b e r / Ja n u a r y 2 0 0 8 - 0 9
• FEAR OF THE DEEP
• CHIEF TANKSLEY RETIRES
• NURSE CAROL RETIRES
• K-9 CONFERENCE 2008
• HOLIDAY WISHES
FLASH FIRES A PUBLICATION OF THE DALLAS
News & Events at Press Time
VOL. VI DECEMBER -
Assistant Chief Thomas Tanksley retired from the Dallas Fire-
Rescue Department with more than 38 years of service. The retirement STAFF & COMMITTEE
ceremony was held in his honor on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 in the Flag
Room at City Hall. James Adams
Captain David L. Smith and Paramedic/Driver Ayman Ghousheh, are Jason Evans
being recognized as Fire Officer and Paramedic of the Year by Sons of the Molly Feighner
American Revolution. The luncheon honoring the pair will be held at Stuart Grant
Highland Park Cafeteria at the Casa Linda Shopping Center December 13, Ernest Gurulé
2008, at 1200 N. Bucker Boulevard in Dallas at 8:00 a.m. Cristian Hinojosa
In early November, through the Adopt-A-Station program, Congregation Debbie Mullins
Shearith Israel donated their time and talent to Stations 27 and 41. For Leanne Siri-Edwards
three hours, nearly 45 volunteers descended upon the stations. They worked Merian Robbins-Beckworth
the soil, cleaned out the beds, trimmed hedges and planted a variety of Sherrie Wilson
color, giving the stations much needed landscape beautification. Robert Winters
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IN THIS ISSUE OF the BACKLINE
NURSE CAROL RETIRING
7 Planning Last Health Fair TRICKS OF THE TRADE
4 Is There a Ladder Out There?
CHIEF TANKSLEY RETIRES
9 38 Years of Service That Inspires LOOKING BACK
5 Stories From the Past
K-9 CONFERENCE 2008
11 DFR's 5th Anniversary Hosted PRESS RELEASE
15 From DFR’s Press Room
13 FEAR OFPastimes to Real Life
16 ROOKIE PROFILES
6 A Message from the Chief
TRICKS OF THE TRADE
IS THERE A LADDER ladder will be set in a “rescue set” and the entrance point. It doesn’t have to
will not be visible from the inside. If be a great big multi-million candle
OUT THERE? there is a ladder set to that window, power light, but something that will
clear the entire window out. This gives let you know when you are close. A
the firefighters a clue inside if there small strobe light on the floor by the
are ladders set to the windows on the window or taped to the beam of your
floor they are operating on. Cross bar, ladder will direct you back to the
no ladder. No cross bar, a ladder is set. ladder or the window without blind-
Be careful not to move ladders that are ing you. Some other options are small
We have been taught through the set to buildings in this fashion. If you flashlights that you can carry in your
years that when we vent a window end up setting a ladder to a window pocket for just this task and as an extra
that we completely clear the window that still has a cross bar, simply remove light in case your main flashlight goes
of all objects. This is a great practice the cross bar once the ladder is set. out. Some manufacturers have small
because it gets rid of any obstruc- LED’s on the back of their hand lights
A LIGHT IN THE DARK that will do the same thing. All this
tions that might impede ventilation, a
How many times have you entered a does is give the firefighter a reference
rescue effort or getting ourselves out
building through a window or gone to point so that he/she doesn’t crawl
of that window. What we suggest is
the roof off a ladder and had trouble around in circles or walk off the roof.
just a little adjustment to that thought
finding your way back to that window
process for second floor windows or
or ladder? I believe that we have all
above. When you take the window
done so, at least, once in our careers. It
out on these floors, leave the cross bar
raises your anxiety level and causes you
or sash in place across the middle of
to breathe a little quicker. A simple
the window if there is NOT a ladder
step you can take is to place a light at
at that window. Most of the time the
HOUSE OF BLUES HOLIDAY EVENT YOU THINK YOU'VE GOT THE LOOK?
It seems like if you play the blues, one of the original • EXTENDED CONTEST! • DEADLINE EXTENDED! •
American sounds, the prerequisite is that you’d better
be interesting, have a story that is unique, or at the very Stations! Members of DFR! We know that you've taken
least, memorable. Dallas Firefighter Tom Cortilet has liberties on personalizing the Dallas Fire-Rescue logo.
been playing music since college. He’s a serious student Why not take a quick picture and email it to us?
but fire fighting puts a serious crimp in how much he can We are extending this logo contest due to a very sad
play. But every Christmas he somehow finds time to get submission rate - we would prefer you to have choices to
a group of musicians together and organize a charity vote on! So get them in - what do you have to lose? Your
concert. This year, Cortilet and his band of blues men, logo will have the entire cover of the Backline once voted
including a good representation from Dallas Fire-Rescue, for. Email your pics to firstname.lastname@example.org or
will descend on Dallas’ House of Blues on December send them up to 7AS. Show off your station pride!
