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Arlington, Texas 76010

Phone: 817-459-5500
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Koregan and Keck Reunite

November 19, 2012 -
The last time Arlington Firefighter Wesley Keck saw Koregan Quintanilla he was a teeny tiny little fellow just a few days old, snoozing away in a baby carrier, wrapped snugly in blankets. He was also outside on a chilly November morning, at the back door of Fire Station #12 on Collins in South Arlington, abandoned. Full story
Dog Rescue Letter From PETA
Dear Chief Crowson,

On Behalf of the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals and more than 3 million members and supporters, including thousands across Texas, I am pleased to present you with our Compassionate Fire Department Award. The award is in recognition of your team's extraordinary efforts to rescue Leah the dog from a house fire, providing her with lifesaving oxygen bottles and resuscitation, and the firefighter' attempt to save the family cat.

We hope that your kindness will inspire others always to come to the aid of animals in need. Thank you.

Tracy Reiman

Early Sunday morning crews from Battalion 1, Stations 8, 4, 11, and 17 responded to a residential house fire. The home owners were away on vacation, so a family member would go over to care for the family’s dog and cat. As he approached the house that morning the family member noticed, through the window, a small fire in the front room. He immediately dialed 9-1-1 and tried to open the front door, but had trouble with the key. He waited for the fire department to arrive. Station 8 was first to arrive. The family member advised the crew that there were pets inside the home.

As is turns out, the fire was small because it was deprived of oxygen. The fire was unable to develop and spread through the house without oxygen. However, it did create a suffocating amount of thick, black smoke that spread throughout the home from the ceiling to the floor. Crews forced open the front door and were met with a lot of heat and smoke pushing out.
The incident commander assigned crews to search for occupants (including the missing pets), put the fire out, and ventilate the smoke. The thick smoke blinded them as they attempted to make their way through the home. Visibility was merely inches in front of their faces as they attempted to locate the animals.

The fire department’s powerful fans began clearing the nasty smoke and fire gases out of the home. This allowed the crew of Engine 8 to locate the family’s cat and remove it from the home. Unfortunately, the cat was deceased. On the other side of the home, Engine 11 Driver Rob Kleam located the dog in a bathroom and asked for assistance. Quint 8 Driver David Tyler carried the large dog out of the home and into the front yard. The dog was barley responsive and breathing very rapidly.

Firefighters quickly began providing aid to the dog. At first, only a few members were available to help, but soon the animal was surrounded by six to ten firefighters offering assistance and support. Specially designed masks provided to the department by the ASPCA were used to deliver oxygen. The shivering pet was covered up with a salvage cover to keep her warm. Firefighters pet the dog and offered encouragement to comfort the sick animal. Crews worked for more than an hour, using four bottles of oxygen to treat the animal.

The Incident Commander worked to contact a veterinary hospital that was open on the weekends and could provide further care. The firefighters prepared to lift the animal and carry her to an awaiting car when, amazingly, she sat up under her own power. She was responsive and breathing normally when the crews loaded her into the family’s care for transport to the vet clinic. No update on the pet’s condition was immediately available.



Arlington Fire Department and American Medical Responses assists
in donations to Las Matas Santa Cruz, Dominican Republic

Arlington, Texas – Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz is making a significant donation towards the purchase a fire truck for his hometown of Las Matas Santa Cruz in the Dominican Republic. In addition, two ambulances donated by American Medical Response will also be given to the city of Las Matas Santa Cruz.

The vehicles were presented during a ceremony prior to the Rangers game on Wednesday September 26, 2012 with the Oakland A’s at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

The project was initiated by Cruz several months ago, when the Rangers outfielder met with officials from Las Matas Santa Cruz. Cruz then enlisted the assistance of the Arlington Fire Department to help acquire the first responder vehicles.

“I am always seeking ways to give back to the community in which I was raised. I wanted to find a way to use my resources to help a lot of people for many years to come, and this donation does that,” commented Cruz. “When we first had this idea the Arlington Fire Department fully embraced it and through a lot of hard work turned it into a reality. I am very appreciative of all the help I have received to complete the project. I think my community will be very grateful knowing all the people who are helping to make their lives better.

Arlington Fire Chief Don Crowson and other city fire officials worked with American Medical Response on the donation of two ambulances. Additionally, Billy Claunch of Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus was contacted to assist with the purchase of a fire truck. In addition to Cruz’ $20,000.00 donation, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation made a $9,300 contribution to assist towards the completion of this project.

