The Friday Report
  December 15, 2023

The Texas Fire Chief’s Association (TFCA) is now accepting nominations for its Annual Awards. To select the honorees, each department will have one vote for each of the awards/achievements listed below.

Fire Chief of the Year
Please include the name of the individual and a detailed description of the reasons for your nomination. Please also include any supporting documentation you wish to submit as well as the nominee's contact information and your contact information.

Lone Star Achievement
Please include the name of the individual or organization you are nominating, their contact information, a description of the achievement as well as any supporting documentation relevant to the nomination. Please also include your name and contact information.

Fire Safety
Please include the name of the individual or organization you are nominating, their contact information, a description of the program as well as any supporting documentation relevant to the nomination. Please also include your name and contact information.

Valor Award
Please include the nominee's name, contact information, a brief description of the incident as well as your name and contact information. Newspaper clippings and media submissions should be sent as additional attachments.

Please submit your nominations and supporting materials by Jan. 12, 2024.

Click Here to Submit Nomination

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“It may sound cliche, but it’s about helping your fellow man and being a part of the solution. If you want to help, we’ll let you help,” said West Carlisle Fire Chief Tim Smith. 

Last week, the Robinson Volunteer Fire Department held a ceremony to pass the duties of fire chief from retired Chief Reese Knight to new Chief Stephen Sullivan.

"Whether its the medical side or fire side, seconds matter," said CCFD Fire Chief Brandon Wade, noting that the new fire station should improve response times.

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In this article, lobbyist Adam Burklund of Burklund Consulting provides an election news update and a list of retiring/non-returning legislators.

This update covers the following:
  • Fourth-Called Special Session Concludes
  • Comptroller Transfers $8.5 Billion to State Highway Fund and Rainy Day Fund
  • Public Comment Open for Flood Infrastructure Fund Intended Use Plan
  • Federal Infrastructure Bill Update
  • City-Related Bills Passed

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