Public Announcements

 

Fire Fighters Foundation Salutes Our First Responders

For Immediate Release
Contact: Lee Vela 281.748.3095

(Houston) – The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston extends our deepest sympathy to the families of our fallen Fire Fighters killed in today’s horrific fire. Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured as well.

We as Houstonians rely on fire fighters as our first responders. For more than 150 years, they have answered the call with their indisputable commitment to save lives and in the process, kept our community and loved ones safe. Today they paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.

FFFH has and will continue to work with HFD to determine their shortfalls and will assess their critical funding needs on a regular basis.

The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2006 and is the first foundation in Houston to provide non-governmental funding to Houston's as well as surrounding counties’ fire fighters. The Foundation is dedicated to upholding our pledge of providing Houston's bravest men and women with the necessary funding, tools, technology, and equipment so that they may be able to best serve and protect the citizens of Houston. Building and maintaining the best fire department in the nation requires supplemental non-governmental funding - - - and The Fire Fighter Foundation of Houston will continue to answer the call.

To assist the families of the fallen fire fighters we encourage you to make donations to the Houston 100 Club (www.the100club.org) and to our local Red Cross (www.redcross.org/tx/houston). For more information about the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston please go to www.fffhouston.com.

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Black Queen Speaks EP Release Party

Join Us for Live Music @ 2016 Main St.

Benefiting the Firefighter's Foundation of Houston


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Message From BQS:

"BQS is proud to host our CD release party as a benefit for the FFFH in honor of the 343 fire fighters who lost their lives during September 11, 2001. The FFFH is a nonprofit organization that provides fire departments with equipment and technology, and financial assistance for families of fallen fire fighters who have died in the line of duty. Please help BQS meet our goal of raising $2,000+ for FFFH."

 

HFD-Wish List - Sept. 7, 2011

Fire Foundation of Houston

HFD-Equipment Request List

As of September 7, 2011

 

1. The VJTF-Fire Training Academy is requesting:
  1. Rescue Randy Manikins (6), 6’1” 165 lbs. to be used in training scenarios.
    $1,129.85 X6 =$6,780.
  2. Scott Eagle X Thermal Imaging Cameras (2) Used by Instructors to evaluate students during Live Fire Training while at VJTF.
    $6,475 X2 = $13,350.
  3. Kubota ZTR Model ZD331LP - 72” deck to transport personnel and equipment on campus during training evolutions.
    $12,843.

    $32,973.00
2. HFD-Emergency Operations is requesting:
  1. Thermal Imaging Cameras (5)- The Eagle Attach is $6,450.
    X5=32,250.
  2. Pulse Oximeter (50) - Medsource International, Model #MS-74011, for our BLS units to allow all EMS transport units to have the ability to monitor the breathing efficiency of a patient.
    #349. X 50 = $17,450
  3. Pulse Ox replacement sensors - $75 X 20 = $1,500.

    $51,200.00
3. HFD-Rescue is requesting
  1. TNT Power Unit (2) - TNT 6.5 Simo Gas Pump with roll cage.
    $5,200 X 2 = $10,400.
  2. Paratech Low Pres Airbags - 13 Ton/ 11.8 Metric Ton low pressure lift kit #RM1010 used on motor vehicle incidents to stabilize the vehicle for extrication of patient.
    $7,250.
  3. Resqmax Rope Rocket - Resqmax Line Deployment System #22-887-106 for rapid and accurate throw for water rescues.
    $1,857.
  4. Hydraulic rescue set for Station 64- 6.5 Simo Power unit with Roll Cage, 28” Super light spreader, (or 32”), 7-3/8 Inch C-Cutter (Standard TNT Coupler) 269k Cut Force, 50” Telescoping ram, Twin Line Bonded 50’ Hoses with Standard TNT Couplers. $20,500.

    $40,007.00
4. HFD- Hazardous Material Response Team is requesting:
  1. Gilkes Chemical Offloading Pump (2) - This pump is used to offload chemicals by the Hazmat Team. This pump allows a safe and efficient method to off loading overturned tank trucks.

