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I often am asked what advice I deliver to new firefighters who are starting their career. In fact, I am asked this question so often that I created a list. For the past few FDNY probationary classes, I handed out the list to our existing members.

My list is different than what you might expect. You won’t find “Be early to work” or “Be the first at the kitchen sink after a meal.” Nor will you find advice to listen more than you talk or to be the first to clean and maintain the tools. Plenty of other folks reinforce these important messages.

My list focuses on the long game: simple rules and virtues to live by for your entire career, not just as a new firefighter.

My first hope is that firefighters read it, but beyond that, I hope that new firefighters hang the list on their locker or in another visible place to remember and remind themselves, when they are a new firefighter, perhaps during difficult or challenging times, to review to see how they are doing throughout their career, or to pass along to new firefighters that join the department.

I am blessed to work for FDNY, a department that’s steeped in tradition, where mentorship and the passing on of the virtues of generations of firefighters is part of its DNA. Indeed, many of the points on my list came from others who helped to instill them in me.

To be sure, the list isn’t all-inclusive. In fact, I modified it several times to what I now believe is a worthy enough list for publication and distribution outside of FDNY. I encourage you to add or modify this list to best suit your individual needs.

Rules and Virtues to Live by for Your Entire Career

  • Be ready to go to work—always. This includes properly hydrated with adequate sleep and proper nutrition
  • Learn something new and fire-related every day
  • Respect comes from knowing your job
  • Be loyal: always remember where you came from
  • Remember our greatest resource is our firefighters—and our families; we must take care of both
  • Maintain a healthy work-life balance
  • Be into the job; the more involved that you are, the better the experience
  • Maintain your physical fitness; cardiac incidents are a leading killer of firefighters
  • Protect yourself from occupational cancer; there are many simple no-cost steps to take; be your own best advocate
  • Look out for each other, seek out help when needed, understand the importance of maintaining your mental health and well-being; seeking help is a sign of strength, not of weakness
  • Always look out for and take care of your brother and sister firefighters
  • Remember why you are here: to protect and serve the citizens; it always is about them
  • You can learn something from everyone; sometimes you’ll learn what not to do
  • Never Forget: this is so much more than a saying—never forget our history, our retired members, our fallen
  • You are an ambassador of the department; this includes both in and out of uniform and on and off of the fireground; be proud—and represent proudly and respectfully
  • The department name on your bunker coat stands for so much; always be worthy
  • Read LODD reports; they honor and remember our fallen while teaching many often repeatable lessons
  • Listen and learn from the fire stories of retired members; they have many teachable experiences; experiences are transferable
  • Listen to other firefighters; this is how you become a seasoned veteran firefighter
  • Trust the people you work with; they will do amazing things with you and for you
  • Surround yourself with good people
  • Mentor newer firefighters; we owe it to the next generation; before long, there will be newer firefighters than you
  • Do the right thing, even when nobody is watching, but remember, someone can be watching and, likely, videoing your actions, too
  • Be a student of your profession; stay learnable; read or watch something fire-related every day
  • Love the job; it will love you back
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Killexams : Grow For it! Fire-resilient landscapes

Kit Veerkamp,
UC Master Gardener of El Dorado County

California, like much of the West, has evolved ecosystems with characteristics reliant on fire for ecosystem health but create serious fire hazards for people who live in in the urban-wildland interface (areas of higher density next to more natural areas). Sparks from downed power lines, mowers, catalytic converters, a carelessly tossed cigarette or match, a firecracker, stray ammunition or an untended campfire — just one could ignite a fire that can erupt into a conflagration not easily slowed or stopped.

Depending on rainfall, by late spring to mid-summer soil moisture is depleted and the growing season essentially over. Native plants respond by entering a state of summer dormancy, often dropping most or all their foliage in early to mid-summer. As the moisture level in plant tissue is depleted with increasing summer heat and lack of rain, vegetation becomes tinder dry. In autumn conditions of relative humidity as low as 10% combined with hot, dry winds further desiccate the landscape and create exceptionally dangerous conditions.