16th to raise the roof along with a little money for
Muscular Dystrophy and Santa’s Helpers, a charity that
collects toys for underprivileged children.
The December 16th House of Blues event, which can
be accessed at HOB.com, is already selling out. Advance
sale tickets are selling for $10. At the door, prices go
up to $12.
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LOOKING BACK CHICKEN PAZOLE 1. In a large stock pot, mix flour with
the water until smooth. Add the
Fire Prevention Rules, C. 1872 Once you try this soup, you'll be chicken broth and bring to a boil.
glad that it makes a good amount,
as it makes for great leftovers. Be 2. Add the garlic, onion, seasonings
The Dallas City Council passed sure to include the suggested garnish and green chiles. Simmer covered
several fire prevention ordinances of lime and avocado when serving for about 15 minutes.
beginning January 30, 1872. The this delicious soup!
following sections were taken from 3. Add the chicken and hominy and
the Ordinance Books of the City of ½ C. Masa Harina Flour let it simmer for awhile to bring
Dallas. All were passed by the Council 1 ½ C. Cool Water out the flavor. Salt to taste. Garnish
in 1872. 12 C. Chicken Broth with a lime wedge and avocado slice
2 Medium Garlic Cloves, minced before serving.
“It shall be unlawful for any person 1 Medium Onion, chopped
to throw any ball on fire, or fire any Serves 16
1 T. Chili Powder
squib, cracker, rocket or fireworks 1 T. Brown Sugar
within fire district of said city.” A vio- 1 T. Dried Oregano
lation of this section was punishable 1 T. Ground Comino
by a fine of not less than one dollar 1 T. Ground Pepper
nor more than twenty-five dollars. 1 C. Green Chiles, chopped, drained
“No person shall use in any livery or 4 C. Chicken Pieces
other stable, carpenter shop or feed 1 30oz. can White Hominy, drained
store, containing hay or straw, in 1 30oz. can Yellow Hominy, drained
said city, any lighted candle or other Salt, to taste
light, without having secured the Garnish: Lime Wedges and Avocado
same within a tin horn or glass lan-
tern; nor shall any smoke within or
bring into such stable shop or store WINNING THE BATTLE OF HOLIDAY STRESS
a lighted cigar or pipe or firecracker.
The holidays are quickly approaching us again. Along with the joy of this time,
Any person violating the provisions of
we’re also accompanied by the stress of this season. As adults, we often feel that
this section shall be fined in any sum
we need to follow the same holiday rituals that our parents carried out. These
not less than one dollar nor more than
traditions can be more difficult for us to continue since life is much more fast-
“It shall not be lawful for any person
Try implementing the following tips into your busy schedule to minimize your
to carry, or cause to be carried in the
stress. Don’t let yourself fall short of much needed sleep. You may get more
streets or alleys, any burning coal or
accomplished by staying up late but you’ll also feel run down and make your-
brands, unless the same be shut up
self more susceptible to getting a cold. Sugary treats are hard to avoid during
in a covered vessel, and any person
this time, but you’ll be better off limiting yourself from them. Your energy
offending against the provisions of
levels don’t fall as quickly when keeping your normal diet. Try not to skip your
this section shall be fined the sum of
regular workouts at the gym. You’ll find that they give you the boost you need
not less than one nor more than five
during this stressful time. It’s perfectly okay to say “no” to all those holiday par-
ties you’re invited to. Instead pick one or two you’d really like to attend. Start
new traditions that are more accommodating to your busy lifestyle. Lastly,
don’t forget to relax with a cup of hot cocoa!
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A MESSAGE FROM FIRE CHIEF BURNS
"My wishes for each member of the department is spend time with the people you love the
most doing the things you enjoy the best. And best wishes for a safe and happy 2009."
SEASONS GREETINGS FROM NORTH
TEXAS FOOD BANK!