    $8,500 X 2 = $17,000.
5. HFD is requesting a 3,000.00 donation be made each to;
  1. HFD Pipes and Drums,
  2. The HFD Honor Guard
  3. The Valor Awards Committee
  4. Camp Houston Fire (a new program in our department which was developed to increase the department’s efforts for recruiting female trainee/firefighters)
  5. Physical Fitness (PT) equipment maintenance program.

    $15,000.00

Total Sheet Request $156,180.00

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September 11, 2010 Gala

 

HFD Introduces New Donated Rescue Boat, with Live Training

The Houston Fire Department (HFD), Council Member Mike Sullivan, District E, Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston (FFFH) and The Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund today introduced the newest addition of the Houston Fire Department's rescue equipment, a rapid response boat, during a press conference at Deussen Park. Acquisition of the new rescue boat was made possible through donations from the efforts of the FFFH and the Ike Fund.

The Houston Fire Fighter Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2006 and is the first foundation in Houston to provide non-governmental funding to Houston's fire fighters. Every year it purchases tools, technology and equipment to firefighters - filling the gap between the needs of the HFD and limited government funding. They have contributed more than $300 thousand worth of equipment and supplies for HFD.

The rescue boat, built by Glenn Boatright, a local builder in the Kemah area is 22 feet long, 8.5 feet wide and has a 150 horse power motor. It cost $50,000 to build and equip. According to HFD Rescue Chief Bob Branch, the boat has been tested and can deliver up to 350- gallons per minute of water through a mounted deck gun, from a draft of 18 feet thru 10 feet suction hose and floating strainer.

"This boat will be primarily used as a rapid response boat for fires on the Lake," said Branch. "It will be able to provide quick knock down with a piped deck mounted nozzle for pier, boat, grass or any fire along the water's edge. It can be also used to create a water supply for land based firefighting." It can also be used for boating accidents and water rescues.

The new boat will be assigned to HFD Station 65, located at 11531 FM 1960 East, 77336. HFD currently has 11 inflatable rescue boats, ten evacuation boats, one fire/rescue boat and six jet skies. Currently, HFD is working with the Houston Police Department (HPD) to house it at their facility on Lake Houston.

Council Member Mike Sullivan, says this boat will allow HFD to carry rescue and medical equipment more safely and more quickly to those who live on and around Lake Houston.

Throughout this month, firefighters are training with the boat and large portion of the rescue fleet to prepare for severe weather emergencies. HPD, Office of Emergency Management and Rescue are currently working on various landing points in the event of hand-off of patient's to EMS units.

With Hurricane Season starting in less than a month, the IKE fund hopes this boat will help with any rescues that might come about due to tropical storms. Mayor Bill White named Albert Myres, senior vice president of government and public affairs for Houston-based Reliant Energy Inc., to lead fundraising efforts for the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund in September 2008.Myres also managed the Katrina/Rita Fund three years ago.

Additional hurricane safety information may be found on the HFD website at www.houstonfire.org

"As shown during Hurricane Ike, the men and women of the fire department work throughout the storm, putting their own lives on the line to ensure the safety of their fellow citizens," said HFD Acting Fire Chief Rick Flanagan. "This generous donation will help to not only make sure we can reach citizens in a time of crisis, but also help to ensure we have the best equipment for our member's safety and use."

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Fourth Annual Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston Dinner

For the last four years the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston has been raising funds to purchase supplemental equipment and supplies for the men and women of the Houston Fire Department. An annual "The Face of Heroes...Answering the Call" dinner is held to show our community's appreciation for these brave men and women that regularly risk their lives to protect our homes, families and businesses. We set aside September 11th each year to honor and remember.

This year the event will be held at Astrid and Gene Van Dyke's beautiful home on Buffalo Bayou, located at 3940 Inverness Drive. As part of the evening's agenda, we recognize members of the Houston Fire Department who have demonstrated particularly outstanding service with our Valor Awards. This year, the Valor Awards will honor, among others, Captain James Harlow and Fire Fighter Damion Hobbs, who tragically were killed fighting a fire earlier this year.