The adaptations of native and introduced plant species to summer drought contribute to their flammability. Many plants — conifers, chamise, manzanita, coyote brush, sage and some ceanothus — contain volatile terpenes, resins and volatile oils that make them more likely to burn than broader leafed plants, especially when moisture content is low.

A century of fire suppression and cyclical droughts throughout the West has resulted in a massive build-up of dense, tinder-dry fuels. The spread of flammable, invasive exotic trees and shrubs such as broom, pampas grass, acacia, eucalyptus, etc., create a fire-ladder effect that can allow a fire to rise into the tree canopy.

Fuel reduction

Fuel is anything flammable that will contribute to the spread of a fire, especially dead or dry vegetation, highly flammable plants, plant litter, firewood, miscellaneous scrap wood or stored lumber and wooden structures such as fences, decks and arbors. For the purposes of this discussion, structures are excluded — although their design and placement are key factors in fire safety.

Fuel should be reduced within a zone ranging from 30 to 50 feet (100 feet or more on steep slopes and in dense vegetation) from a home or other structure. Within this zone, reduce fuel by:

  • cutting dry, annual grasses to a maximum height of four inches after rains have ceased, usually by the end of May
  • removing dead and dry brush
  • maintaining other brush under 2 feet in height that is in close proximity to other vegetation
  • removing excessive accumulations of dry leaf litter and duff
  • thinning out trees so that there is 10 to 20 feet between the canopies of single trees or groups of trees
  • thinning existing, or planting new, shrubs in widely separated islands
  • removing highly flammable trees such as pines, other conifers and eucalyptus within 30 of structures or in close proximity to other trees
  • raising the limbs of trees to at least 8 feet above ground and 10 feet over roofs to reduce the fire ladder effect
  • replacing wood fences with metal fencing, especially those that attach to structures
  • removing invasive exotic plants that are highly flammable such as broom (Cytisus), pampas grass (Cortederia), Cotoneaster, cypresses and junipers.

Creating defensible space

Beginning July 1, 2021, California Assembly Bill 38 (AB-38) requires all homes in High or Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (FHSZ) to be compliant with defensible space standards. A number of design strategies and maintenance practices can be used to break up the potential path of a fire and create defensible space around a home or other structures. Properly planned, planted and maintained, defensible space provides occupants a safe space for evacuation and for firefighters to work.

Landscape zones

For properties in High or Very High FHSZ, breaking up a property into three landscape zones serve as a framework for protecting a home and garden from a potential fire. The Immediate or Ember Resistant Zone (Zone 0) is the first 5 feet immediately adjacent to all structures, including any attached amenities such as decks, attached patio covers and trellises. New state defensible space standards that will go into effect in 2023 require there be no combustible materials in this zone, including organic mulches to reduce the likelihood of burning plant material igniting the adjacent structure.

The Intermediate Zone (Zone 1), aka the Lean, Clean and Green Zone, is that area between the Immediate Zone to 30 feet beyond structures or to the property line, whichever is closer. This zone is where the use of plants that can tolerate low to moderate watering are best; this zone is the appropriate location for patios and pools.

The Extended Zone or Reduced Fuel Zone (Zone 2) extends from 30 feet to at least 100 feet from structures. In this zone, manage natural vegetation to keep it patchy and open (about 50% coverage). Focus on native trees, reducing ladder fuels below the trees and removing all flammable invasive exotics, such as broom.

Beyond the Extended Zone, manage vegetation to reduce density to enhance fire resiliency.

Create firebreaks

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that defensible space requires extensive clearing of trees and shrubs, essentially creating a moonscape. The results are unattractive, bare landscapes that invite invasive, fire prone plants. Others may feel overwhelmed to the point of inactivity. Creating bare soil firebreaks, while commonly done on ranches and grassy open space areas to slow the progress of a grass fire, may not be possible, feasible nor desired on smaller residential sites, especially on slopes where erosion may be a problem. Creating large, bare open areas can become a bowling alley for embers.

