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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. 10...."

Nov. 2, 2018 News Post 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

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

Aug. 19, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

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 the..."

Sept. 1, 2017 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Fire Department Good; Police Not So Good
"...[April 27], it was the climax: There was a fire on South Lakeshore today, and it was pretty serious..."

April 27, 2008 Postmarks

The Color of Fire
The Austin Fire Department is making another attempt at staff diversity – will it do any better this time?
"...were actually related to legitimate matters in the Austin Fire Department. Over the testy objections (public and private) of..."

May 13, 2011 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

Blue Starlite Round Rock Drive-In Destroyed in Fire
Owners launch GoFundMe campaign to help with repairs
"...the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In was destroyed by fire last night, and the owners say the fire department..."

June 25, 2020 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

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 fire..."

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 office...."

Oct. 16, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

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

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
"...that had eluded its predecessors: It brought together Austin Fire Department Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr and Austin Fire Association..."

Feb. 13, 2015 News Column by Michael King

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 city..."

March 11, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

The Film After the Fire
Richard Linklater talks about giving back to Bastrop this weekend
"...into a major fundraiser for victims of the Bastrop fires. Linklater said. "That's one thing we know how to..."

Sept. 14, 2011 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Raw Paw’s Chris Dock Talks About the Fire that Destroyed Their HQ
Local arts collective devastated by flames as the year begins
"...story here a few years ago – and the Fire Marshal (Deputy Tate Markey, in the lead) is currently..."

Jan. 8, 2018 Arts Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

'Bernie' Benefit for Bastrop Fire Relief
Rick Linklater's Bastrop-shot comedy screens on Sunday
"...Wanna help with the victims of the Bastrop fire and get a sneak peek at Rick Linklater's latest..."

Sept. 13, 2011 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

Early Morning Fire at Hill's Cafe
Damage was contained and restaurant will re-open
"...window at Hill's Cafe this morning and alerted the fire department as well as KOKE-FM radio personality (and minority..."

Nov. 25, 2013 Food Post by Virginia B. Wood

After the (SXSW) Party: Where's the Fire?
Party shutdowns unleash backlash against SXSW
"...March 15 SXSW afterparty, at around 12:30am, an Austin Fire Department marshal showed up and shut down the fun...."

April 6, 2007 News Feature by Jordan Smith

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

May 27, 2011 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

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

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. While..."

July 17, 2009 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

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

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

Rapid Fire
"...have to sweep up, I guess it's okay. Rapid Fire is full of mindless, cynical action, elaborately choreographed fight..."

Aug. 28, 1992 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

News Roundup: Smoke and Fire
Arsonists, burn bans, and heated arguments
"...arsonist in Iowa; Council approves a temporary ban on fire and smoking; UT's Confederate statue problem isn't resolved quite..."

Aug. 17, 2015 News Post by the News Staff

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

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 a..."

May 6, 2011 News Feature by Josh Rosenblatt

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

March 18, 2011 News Feature by Michael King

Fire Chief Goes Easy on Accused Harasser
Wrist-slap for captain’s rude, sexist “horseplay”
"...Less than three months into his tenure, Austin Fire Chief Joel Baker’s handling of a harassment case has..."

Feb. 9, 2019 News Post by Nina Hernandez

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