“Nelson expressed a passionate concern for his hometown community. His desire to help others, resonated with the Arlington Fire Department team in such a way, that Department immediately came together with other public safety partners to help Nelson meet his goal of improving Fire and EMS response capabilities in his hometown community. We admire Nelson’s commitment to his community and we’re honored to help our fellow firefighters and EMS responders in the Dominican Republic.” Said Arlington Fire Chief Don Crowson

The fire truck was repainted by Arlington’s Wreck Truck Repair and outfitted with equipment donated by the Arlington Fire Department and Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus. The two ambulances were also repainted and outfitted with safety equipment. Donations by American Emergency Vehicles, Optima, Physio Control, and Stryker totaling $4,500 will assist with costs for the vehicles travel to Cruz’s hometown. Cruz plans to pay the remaining costs for transport.

During Wednesday’s pre-game ceremony Chief Crowson and members of the Arlington Fire Department presented Cruz and Dr. Luis Esmurdoc with a large key symbolizing the donated fire truck. Edward Van Horn of American Medical Response will present the keys for the ambulances his group donated. Also in attendance will be members from Physio Control and Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus.

 November 14, 2011 - Firefighters and Citizen Hero Receive Life Saving Awards

First came a nudge from a roommate, jarring him awake. Then came the screams. Paul Puranda, shirtless and sleepy-eyed, ran to the balcony of the Creek at Brookhollow Apartments to see the complex going up in flames... Read more

CPR Saves


While trying to defend last year's division title, the Rangers have produced a heart-stopping moment or two for their fans this season. When it happened to Dan Schimek on July 26, however, it wasn't thrilling or fun. Luckily, a pair of Arlington police officers were nearby and knew how to perform hands-only CPR. Schimek, one of the team's official scorers, was working that night's game against the Minnesota Twins at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington when he fell ill. "C.J. Wilson had just walked the bases loaded," Schimek recalls. "I was about to write down the next play, then I got lightheaded." The next thing he remembers is being on a stretcher on the way to the hospital. Paramedics working at the ballpark quickly made their way to the press box and used an automatic external defibrillator to restart Schimek's heart.
It turns out that he had two blocked arteries. Doctors implanted stents, and now he is back on his feet. Last week, he was at the ballpark as Mayor Robert Cluck honored Arlington police Sgts. John Marsh and Brett McDonnell for their lifesaving work. They were among five people recognized as part of the city's "no excuses" campaign to promote hands-only CPR.

New recommendations
In 2008, the American Heart Association said untrained bystanders or those squeamish about doing rescue breathing could focus on chest compressions until emergency responders arrive. Last year, the group said that even professionals who use rescue breathing should start with chest compressions, reversing the old ABC training -- airway-breathing-compressions -- that called for rescuers to give two breaths then alternate with 30 presses.
In its no-excuses campaign, the city has aired 30- and 60-second public service announcements featuring actors, sports personalities and Cluck on local television, the city website, at movie theatres and before every home Rangers game.
Proper bystander CPR can double or triple a victim's chance of survival, according to the heart association, which trains more than 12 million people in CPR a year. The most effective rate for chest compressions is greater than 100 compressions per minute.

Other CPR heroes
Also honored last week were Autumn Dipert Brown, who owns Arlington-based Dan Dipert Coaches and Tours with her father and brother; Arlington resident Pamela Kiefer; and Arlington 911 dispatcher Lari Tillar, who guided Kiefer through the steps.
Dipert Brown was dining with her family at Trail Dust Steak House on July 24 when another patron collapsed nearby. She performed traditional CPR on the man, Don L. Davis, until emergency personnel arrived.
At the hospital, doctors found and treated blockages in Davis' heart.
Dipert Brown said she has attended CPR courses three times over the years as part of her work in the travel industry.
"More businesses need to offer CPR training to their employees," she said. "We believe that our company should offer the safest experience possible for our customers, and part of that is making sure we're prepared when something like this happens."
Meanwhile, Pamela Kiefer used hands-only CPR to rescue her husband, former City Manager Chuck Kiefer, when he collapsed Aug. 6 after coming indoors at home. Pamela Kiefer had attended training in conventional CPR but, in the stress of the moment, relied on Tillar to guide her through hands-only CPR.
Chuck Kiefer said he was stricken with sudden cardiac death syndrome, which can have multiple causes.
Officials also honored the paramedics employed by the Rangers, the Fire Department and American Medical Response for their work in the three incidents.
Since the city launched an effort in 2005 to improve cardiac arrest survival rates, CPaRlington has trained more than 40,000 residents. To learn hands-only CPR in 30 seconds, visit the city's website at
Schimek is thankful that his heart attack happened at a place where so many emergency responders were close by. "I feel almost guilty," he said.



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