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[CALL TO ORDER ]

[00:00:03]

COMMISSIONER SMITH, IF YOU CAN PLEASE TURN YOUR CAMERA ON SO THAT WE CAN GET STARTED, THAT WOULD BE GREAT.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

UM, SO WITH THAT, UM, WELCOME TO THE AUGUST, UM, REGULAR CALL MEETING OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION.

UM, A COUPLE OF QUICK ANNOUNCEMENTS.

UM, IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, MAKE SURE YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR TWO FACTOR AUTHENTICATION WITH YOUR EMAIL SO THAT YOU DON'T CONTINUE HAVING TROUBLE LOGGING ON.

UM, I THINK ONCE YOU GET THROUGH A HELP DESK AND EVERYTHING SET UP, IT IS ACTUALLY EASIER, BUT THERE'S SOME HURDLES.

AND BEFORE THAT, UM, IN ADDITION, UM, FOR OUR COMMISSIONERS JOINING ONLINE, COMMISSIONER SMITH AND I, I BELIEVE COMMISSIONER PENA IS ALSO GONNA JOIN US ONLINE.

IF YOU COULD PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU SUBMIT YOUR ATTENDANCE SHEETS TO MS. JACKSON.

UM, WE'RE JUST, AGAIN, TRYING TO STICK TO CITY CLERK'S RULES AS BEST AS WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING'S, UM, BY THE BOOK.

AND THEN WITH THAT, JUST A, UH, A REQUEST TO PLEASE BE PATIENT.

THE ONE THING THAT WE DON'T EVER HAVE MUCH OF DURING THIS MEETING IS TIME.

WE ALWAYS SEEM TO RUN OUT OF TIME, SO IF WE CAN JUST MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY KEEPS THEIR COMMENTS NICE AND TIGHT, THEIR QUESTIONS NICE AND DIRECT.

UM, WHEN WE'RE DOING, GOING THROUGH OUR QUESTION ROUNDS, I AM GONNA ASK EVERYBODY TO KEEP THEIR QUESTIONS TO ONE QUESTION.

AND ONCE WE MAKE OUR WAY THROUGH THE WHOLE COMMISSION, WE CAN COME BACK AROUND AND DO MORE JUST SO THAT WE CAN GET THROUGH.

EVERYBODY MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT.

OH, SURE.

AND I THINK COMMISSIONER BERNHARDT HAS ONE ANNOUNCEMENT.

UM, SO I JUST WANTED TO, UH, I GUESS PROMOTE A CITY EVENT.

UM, THAT'S HAPPENING ON AUGUST 12TH FROM SIX TO 10.

UM, IT IS CALLED WE ALL BELONG, UH, PARTY AT THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE.

UM, AND I THINK IT'S PART OF AN EFFORT, UM, THAT THE CITY IS ENGAGED IN TO ADDRESS HATE CRIMES AND, UM, THE SORT OF, UH, VIOLENCE AND INSTABILITY THAT, UM, WE'RE FACING AS A COMMUNITY AND AS A COUNTRY.

SO EVERYBODY TRY TO COME.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

AND WITH THAT, MS. JACKSON, DO WE HAVE ANYONE ELSE FOR JUST GENERAL PUBLIC COMMUNICATION ASIDE FROM OKAY.

AND HAS SIGNED UP? AND FOR EVERYBODY THAT SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT, WE HAVE BEEN, UM, IN THE HABIT OF TAKING PUBLIC COMMENT ALONGSIDE THE ACTUAL AGENDA ITEMS THAT WE HAVE.

SO, UM, I, I HA I SEE YOU HERE.

I SEE YOU LISTED, AND WE'LL GET TO YOU WHEN WE GET TO THAT ITEM.

UM,

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

AND I GUESS THAT BRINGS US TO OUR FIRST ITEM, APPROVAL OF A MINUTE OF THE MINUTES.

MS. JACKSON CIRCULATED THOSE EARLIER TODAY.

UM, CAN I GET A MOTION FROM THE FLOOR TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OR DISCUSS THE MINUTES DISCUSSION ITEM? THERE'S AN E AT THE END OF MY NAME.

OH, OKAY.

OKAY.

DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER CORRECTIONS, ADDITIONS, CHANGES? OKAY, WITH THAT, I GUESS WE'LL TAKE A VOTE ON THE MINUTES.

VOICE VOTE FOR EVERYBODY.

OH, YEP.

A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES AND MOVE TO APPROVE.

OKAY.

AND SECOND.

SECOND.

OKAY.

AND THEN I'LL JUST GO THROUGH, UM, COMMISSIONER ORR.

YES.

COMMISSIONER KIKO.

ABSTAIN.

OKAY.

UM, COMMISSIONER HOLMES? YES.

COMMISSIONER, UM, HALL MARTIN? YES.

COMMISSIONER BERNHARDT? YES.

COMMISSIONER RUAN APPROVE.

AND COMMISSIONER SMITH APPROVED.

OKAY, SOUNDS GREAT.

AND WITH THAT, WE ARE GONNA GO AHEAD NEXT ON OUR AGENDA IS JUST STAFF BRIEFINGS.

A NOTE THAT WE DID GET, UM, FOLLOW UP RESPONSES TO SOME OF OUR QUESTIONS.

I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THEY'RE POSTED PUBLICLY YET, BUT WE DID GET THEM THOSE CIRCULATED AND THEY SHOULD BE UP POSTED.

THEY'LL BE POSTED SHORTLY IF THEY HAVEN'T ALREADY.

UM, AND THEN WITH THAT, WE MOVE ON TO OUR FIRST

[3. Public Safety Quarterly Report given by Rob Vires – Austin Fire Department (Sponsors: Commissioners Ramírez and Bernhardt) 4:15pm - 4:30pm]

ITEM, WHICH I BELIEVE IS, UM, OUR QUARTERLY REPORT FROM FIRE.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE.

ROB FIRES, CHIEF OF STAFF WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, UH, TRYING SOMETHING NEW HERE.

THE LAST TIME WE DID A QUARTERLY REPORT, THERE WERE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS, UH, ABOUT HAVING SOME DIFFERENT ITEMS IN THERE.

AND HISTORICALLY, WHEN IT COMES TO THE DATA DIVIDED BY COUNCIL DISTRICT, ET CETERA, THERE'S USUALLY NOT QUESTIONS THERE.

SO WHAT I'VE DONE IS I'VE PARCELED THOSE THINGS OUT AND IT'S IN A SEPARATE HANDOUT FOR EVERYONE.

SO YOU'VE STILL GOT THE INFORMATION, BUT IT WILL NOT BE A PART OF OUR POWERPOINT PRESENTATION.

SO LET ME KNOW IF THIS IS APPROPRIATE.

IF YOU WANT

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SOMETHING DIFFERENT, HAPPY TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS.

UH, WITH THAT, IF WE COULD GO TO OUR NEXT SLIDE.

UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL FOR IS AN INVESTMENT IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR OUR FIREFIGHTERS.

UH, THEY DO A GOOD JOB WORKING HARD DAY IN, DAY OUT, AND, UH, A LOT OF OUR STATIONS ARE, ARE VERY WELL AGED AND, AND NOT WITH CURRENT TIMES WITH, UH, THINGS TO HELP WITH, UH, IMPROVED SLEEP, UH, OR, UH, UH, CANCER PREVENTION SORT OF THINGS, OR EVEN THE, THE LOCKER ROOMS. SO WE'RE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE CONTINUED SUPPORT FROM THE CITY ON THAT.

UM, THIS FIRST SLIDE IS HIGHLIGHTING STATIONS 8 23 AND 25.

UM, ALL OF THEM, UH, ARE EXISTING STATIONS THAT ARE BEING SUBSTANTIALLY REMODELED, UH, LONG OVERDUE AND VERY GRATEFUL FOR THAT TO, TO IMPROVE THE, UH, THE LIVING CONDITIONS FOR OUR FIREFIGHTERS AND, UH, MAKE 'EM MORE MODERN WITH THE THINGS THAT'LL BE IN THERE.

SOME TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS, AND AGAIN, THINGS TO, TO, TO HELP OUR CREWS BE, UH, HEALTHIER AS WELL.

UH, WITH THE CANCER PREVENTION, UH, FOR THE MOST PART, FOR THESE STATIONS, WE DO OUR BEST TO KEEP, UH, CREWS WITHIN THEIR RESPONSE TERRITORY.

