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After Fatal Fire, HFD Preaching Smoke Alarms

Posted on · This week's fatal house fire at a home in northeast Houston has fire officials again letting residents know how important functioning smoke alarms are. They're cheap or even free and can save lives, from Houston's lowest income neighborhoods all the way to River Oaks.

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HFD Union Leader Says Department Has No Proof To Fire 3 Firefighters

Posted on · The union that represents Houston's firefighters says it will help three of its members fight to get their jobs back. The department fired the men over a racial epithet that was written on a patient's electronic medical record. As David Pitman reports, the union says the department has no way to prove who's responsible for the act.

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New HFD Chief Pledges Culture of Change

Posted on · Houston's new fire chief — who hails from Arizona — says he wants the department to embrace a culture of change. As Laurie Johnson reports — Terry Garrison also wants HFD to look more like the community in terms of diversity — which means more women and minorities in the ranks.

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Councilmembers Irate Over Delayed HFD Report

Posted on · This week's shake up at the Houston Fire Department has city council members calling for a speedy resolution to an ongoing internal investigation. The city's Office of Inspector General is supposed to generate a report on racial and sexual harassment issues in the fire department. Council members say that report is long overdue. Laurie Johnson has more.

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Another Chief Search for New Mayor

Posted on · Three weeks after she became mayor, Annise Parker is looking for a Houston Fire Chief. Phil Boriskie announced his resignation yesterday and will return to the firehouse. Mayor Parker says the search for his replacement will not be rushed. Pat Hernandez has more.

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New Report Recommends Changes At HFD

Posted on · Five months after an incident involving racist and sexist graffiti scrawled on the lockers of two female Houston firefighters, two law firms have released an assessment of HFD policies regarding harassment and discrimination. The report comes with a list of recommendations. Jack Williams reports.

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HFD Continues Search for Arsonist

Posted on · The Houston Fire Department is investigating another fire in the Heights today. They're trying to determine if it's connected to a string of arson cases in the area. Laurie Johnson has more.

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Continued Scrutiny of HFD

Posted on · The fallout continues over issues within the Houston Fire Department. Houston councilmembers are at odds over hiring an independent law firm to make recommendations on the department's HR policies. Laurie Johnson has more.

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Racial Tension Increases at HFD

Posted on · After the third racially-charged incident in several weeks, some Houston councilmembers are demanding a system wide investigation into the culture and policies of the Houston Fire Department. The latest incident happened early Wednesday morning when an HFD radio frequency was used to broadcast racially offensive messages. Laurie Johnson reports.

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HFD: “So Distasteful, So Painful, So Despicable”

Posted on · The Houston Fire Department is out to find whoever is behind racist graffiti found scrawled on a door at the fire station near Bush Airport. The offensive notes were discovered by two female firefighters. Officials vow to prosecute those responsible. Pat Hernandez has more.

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HFD Chief: Investigation Will be Thorough

Posted on · The Houston Fire Department is not releasing any details about a house fire that took the lives of a veteran fire-fighter and a rookie. The two will be honored at a funeral service on Thursday at Grace Community Church on the Gulf Freeway. Pat Hernandez has more.