Broad paved or graveled paths not only provide access through a yard, but function as a firebreak as well, reducing the likelihood of fire creep by breaking up the landscape into islands. A continuous ribbon of 4-foot-wide walkways around a home provides a safe place for firefighters to defend your home from a threatening wildfire. For sloped sites, utilize non-flammable materials such as masonry, concrete, boulders or rammed earth to create terraces helping to keep garden beds manageable while making the overall garden more accessible and aesthetically pleasing. With good plant selections and proper maintenance, these islands function to help capture embers before they reach structures.

Planting for fire resistance

Defensible space zones do not preclude planting or maintaining trees and shrubs, but there are no such thing as fire-proof plants. Any plant will burn if hot enough. What makes some plants more fire-resistant than others is determined by several factors. Plant structure, size, foliage type, and density are key characteristics to consider. Age and health are also important. Overgrown and plants in poor health are going to be less resilient. Bottom line, we all need to deliver more consideration to the principle of “right plant, right place.”

Plant tissue moisture and soil moisture levels influence a plants flammability potential. Even the most fire-resistant plants, such as succulents, may burn if moisture is depleted by an extremely hot fire. Even though we frequently face serious drought conditions, it is critical to occasionally irrigate any landscaping within 30 feet of structures to maintain adequate moisture levels in the plants in that area. A good watering of drought-tolerant and native plants every three to four weeks during the summer has been shown to make a significant difference in the flammability of plants. Using this approach, water conservation and fire resistance can be compatible goals.

In terms of the density of plant material, aim for no more than approximately 50-52% total coverage for a mature landscape. This number has been proven to be an optimal density to slow down fires but also support wildlife.

Zone 0. New defensible space regulations require there be no vegetation in a 5-foot band around structures. This is to reduce the chance that a home will be ignited by burning brush. Burning plants at windows can cause the windows to break, allowing fire to then spread to the interior. This poses a new challenge to think creatively about how landscapes relate to dwellings.

Zone 1 (5-30 feet from structures). Living in a hot-summer climate, shade is a desired commodity in the landscape. The selection and management of trees must be done with fire resiliency in mind: selecting fire-resistant trees, pruning to avoid a fire-ladder effect, clearing rooftops and spacing trees so canopies do not touch. For shrubs, focus primarily on lower-growing, non-woody plants. Paying attention to the size a plant may get at maturity will help to space plants appropriately so that they don’t overgrow pathways and become too dense. Avoid planting shrubs directly under trees to avoid the ladder fuel problem.

While irrigated, turf grass effectively disrupts the spread of a ground fire but a large expanse of traditional turf uses significantly more water and can deliver a false sense of security if other fire safety precautions are not employed. A desirable alternative to lawn is a ground cover of unmown native fescues (Festuca idahoensis, F. rubra), thingrass (Agrostis pallens) or low-growing sedges (Carex tumulicola or C. praegracillus).

Zone 2 (30-100 feet). In this area it is best to continue focusing on thinning out plant material. Eliminate highly flammable plants from under trees and reduce the height of less flammable plants growing under trees. Disconnect the canopies of trees in this area from those beyond this zone to achieve at least a 15-foot gap between the canopies of trees closer to the home and between trees in the outlying areas. Most native shrubs in our area can tolerate being trimmed back to reduce size every few years. Remove the trimmings and dispose of properly so that they do not become fuel for fires.


As we well know, fire cannot be ignored as a force of nature in the Sierra Nevada. This force must be taken into consideration by all who plan, design, build and live in this environment to reduce the risk to the community at large. Doing nothing is not an option as the consequences of not doing so are made painfully clear each year. Even then, there is no certain that all these measures will be completely effective when faced with an intense, wind-driven wildfire. But keep in mind this statement by Jack Cohen, retired research fire scientist, “If your home doesn’t ignite, it doesn’t burn.”

Master Gardener classes are offered monthly throughout the county. Find the class schedule at mgeldorado.ucanr.edu/Public_Education_Classes/?calendar=yes&g=56698, and recorded classes on many gardening subjects at mgeldorado.ucanr.edu/Public_Education/Classes.

The Sherwood Demonstration Garden is open 9 a.m. to noon Fridays and Saturdays through October. The garden does close in case of rain; check the website for details at ucanr.edu/sites/EDC_Master_Gardeners/Demonstration_Garden.