Our support of the members of the Houston Fire Department is more important than ever. Therefore, we hope that you will make a special effort to attend this celebration of service and valor and participate in this year's dinner. It is with your support that we all can make a difference and provide life saving equipment. Our Houston Fire Fighters "Answer the Call" with the utmost professionalism, compassion and respect. As Chairman of the Foundation, Community Volunteer, and Businessman, it is with utmost pride that we send you this letter asking you to come and meet our local heroes and participate as a sponsor in this annual event.

Sponsorships are available from $2,500-$10,000 and individual tickets can be purchased for $250. Enclosed is a response form with the details along with a response envelope. 100% of the money raised goes to pay for special equipment and supplies requested by the Depanrnent along with minimal costs for dinner. For more information regarding the dinner please call Karen Lee Goulding at 832-247-8455 or go to www.fffhouston.com. We look forward to seeing you on September 11th!

Please click here to Register Online for the event!

Bill King, Chairman
Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston

Jane B. Page
Event Chair

Jim McIngvale
CEO, Gallery Furniture

 

Third Annaul Gala - Sept 11, 2008

Save The Date - September 11, 2008


 

The Third Annual Fire Fighters Gala will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2008. The Gala will benefit the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston, which was established in 2006 to provide essential equipment that is beyond the scope of funds provided through the City budget. The event is also a way to express our gratitude for our local fire fighters who daily face dangers all across our City. The sacrifices they make stretch them physically, mentally and emotionally. They work hard to prepare for the challenges, but frequently they are expected to "answer the call" without proper training and equipment.

The Houston Fire Fighters Foundation (FFFH) has been established as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, and is the only foundation in Houston to provide non-governmental funding to Houston's fire fighters. The Foundation is dedicated to provide Houston's fire fighters with the tools, technology, and equipment to better serve and protect the citizens of Houston. The importance of your support cannot be overstated. We must be prepared to respond. Building and maintaining the best prepared fire department in the nation requires supplemental non-governmental funding; that is the purpose of The Houston Fire Fighters Foundation.

The Gala will be held at The Wortham Theater. We hope you will join to support Houston's true heroes. Mayor Bill and Andrea White will serve as Honorary Chairs of this event for The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston. We are pleased to announce that Houston Astros pitcher, Roy Oswalt, will serve as co-chair of this year's gala. The details are outlined on the enclosed response form. We look forward to hearing of your response and thank you for your consideration of this request.

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Jane Page
Event Chair

Roy Oswalt
Event Co-Chair

Bill King, Chairman
Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston

 

Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston Presents Life-Saving Equipment for Houston Fire Fighters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

 

Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston Presents Life-Saving Equipment for Houston Fire Fighters

Helping Save the Lives of Those Who Save Others

Houston, TX, April 25, 2008 - More than $99,000 worth of life-saving equipment was presented to the City of Houston Fire Department by the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston at a presentation ceremony today.

William E. King, president and chairman of the foundation, made the formal presentation to HFD Fire Chief Phil Boriskie. "The foundation's mission is to raise the funds necessary to make sure our fire fighters have the very best equipment to not only save the lives of our citizens but for the protection of the fire fighters themselves," King said.

In accepting the equipment, Chief Boriskie praised the foundation for its generosity in meeting the ongoing needs of firefighters in the nation's 4th largest city. "We all recognize that fighting fires is dangerous work, and in saving other lives our brave firefighters face many hazards. The equipment you have provided us with today and in the past has saved, and will continue to save, many lives, and we truly appreciate your dedication to making sure we have what we need to do our job effectively," he said.

The donated equipment, which was exhibited and demonstrated at the presentation event, includes:

    • Thermal Imaging Cameras, which enable firefighters to see inside smoke filled environments. Thermal Imaging Cameras contain sensors that react to infrared energy from surrounding objects and convert the "thermal signature" to a visible image. As firefighters search building buildings, they use the cameras to locate victims who otherwise might go unnoticed. They can also be used to detect hidden fires and catch them before they spread. The foundation donated eight of these cameras for the department.


    • E-Z-Radiocom II units, for fast, safe communication when a firefighter is in trouble. The foundation donated 32 of these units.


