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Joel Baker Named Next Chief of Austin Fire Department
Recently retired chief in Atlanta moves west
"...The Austin Fire Department should have a new chief on Dec...."

Nov. 2, 2018 News Post by Chase Hoffberger

Austin Fire Department: Drinking in Drive-Throughs
Two firefighters arrested for DWIs in fast food parking lots
"...six weeks have seen two sworn employees of the Austin Fire Department suspended 60 days for drinking and driving...."

Aug. 19, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Fire Department Management and the Union Need to Work Together
"...Dear Editor, As a member of the American Fire Service and someone who loves the city of Austin,..."

Nov. 3, 2009 Postmarks

Warrant Issued for Former Austin Fire Lieutenant's Arrest
James Baker allegedly videotaped female colleagues in the shower
"...An arrest warrant’s out for former firefighter James Baker, who stands accused of invasive video recording,..."

Nov. 16, 2017 News Post by Nina Hernandez

Council Members Shine New Light on Fire Department
CMs Alter and Flannigan stoke the flames of AFD negotiations
"...Austin Fire has spent the summer in the spotlight as..."

Sept. 1, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

The Color of Fire
The Austin Fire Department is making another attempt at staff diversity – will it do any better this time?
"...There was a time not so long ago when Austin's public officials concerned themselves with the business of running..."

May 13, 2011 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

Fire at the Sheraton Downtown (Updated)
Austin Fire Department is on the scene
"...Reports from Downtown are saying the Austin Fire Department is on the scene of a two-alarm..."

March 10, 2013 SXSW Post by Monica Riese

The Fire at AFD
Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr leads a department flaming with labor, race, and gender politics
"...On a rainy weekday in September, Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr is sitting in her..."

Oct. 16, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Where's the Fire?
Live Music Venues vs. the Fire Marshal
"...Where's a better way to cause a panic in Austin than yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theatre: Try yelling..."

May 30, 1997 Music Feature by Ken Lieck

Hail to the Fire Chief
Joel Baker comes in to lead a tired department
"...After a career spent fighting fires – literally and administratively – in Atlanta, Joel Baker..."

Nov. 30, 2018 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Point Austin: Putting Out the Fire
Council-brokered agreement at AFD could be a city breakthrough
"...something that had eluded its predecessors: It brought together Austin Fire Department Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr and Austin Fire..."

Feb. 13, 2015 News Column by Michael King

Austin @ Large: Austin at Large
For the firefighters, City Hall's rep for putting its people first goes up in smoke
"...Toby Futrell started with the city of Austin more than 20 years ago, as a file clerk..."

Aug. 29, 2003 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

Blue Starlite Round Rock Drive-In Destroyed in Fire
Owners launch GoFundMe campaign to help with repairs
"...A tragic blow for theatre-going in the Austin area: The Round Rock location of local drive-in chain..."

June 25, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Department of Justice Initiates Inquiry into AFD
Fire department hiring woes continue
"...The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday formally notified the city that..."

April 25, 2013 News Post by Jordan Smith

Improving Fire Dept. Response Time
AFD hopes to get five new fire stations
" begin looking into ways that it could bring Austin Fire Department stations on board in five particularly needy..."

March 11, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Austin and the 7-10 Split
Candidates in west and west-central districts find common cause
"...When people first started talking about shifting Austin to single-member City Council districts, the logic was simple...."

July 22, 2014 News Post by Richard Whittaker
Everything needs to be online now. Austin is a world-renowned tech capital. Why can’t the city get it right?
"...15 to make appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine on Austin Public Health's webpage were kicked out of the sign-up..."

June 11, 2021 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

North Austin Mosque Targeted Again
Attempted arson latest in vandalisms attacking North Austin Muslim Community Center
"...A North Austin mosque vandalized last year was again targeted last week,..."

May 3, 2019 News Feature by Mary Tuma

‘Martinez for Austin’ Kicks Off Campaign
Council member opens all-city tour at Barton Springs
"...Mike Martinez formally kicked off his “Mike Martinez for Austin” mayoral campaign this morning by emphasizing his working-class roots..."

April 5, 2014 News Post by Michael King

Leaked AFD Exam Adds Fuel to Fire
Allegations of cheating exacerbate Fire Department's diversity woes
"...scandals, financial malfeasance, steroid use, or worse. So when Austin Fire Department Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr hastily took the..."

May 27, 2011 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

After the (SXSW) Party: Where's the Fire?
Party shutdowns unleash backlash against SXSW
"...– including large fetes planned to coincide with the Austin City Limits and South by Southwest festivals. With the..."

April 6, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Fire Contract May Herald New Hiring Policy
Firefighters close to signing a contract
"...Contract bargaining between the city and the fire department union has ended for now, and while there's..."

Oct. 23, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

The Long Road to Responsive Fire Coverage
It appears the city’s in no big rush
"...remains in the process of plugging holes in its fire coverage map. That's not likely to change anytime soon...."

Dec. 8, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Austin-Travis County EMS Saves Real Lives on First Responders Live
Why are local emer­gency medical services on Fox's popular TV show?
"...So when Austin-Travis County Emer­gency Medical Services decided to take part in..."

June 19, 2019 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Where’s the Fire, Chief?
City announces finalists to succeed Rhoda Mae Kerr
"...will contend to be the next chief of the Austin Fire Department, the city announced Wednesday. Former chief Rhoda..."

Oct. 19, 2018 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Fire Chief Fights Diversity Battles
Kerr called back to Arkansas for a pending lawsuit
"...It seems that controversy follows Austin Fire Department Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr wherever she goes...."

July 17, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Can Austin Get Its Arms Around ESDs?
Austin Fire Department and ESD 6 negotiating possible merger
"...For most Austin residents, the city is largely a benevolent entity. But..."

Jan. 20, 2012 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

The Fire Last Time: AFA and City at Impasse
I/O Solutions becomes entangled in latest dispute about AFD's hiring process
"...I/O Solutions was hired to help the city of Austin redevelop the tests it uses to select new members..."

Aug. 9, 2013 News Feature by Mike Kanin

AFD's Volunteer Hire Department
AFD recruitment efforts not unlike speed dating
"...About two months ago, the Austin Fire Department posted an announcement on Craigslist that looked..."

May 6, 2011 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

Department of Strange Clarifications
Fire chief sets the record straight
"...last week's Chronicle (March 11), I inadvertently helped put Austin Fire Department Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr in the awkward..."

March 18, 2011 News Feature by Michael King

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