Have a gardening question? Master Gardeners are working hard to answer your questions. Leave a message on the office telephone at (530) 621-5512 or use the “Ask a Master Gardener” option on the website: mgeldorado.ucanr.edu. To sign up for notices and newsletters, see ucanr.edu/master gardener e-news. Master Gardeners are also on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Killexams : Firefighter Challenge returns with a charitable race No result found, try new keyword!Climbing ladders, through windows, and up fire escapes are just some of the tasks firefighters must do on the job all while in full gear. Many of those responsibilities are laid out across this ... Fri, 15 Jul 2022 07:34:15 -0500 en-us text/html https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/firefighter-challenge-returns-with-a-charitable-race/ar-AAZCrP4 Killexams : Carlsbad prepares to host the Firefighter Combat Challenge in August

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Killexams : Firehouse Reflections of a 20-Year Rookie

I’ve been coming in to work early for years. Like many firefighters, I have a difficult time “turning it off”—after all, being a firefighter is a lifestyle; it isn’t a job.

When I was a company officer on shift, I arrived early to get a jump start on emails and planning for the day. This also sent a message to my team, letting them know that I was prepared and ready to lead.

When I moved into administration and no longer was on a shift, I used the time in the morning to finish anything that I needed to and, maybe, get a jump on emails from the late afternoon/evening and make sure that I was ready for the challenges of a new day. I often got a lot done before the crews from the night came down for coffee.

The past few years, I still come in early, but I leave the emails and paperwork for later. Instead, I walk. I walk the apparatus floor and listen to the lessons of the firehouse, which we too often rush right by and miss. A firehouse has a soul and a personality, and if you pay attention, you can feel the energy of the firehouse apparatus floor in the early morning hours when no one else is around. I invite you to join me on one of my morning walks.

Tool room, cleaning supplies, lockers

I arrive at the firehouse a couple of hours before my real day starts. Unless the crews are returning from a run, it’s quiet.

As I start my walk, I move past the tool room that our fleet manager uses to keep our vehicles, trailer and specialized equipment ready—clean, orderly and set for the next project. I smile with pride, because I know that he’s good at his job.

Moving on, I walk past the room where we keep mops, towels and miscellaneous cleaning materials. I notice the recruit rider from the night before has the truck brushes, soap and towels ready for the team, which will be down soon.

I keep moving.

I get out a few weights from the exercise storage area and stage them for my walk, and I move past our lockers. Firefighters’ lockers often provide a window into their personality—rows of turnout gear, boots, nameplate. I remember how hard I worked to earn my nameplate and my place on the wall of lockers at old Elburn Station #1.

I notice Dan’s Star Wars helmet, Trevor’s cornhole boards, Capt. Schopp’s helmet, which has seen fires and accidents that I hope our younger firefighters never have to. As firefighters, we see, hear, smell and experience things that can take a toll on us. This is a concern of mine and has become a focus of what I try to do with my time in administration. Every firefighter is different, but we offer them options and tools to process these emotions, so they can be their best for themselves, their families and their team. Tomorrow, odds are that I will notice something different in the lockers.

The bay, the offices

I round the corner by the training tower, where just a few hours before the academy students worked through challenges and learned to depend on each other and to protect each other. Drying hose, training props and tools are left out, but this doesn’t bother me. Instead, I smile again, because our team is working to develop each other and Strengthen each other. I would much rather see training equipment left out than packed away, collecting dust.

I pass the work room. Honestly, it always can use a little organizing, but I know every firehouse is similar.

I turn and make my way across the front of the bay floor. Twenty years here, and I still am impressed by the size, quality and sheer power of our vehicles. Each rig has its own personality, and I start to remember my time on the engine. I enjoyed being an engineer very much. Learning how to maneuver, place, and run that vehicle and pump was a thrill, and I was good at it.

As I keep moving, out of the corner of my eye I notice the lieutenant’s gear, and I smile. We came up together. I’m proud of this gentleman. His gear is laid out strategically because of a lesson learned along the way. I know that he does this so that he will be dressed first and will set the pace for the crew.