  • Blitz Monitor, which is a small portable monitor that can be deployed by a single person. Blitz monitors are supplied by a 2 1/2" line and typically will flow up to 500 gallons per minute. The foundation donated four of these monitors.

In addition, the foundation donated $2,500 each to the HFD's Valor Awards, Honor Guard, and Pipes and Drums organizations.

The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston is a nonprofit organization that provides non-governmental funding to Houston firefighters. Every year it purchases tools, technology and equipment to firefighters - filling the gap between the needs of the HFD and limited government funding. The foundation raises most of its funds through an annual gala, which is held Wortham Center every September 11th to commemorate the courage and dedication of the New York City fire fighters during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on that day in 2001.

This year's donation represents a $40,000 increase over last year's amount.

For more information on the Houston Fire Fighters Foundation, visit www.fffhouston.com.

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Second Annual Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston Dinner 09.11.2007

Last September, Houstonians commemorated the fifth anniversary of 9-11 by establishing the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston. The Inaugural event was held and raised over $300,000 to provide essential equipment that was beyond the scope of funds provided through the City budget. The event was also a way to express our gratitude for our local fire fighters who daily face dangers all across our City. The sacrifices they make stretch them physically, mentally and emotionally. They work hard to prepare for the challenges, but frequently they are expected to "answer the call" without proper training and equipment.

The Houston Fire Fighters Foundation (FFFH) has been established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is the only foundation in Houston to provide non-governmental funding to Houston's fire fighters. The Foundation is dedicated to provide Houston's fire fighters with the tools, technology, and equipment to better serve and protect the citizens of Houston. The importance of your support cannot be overstated. We must be prepared to respond. Building and maintaining the best prepared fire department in the nation requires supplemental non-governmental funding; that is the purpose of The Houston Fire Fighters Foundation.

On Tuesday, September 11, 2007 the Second Annual Firefighters Gala will be held at Wortham Theater. We hope you will join to support Houston's true heroes. Mayor Bill and Andrea White will serve as Honorary Chairs of this event for The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston. The details are outlined on the enclosed response form. We look forward to hearing of your response and thank you for your consideration of this request.

Sincerely,


Jane Page
Event Chair


 
Bill King, Chairman
Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston

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The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston Makes Initial Donations to HFD Announces Second Annual Fire Fighters Ball

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 13, 2007
CONTACT: HFD Public Information, 713-495-7900
   



The Houston Fire Department and the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston will hold a press conference, today, April 13, 2007, at 1:30 p.m. at the HFD Training Academy, 8030 Braniff Rd near Hobby Airport. The equipment donated by the Foundation will be exhibited and demonstrated. The press conference will follow the completion of Fire Ops 101, a hands-on introduction to the Department's burn building, simulator and rappelling exercises by Foundation members and members of the media.

The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston has announced the donation of life-saving equipment and more to the Houston Fire Department (HFD). The Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 2006 to provide support to HFD. It held the inaugural Fire Fighter's Ball on September 11, 2006, and raised nearly $300,000. From those funds came a number of important donations to HFD, which were made recently, including:

  • $51,775.00 worth of Motorola Radios.

  • 44 Grinders (Dewalt Cut Off Tool) and Accessories. Firefighters frequently encounter obstacles that impede their progress during the performance of their duties. One such obstacle, burglars bars, delays entry and thus search and rescue efforts. The grinders can be used to rapidly remove the burglar bars, allowing access for a faster search, increasing the potential to save the life of an occupant. The Department intends to install one grinder on each of our Ladder Truck units. The tool has been tested and recommended by HFD's Special Operations Rescue Team as an excellent solution to the burglar bar problem.

  • 2 Thermal Imaging Cameras. The generation of smoke in a confined space produces an atmosphere of reduced, and often times, zero visibility. The Thermal Imaging Cameras differentiate temperature differences as low as one tenth of a degree. As firefighters perform their search, they will be able to use the cameras to scan the inside of the structure, picking up temperature differences that would detect victims who otherwise might go unnoticed. The cameras can also be used to detect fire hidden in void spaces, thus providing for a quicker extinguishment and reduction in property loss.

