On the afternoon of September 30th, 2015, 14 year old Seth Brenes walked into Haltom City fire station to to say thank you to the firefighters who made a difference in his life. In order to understand the significance of the visit, one must go back to May 30th, 2015 and review the events of that afternoon.
The afternoon of May 30th, 2015 marked the end of the Seth’s eighth-grade school year. In order to celebrate, Seth and several of his friends held an “End of the School Year Party” at a residence in Haltom City. During the course of the activities at the party, Seth’s life changed. An accident in the backyard left Seth with a severe spinal injury with the loss of function in his legs. 911 was called and Haltom City firefighters, along with Medstar, responded to the scene.
The Haltom City Fire/Rescue Department would like to thank the following businesses for donating funds and/or gifts for the first Haltom City Fire/Rescue Awards Banquet. The banquet was held April 12th at Diamond Oaks Country Club.
Russell Feed Store
Diversified Fire Protection
Jerry Jones/Dallas Cowboys
Diamond Oaks Country Club
Paul's Flower Boutique
Flawless Faces by Sidney
Texas Star Golf Course
24-Hour Fitness (NRH)
McDonald's (Denton Hwy.)
Academy Sports (North Tarrant)
State Farm (Bill Carter)
Hoffbrau (Haltom City)
O'Reilly Auto Parts
Sprad's Hardware (Haltom City)
Schlotzsky's Deli (Haltom City)
Iron Horse Golf Course
Sonic (Haltom City)
Boomer Jack's (North Fort Worth)
Lone Star Bar-B-Q (Haltom City)
Bass Pro Shops (Grapevine)
Dillard's Cosmetics (Northeast Mall)
Belk (North Tarrant)
First Choice Emergency Room
The event was sponsored by the Fire Services Board and the donations were made to the board to pay for the banquet and to use as door prizes.
The Insurance Council of Texas, through its "We're Out to Alarm Texas" program, has donated 100 smoke detectors to the Haltom City Fire Department. These are available on a first-come first-serve basis to Haltom City low income, elderly, disabled and special needs residents.
The accompanying video explains the importance and relevance of the "We're Out to Alarm Texas" program, as representatives from the insurance industry, the State Fire Marshal's Office and the Insurance Council of Texas were in town Thursday, October 2nd to deliver these alarms to Fred Napp, HCFD's Deputy Fire Marshal. Call 817-759-8660 to receive a smoke detector and to schedule an installation.
Haltom City Fire/Rescue has purchased a new ladder truck from Rosenbauer Fire Apparatus. The new truck is the result of a three-year process of planning and purchasing by the fire department and city officials. The truck is the largest piece of equipment ever purchased by the Haltom City Fire/Rescue Department. The ladder can reach a height of 100 feet and has a basket at the end to enable firefighters to stand while rescuing people.
Prior to placing the vehicle into service, the members of the fire department underwent training from the manufacturer, whose dealer is located here in Haltom City at 6000 Huddleston Street. The apparatus will respond to all calls for assistance within the city and for calls for aid in our surrounding communities. This new ladder truck now joins a fleet of city fire apparatus that includes a 75 foot ladder/pumper, two front-line pumpers, a grass fire truck, a heavy rescue truck and two reserve pumpers. This fleet of apparatus, funded by the citizens of Haltom City, helps Haltom City Fire Rescue provide a high level of emergency services.
The new ladder truck is housed at the Central Fire Station, 5525 Broadway Avenue.