I move past the ambulance and notice that the hood is warm from an early morning run, likely just completed, and I hope that the engine crew will let the medics grab a few extra winks before house chores start to get completed.

Next is the wall map. Although our recruits have grown up with smartphones and GPS mapping, they will learn how to read a map, understand addressing and learn our unique district.

As I approach the shift office, I can smell the wonderful blend of old and fresh coffee. This is a smell of beauty in a firehouse, and something that, undoubtedly, I will miss one day. If I were to walk in, I would find the morning coffee prepped and the garbage cleared by the recruit or existing firefighter. It’s a rite of passage and part of earning the respect of those who keep an eye on you and train you.

As I move past the lieutenant’s office, I hear the overhead radio messages of a neighboring town finishing a run, and I make a silent nod of respect, because it sounds as though they were out all night. I chuckle, because tonight it probably will be us.

I pass my buggy. It’s clean and ready to go.

Second lap

Soon, our recruit will come down, followed by the officer from the night before. I know the recruit will be quick to get the coffee going, clear the trash and begin to anticipate the needs of the crew. An officer waking up early makes me happy—out in front and completing paperwork before the rest of the crew comes down.

The rest of the crew will filter down soon, possibly letting the most senior firefighter grab a few extra winks because of earned respect. This also makes me proud. We all have many men and women to thank for lessons and examples, both good and bad. No firefighters anywhere in the world became good at their craft without the help and guidance of others. It’s good to let that senior firefighter get a little more rest. (Maybe one day it will be you.)

The stored energy of an early morning firehouse is palpable, like that of a pride of lions that’s resting, ready at a moment’s notice. Lions rest, they don’t really sleep. Firefighters also rest, rarely achieving any quality of sleep. I’ve been told that a couple of years after you retire you actually can sleep.

I continue to make my laps, and I listen and absorb the energy that’s all around me, paying attention to the lessons that I learned over my 20 years her. I reflect on how yesterday and last night went and what I can do better today.

Finishing my morning walk, I approach the shift office. It’s starting to fill up with members from yesterday’s crew and the on-coming crew, ready for the morning pass-on meeting. This is a special area and time. Because I’m not on a shift anymore, I must be conscious of the energy and attitude of this room and the morning discussion(s). That was one of the most difficult parts of transitioning to days as a chief officer: I enjoy morning coffee with the crews very much but now often exit early. They need to have this time.

Two decades and counting

This is my 20th year in the fire service, and every morning walk brings back different memories or lessons.

I’m incredibly proud of the members of this department. Firefighters are problem-solvers: People call us when they have a problem, and we must bring the highest quality of problem-solving to each incident.

We also tend to overcomplicate the profession.

Here are a few things that I learned in my 20 years to keep the focus on the members and to deliver them the tools to thrive.

  • Actively listen to the ideas and opinions of everyone, from the existing recruit to the most seasoned member
  • Have meaningful and genuine conversations with your members, but if you can’t be genuine, don’t bother, because they will see right through you
  • Tuck your shirt in, shine your shoes and wear the uniform with pride
  • Protect your crew by keeping your rig and equipment clean
  • If you get off a rig and move to a command car or staff vehicle, wash your own car, because your crews have more important things to do
  • If the opportunity presents itself, help the crew wash the rig(s)—not to get a pat on the back but simply because it’s the right thing to do and sends a message to the recruit

Finally, keep the mindset of a recruit and “take it all in.” I learn something new every day, often before 5:30 a.m.

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Killexams : Moroccan soldiers, firefighters battle fires in the north No result found, try new keyword!RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Firefighters and the military struggled on Friday to contain three wildfires in northern Morocco that has killed at least one person as hundreds of residents evacuated their ... Fri, 15 Jul 2022 03:25:25 -0500 en-us text/html https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/moroccan-soldiers-firefighters-battle-fires-in-the-north/ar-AAZCeKk Killexams : From the battlefield to the disaster zone

While much of the focus of physical security today is centered on thwarting malicious actors from causing harm to people or property, the biggest threats facing the safety of both public and private sector organizations largely remain those presented by Mother Nature. From earthquakes and tsunamis to hurricanes, fires and floods, natural disasters can inflict catastrophic losses at a moment’s notice.

