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Thanksgiving Safety

Updated On: Nov 17, 2014 (12:35:00)




Denton Fire Fighters Association Stresses Cooking Safety on Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is leading day for home cooking fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the leading cause of home fires on Thanksgiving Day. A cooking fire is three times more likely on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year.

“Most fires on Thanksgiving occur between noon and 4:00 p.m. – the peak cooking hours,” says Jason Ballard, Denton Firefighters Association President. “A lot of those fires can be easily avoided by staying alert and in the kitchen while cooking.”

Many home cooking fires are caused by unattended equipment, abandoned material, a heat source left too close to flammable materials, product misuse and cooking equipment that is not properly turned off.

The use of turkey fryers – which use a large amount of cooking oil at high temperatures – also poses a significant danger and can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property.  Denton Firefighters Association recommends seeking out grocery stores, specialty food retailers and restaurants for preparation or using an oil-less fryer that cooks with infrared heat.

If you have a cooking fire, go outside and call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire fighters. Do not try to fight the fire yourself.

Thanksgiving is also a high time for cooking related burns. To prevent scalds and burns, cook on back burners and make sure all pot handles are turned inward so children don’t come into contact with them. Appliances that get hot, such as toaster ovens, should also be well out of a child’s reach. Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drinks are prepared or carried.

Denton Firefighters Association urges you to cook with caution and wishes you a happy Thanksgiving holiday.

Veteran's Day

Updated On: Nov 12, 2014 (14:10:00)


Next Tuesday, November 11th marks the day we celebrate Veteran's Day, honoring all the men and women that have served in the armed forces of the United States.  Thank you to all of the following members of the Denton Fire Fighters Association for your courage, dedication and sacrifice you have made for our freedom.


Jason Ballard
Jared Hornback
Brian Cox
Rory Ellison
Chad Neely
Challie Pizano


Mike Bardwell
Ryan Taylor
Clint Stephenson
Shane Rutledge
Brian Collins
Ricky Van Pelt
Mark Klingele


David Becker
Alan Hempstead
Vance Bowden
Jeff Knoles


Cort Higgins
Chris Ahrens
Charles Geiser
Collin Skipper
Andrew Jubera
Chris Waldrip
Kevin Tye
Hunter Lott
Michael Johnson


Vince Tooley
Jarrett Monschke


Updated On: Nov 03, 2014 (13:30:00)


Plan ahead this holiday season and give a gift to remind your friends, family, neighbors and elected leaders of the service fire fighters and paramedics provide in communities across North America every day. 

Add these gift ideas to your holiday shopping list and help the IAFF Charitable Foundation help members and their families in their time of need.

IAFF Wine Gift Set 
Through a partnership between the IAFF Charitable Foundation and Armida Winery, 18 percent of gross sales from IAFF Wine purchases benefit the IAFF Foundation. The wine gift set includes two bottles of keepsake wines featuring the IAFF logo, as well as gold-crested IAFF logo stemware made in the USA. Wine sets are delivered in a cardboard master-shipper; inside is a gorgeous premium wine box wrapped with a red IAFF band. To order, click hereor call (707) 433-2222. 

Wine Gift Set Pricing FREE SHIPPING!

1-5      $89.99 each
6-10    $79.99 each
11-20  $74.99 each

Gift sets begin shipping the third week in November, unless otherwise requested. Click here to order. 


•    Chardonnay - WAS $25 - NOW $14.99
•    Cabernet Sauvignon - WAS $35 NOW $14.99
•    Pinot Noir - WAS $35 NOW $19.99

IAFF Logo Stemware 

•    WAS $10.99 NOW $8.99 
•    2-4       $7.99 each
•    5-8       $6.99 each
•    9-12     $5.99 each
•    12+      $4.99 each

Click here to order. 

Give the Gift of the IAFF Wine Club

IAFF Wine Club I -  members receive three bottles of wine twice a year. Each shipment ranges in price from $39.99 to $59.99, plus tax and shipping. JOIN NOW to receive your first shipment. 

IAFF Wine Club II - members receive six bottles of wine twice a year in March and in September. Each shipment, ranges in price from $99.99 to $139.99, plus tax and shipping. JOIN NOW to receive your first shipment. 


•    IAFF wines at 20% discount from retail prices of $25 to $35 a bottle.
•    Ability to purchase additional IAFF wines at membership prices.
•    20% discount on all Armida wines. Anytime.

* Shipping is not available to New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Utah and Kansas, or to Canada.

Christmas Cards
Send holiday greetings far and wide with these IAFF Christmas cards, available in boxes of 25 cards and envelopes. Click here to purchase holiday cards. 

