Today, during a press conference at Fire Station 8, the Houston Fire Department was presented with $88 thousand of equipment and tools used for high-rise firefighting. Chevron has generously provided the funds for the equipment through The Houston Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston.
“Chevron has set the bar and made a challenge for other companies to follow,” said HFD Captain Beda Kent.
There are more than 400 high-rise buildings, both commercial and residential in the City of Houston. Unlike other structures, according to Fire Chief Terry Garrison, fires in high-rise buildings require more complicated operational approaches and offer specific challenges to both the firefighters and the occupants.
These challenges include: Access to floor levels beyond the reach of aerial apparatus; hundreds or even thousands of occupants may be exposed to the products of combustion while they are evacuating; ventilation can be much more complicated and critical in high-rises than in other types of structures; firefighters may have to climb dozens of floors before they can even reach the fire floor; and communications, command, and control.
“Ultimately, Chevron’s support gives Houston firefighters a greater chance of returning home and better protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Houston,” said Fire Chief Garrison.
The new equipment includes: Inline Pressure Gauges, industrial pipe wrenches, high-rise bags, iron straps, TNT rabbit tools, bolt cutters and vice grips, among other items.
"Chevron is committed to strengthening the community and enriching lives in Houston and we are proud to provide support to the Houston Fire Department for equipment that will enhance their ability to do their jobs," said Joni Baird, Chevron, Public Affairs.
Through such efforts as Chevron’s assistance, The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston has helped the HFD get more than $200 thousand in much needed equipment supporting the fire departments honor guard, pipes and drums and valor committee.
The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston was introduced in 2006 as the first in Houston to provide non-governmental funding to Houston's firefighters.
“Our firefighters are recognized as the best in the county,” said The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston Chairman Bill King. “It is our It is our responsibility to ensure they have all the tools they need to protect the lives and property of Houstonians, and to protect themselves as they perform their duty.”
For additional information about The Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston, please visit www.fffhouston.com.