2015 AFA 9/11 Events Schedule
7:30 a.m.: Annual memorial service to remember those firefighters who lost their lives on September 11. Buford Fire Tower on Lady Bird Lake,
Location: Cesar Chavez and Congress.
Austin Firefighters Association will hold their annual memorial to remember all who fell on September 11, 2001. This ceremony also incorporates a remembrance of Austin Firefighters, active and retired, who have passed away in the last year. The event will take place at Buford Tower. The ceremony will include the Austin Firefighter Honor Guard, Emergency Services Pipes and Drums Association and AFD Quint 1.
09:30 a.m.: AFD 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Austin firefighters will climb the Pleasant Valley Drill Tower in full turnout gear, an air pack, and a hose bundle. Firefighters will make the number of up and down flights which equals roughly the height of the World Trade Center. The climb is done in complete silence and it takes about an hour.
(Firefighters from Austin and surrounding areas have been participating in this Memorial Stair Climb every year since that tragic day in 2001. The first climb actually took place the day after the tragedy at the AFD William Roberts Training Academy during the training of Cadet Class #106.)
Location: 517 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
12:00 p.m. : Bagpipes and Drums. Hosted by the Texas Capitol.
Emergency Service Pipes and Drums Association (ESPADA) will play in the Texas State Capitol Rotunda.
Location: State Capitol Rotunda
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Brothers and Sisters, On June 18th 2013,
Firefighter and Union Brother Colin Camp was struck while riding his bicycle
and critically injured. Colin suffered a grievous head injury and today
he requires constant care at a skilled nursing facility. The criminal
trial for the man, Stephen Charles Murphy, who struck him and then tried to
flee the scene, starts next week. Colin's family has asked for members of
his firefighting family to come and support them during the trial. The
trail will be held at the Travis County Criminal Justice Complex, 509 W. 11th.
The case is being tried in the 167th District Court located on the 8th
floor. The first day of trial is Tuesday, August 11th starting
at 0900. The trial may last up to four days. Members can come and go from
the courtroom as their schedule permits.
If you do attend the prosecutor has one important ground
Absolutely no uniforms or other clothing that would identify
you as a firefighter, this includes Station T-shirts. This could be seen
as prejudicial, and be used by the Defense Attorney to get a mistrial or assist
in an appeal.
We will keep you updated as the trial progresses for any
last minute schedule changes.
Palmer Buck 512-633-5854
PS we still need help filling the August ride schedule for
Brother Chris Youngblood. You can view the ride calendar here
Calendar account #203125
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Schlitterbahn Discount for AFA members
For year round fun at Schlitterbahn
Waterparks and Resorts, use the link below to access our Partner
Discounts. Discounts are available for admission, season passes,
accommodations and more. Although cabana discounts are not currently
available through our Partner Program, we have provided a rental link for your
To view the park-specific offers,
visit Partner Link listed below and follow the steps listed below.
the Item Type you wish to purchase.
your Quantities and Follow the Prompts.
your Promotional Code and Apply Promotion as requested one time only.
Confirm that your Rate has changed.
if your Promotional Code is not entered before check out, you will be charged full price.
6/26/2015 - Membership Update
Brother and Sister Firefighters,
On Wednesday, June 24th the AFA held an appreciation BBQ dinner to honor our friends on the City Council. The event was a huge success. Mayor Adler and 8 other council members attended along with approximately 125 firefighters and family. This is a remarkable showing considering Council's busy schedule requirements.
A big thank you goes out to all the firefighters who attended, you made the event great! Events like this help us to further build our relationships with City Council members. Nurturing and growing these relationships are key to our future success.
There is no place for politics on the fireground, however, over the last several years, it has become painfully obvious that local and state politics have a profound effect on the firefighters' pay, benefits and working conditions as well as our professional standards.
The AFA bargaining team did a magnificent job of negotiating a very favorable CBA, but our leverage to achieve this agreement was built by growing our political and legal might. Specifically, our relationships with council which produced the hiring and training standards council resolutions and the two active consent decree appeals pending with the 5th Circuit changed the nature of our struggle. AFA was able to reach a favorable CBA without ceding our principles.
Now, looking forward, we must to build upon on our successes by growing our PAC, both the regular Pac and the Pension Protection PAC. Myself and PAC and Eboard members will be initiating a PAC membership drive soon so please have your questions ready.
Finally, I want to express my appreciation for all the tremendous membership support over the last several years. Quite simply, it would have been unbearable if not for the understanding and support of the membership. For the firefighters to forego pay raises and contractual benefits for multiple years to make a stand for our important principles makes me proud to be your AFA President. Thank you!
President, Austin Firefighters Association
AFA formal request to ATCEMS
Click on the image below to view entire Letter from AFA to ATCEMS as a formal request to begin discussions regarding consolidation.
ATTENTION: ALL CLASSIC CAR ENTHUSIASTS
and Count are starting a classic car club for any current and
former Austin Fire Firefighters that have a passion for classic cars. We are
looking at any firefighter that owns a car pre 1980 (exceptions will be made
for newer cars) that would be interested in meeting once a month at the Union
Hall and caravanning to Top Notch Burgers on Burnet Rd afterwards. We would like to try and organize an annual
car show at the Union Hall once a year to raise money for different organizations
in the community and to raise funds to fully and professionally restore our old
Fire Engine that is down at shops. We would also like to try and get a group
together to go to the annual car show at the Expo Center each year in April.
Anyone with a "classic car" that is interested in joining the club please
contact us. The club's name will be Austin Skull Draggerz Car Club.
Jason Paez Station 22A
Count Station 8A
Brother and Sister Firefighters,
Thank you to all who voted. This vote had the largest member
participation in the history of our organization, with 773 total votes casted. The results was that an overwhelming 93% of the membership voted "NO" to the contract and
NO to the further erosion of our professional standards.
here to view the vote results]
The firefighter's principles remain intact, they are
non-negotiable and not for sale. Firefighters will not sell their principles for
any amount of money and that is what's called INTEGRITY. Our integrity, courage, and belief in our principles are the values that real leaders are made of. The safety of the citizens and firefighters of Austin is NOT for sale, no matter how much pressure the city applies to make us capitulate.
These principles should be rewarded, not punished. They
should be exalted, not stripped away by extorting firefighters family's by
eliminating a much deserved pay raise that all other city employees received. We the firefighters, need the support of the citizens, as we are not getting any from city management. The City Manager and Fire Chief are killing the very spirit that
they claim to instill in all city employees...honor, duty, family and sacrifice.
We cannot hold out forever. Over time,
if our bosses do not care, if the current council does not care, then we will work hard to seat a new council that will not let
our department be destroyed, one that will protect it and support it so great
things can continue to happen.
Now we must truly commit to a single cause! We need your help by
block-walking and assisting with the campaign. Please go to www.local975.org to sign up and block walk to help seat a
new 10-1 city council where fair-minded courageous leaders will stop this
nonsense. Join me in becoming part of the difference!
President, Austin Firefighters Association
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