However, while these events are hard to predict and may inevitably result in the loss of life, there are a variety of tools coming onto the market that can help rescue workers find and save more people than would have been possible just a decade ago. A company offering such a solution is Israeli-based Camero-Tech, a provider of micropower radar solutions based on ultra-wideband (UWB) radar imaging technology.

Founded in 2004, the company, which provides what it calls “see-through wall imaging” solutions, recently began offering this technology in a compact Search & Rescue kit to end users around the world. According to Camero-Tech CEO Amir Beeri, the company’s technology, which was originally developed for the military, has been tailored to address a variety of applications through the years, from short range operations up to 20 meters (65.6 feet) to longer range use cases of up more than 100 meters (328 feet).

The new Search & Rescue kits, for example, were developed as a short-range solution and include the company’s XAVER 100 and XAVER 400 detectors along with XAVERNET, a ToughPad tablet that enables end users to control and monitor up to four XAVER systems remotely.

“Generally, in search and rescue, we are targeting short range, sometimes very short range.  If we are talking about a collapsed building, for example, we would like to penetrate one, two or three layers of debris and actually detect people that are trapped in voids in the collapsed structure,” Beeri explains. “The idea here is first, to detect life in a disaster scenario and then to locate the exact point where the victim is, and to make it easier to reach and save a life. As time is critical in such scenarios, the need to detect as soon as possible, sometimes in large areas, is really critical and we believe this tool is going to be a real gamechanger.”

Aside from collapsed structures, Beeri says the technology can also be used in a wide range of other disasters, including fires.

“Because we are using radio waves, it is completely transparent – not only to smoke but also to the fire itself,” he adds. “Firefighters are using IR cameras, but this is to detect victims through fog and smoke but not through fire. The fire itself is actually so bright for the IR cameras that they cannot see through it and, of course, it cannot see through walls. The idea here is to work in a safe place for the firefighters, for the rescue teams out of the dangerous place to detect and locate the victims.”

Currently, in the aforementioned scenarios, Beeri says that rescuers must rely on specially trained canines to find victims within rubble or perhaps, if they are fortunate enough, they can use borescopes or an array of microphones to see or hear sounds of life through layers of debris. But even with these tools, pinpointing the exact location of a survivor or the potential unseen dangers posed by a possible extraction is difficult. 

“By using radio waves, we can detect reflection from live objects behind these layers of debris and to scan the area. It can be done by one device just going through or by a few systems that are scanning the area while using a wireless remote to see more than one device,” he says. “XAVERNET can control and monitor up to four systems simultaneously, so you can monitor quite a big area and just scan and see if you have any signs of life below the layers and then to locate exactly and plan out to reach the survivor.

“Using this kit can really help not only detect and locate the victim, but also during the rescue itself when you reach the person, not to hurt them,” Beeri continues. “After you detect the person, it can be quite dangerous to take them out alive because everything is unstable, and you have to be very careful. So, with the system, we can see all the time, in real time, the object and we can detect also the static reflection or the layers – we can see the void itself – so we can take care that we are not doing something that will kill them while we attempt a rescue.”

According to Beeri, the Search & Rescue kits have already been used in locations around the world and are currently available for purchase.

Joel Griffin is the Editor of SecurityInfoWatch.com and a veteran security journalist. You can reach him at joel@securityinfowatch.com.    

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Killexams : Hampshire fire district asks voters for additional station, more staff

The village of Hampshire started nearly 100 years ago with 700 residents and one fire station. Today, it still has one fire station but 14 times the population to serve.

With further residential and industrial growth, and the expectation of a quadrupling of train traffic in town, fire district officials believe it's time to add a second station.

But it won't come cheap.

The Hampshire Fire District has two referendum questions on the June primary ballot. One question asks voters to approve a 20-year bond that will bring in $4.5 million. That money will pay for the construction of a 9,500-square-foot station on land the district already owns by Hampshire High School.

The cost of saying "yes" to that question is $25 per $100,000 of assessed property value. In other words, the owner of a $300,000 home will pay $75 more in property taxes for the next 20 years. At that point, the bond debt will be repaid.