UH, IF THE THE SITE IS LARGE ENOUGH, WE MIGHT PUT A TRAILER ON THERE OR SOMEWHERE IN THE, IN THAT PARTICULAR, UM, RESPONSE AREA IF WE'RE ABLE TO.

IF WE CAN'T DO THAT, THEN WE PUT THEM AT A, AT, AT A CLOSEST STATION AT ALL POSSIBLE.

AGAIN, TRYING OUR BEST TO, TO MAINTAIN RESPONSE TIME FOR THE, THE, THE, THE CITIZENS AND THE COMMUNITY THAT THEY'RE SERVING.

UH, THESE, UH, THREE, THE, THE TARGET COMPLETION DATE IS MARCH OF, UH, 2024.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, THIS ONE, UH, STATION ONE DOWNTOWN ERIC FIFTH AND TRINITY, UH, AGAIN, LONG OVERDUE.

THIS ONE WAS, UH, THE, THE ELECTRICAL.

AND THERE WAS SO OLD THAT THEY WERE HAVING TO GO TO EBAY TO, TO GET BREAKERS WHEN BREAKERS WENT DOWN.

AND IT WASN'T NEW ONES.

THEY WERE GENTLY USED.

ONE OWNERS.

SO VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE, THE, THE CITY'S, UH, INVESTMENT INTO THIS PROPERTY AND TO UPGRADE THE STATION SUBSTANTIALLY LIKE THE OTHERS.

AGAIN, IT'S AN EXISTING STATION THAT'S BEING REMODELED.

THE, THE GOAL IS TO KEEP, AT THIS PARTICULAR STATION, WE HAVE THREE FIRE APPARATUS, TWO ENGINES, AND ONE AERIAL.

AND NORMALLY THE SHIFT COMMANDER THERE, THE SHIFT COMMANDER IS NOT A, THEY'RE MORE OF A, A SUPERVISORY DEAL THAN THEY ARE A RESPONSE UNIT.

UM, AND THE GOAL IS THROUGHOUT THE CONSTRUCTION HERE, TO KEEP AT LEAST ONE OF THE UNITS THERE AT THE STATION.

UM, WE'VE GOT A COUPLE OPTIONS THAT ARE STILL BEING WORKED ON WITH SOME PARTNERSHIPS FROM, FROM, UH, THE COMMUNITY TO, TO GET THE OTHER UNIT, MAYBE, UH, THE LADDER CLOSE BY IN AN AREA WE'VE USED BEFORE.

AND, AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL HELP US TO, TO HELP MAINTAIN OUR RESPONSE TO THIS AREA.

THIS IS ALSO SCHEDULED TO BE DONE IN MARCH OF 24, AND WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT HAVING THIS BACK IN, IN OPERATION WITH THE IMPROVEMENTS.

UH, THE, THERE ARE OTHER LARGE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS GOING ON, UH, RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET OF TRINITY, SO JUST TO THE WEST OF THE STATION AND ON THE NORTH SIDE OF FIFTH STREET.

SO THAT PARTICULAR AREA IS GONNA BE, UH, QUITE CONGESTED AND, AND PROBABLY DIFFICULT TO NAVIGATE THROUGH FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, VERY EXCITED.

THE, FOR THE, UH, CONTINUATION OF ADDING FIRE STATIONS FOR US TO BE ABLE TO SERVE OUR, UH, THE COMMUNITY, UH, OUR, OUR NEXT NEW ONE TO OPEN.

WE'LL BE IN JANUARY.

THAT'S THE ONE AT GOODNIGHT RANCH, WHICH IS SOUTHEAST AUSTIN.

THAT'LL BE OUR 53RD STATION.

IT'LL ALSO HAVE E M S THERE AS WELL.

UM, THIS ONE WILL BE, UH, STATE-OF-THE-ART WITH ALL THE, THE SAME FEATURES I TALKED ABOUT IN THE REMODELS OF THE OTHER WITH THE CANCER PREVENTION, THE EQUITY LOCKER ROOMS, BATHROOMS, UH, SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS TO HELP MINIMIZE DISTURBANCES.

SO THE FIREFIGHTERS GET THE, THEIR BEST REST AS WELL WHEN THEY'RE NOT, UH, RESPONDING TO A CALL.

