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Thursday, April 21, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin Fire Department could soon be using drones

The drone idles on a small runway at the Austin Radio Control Association, just east of the city. It has a gray body and a white nose, across which someone has painted a sinister smile. The controls are tested, and…

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 by Jack Craver

Fire Department says it needs more fire stations

The Public Safety Commission unanimously recommended a resolution Monday that would require the city manager to submit an annual report to City Council identifying areas of the city most in need of fire stations.If approved by Council, staff will develop…

Thursday, December 10, 2015 by Jack Craver

Fire department touts improved flood performance

Larry Jantzen, chief of special operations with the Austin Fire Department, told members of the Public Safety Commission on Monday that the department was able to respond more quickly and effectively to the Oct. 30 floods because of improvements it…

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City, firefighters reach tentative agreement

After years of strife, the City of Austin and the Austin Firefighters Association successfully concluded the collective bargaining process Monday.Last November, City Council agreed to settle a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice over alleged discrimination in the Austin…

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Council delays fire department reclassification plan

A proposal to modify the Austin Fire Department’s leadership hierarchy has encountered headwinds at City Hall.City Council Member Don Zimmerman moved Thursday to prevent a vote on the resolution that proposes tweaking the department’s classification system, including removing several lower-level…

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: AFA President Bob Nicks

Austin Firefighters Association President Bob Nicks joins Monitor publisher Mike Kanin to talk about recent developments that put the union, looking for its first contract since 2012, back at the bargaining table with Austin City Management. Sponsored by Kerby Lane…

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