  • 8 Carbon Monoxide Pulse Oximeters. This device is used to measure carbon monoxide levels of patients, as well as firefighters, who are suffering from smoke inhalation. Determining the level of carbon monoxide exposure will provide for a more accurate assessment, mode of treatment and medical facility destination.

  • 3 donations of $2,500 each to the Valor Awards Committee, the Honor Guard and the Pipe & Drums Organization. The Valor Awards Committee recognizes firefighters each year for outstanding service to the Department. The Honor Guard and The Pipes & Drums are volunteer organizations made up of firefighters. They represent the Department at various functions including funerals, promotion and graduation ceremonies and other special events. These donations will defray costs associated with maintaining these organizations.

This is the first donation to HFD from the foundation, which was established to help provide Houston's bravest men and women with the necessary tools, technology, and equipment so that they may be able to best serve and protect the citizens of Houston.

According to Chairman of the Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston Board William E. King, the Fire Firefighters Foundation of Houston is committed to filling the gap between the needs of HFD and the limits of government spending.

"Unfortunately, recent advances in technology and new equipment demands have too frequently fallen further down the priority list," said King. "As a result, these demands rarely receive the funding and attention they deserve."

This donation includes cut off grinders for every HFD ladder, two thermal imaging cameras, Carbon Monoxide Pulse Oximeters for every HFD ambulance and ambulance supervisor and several donations to non-profit entities that assist Houston Firefighters.

The cut off grinders, which are currently on only HFD Rescue units will enable firefighters to quickly and efficiently cut through burglar bars and similar obstacles that they face in attempting to rescue citizens from burning structures.

According to Assistant Fire Chief Omero Longoria, a ladder unit is dispatched to every structure fire and the greater accessibility of the cut off grinders will enable the fire department to reduce rescue efforts and perhaps prevent deaths. During this press conference, HFD will be giving a live demonstration of how these cut off grinders work.

Another life-saving device is the thermal imaging camera. Currently, the fire department has these cameras, which allow firefighters to see heat through smoke and fire, on every ladder. The donation will provide the department with a needed back-up reserve.

According to HFD EMS Assistant Chief Adrian Trevino, one of the most deadly elements of a fire is not the heat but the smoke. The carbon monoxide can build up in a person's system and cause severe illness leading to death.

The Carbon Monoxide Pulse Oximeters will allow all HFD ambulance crews and supervisors to measure carbon monoxide levels of both citizens and firefighters exposed to long periods of time in a smoldering incident.

"These devices will also allow HFD to determine which hospital would be best to treat the patient," said Trevino.

Fire Chief Phil Boriskie applauds the Foundation for its efforts in helping to ensure the safety of not only the citizens of Houston, but also the members of the Houston Fire Department.

"I look forward to our continued partnership with the Houston Fire Fighters Foundation," said Boriskie. "Ultimately, this support gives us a greater chance of rescuing citizens and making sure that our members return home to their families."

King also announced that the Second Annual Fire Fighter's Ball has been scheduled for September 11, 2007. Jane Page, the managing director of Crescent Real Estate Equities, will chair this year's event.

King said, "We are extremely excited to have Ms. Page chairing this year's event. Crescent is a longtime supporter of the Houston Fire Department and this is a generous extension of that support."

 

Press Conference and Kickoff

The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston

Join us on
Monday, July 24, 2006
for a
Press Conference and Kickoff

with
Mayor Bill White

and

Bill King
Chairman, The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston

Fire Station No. 8
1901 Milam
2:00pm

For more information, please visit The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston's website: www.fffhouston.com, or call, 713-547-2640.

 

Kick-Off Event and Fundraiser September 11, 2006

Kick-Off Event and Fundraiser

Our fire fighters need your help to establish the Houston Fire Department as the country's hallmark. With support from community leaders, fire fighters, friends and volunteers, The Fire Fighter Foundation of Houston will host its landmark kick-off event and fundraiser on September 11, 2006 to celebrate our local heroes and honor of the fifth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. We ask for your assistance and hope you will join us.