We at the North Texas Food Bank hope your fire station With the help of Dallas Fire-Rescue and now Ford Motor
is excited about Extinguish Hunger, the annual Dallas Company, the North Texas Food Bank will feed thousands
Fire-Rescue canned food drive currently underway and of families this holiday season. Thank you for making
benefiting the NTFB. With a month left, there’s still Extinguish Hunger a continued success!
more time for you to collect needed food items for North
Texans in need! A bit of background: The North Texas Food Bank was
established in 1982 by Liz Minyard, Kathryn Hall, Jo
Ford Motor Company volunteers will be picking up Curtis and Lorraine Griffin Kircher. Their goal was to
canned good collections for Extinguish Hunger on Thurs- address the critical issue of hunger in North Texas by
day, December 18th. Ford employees will wear NTFB securing donations of surplus unmarketable, but whole-
volunteer stickers and will arrive in Ford trucks. This part- some, foods and grocery products for distribution through
nership will save the Food Bank in fuel cost and valuable a network of charitable organizations dedicated to feeding
time, increasing our efficiency at one of our busiest times the hungry in 13 North Texas counties: Dallas, Denton,
of the year. Collin, Fannin, Rockwall, Hunt, Grayson, Kaufman, Ellis,
Navarro, Lamar, Delta and Hopkins.
A truck from the North Texas Food Bank will make a
second pick-up at your station after the holiday, the week The North Texas Food Bank is a certified member of
of January 5th. America's Second Harvest National Food Bank Network.
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NURSE CAROL RETIRING
Planning last Health Fair
Fourteen years ago the Dallas Fire- Nurse Carol has carved a path into the was badly burned during an attack
Rescue Department drew a line in the hearts and souls of every Firefighter with an explosive device. To Nurse
sand when it came to the health and and Paramedic in our department Carol and her husband Al, they feel
well being of its members. They hired with her heart-warming kindness and that adopting soldiers (16 Soldiers
Carol S. Lawrence, lovingly known as supportive approach. and 8 Marines) over the years is their
“Nurse Carol.” ministry.
Everyone interviewed about Nurse
Nurse Carol was the first nurse in Carol had something great to say. The members of the Dallas Fire-
the State of Texas to do occupational “Nurse Carol is a seasoned profes- Rescue acknowledge Nurse Carol for
exposure for a fire department. Nurse sional and we will miss her,” said her years of dedicated service and her
professionalism over the last fourteen
years. “You can ask anyone in the
"You can ask anyone in the department: if you department, if you have a challenge
have a challenge, ask Nurse Carol 'cause she’s ask Nurse Carol 'cause she’s usually got
usually got the right answer." the right answer,” said EMS Lieuten-
ant Marshall Cook.
Carol says “I came here looking for Paramedic Johnny Moreno. “It’s going We send our Nurse Carol off into
a job and found a family.” She has to be hard to fill her shoes,” said Fire- retirement with the best wishes and
implemented and managed our fighter Sonny Gilcrease. “Nurse Carol great thanks for a job well done.
infection control program, decon- can be compared to the nurturing
tamination procedures and exposure Aunt Bee on the Andy Griffin show,”
notification program. In addition, said Communications Lieutenant Tim
she has managed the annual Health Adkins.
Fair and worked diligently to defend
Workers Comp claims when it came Not only has Nurse Carol taken care
to members being exposed to trauma of us, she also adopts individuals in
and disease. the military. She has been very active
with Prisoner of War (POW) and
“Nurse Carol called me shortly after Missing In Action (MIA) groups. As
the Health Fair to tell me my blood President of a homemakers group in
sugar was high and that I needed to Ellis county her group adopted forty
be checked by a doctor. I don’t know soldiers during Desert Storm. If you
how long this disease would have gone adopt a soldier you agree to send care
unchecked had it not been for Nurse packages every few weeks and a letter
Carol,” said one member. Just this kind every week. She has also adopted sol-
of quiet, behind the scenes phone call diers out of Fort Hood and is part of a
that is delivered in a gentle, polite and program called “Soldier's Angels.”
compassionate tone is what we have
come to expect from her. Currently, she and her husband has
adopted a “Wounded Warrior.” He
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SMELL WHAT’S kind of a spread,” said Battalion Knoerr recalls one Christmas early in
Chief Harold Holland. “It’s good for his DFR career when a captain “who
COOKING? morale.” No matter the surround- wasn’t the easiest guy to get along
ings, he said, “to have a meal with with,” asked if anyone had kids who
IT’S A DFR your comrades, on either holiday, still believed in Santa Claus. “I was
CHRISTMAS DINNER builds a bond.” working and he came in and told me,
“you go home…be with your kids. But
Even for firefighters, the men and don’t forget to come back.”
women whose job never ends, things
With more than fifty firehouses, each
tend to move just a little slower on
does the holiday differently — some
Christmas Day. Yes. If the bell rings,
on a grand scale, others a bit more
real time kicks in and they’ll answer
minimalist; some awesome, some
the call. But, when they return to
austere. “I’ve seen some firefighters
the firehouse, they try to replicate
go out and sing Christmas carols for
--- away from home --- something that
seniors,” said Assistant Chief Daniel
approximates what they may have
Other firehouses are ‘sponsored’ Salazar. “It’s the kind of thing that
had when they were at home.
for the holiday. A hotel will bring in a touches both those who are being
spread fancy enough to make a fire- sung to as well as the firefighters
house blush. “They’ll bring in turkey, who are doing the singing.”
