SAFD http://tpr.org en SAFD, Catholic Charities Kick Off The Summer With Project Cool http://tpr.org/post/safd-catholic-charities-kick-summer-project-cool <p>Senior citizens and families who need some cool air this summer are receiving help from Project Cool, an effort to distribute box fans throughout San Antonio.</p><p>As the summer months begin, San Antonians are looking for ways to beat the heat. Project Cool began 19 years ago between Catholic Charities, the San Antonio Fire Department, St. Vincent de Paul and other organizations. Catholic Charities President Antonio Fernandez said as the program kicks off, 20-inch box fans are needed.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:33:56 +0000 Joey Palacios 32846 at http://tpr.org SAFD, Catholic Charities Kick Off The Summer With Project Cool Survey Finds Citizens Favor Police & Firefighters Paying Share Of Insurance Premiums http://tpr.org/post/survey-finds-citizens-favor-police-firefighters-paying-share-insurance-premiums <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the ongoing debate between the city and the police and </span>firefighter<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> unions over benefits and healthcare premiums showing no signs of concluding anytime soon, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce commissioned a telephone survey on the issue.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The survey, conducted for the chamber by a third party, used voter registration information for 501 random phone calls. Participants were asked if they would favor firefighters and police paying for a portion of their healthcare.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:17:01 +0000 Joey Palacios 29472 at http://tpr.org Survey Finds Citizens Favor Police & Firefighters Paying Share Of Insurance Premiums City Council Trying To Find Balance In Police & Fire Benefit Recommendations http://tpr.org/post/city-council-trying-find-balance-police-fire-benefit-recommendations <p>San Antonio police officers and firefighters used time off of from their shifts Wednesday to fill the seats inside City Hall to hear recommendations by a task force appointed to study healthcare and retirement benefits.</p><p>That task force met a total of eight times, beginning last October. Members like chairman Reed Williams, a former city councilman, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, business leader and pension expert Sam Dawson, and firefighter Lt. Jerry Cortes looked at the city's general fund revenues versus the cost of running the public safety departments.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:30:17 +0000 Ryan Loyd 27051 at http://tpr.org City Council Trying To Find Balance In Police & Fire Benefit Recommendations The Source: Smart Highways | SAPD & SAFD On The City Budget http://tpr.org/post/source-smart-highways-sapd-safd-city-budget <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The future of transportation may be smart cars but it will take smart highways to get us there. From safety to pollution to the mother-of-all-issues, traffic, intelligent transportation offers promising solutions to all of them.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; </span></p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:50:11 +0000 Paul Flahive 26870 at http://tpr.org The Source: Smart Highways | SAPD & SAFD On The City Budget The Source: Allies Face-Off For County Judge | City Looks To Cut Police/Fire Benefits http://tpr.org/post/source-allies-face-county-judge-city-looks-cut-policefire-benefits <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p>As early voting begins tomorrow for primary races across the state we highlight the race for the Democratic nominee for Bexar County Judge. Longtime District 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is challenging sitting Judge, Nelson Wolff.</p><p>Both men have served over a decade at the county level. Adkisson&nbsp;was elected in 1998 and Wolff appointed as judge in 2001.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 15:40:15 +0000 Paul Flahive 26843 at http://tpr.org The Source: Allies Face-Off For County Judge | City Looks To Cut Police/Fire Benefits City Council Set To Hear From SAPD-SAFD Benefits Task Force http://tpr.org/post/city-council-set-hear-sapd-safd-benefits-task-force <p>In two weeks the San Antonio City Council will receive a briefing on the results of the Healthcare and Retirement Benefits Task Force, known as the Legacy Task Force.</p><p>The committee studied how the city can modify the current system in place for uniformed safety personnel. While all sides see a resolution in sight, it depends on who you ask as to the route that will get them there.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 18:36:37 +0000 Ryan Loyd 26232 at http://tpr.org City Council Set To Hear From SAPD-SAFD Benefits Task Force The Source: A Looming Budget Battle | The Legacy Of Bill Sinkin http://tpr.org/post/source-looming-budget-battle-legacy-bill-sinkin <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A budget and contract battle looms as the city task force in charge of evaluating future finances takes a hard look at the pension and health benefits of city fire and police forces. The task force finished its work yesterday and is scheduled to be presented to council on February 19.</span></p><p>The terms of these benefits, which are far more generous than other municipal workers, were agreed to more than 20 years ago.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:51:24 +0000 Paul Flahive 26173 at http://tpr.org The Source: A Looming Budget Battle | The Legacy Of Bill Sinkin San Antonio Firefighters Help Houston Brethren Through Difficult Day http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-firefighters-help-houston-brethren-difficult-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The San Antonio Fire Department is showing its support for their brother and sister firefighters in Houston.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today 150 off duty San Antonio firefighters are standing watch over </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Houston so that firefighters who want to attend the public memorial service for the four fighters who died Friday are able to do so.</span></p></div><p>It was the highest single day death total in the history of the Houston Fire Department.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 16:41:26 +0000 Eileen Pace 12623 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Firefighters Help Houston Brethren Through Difficult Day In Pictures: Edison Students Mobilize Emergency Response For Mass Casualty Drill http://tpr.org/post/pictures-edison-students-mobilize-emergency-response-mass-casualty-drill <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly 300 Edison High School students got hands-on experience with triage and search-and-rescue on Monday morning. A simulated school bus "explosion" </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">was part of a four-hour training exercise at the Public Safety Magnet school. The students played the role of first responders.</span></p><p>It's a scenario that no one wants to see happen: An I.E.D. explodes on an SAISD school bus, injuring several dozen students--followed by a second blast a few minutes later.</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 22:05:08 +0000 Chris Eudaily & Joey Palacios 11701 at http://tpr.org In Pictures: Edison Students Mobilize Emergency Response For Mass Casualty Drill Public Safety Officials Plan To Keep Fiesta Fun And Safe http://tpr.org/post/public-safety-officials-plan-keep-fiesta-fun-and-safe <p>Fiesta gets underway tomorrow and the Boston Marathon bombings have San Antonio police and firefighters strengthening their presence to make sure people stay safe during the 11-day celebration.</p><p>Fiesta is San Antonio's way to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto and it all started in 1891 with a hugely successful Battle of Flowers Parade.</p><p>Though the years since have been full of fun and festivities, there was one incident that changed everything.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:11:26 +0000 Ryan Loyd 9846 at http://tpr.org Public Safety Officials Plan To Keep Fiesta Fun And Safe