Duncanville Police Honor Fire Department SWAT Team Medics

In addition to their full-time jobs with the Duncanville Fire Department, Captain Jason Wigginton, Firefighter Brent Nabors, and Firefighter Jared Gilbert also serve as the Duncanville SWAT Team Medics for the Police Department. On February 14, 2019, the Duncanville Police Department presented Police Commendation Bars to the SWAT Team Medics for the firefighter’s outstanding contribution to law enforcement and assistance at the biennial Active Shooter training held last year. As partners in public safety, the police and fire departments rely heavily on each other’s professional skill sets during emergency incidents.

In September 2018, the Duncanville Police Department SWAT Team conducted Active Shooter training in an abandoned hospital facility in Waxahachie, Texas. The firefighters provided vital medical training to police personnel over the course of three training days, including casualty assessment, formations of rescue teams and how to properly care for the injured. The close partnership and cross training efforts ensure that police and fire personnel are better prepared if an incident were to occur in Duncanville.

“Duncanville emergency responders believe that training, cooperation and preparedness are essential to protecting the community and citizens of Duncanville,” said Chief of Police Robert D. Brown, Jr. “Police officers rely on firefighter/paramedics to do our job effectively, and we appreciate the help and support of the Fire Department.”

Fire Department Hiring – Apply for Civil Service Exam by Feb 22

City of Duncanville is currently accepting applications to test for the position of EMT-Paramedic or Firefighter/EMT. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as listed below at the time of hire to be considered. To apply please visit www.duncanville.com/departments/fire/recruitment and complete the information. Interest to take the test must be received no later than 5 pm on Friday, February 22, 2019.

TEST DATE
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 9 am
Doors will open at 8:30 am

LOCATION
D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center
206 James Collins Blvd., Duncanville TX 75116

QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Must be a minimum of 21 years of age and shall not have reached their 36th birthday.
  2. High School or G.E.D. certificate
  3. Certified as an EMT-Paramedic or Licensed Paramedic by Texas Department of Health and Human Services OR Basic Firefighter by Texas Commission on Fire Protection AND EMT by Texas Department of Health and Human Services.
  4. Must possess (or be able to possess) a valid class A or B Texas driver’s license and have a good driving record.
  5. Must be a U.S. citizen.

STARTING SALARY
City of Duncanville | Firefighter/Paramedic 2
$ 55,852.00 per year

Applicants with prior employment as a Firefighter/EMT- Paramedic in the State of Texas may receive credit for previous experience; resulting in higher starting pay. Please see city website for further details.

TESTING DAY INFORMATION
The entrance examination must be completed within two and one half hours and will consist of a written examination from which the eligibility list shall be established and will remain in effect for a one year period unless list is exhausted first. Veterans with Honorable discharge status with a copy of DD214 will receive 5 additional points. In the event of identical grades, the test administrator will break the tie in the following order: 1) Highest raw test score 2) EMT-Paramedic certification by Texas Department of Health and 3) Draw numbers.

Top 15 scores on the written exam will take the Physical Agility test the same day immediately after the exam. The location is Fire Station 2, 1530 S. Main Street, Duncanville 75137.

Entrance exam will consist of basic reading and math comprehension. You may obtain a study guide at www.bannonandassociates.com.

Duncanville Fire Department Offering Civil Service Exam

The Duncanville Fire Department is offering a Civil Service exam on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Individuals interested in a rewarding opportunity protecting lives and property with pride and tradition are urged to fill out an interest card to be eligible for the civil service exam.

The Duncanville Fire Department has great opportunities within its divisions: fire administration; fire prevention; fire suppression; advanced life support; and emergency management.

For an opportunity to work with the department, submit an interest card by end of business on Monday, March 19, 2018, to be eligible for the exam on March 24.

To fill out an interest card or learn more about the Duncanville Fire Department, click here.

Duncanville Fire Department Offering Civil Service Exam

The Duncanville Fire Department is offering a Civil Service exam on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Individuals interested in a rewarding opportunity protecting lives and property with pride and tradition are urged to fill out an interest card to be eligible for the civil service exam.

The Duncanville Fire Department has great opportunities within its divisions: fire administration; fire prevention; fire suppression; advanced life support; and emergency management.

For an opportunity to work with the department, submit an interest card by end of business on September 29, to be eligible for the exam on October 7.

To fill out an interest card or learn more about the Duncanville Fire Department, click here.

2017 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

2017 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

The Texas Comptroller’s Office has issued a publication informing taxpayers that the emergency preparation supplies sales tax holiday for 2017 will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, and end at midnight on Monday, April 24.

