News and Current Events

Congratulations to Phillip Randle on his promotion to Driver!

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Phillip Randle

Phillip Randle has served over 10 years with the Kerrville Fire Department and recently was assigned to Lead Paramedic as of January 2021.  

Please join us in congratulating Phillip Randle on his promotion to Driver. 

Congratulations to Billy Williams on his promotion to Battalion Chief!

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Billy Williams

Billy Williams has served over 20 years with the Kerrville Fire Department and the last 5 years as the C-Shift Lieutenant. He is an active member of the Technical Rescue Team, Field Training Officer, TxTFl Water Team, and STRAC Water Rescue Team.

He earned an Associate Degree in Fire Service Leadership, TCFP-Master Structure Firefighter, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer II, Intermediate Fire Investigator, DSHS-Paramedic and numerous continuing education & training certifications. He earned the Firefighter of the Year in 2015 and Officer of the Year in 2019. Billy Williams sets the standard as an officer for his personnel and our department.

Please join us in congratulating Billy Williams on his promotion to Battalion Chief. 

KFD Water Operations Team Currently Training in New Zodiak F420 Rescue Boat

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Kerrville Fire Department members Bobby Cummings, Stephen Langlinais II and Jaran Floyd practice rescue operations on Lake Nimitz in the KFD’s new Zodiak F420 rescue boat.
  When bad weather and rising floodwaters strike Kerr County, the Kerrville Fire Department now has a new way to respond to rescue operations on the Guadalupe River.
  The department recently acquired a Zodiak F420 rescue boat, a fully-inflatable water craft designed specifically to help emergency personnel respond quickly to crisis situations.
  The KFD’s Water Operations Team has been practicing with the boat on Lake Nimitz.
“We practice our skills in a nice calm environment like this, and then translate that over to a swift water environment when we have the opportunity," Kerrville Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Logue said.
  The training is vital. Only six of the KFD’s 17-man Water Ops team have any type of boat training experience. Two are unlimited boat operators, which means they can operate in flat or flood water, or in swift water conditions, in day or night. The other four are currently approved only to operate day or night in flat water or flood water conditions.
  “Slowly we’re going to bring up the whole team,” Logue said. “Our goal is all 17 team members can operate in any water conditions regardless of the time of day.”
  The unit has also been working on water-related victim recovery.  “You’ll have a man overboard in the water, and they’ll pick up that victim and get them back in the boat,” Logue said. “This translates into a swift water environment where the conditions are a lot more hazardous and under a lot more stress.”
Kerrville Fire Chief Dannie Smith is thankful to have the new craft.
  “It’s our hope that we never have to use this equipment,” Smith said. “However, if a water rescue is needed, this is a critical asset to effect a proper response in Kerrville and Kerr County.

50th Anniversary of Captain Clifford E. Blackwell's Line of Duty Death

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October 20th is the 50th anniversary of Captain Clifford E. Blackwell’s Line of Duty Death in 1967. The decommissioned station at 407 Harper Road, Fire Station #2, was formally dedicated as “Clifford Blackwell Fire Station” on August 26, 1969. In September of 2002, the City opened up the new Fire Station #2 located at 1750 Goat Creek Road. On February 6, 2010, the City hosted a fire station rededication ceremony and the new Fire Station #2 was formally rededicated as Clifford Blackwell Fire Station. On the 43rd anniversary of Captain Clifford E. Blackwell’s death, the department began an honored tradition of polishing the brass letters and plaques which are attached to the station. These are the same brass letters and plaques that were attached to the original Blackwell Fire Station on Harper Road.

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