“It's all about family.”
ham, breads, everything they’d be Inviting in families and marking the
serving at the hotel,” said Deputy season’s most important day is
Chief Jerry Knoerr. On a smaller
scale, community members will
often drop by with cookies or cakes.
While breaking bread is a holiday
It’s Christmas all across the
staple at most firehouses, “it’s really
Dallas Fire-Rescue grid. Something
all about family,” said Knoerr, who’s
or some event marking the holiday
marking his thirty-second Christmas
is going on in nearly every one of the
fifty-plus firehouses across the city.
In some places, it looks like a Currier Alongside a fire truck, with moms
& Ives setting; families will come to or dads supervising nearby, young something that has been encour-
the firehouse to share the holiday children will play. The truck, iconic aged for generations in the fire
with their loved ones and with their in its shiniest shade of red, is service. “I certainly understand that
extended DFR family. elephantine in scale. On any other we’re like everyone else,” said Fire
day, under almost any other circum- Chief Eddie Burns. “We’d like to
Like most everyone else, firefight-
stances, the apparatus might be be at home and do the things that
ers would rather be home for the
overwhelming. But on Christmas, everyone else likes to do. But our job
holiday. But everyone who wears
it’s just a big truck — what daddy, or is different and when we sign on to
the uniform understands that this
mommy, drives at work. do it, we accept that as our reality,”
job isn’t like any other. Firefighters
know that emergencies don’t respect Not all firehouses ‘do Christmas’ he said. “Still, it’s never a bad thing if
either calendar or clock. But they still and opt instead for grilled cheese we can share our good will with one
make the best of things. and chips. But those marking the day another, with those in our community
do their very best to see it’s as close and remember the true meaning of
“Every time I’ve worked on Christmas this holiday.”
to a family day as possible.
or Thanksgiving, we’ve set out some
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CHIEF TANKSLEY RETIRES
38 Years of Service That Inspires
In your career — what one thing would the 3rd day of a week-long ice storm. We
you have done differently? were out all day and all night. That year
I’d be a Chief ’s driver. I would have we had snow at Thanksgiving. I ticked off
learned so much. It’s a training tool for the Chief ’s driver and he swung me to a
a Battalion Chief. As a Command Tech, station with an open cab engine. Man, it
you learn so much. Instead of being a was cold.
driver on an engine, (you drive, you
What was the best day of your career?
pump, you set up flares) — be a
Command Tech. I was nominated and received
Distinguished Firefighter of the Year.
What advice would you give to a rookie? We laid crosslay up a stairwell and the
Never stop studying. Prepare for and take driver didn’t time it right. The crosslay
every promotional opportunity you can. got all tangled up and we could not sure enough, it happened again, and he
advance it. So, we went in without a line said “What did it say?” I said “Taking on
and got the baby out. Another proud water, send help fast — Titanic.”
moment was on a drowning call. A little
girl; she was 9 years old. We got her out Zak: We worked opposite shifts and when
of a swimming pool. We did CPR and we got together in the morning, we’d
brought her back with very rudimentary share the state of affairs. There were lots of
Munger equipment. She’d been out of the times we had the whole station howling.
“I’d like to be remembered for always
putting the good of the fire department first
What advice would you give to above my personal desires.”
water for 5 minutes and no one had done
Always try to learn as much as you Early in your career — Who were you?
anything. We only had ambulances for
can. I came to work out of High School about a year at that time. Gung-Ho. Don’t get between me and the
and promoted. I decided if I was ever fire. We put the wet stuff on the red stuff.
going to go past CS rank, I needed to go What are some of your fondest memories?
back to school. Once I went to college, What do you think they would say
Jackie Brown: We were coming to town about you?