During this period, certain emergency preparation supplies can be purchased tax free with no limit on the number of qualifying items that can be purchased, and no exemption certificate is required. Qualifying items include: (1) for a purchase price of less than $3,000, portable generators; (2) for a purchase price of less than $300, hurricane shutters and emergency ladders; (3) for a purchase price of less than $75, batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt, or 9 volt), first aid kits, fuel containers, ground anchor systems and tie-down kits, hatchets, axes, mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers, non-electric coolers and ice chests for food storage, non-electric can openers, portable self-powered light sources (flashlights), portable self-powered radios (including two-way and weather band radios), reusable and artificial ice products, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors, and tarps and other plastic sheeting.

However, the following do not qualify: batteries for automobiles, boats, and other motorized vehicles; camping stoves; camping supplies; chainsaws; plywood; extension ladders; step ladders; tents; repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies; and services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies.
Delivery, shipping, handling, and transportation charges are part of the sales price, and if the emergency preparation supply being purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable (e.g., if a rescue ladder is purchased for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, tax is due on $309 because the total sales price of the ladder is more than $300). (Tax Publication 98-1017, Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, 03/2016).

Duncanville Residents to Benefit from Smoke Alarm Donation

The City of Duncanville was selected to receive a 200 smoke alarm donation by the Insurance Council Of Texas (ICT) through its We’re Out to Alarm Texas program.  Duncanville Firefighters  img_8993 img_8986installed smoke alarms and conducted a home inspection for possible fire hazards in a Duncanville home today. The donated smoke alarms will be installed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested Duncanville residents should contact the Duncanville Fire Department at 972-780-4920.

The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT), through its We’re Out to Alarm Texas program, recently distributed almost 2,000 smoke alarms to fire departments in 23 Texas cities in anticipation of Fire Prevention Week.  Working with Texas fire fighters, ICT has placed approximately 16,000 smoke alarms into the homes of seniors and other citizens throughout the state over the past 12 years.

“ICT has been joined by other insurance organizations and First Alert to prevent needless tragedies from the lack of a smoke alarm,” said Mark Hanna, a spokesman for the Insurance Council of Texas.  “Through the help of the State Fire Marshal’s Office, we have placed these smoke alarms in communities hardest hit by fire fatalities.” The Travelers Insurance Companies, State Farm, the Association of Fire and Casualty Companies of Texas (AFACT) and First Alert assisted ICT in making this effort possible.

The State Fire Marshal has supported the smoke alarm program since its inception.  “Simply put, smoke alarms save lives,” said State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy.  “The goal of this program remains preventing people from dying in fires because they couldn’t afford these lifesaving alarms.”

The Insurance Council of Texas is the largest state insurance trade association in the country consisting of approximately 500 property and casualty insurers writing business in Texas.  For more information click on www.insurancecouncil.org or http://www.facebook.com/insurancecounciloftexas.

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Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15th: Change Smoke Detector Batteries

This year’s Fire Prevention Week is designed to get Americans thinking about the age of their smoke alarms. Smoke alarms do age and become less effective over time. Your family, home and possessions deserve the best protection available and when that protection becomes obsolete or even aged to the point where it is offering little or no warning, it is time to replace it. The industry standard is a life expectancy of 10 years on smoke alarms.

Smoke alarms generally have a date of manufacture displayed by a small sticker attached to the underside of the base. If you cannot locate a date or cannot remember when the smoke alarm was installed, it is probably time to replace it. It is important to note the date of manufacture as the beginning of the 10 year period instead of the date of installation. The material used inside the alarm to detect smoke begins to break down and becomes less efficient over time. Changing the battery at least twice a year is extremely important. Keep in mind that fresh batteries do not increase the life span of the smoke alarm.

Today, a decent battery-powered, combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm sells for around $25.00. Over a span of ten years the daily cost of a $25.00 smoke alarm is 0.006 cents a day (plus the cost of batteries)! Where else can you buy peace of mind for your family for literally fractions of pennies? Smoke alarms continue to be one of the best, low-cost investments for protection of your entire house.

Another reason to replace old smoke alarms is due to the changes in technology. Alarm manufactures are constantly upgrading their products. Some smoke alarms include lights, voice messages and overall better detection of smoke. Many smoke alarms are now sold with a 10 year battery as well, how easy is that? What a great way to remember when the alarm is due to be replaced.

For more information visit the NFPA website below:

http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week

Check your smoke alarms when you change your clock! Daylight Saving Time ends November 6, 2016: turn clocks backward 1 hour.

Most fatal fires occur at night. Every home needs working smoke alarms to provide an early warning. Install smoke alarms in all sleeping rooms, hallways that lead to sleeping areas, basements and each additional level of your home.

Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling 4″ from the wall; wall mounts should be 4-12″ from the ceiling. Do not install near draft areas (windows, vents).

 

Recall of Scooters/Hoverboards

Self-balancing scooters/hoverboards have been recalled by 10 firms due to fire hazard.  Per the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “The lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters/hoverboards can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding”.   For more information on the recalls, please visit the CPSC website.