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Drew Garcia Sues City, AFD Chief Kerr
Firefighter continues fight over barred acceptance into AFD
"...his Feb. 16 testimony to City Council opposing an AFD standard that would require ESD 4 firefighters to run..."

Nov. 17, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

AFD Disqualifies Union President From Firefighter Candidacy
Firefighter allegedly disqualified in retaliation for union position
"...of Emergency Services District 4, effective Oct. 1 – AFD brass has disqualified for candidacy firefighter Andrew (Drew) Garcia,..."

July 14, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Contract Talks Getting Hot at AFD
Firefighters association president accuses city of bad faith bargaining
"...city negotiators relayed those proposed changes, which would give AFD Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr more discretion over hiring. The..."

July 21, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Leaked AFD Exam Adds Fuel to Fire
Allegations of cheating exacerbate Fire Department's diversity woes
"...for the structured oral interview portion of the long-running AFD testing process had been distributed to select candidates, obviously..."

May 27, 2011 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

Last Call for DWIs at AFD?
Fire chief cracks down on drunk driving firefighters
"...On July 11, Madison, a 29-year AFD veteran who (according to The Texas Tribune) receives the..."

Aug. 1, 2014 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Kerrtains at AFD
Fire chief to leave for Florida
"...she began her career in 1983. Kerr retires from AFD as the first woman to run it, and will..."

Feb. 16, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

AFD: Woolverton on Leave, Merger Fallout Stays Hot
Aaron Woolverton on admin. leave after AFA files complaint
"...complaint filed by Austin Firefighters Assoc­iation President Bob Nicks, AFD officials said they hadn't a chance to fully investigate..."

Aug. 4, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Department of Justice Initiates Inquiry into AFD
Fire department hiring woes continue
"...Kennard, the DOJ has received "information indicating that the [AFD] may be engaged in a pattern or practice of..."

April 25, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Accommodating Women: The AFD vs. Nona Allen
"...2008 a group of female firefighters complained to the AFD's Diversity Council that male firefighters were storing furniture and..."

Oct. 16, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Union Accuses AFD Assistant Chief of Dishonesty
Liar, liar, pants on fire?
"...taking part in the transfer (and thus becoming an AFD firefighter) because he left a 2008 cadet class suspension..."

July 28, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

AFD and Firefighters Union Broker Hiring Deal
Union and fire chief are still negotiating, but future looks bright
"...the entry-level cadet hiring exam pass/fail rather than scored. AFD officials claimed they had done so to reduce the..."

Aug. 26, 2011 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

AFD's Volunteer Hire Department
AFD recruitment efforts not unlike speed dating
"...dishwashers; rides to Flagstaff, Ariz.; and illicit sexual encounters. AFD, it read, "is looking for 48 outstanding citizens of..."

May 6, 2011 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

The Fire at AFD
Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr leads a department flaming with labor, race, and gender politics
"...much larger city of Austin began its search (the AFD has approximately 1,100 firefighters to Little Rock's 400), she..."

Oct. 16, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Kerr 'Clarifies' AFD Safe Driving Policy – Again
In response to criticism, the fire chief has further tweaked AFD's safe driving policy
"...department's newly revised policy on the safe driving of AFD vehicles. The revision – which changed existing policy to..."

Sept. 4, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Assistant Chief Aaron Woolverton Cleared at AFD
Woolverton found to have not lied to Civil Service about past accident
"...4 firefighter Drew Garcia was unjustly barred from joining AFD due to accusations that he lied about an altercation..."

Oct. 20, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

AFD Hiring: Smoke or Fire?
Add the EEOC to the parties weighing in on firefighter hiring
"...of discrimination based on the results of the 2012 [AFD] cadet hiring process," union President Bob Nicks said in..."

Feb. 28, 2014 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Sirens at AFD
A new fire department policy mandating safe driving practices has sparked controversy
"...what is already happening – this is the way AFD drivers operate vehicles "90% of the time," and the..."

Aug. 28, 2009 News Feature by Jordan Smith

How AFD Ranks
"...AFD RANKMaleFemaleCaucasianHispanicAfrican-AmericanOther Assistant Chief5(100%)-3(60%)1(20%)1(20%)- Division Chief4(80%)1(20%)5(100%)--- Battalion Chief33(100%)-32(97%)1(3%)-- Captain69(100%)-64(92.8%)4(5.8%)1(1.5%)- Lieutenant175(98.9%)2(1.1%)152(85.9%)18(10.2%)5(2.8%)2(1.1%)..."

Oct. 16, 2009 News Feature

AFD Not Involved

July 23, 2015 Postmarks

Merger for EMS and AFD?
Public Safety Committee revisits the idea

June 23, 2015 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Council Members Shine New Light on Fire Department
CMs Alter and Flannigan stoke the flames of AFD negotiations
"...spending more efficient. Alter said her focus turned to AFD after Council's series of budget "deep dives" in February,..."

Sept. 1, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

The Fire Last Time: AFA and City at Impasse
I/O Solutions becomes entangled in latest dispute about AFD's hiring process
"...an end to the hiring conflicts that had brought AFD to the attention of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity..."

Aug. 9, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

Improving Fire Dept. Response Time
AFD hopes to get five new fire stations
"...expectations of similar growth through 2030) has significantly reduced AFD's ability to respond to emergency situations within the prescribed..."

March 11, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Council: Something's Burning
Council wrestles again with AFD hiring
"...a hiring process (not yet installed) intended to increase AFD minority hiring – but the previous Council was split..."

Feb. 6, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

Council: Eternal Returns
City plumbing, juvenile curfews, and AFD overtime on this week's agenda
"...Flannigan and CM Alison Alter want firmer explanations for AFD's persistent overtime needs – and the recent need for..."

June 16, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Warrant Issued for Former Austin Fire Lieutenant's Arrest
James Baker allegedly videotaped female colleagues in the shower
"...or a fine of $10,000. Police say Baker, an AFD lieutenant for 31 years before retiring in September, set..."

Nov. 16, 2017 News Post by Nina Hernandez

Council Preview: Where There’s Smoke
AFD hiring consent decree under fire by AFA
"...Austin Fire Department.” The city has delayed hiring new AFD cadets until the claims of discrimination were reviewed the..."

May 14, 2014 News Post

We Don't Need No Stinkin' De-Icer
City trumpets response to the great storm of aught-7
"...Department: From midnight, Jan. 15, through noon Jan. 18, AFD responded to 887 calls Austin Parks & Recreation Department:..."

Jan. 19, 2007 News Post by Wells Dunbar

The Color of Fire
The Austin Fire Department is making another attempt at staff diversity – will it do any better this time?
"...a consultant whose appointed task was to beef up AFD's targeted recruiting efforts and – in theory – increase..."

May 13, 2011 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

Trouble at Station 15
Austin firefighter sues city after officials stonewall unequal treatment
"...despite internal opposition and the indifference or obstruction of AFD administrators. After fighting back through department channels without success,..."

Jan. 16, 2009 News Feature by Caitlin Meredith

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