Wall Calendars
The photos featured in the 2015 IAFF Charitable Foundation wall calendar were submitted in the IAFF Media Awards Contest conducted annually to honor reporting and photography that best portray theprofessional and dangerous work of fire fighters and emergency personnel in the United States and Canada.Click here to order. 

The IAFF Charitable Foundation supports IAFF members and their families in their time of need, assisting burn survivors, helping those affected by natural disasters and providing scholarships to the children of fire fighters who have died in the line of duty.

Individuals, corporations and IAFF affiliates can also make a tax-deductible donation directly to the IAFF Charitable Foundation. 

Contribute Online at www.iafffoundation.org

Mail Contributions to:
IAFF Charitable Foundation
1750 New York Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006

Text BRAVEST to 50555 to make a $10 donation
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Pink T-Shirt Contest

Updated On: Nov 03, 2014 (11:20:00)


Voting Ends November 14

Throughout October, IAFF members wore pink T-shirts as part of their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many affiliates submitted these shirts in the IAFF 2014 Best Pink T-shirt Design Contest.

Beginning today, November 3, IAFF members, family and friends can vote for the best T-shirt design. The winning local receives a free registration to the IAFF 2015 Vincent J. Bollon Affiliate Leadership Training Summit in January 2015 in Anaheim, California.
Voting closes at 12:00 midnight Eastern Time on Friday, November 14.

Click here to vote. Once you vote, you cannot vote for the same T-shirt again. The winner will be announced by November 17. Please also visit Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Visit the photo gallery showcasing T-shirts and IAFF affiliates' efforts to promote breast cancer awareness.

   Go online and vote for your Denton Fire Fighters!


Daylight Savings Time

Updated On: Oct 31, 2014 (13:28:00)

Change Your Clocks and Smoke Alarm Batteries When Daylight Savings Time Ends

Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoking alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Denton Firefighters Association reminds you to not only change your clock when Daylight Savings Time ends, but the batteries in your smoke alarms, too.

Saving your life can be as simple as changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year and replacing smoke alarms every seven to 10 years.  Special smoke alarms are even available for those who are deaf or hearing-impaired.  

The NFPA reports that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Research has also demonstrated that photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective at warning people of smoke from smoldering fires than ionization smoke alarms. With earlier warning, people have more time to escape a burning structure and call to 9-1-1.

Your local fire fighters recommend installing a dual purpose smoke alarm in every bedroom, outside of every bedroom and on each floor of your home.

You should also install carbon monoxide alarms in your home and check them once a month.   Carbon monoxide fumes are poisonous and will increase the intensity of a fire if ignited.

More than 2,300 people die each year in home fires. Having a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm that works 24 hours a day greatly increases your chance of survival if your home catches on fire.

In the case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire fighters.


Have a Safe Halloween!

Updated On: Oct 22, 2014 (14:54:00)

Denton Fire Fighters Give Lifesaving Tips for Halloween

By making small adjustments to costume and decoration choices on Halloween, danger and risk to public safety is easily decreased.  It is important for people to take basic precautions to make sure they have nothing other than a fun-filled Halloween.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, the United States sees an overall increase in fires on Halloween caused by open flames, and the arson fire rate is 10 percent higher than on any other day with 15,500 fires and $92 million in property loss per year.

To ensure a safe and happy Halloween, the Denton Firefighters Association offers the following tips:

·   Cross streets at the intersection and look both ways before crossing.

·   Use battery operated lights, not candles, to decorate walkways. Always keep candles, matches and lighters in a place that children cannot reach. This will make it much safer for trick-or-treaters and decrease the chance of an open flame fire.

·   Keep children, costumes and decorations away from open flames and heat sources. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are highly flammable.

·   Check lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires or loose connections. Make sure they are certified by a recognized organization like the Underwriters’ Laboratory, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) or the Underwriters’ Laboratory of Canada (ULC). Do not overload extension cords. Indoor and outdoor decorative lights can be fire hazards.

·   Choose costumes that are flame resistant, comfortable, and easy to walk in and see.

·   Pick brightly colored costumes that can be clearly seen by motorists. Add reflective tape to the costume to increase visibility.

Please call 9-1-1 for the help of your local fire fighters in the case of a fire or emergency.

The Denton Firefighters Association wishes you a happy and safe Halloween.



Dispute Draws to a Close

Updated On: Oct 20, 2014 (09:51:00)

Arbitrator John Barnard ruled this month that then-Fire Chief Ross Chadwick’s appointment of Fire Marshal Laura Behrens last year did properly fall in the guidelines of the association’s meet-and-confer agreement.