I just couldn’t get enough. I told Signe, one day and the radio sounded like
my wife, I really wanted to enroll in some Morris code. Jackie asked why we were Cautious — as a Chief ’s Officer I became
courses like health law — don’t care much hearing that. I gave a bogus elaborate very cautious. Not a 'Nervous Nelly,' but
about income tax law. explanation that lots of time radio signals cautious. Let’s take a calculated risk.
So — don’t stop at 45 hours. There are will get lost in the atmosphere. I said it Can you name 2 or 3 people who
guys who want to do away with it, but was called “skip” and if the atmospheric guided you?
that’s a big mistake. The world is becom- conditions are right, signals get lost in
They buried my first Captain today.
ing more complicated, not less. space. At the next light, the radio did it
George T. Standifer. Army Captain from
again and he asked “what is it saying?” I
WWII. Blind as a bat without his glasses
What was the worst day of your career? told him I wasn’t sure…that it had been a
— and always laid them down at the
That’s easy, 1979. We made 25 runs. It was long time since I learned Morris code but — continued on page 10
that I would try if it happened again. So
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watchdesk on a run. Never wore a
mask, the ol’ leather lung. He’s the one WE WANT YOUR PHOTO OF THE MONTH
who told me — don’t ever stop study-
ing — don’t go in unprepared and don’t
get happy on an assignment. Take all
Dodd Miller: He said he’d love to
promote me but I didn’t have any educa-
tion, so go back to school and then I’ll
think about promoting you.
David Dower: (In regards to me being
'very expressive.') He came to me as a
driver and told me, “Tank, let me tell
you what — just be sure it’s something
you want — be sure it’s something
you’re willing to die for before you put it
out there. If you feel that strongly about
it, then put it out there.”
What else would you like
to communicate? GET IN YOUR PHOTOS! The BACKLINE NEEDS YOU!
Well, how do you encourage someone to We want to see photos from our members in the field —
really commit to the department? Don’t while maybe it isn't a photo of a 4-alarm fire, we want to consider you
treat it like a part time job — it’s not. It for the Photo of the Month. What about a picture of a funny moment
requires your 100% commitment at all at your station? A grateful family after a save? Maybe even a cool
shot while you're on the way back from a run.
times. You can’t be a little bit commit-
Have fun with it, get creative — send them with a
ted. It’s like the Marines: once a Marine, brief description to email@example.com.
always a Marine. Firefighters are the Are you really going to turn down a free lunch?
same way. Once a firefighter, always a
What are your plans?
Study for the bar. After that, spring
training comes and Sam’s got baseball.
I’ve missed spending time with
And finally, I’d like to be remembered
for always putting the good of the fire
department first above my personal
desires. I did that all the time except for
one circumstance, when my mother was
very, very sick, and only then I couldn’t.
Congratulations Chief Tanksley, may
your future exceed your expectations.
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K-9 CONFERENCE 2008
DFR's 5th Anniversary Hosted
We celebrated our 5th Anniver- ence. Lead Instructor Matt Devaney support from the community and K-9
sary hosting the Texas Arson K-9 trains approximately 200 canine teams industry and we want to thank and
Conference at the Fire Academy on each year to protect the US borders recognize these groups:
November 3 – 7, 2008. When our and is also a Master Instructor for
Accelerant Detection Canine Ashly NAPWDA.
was certified in 2002, Handler Chief American Aluminum Accessories
Debbie Mullins would obtain her The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
C.E.’s and annual certification with the Firearms advertises the conference Cedar Hill Veterinary Clinic
State Fire Marshal’s Office at various and supports the ATF accelerant K-9
teams to come for the networking, Criminalistics, Inc.
locations around the state. In 2003,
the K-9 teams came to Dallas for quar- training and certifications. Dallas Dallas Children's Charities
terly training and were so impressed
with the training facilities and support "We try to throw in some fun competitions and
from Dallas Fire-Rescue they wanted
activities to keep the handlers more relaxed."
to come back for the annual certifica-
tions. Mullins volunteered to host
the group and so began the first Texas Police K-9 Instructor Eric Jez and Fairfield Inn — Mesquite
Arson K-9 Conference in 2004. State Fire Marshal K-9 Instructor
Tommy Pleasant also assist with the GST Public Safety Supply
“As State Coordinator for the North training and certifications. Hill's Pet Nutrition
American Police Work Dog Asso-
ciation (NAPWDA), we wanted to “While the certification criteria is K9-Ops Gear, Inc.