But a second fire station won't do much to Strengthen fire service without adding firefighters to the department to staff that station.

That is why the second referendum question asks voters for more money to increase the district's operating budget to hire those new firefighters. The cost of saying "yes" to that question is an additional $33 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The owner of a $300,000 home will pay $99 more in property taxes to the district.

That's a combined property tax increase of $174 per year for the owner of a $300,000 home.

Hampshire Fire Chief Trevor Herrmann said he knows that is a big ask during times of rampant inflation. But it will take two years to build a new fire station even if voters approve the money. And the district needs that fire station now, Herrmann said.

"It's not good timing, but it's about life safety," he said. "They're building homes, and there's all kinds of development and commercial development going on up there. And then there's all the traffic, all of the industrial parks, all of the truck stops. You throw all of that in and just think that we're still working with one fire station. We're already behind the eight ball. We need to get this done."

Average response times to the part of the district that will be served by the second fire station hit as high as 15 minutes, according to the 2021 annual stats on the district's website.

Herrmann recently told the Hampshire Village Board any response times to heart attacks and strokes longer than 6 minutes rapidly reduce the chance of survival. The second fire station will serve that area, cutting those response times under 6 minutes, Herrmann said.

If voters reject either or both tax increases, district officials will put the question or questions back on the November ballot. If voters approve only the bond request, the district will build the station but not staff it. If voters approve only the operating budget increase, the district will add more personnel to the existing station until voters approve the new station.

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What You'll Learn About the Houston CRE Medical Industry: 

  • What are the biggest changes we’ve seen in the Texas healthcare market in 2022? What's the temperature on healthcare real estate in the Houston area?
  • How is increased demand for patient-focused facilities & outpatient care impacting medical office building (MOB) development, leasing, design and construction? 
  • What are the keys to creating a holistic healthcare delivery model, with subjects like behavioral and mental health in mind, that enhances the patient experience? How are professionals in Houston healthcare leading the way?
  • The market for doctors, nurses and staff is more competitive than ever, particularly with attractive opportunities in other areas of the country. With employee recruiting and retention being so important to keep great people working in our city, what is the key to providing a great place to work? How is this impacting the design and development process? How are you thinking about amenities? 
  • Urban vs. Suburban Medical Office Space: What are we seeing in each of these in regards to healthcare expansion and new facilities beyond central Houston? 
  • In the planning process of a medical building project, how do we structure construction budgets to mitigate risk while giving space for new processes, tech and innovation?
  • How do we delivering the best quality products and services at a price point that is compelling to customers?   
  • Two terms that are being used a lot are “smart hospitals” and “medical mixed-use”. What exactly do these terms mean? How do they play into medical facility development, design, expansion, redevelopment and leasing? 
  • Which healthcare companies are making notable acquisitions in Houston?
  • Houston is no stranger to severe weather. What’s being done to ensure hospitals are prepared for hurricanes, floods and ice storms? 

How You'll Do More Business in Houston Healthcare: As Texas continues to position itself as a leader in healthcare, gain exclusive insights into the latest trends and actionable strategies to incorporate old and new techniques to Strengthen the overall patient experience while remaining profitable. Discover the future of Houston’s healthcare market as thought leaders discuss where the asset class is headed. What does the market need for continued growth and expansion and what challenges are being faced? Join industry executives in Houston as they discuss how owners and developers are capitalizing on booming interest. Find out where there is room for opportunities, and where to capitalize on these trends. 

Who You’ll Meet: The biggest power players in the CRE healthcare industry including, owners, hospital systems, developers, investors, brokers, city and government officials, business consultants, architects, engineers, lawyers, accountants, bankers, city officials, life sciences and technology companies.


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We hosted more than 72,000 attendees live, in-person around the globe in 2021. Our commitment to safety is no different in 2022. Our events follow all local Covid-19 regulations and protocols. In the interest of the safety of all our guests, we recommend taking a rapid or PCR test for proof of negative results before attending any gathering. 

We will update attendees should any regulations be updated before this event is held. We look forward to hosting you soon to do what we do best: network, connect, and engage to do more business. 

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