In a grievance letter addressed to the city on Sept. 6, 2013, Jason Ballard, president of the Denton Fire Fighters Association, challenged the appointment, saying the department head had “appointed an unclassified civilian into the vacant fire marshal position.”

In the letter, the association asked that Behrens be removed from the position and that the department follow the hiring process specified in its written agreement with the association.

Ballard said last week that the association was notified Tuesday of the decision, which was several months in the making.

After their grievance was denied by Chadwick and the city manager, Ballard said they then went to mediation.

When that didn’t work out, both sides took part in a two-day arbitration hearing in May at City Hall, where the association continued to make sure its meet-and-confer agreement with the city was properly enforced, Ballard said.

The firefighters association has an agreement with the city to meet and confer each year to negotiate matters that affect the rank and file.

At the May hearing, Chadwick testified that he had received many compliments on Behrens since her appointment, and said she was the best qualified of the eight candidates considered.

The association testified that Behrens was an “unclassified civilian” whose appointment violated the meet-and-confer agreement that the association has held with the city of Denton since 2006.

In addition, the city alleged the association wasn’t “timely” in filing its grievance.

According to documentation from the dispute, the city claimed the grievance must be filed within 30 days of knowledge and said Ballard was notified on July 31, 2013 that Behrens was one of the candidates being interviewed for the fire marshal vacancy.

Barnard ruled in his report that the grievance was timely because “a grievance is not a grievance until the violation and hence harm actually occurs. Here, the grievance occurred when the chief appointed Behrens.”

Behrens was hired Aug. 31, 2013. Before her appointment, she worked in administration and as a public education officer in fire prevention at the department.

On the issue of Behrens’ appointment, Barnard stated the term “department” or “fire department” means the Denton Fire Department — meaning that Behrens fell within the boundaries of an internal candidate because she was working at the department at the time of her appointment.

“I am disappointed in the ruling and I still believe that then-Fire Chief Ross Chadwick violated the intent of the language in the contract in filling the position,” Ballard said Thursday. “The ruling is binding and I am prepared to accept that and move forward.”

Ballard said the city and the association will split the nearly $9,000 in fees for the arbitration. That fee does not include how much the city spent in using outside attorneys.

Ballard said that the association’s attorney fees were covered by the group’s state association.

Assistant City Manager Jon Fortune said Friday via email that the city is pleased with the outcome of the arbitration.

“Mrs. Behrens is an excellent fire marshal and we are happy to receive confirmation that the chief's appointment of her was done in accordance with the city’s meet-and-confer agreement.”

Fortune and Ballard each said they are looking forward to continue their working relationship between the city and association.

Ballard said he does not expect to appeal the decision to keep Behrens and is just ready to move forward.

“It never had anything to do with her — it had to do with the way the hiring process between the city and the association was handled,” Ballard said.

MEGAN GRAY-HATFIELD can be reached at 940-566-6885 and via Twitter at @MGrayNews.



Updated On: Oct 13, 2014 (14:46:00)

DENTON - Denton fire fighters are once again selling pink t-shirts for breast cancer awareness.  T-shirts are for sale at Central Fire Station. They are $15/each or two for $25.  Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen and the Fire Fighter Cancer Support Network.

Fire fighters exposed to carcinogens and other chemicals while on the job are disproportionately diagnosed with breast cancer – just one of many cancers linked to the work we do. An estimated 12% of women will develop breast cancer, and among all women affected, 85 percent have no family history.

We are supporting breast cancer awareness and prevention by encouraging others to give so that no breast cancer patient goes without life-saving treatments or having hope for a cure.

Everyone is at risk for breast cancer. The two most important risk factors are being female and getting older. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer have no other known factors. To help reduce your risk, be sure to maintain a healthy weight, eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercise and limit alcohol consumption.

The funds we raise are used to help support cancer research, screening and treatment programs, so please encourage all of your family and friends to participate in breast cancer awareness and prevention by purchasing a t-shirt.

Two from Denton visit New York for 9/11 anniversary

Updated On: Sep 26, 2014 (11:57:00)

Two members of the Denton Fire Fighters Association, firefighters John Jones and Shane Roberts, visited New York City for the anniversary of 9/11 this month.  Please click on the link below to view the article from the Denton Record Chronicle.

Download: Firefighters pay respects.pdf
Orange Out T-Shirts For Sale!

Updated On: Sep 04, 2014 (09:58:00)

 Orange out t-shirts are now for sale.  Proceeds benefit the Orange Out Foundation (www.orangeout.org), supporting childhood cancer.  T-shirts availbale at Central Fire Station.  Firefighters will be allowed to wear them on duty September 14th-20th.

$15/each or two for $25.

Download: Orange Out 2014.jpg

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