host an annual state workshop where demanding and stressful, we try to
throw in some fun competitions and Novartis Animal Health
different K-9 teams could obtain certi-
activities to keep the handlers more
fications, so this was a great start with PetCo
the accelerant K-9 teams and the sup- relaxed,” stated Mullins. The favorite
is always the “Closest to Pin” (like in Nestle Purina PetCare
port of the State Fire Marshal’s Office,"
stated Mullins. golf ) where the teams locate 3 drops
Rio Vista Products
of gasoline in a carpeted room. The
The training varies each year depend- teams mark the spot with a pin and Southwest Airlines Co.
ing on C.E. needs for peace officer the closest to the drop receives the
certification and the fire commission. coveted Top Dog Award. Of course we
This year's classrooms consisted of always offer a booby prize, so the team
Special Investigative Topics with K-9s, farthest from the source gets to carry
K-9 emergency first aid, and Court- the “Golden Brick” in the K-9 vehicle
room Testimony. all year to remind them to practice
before next year.
The Department of Homeland Secu-
rity National Canine Facility provided Certifications were offered by the
the certification instructor and the State Fire Marshal and NAPWDA.
classroom instructor for the confer- The conference received excellent
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RED vs. BLUE member threatened to purchase a requested his identity be withheld,
cup of coffee from an unnamed recalls grocery duties at the station.
The great coffee debate franchise (hint: where prices start The unnamed employee, who works in
@ $4 per cup). Recruiting with the initials B.I., said
it was always the red can – Folgers,
After spending the better part of the A different aroma fills the Arson although he “never drinks the stuff.”
year weighing candidates, America office where blue cans of MH can be Coffee, it’s the fuel that so many of us
got together and voted. Whether the found in the cabinet. In the red offices
need to get moving in the morning or
end result was positive or negative for of EMS you will find Folgers cans
to help us stay up on those late night
your candidate, a sigh of relief that prominently displayed in break rooms. shifts. It really doesn’t matter if you are
the 2008 Election was over could be Although Lt. Luper professes his love a casual drinker or a certified addict,
heard across the nation. Despite our of MH, he indiscriminately pours a the question remains, the debate
efforts, one debate remains. The real cup of Folgers to get in his fix for the lingers, is the best part of waking up
Red vs. Blue debate, Folgers vs. Max- day. Lt. McKinley drinks Folgers in really Folgers in your cup?
well House (MH), yes, that’s right the EMS but longs for the days that he,
great coffee debate. Capt. White, and his fellow station
mates drank fresh pressed gourmet
The loyal affiliations to the blue or
coffee, made at Station 41 - “the best
red coffee cans run deep within the
on the department." In the Chaplain’s
DFR community. Take the DFR
office, Folgers cans are prominently
building at 1551 Baylor St., for
displayed. Is that the choice of a
example. One dutiful employee in the
Higher Power? You decide.
Inspection office who once purchased
MH was told to “wake up and smell There is some bipartisan support of
the coffee, that’s not Folgers” as their the Hills Brothers, Community and
fellow member struggled to swallow other coffee brands. If you ask which
the hot cup of MH. The word had they prefer you will usually receive
soon passed around that MH was in a definitive answer of Folgers or
their pots, restlessness ensued, one MH. A certain DFR employee, who
FIREMEN ASKED TO PERFORM from sewers, flues, trees, posts, attics and roofs; a
cow from out of a well, parrot from a tree, bird’s
MANY ODD JOBS DURING 1944 nests out of gutters and put up a flag pole.
People forget keys and firemen helped one
Everybody knows that firemen put out fires, man and 12 women who couldn’t get into their
and in addition it appears that general opinion homes. Nine children locked themselves in their
would have it that firemen can put out anything, rooms until firemen climbed through windows or
put up anything, or put down anything. took off door hinges.
The fire department’s report on miscellaneous Rescue work included boys in sailboats, boys in
services rendered in 1944 looks like a report on wells, a woman caught in high water, a child’s
several city departments. leg caught in a desk and a man caught by a
But who else than the fire department would be cave-in on the second floor of a building.
called upon to perform the following tasks: — Reprinted from the Dallas Times Herald, 1944
Rescue a crazy man from a vent, rescue cats
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FEAR OF THE DEEP
Linking Pastimes to Real-Life
There's that The next very important item to
master is to learn your electronics.
fishing the deep is a must. The average
fisherman is a sight fisherman. What I
old quote: This technique is intimidating and
also frustrating. I suggest taking the
mean by a sight fisherman, is one that
likes to fish the structure that they can
“The only thing we have to time to read and learn all the capabili- only see. This limits your fish catching
fear is fear itself.” ties of the electronic unit that you use. potential. So pry yourself away from
—Franklin D. Roosevelt Once you’ve learned how the unit the bank and slowly work your way to
operates the next step is on the water the deep. Remember the only thing
That holds true in deepwater bass fish- training. Start on a lake or body of to fear is fear alone and never, never
ing and in life. When you look across a water that you are familiar with. This 'Fear The Deep.'
