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Semi Truck overturns on I-30 backing up traffic & closing WB ramp unto University Drive

A Semi Truck carrying lumber overturns on the ramp from WB I-30 to University Drive and Backs up traffic.  Fort Worth Police are investigating the accident and say that the ramp will be shut down indefinitely.  Fort Worth Fire HazMat team was called in to siphon off approximately 300 gallons from the fuel tanks which were leaking.

The driver was not injured!!




“United We Stand” – Boot Sculpture (Fort Worth Fire Station 8)

I wrote this blog a while back (in April 2012) for my personal blog (jottingsandwritings), but it really belongs here.

While giving a ride to someone I had run into when going to pay my rent, I drove past Fort Worth Fire Station #8 and saw something that caught my eye.  Of course,  I had to go back and take a picture.   I have to say that it wasn’t quite as easy as simply as turning around and going back however…  I am not familiar with that area of town and had gotten turned around several times; Then there was the fun of where to park so I could get up close enough to get a good picture.  No parking spots on the streets, nearby parking lots full (or restricted), and parking in front of bay doors of firestation – ummmm generally not a good idea.  I was, however, finally able to find a good spot and get a couple of picture.

Of course having gotten the pictures, I had to get the story behind it and did with the help of Timothy Hardeman PIO for Fort Worth Fire Department (find them on twitter and on FaceBook)

 Artist  Title  Year  Media  Location
 Eric McGehearty   United We Stand   2006  Bronze Sculpture  Fire Station 8

You can learn more at Fort Worth Public Arts  (scroll down to the area of Fire & Police)

I was told that the boots shown are called “Hip Boots” because they unfold to cover the upper part of the legs.  They were worn by firefighters in the past (I am not certain if they are still in use today).


#FWFD #Station26: Standing Ready to Serve



And Night

They stand ready to serve.

To go where ever they are called

No Matter what the time

Ready to “Protect The Wood”

Ready to provide a “Safe Place”


FWFD station 5 Grand Opening/ Open House

The New  Station 5 was officially opened Yesterday (04/28/2012).

Speakers in attendance were Chief Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Jackson, Mayor Betsy Price, Council Women Kathleen Hicks, County Commissioner Roy CHARLES Brooks, As well Station 5’s Captain Brunson.  (Link Here for blog on the speaking event)

The ceremony started off with the official flag raising:  http://youtu.be/Zf-h5zDWYlw

Getting ready to raise the flag

Flag going up

Honor Guard (?) Saluting the flag

following was a presentation by one of the local school choirs singing:  “I’m a possibility”

"I'm a possibility"


Also at the open house event:

Hands Only CPR

Hands Only CPR “Push Hard, Push Fast, Switch Often”

Did you know that even trained Firefighter/Paramedics get worn out quickly doing this = make sure you get Emergency help on the way IMMEDIATELY!!!


Would your kids "Know What To Do"?

Is your family "Fire Safe"?

FW Public Arts & the FW Fire Department

*Watch for the new Mural on the E. Wall (facing Evans Street) of the new Station 5, coming sometime in the late fall of 2012*

Equipment from surrounding Fire Stations were also at the grand opening:

Squad 2

Ladder 8

Also known as "BigV"

Swift Water Rescue Station 32

and Fire Command

They sure do start young!!

As well as MedStar

Think they might just have a message??



The new Fort Worth Fire Station #5

Meet the friendly firefighters of Fort Worth Fire Department  Station #5 – Emphasis on the word friendly.

and their apparatuses:

The newly dedicated Engine 5 “Top Gun”
And sidekick EMS 99

Walk through of the new Station 5 Bay:  As you can see  I started in the back of the building and made my way towards the front.  Parked in front of the building is the newly dedicated Engine 5 also known as “Top Gun”

Station 5 covers from  Hwy 121 on the North to Berry Street on the South and from University Street on the West to Interstate 820 on the East An approximation of the service area is shown here:   http://g.co/maps/w4xku.   They cover roughly 1/4 of the city and due to it’s location + ease of highway also covers all highway call in the area.

There are 15 Firefighters working at Station 5, 5 per shift.  Four ride on the engine (including either a Captain or Lieutenant) and one is assigned to the EMS truck.

Working "A" Shift is:
Lt. Alrcantan
FF R. Jones
FF Becerra
FF Vega
with FF/EMT Khouns on the EMS truck

Working "B" Shift is:
Capt. Brunson
FF Fowler
FF M. Jones
FF Babich
with FF/EMT Warren on the EMS truck

Working "C" shift is:
Lt. Knox
FF Clark
FF Cessum
FF Cadman
with FF/EMT Brown on the EMS truck

A Little History:

The first Station 5 was built in 1890 (near 400 block of Bryan Avenue) and was also a Community Hall.  There, began a long history of its association with the community

The second Station 5 was built in 1911 (near the same location), was no longer a community hall but was still an integral part of the neighborhood it served

The third Station 5 was built in 1965  (at 1000 Evans Street), where it would be housed till 2012, and continued the tradition of community involvement helping neighborhood kids with their bikes (incuding repairs) and even giving them to kids who didn’t have one.

Now Fire Station 5 has a new home  on the corner of Irma St & Evans St. At 850 Irma Street; Fort Worth, TX 76104 (as of posting google maps does not show the new Fire Station)

* Thank you to PIO Tim Hardeman of Fort Worth Fire Department for providing me with a brief history of FWFD Station 5*

Construction for the new station has been in the works for two years and the actual construction has taken about one year, costing in the neighborhood of 3.5 – 4.5 million dollars.  Friday April 27, 2012 marked 3 weeks “in the house” and the official grand opening / open house took place Saturday April 28, 2012 FWFD station 5 Grand Opening/ Open House

At 5 or 10K SF (information sources vary & I am awaiting confirmation) the station is  3 times the size of most other stations and is said to be the largest (or at least one of the largest) stations in the city and is completely ADA compliant. The price tag was said to be in the neighborhood of 3.5 to 4.5 million dollars.

Speaking event at Fort Worth Fire Station 5 Grand Opening / Open House

Chaplain Brown led everyone in a short prayer on the behalf of the  Fire Fighters of Station 5 as well as for the building, & equipment.

Chaplain Brown

First up was Fire Chief Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Jackson:  ‘We want you to get to know your local firefighters; to see them as friends and neighbors, not just strangers in uniform/gear’ He went on to mention that Station 5 is a “prototype” station and is one of the busiest engine companies in the city averaging 10 calls a day

Fire Chief Rudy Jackson

Next up was Mayor Betsy Price: speaking on, among other things, the location of the station.  ‘My realtor friends say that it is all about location, location, location’

Mayor Betsy Price

followed by Council Women Kathleen Hicks

and County Commissioner Ray CHARLES Brooks (don’t forget the Charles): ‘ “I am a possibility, I am a great big bundle of potentiality” that is what this neighborhood/community is all about’

I did not get a picture of Commissioner Brooks actually speaking; However, I did get one of him seated up front to the far right of Fire Chief Rudy Jackson & Mayor Betsy Price

County Commissioner Ray Charles Brooks sitting on far right next to Mayor Betsy Price.

Last to speak was the Captain of Fire Station 5: Captain Brunson “We are here for you!!  If you need us call us”

Captain Brunson

“The new station 5 is now officially opened!!!”

Link to "The new Fort Worth Fire Station #5"
Link to "FWFD station 5 grandopening/openhouse"

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