body of water, what do you see? will help interpret the visual image
that will be projected through your
Most would say, “I wonder how far it
electronic under-water imager.
is to the other side.” The disciplined Deepwater Bass Fishing
bass fisherman wonders what type of Now that you’ve mastered and under- Mark Mitchell displays a huge 10 lb.+
deepwater structure is between him/ stand your electronics let's briefly fish caught while Carolina rigging in
her and the other side of the lake. But discuss some techniques you can use 30 feet of water.
to be a successful deepwater fisherman while fishing the deep.
there are some techniques that must
be performed and perfected. One technique that I love to use is
the Carolina rig. This is a versatile
The first order of business is to learn as technique that can be fished many dif-
much graphical information you can ferent ways.
about the different lakes that you are
fishing. That means you must go out Other good techniques include finesse
and buy a good typographical map of fishing, slow rolling spinner baits,
the lake and study all the submerged crankbaits, jigging spoons just to name
structure that are listed on the map. It a few. These techniques will be dis-
“Keeping a positive attitude is a must.”
may consist of submerged roadbeds, cussed in a later issue in depth.
long main lake points, major creek The most important issue about
channels, peaks, ditches, submerged fishing deepwater structure does not
brush piles, pond dams, submerged involve fishing but involves attitude,
structures, and rock piles only to name attitude, attitude.
a few. These are all considered as deep-
Keeping a positive attitude when
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On November 15, Dallas Fire-Rescue
met with the Highland Meadows
Neighborhood Association (HMNA) in
connection with the Adopt-A-Station
(AAS) program to help Station 48 with
some station and building needs. The
initial promise of a $500 donation
resulted in over $1,200 in donations
along with Lowes generously donat-
ing some building supplies for the
station. This was the first neighbor-
hood association to partner with
AAS, and we hope to have not only
an ongoing relationship with HMNA,
but to see other associations coming
together to sponsor their own local
stations. Our thanks go to Joyce Fer-
guson and the Association Board who
helped put this together, along with
all the men and women of DFR who
participated in a very chilly, blustery
Saturday morning event. Association
members treated DFR to breakfast
and generous hospitality. Along with
Sparky, DFR provided apparatus for
the kids to see up close, blood-pres-
sure checks and other fun stuff!
ADOPT-A-STATION • Robert Trenchard
• Christine & Scott Lawrence
• Keith Auten & Nancy Nance
• Delbert Gibbs
DONORS • Dan & Gayle Morgan • William & Tiffany Shaw
• Kelly Donahue • Norman & Patricia Ray
• Andrea Cowan • Brett & Kara Chumbley
DFR would like to thank • Kevin Pate • Patsy Agnes & Lisa Newman
the following generous • Ross Collinger, Jerry Pritchett, • Sandra Williams
people who have supported Jeff Swindle & Tug Toler • Tricia Tamayo-McGhee
local stations through DFR's • Loreli Garrat • Marilyn Atkinson
• Delores & John Autry • Joyce & Sherman White
Adopt-A-Station: • Helen Levy • Ana Lotshaw
• Stanley & Shirley Spitler • Mark & Julie Minges
• Highland Meadows Neighborhood • Vivian Davis & Janice Petit • Timothy & Dawn Pettinari
Association, Joyce & Sammy Ferguson • James & Beth Hoover • Herbert Lincler
• Congregation Shearith Isreal • Gilda & Paul Ruppi • Sue & John Benson
• Demarcus Langford • Freda Waring • Suzanne Hamond
• David Pryor & Wendy Koster • Charles & Sharon Cox • Councilman Kadane
• Robert McCready • Martha Hartley • Councilman Neumann
• Jim Reed
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DFR’s Newest Firehouse storm water and wash-off water that is ation in every sense. “We have every
Is Also a ‘Green’ House filtered for secondary use. Addition- type vehicle from our arsenal respond-
ally, more than three quarters of all ing on this drill, including engines,
waste generated during construction HazMat and more,” said Knoerr. “The
was recycled and nearly a third of all more we can take from an exercise like
the construction materials used in the this,” he said, “the better for our citi-
building of Station 35 were made of zens down the road should anything
recycled content. like this ever take place.”
“We’re committed to doing whatever Station 35 will be served with one Communications for this drill were
we can do to conserve resources and Engine and one Rescue unit and conducted in a way that did not dis-
respect the environment,” said Fire commanded by a Battalion Chief. It rupt normal DFR communications.
Chief Eddie Burns. “Our newest will also be the new duty station for While a number of critical pieces of
firehouse, Station 35, is a snapshot of 27 full-time firefighters with eight on fire and disaster response equipment
what all firehouses will someday be.” duty each day. were dedicated to this exercise, “there
Station 35, located at 3822 Walnut was no compromise in fire safety
Hill Lane replaced its namesake in a across the city,” said Knoerr. “Our
formal dedication ceremony, Decem- responsibility is and will always be to
ber 1 at 2:30 p.m. the citizens of Dallas,” he said.
DFR’s Disaster Drill
"Just ten years ago, a training exercise
like this would be approached from
an entirely different perspective," said
The new 12,000 square foot sta- Deputy Chief Jerry Knoerr. "But since
tion was built for slightly more than 9/11, a whole new set of variables have
three million dollars. It is also LEED been introduced into the planning and
certified. That means it meets the preparations for dealing with urban
requirements for Leadership in disasters."
Energy and Environmental Design. DFR descended on the Dallas
“Making this new station as ‘green’ as Convention Center on November
we could was one of the most impor- 22 for a mock disaster drill, anticipat-
tant considerations,” said Burns. “We ing a whole spectrum of possibilities
think we’ve succeeded in combining that, in another era, had not even
the greenest criteria while making it been considered.
efficient and comfortable for the men
and women who will be staffing it The scenario began with an “explo-
around the clock.” sion.” Approximately 50 people are
reported to have been inside the
Going green also meant installing facility at the time of the blast. What
highly efficient light fixtures and caused it or the kind of explosion it
day lighting strategies that will save was, was unknown.
significantly on electricity along with a
new drainage system that will capture The disaster drill replicated a real situ-
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Jeremy Hatcher, 27 George Ricks, 40 Patrick Anderson, 26
Mr. Hatcher comes to the Dallas Working out of Station 10C, Mr. Nestled in the busy streets of down-
Fire-Rescue Department, 57C, by way Ricks joins us from Ponchatoula, town Dallas, Patrick Anderson begins
of Scurry, Texas; where his affinity Louisiana; home of the Ponchatoula his career at Station 18C. As an up-
towards firefighters would eventually High School Green Wave. After and-coming asset to the department,
grow into the job of his dreams. graduating high school he decided to Patrick brings a wealth of second-
explore his creative passion and attend hand experience with him. The son
Since the influential age of 13, the University of Southwest Louisi- of Patrick Anderson, Sr. (48C), he
Jeremy’s interest was consistently nur- ana, where he graduated with a degree has been exposed to the fire depart-
tured by one of DFR’s own. During in architecture. ment and its traditions for the past
most shifts, Captain John Sutton 26 years.
would bring Jeremy to Station 34 to Looking
ride out on the engine; accounting for a career Born in Dallas and raised in
for some of the fondest memories of that would Mesquite, Junior grew up attending
his childhood. Throughout his time allow him to Mesquite High School and, soon
at Scurry Rosser High School and spend more after, Eastville College. In his spare
Trinity Valley Community College, time with his time, Patrick enjoys working on
his days at Station 34 would continue family; his and riding
to mold his career focus. Afterwards, interest in the motorcycles.
there was nothing left to stand in his fire depart- Someday he
way. ment would plans to
soon become promote to
Despite rais- apparent. the rank of
ing cattle part captain and
time, Jeremy A member of his church congrega- have a career
has spent sig- tion, who happened to work for the as rewarding
nificant time Fort Worth Fire Department, pointed as his father's.
minding his him in our direction, and as we say –
career goal of the rest is history. Though, with three Let us all say: greetings to you
becoming an years under his belt, the more appro- Mr. Patrick Anderson, Jr. In an effort
officer. In the priate phrase would be recent history. to become your own man, you now
meanwhile, join your new family bound by the
he plans Despite still being a little “green,” same values by which you were raised.
to hire back and ride as many peak Mr. Ricks has targeted several career As it turns out, happens to be the
demands as possible. So, even though objectives; with particular aspirations family you were always a part of. It
he has only been in the field for a of becoming an officer in Arson and seems that fate is not without a
short time; let’s welcome someone Investigation. So let's welcome him sense of irony.
that has been a part of the family with open arms, and perhaps some
since 1994. water buckets or maybe even a red
line, to his new family with the Dallas