SO VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE WORK THERE.

AND ALL OF THESE TO INCLUDE THE REMODELS, THEY'RE, THEY'RE, THEY'RE ENDEAVORED TO MEET THE CITY'S, UH, EXPECTATION TO BE SILVER DESIGNATIONS.

THE, THE MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE IS AS, UH, EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE.

THE, UH, AND WITH THIS, UH, BEFORE WE MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SLIDE, I JUST WANT TO SAY, UH, GRATITUDES TO THE, THE SYNERGY WE'VE GOT, NOT ONLY WITH OUR, UH, FIRE FOLKS THAT ARE ASSISTING WITH THESE MODELS, WITH E M SS, WITH PUBLIC WORKS, UH, JE DUNN, WHICH IS THE CONTRACTOR, AND THERE'S OTHERS AS WELL.

SO, THOUGH I DON'T CATCH ALL THE NAMES, VERY GRATEFUL.

THE, THE, THESE, UH, REMODELS AND THE, AND THE NEW BUILDS HAVE GONE VERY, VERY WELL BY THE, UH, COLLABORATION AND WORKING TOGETHER, UH, WITH AN EXISTING TEAM.

SO I THINK THAT'S REALLY GOOD AND BENEFICIAL TO THE CITY BECAUSE IT, I MEAN, THAT EFFICIENCY TRANSLATES TO SOME DOLLARS SAVED THROUGH THE, THROUGH THE PROCESS.

SO THINGS HAVE GOTTEN EXPENSIVE AND THE MATERIALS SOMETIMES ARE DELAYED.

IN ARRIVAL, OUR, THAT SYNERGY'S GONE VERY WELL.

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NEXT SLIDE.

SO I'M SADDENED TO SHARE THIS ONE IN PART, BUT GRATEFUL THAT FOR THE HEALTH OF THE PARTICULAR FIREFIGHTER STATION 51 IS ONE OF OUR NEWER STATIONS OVER MONTEREY OAKS TWO 90 AREA.

AND, UH, WHEN IT WAS DESIGNED, IT HAD SOME LARGE FANS IN THERE TO HELP DEAL WITH THE, THE HEAT THAT HAPPENS INSIDE THOSE TRUCK ROOMS. AND, UH, THE PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL NOT NORMALLY ASSIGNED TO THAT STATION HAD TRAVELED OVER THERE DOING DUE DILIGENCE TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE FAMILIAR WITH THE APPARATUS WAS UP ON TOP.

AND IT APPEARS THAT THEY HAD COME IN CONTACT WITH THAT FAN AND HAD SOME VERY, VERY SIGNIFICANT INJURIES.

I'M VERY GRATEFUL THAT IT IS NO WORSE THAN IT WAS, AND VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE PROGRESS THAT PARTICULAR FIREFIGHTER HAS MADE TO, TO DATE, STILL A LONG, LONG ROAD TO GO.

UM, THE, THE DESIGN AT THE TIME THE STATION WAS BUILT DID NOT CONTEMPLATE A PARTICULAR UNIT BEING IN THERE.

AND THAT WAS PART OF WHAT CAUSED THIS.

THERE WAS, THERE WAS EFFORTS, UH, IN, IN THE INITIAL DESIGN TO ENSURE THAT THE FANS WEREN'T IN PROXIMITY, BUT IT DIDN'T CONTEMPLATE THE PARTICULAR APPARATUS THAT WAS IN THERE.

UH, WHEN THIS HAPPENED, THE FANS HAVE BEEN IN THE OFF POSITION POWER, UH, REMOVED SINCE THE INCIDENT.

AND, UH, A DIFFERENT SOLUTION WILL BE PROVIDED TO MAKE SURE ADEQUATE AIR FLOW IS GOING THROUGH THERE.

UH, BUT IT DOES SPEAK TO THE CHALLENGES OUR FIREFIGHTERS HAVE.

UH, IT'S A DIFFICULT JOB.

IT'S A DANGEROUS JOB.

AND, AND EVEN DOING THE DUE DILIGENCE OF BEING PREPARED, UH, DEFINITELY HAS, UH, AN ELEMENT OF DANGER TO IT.

NEXT SLIDE.

AUTO AID.

UH, WE'VE SHARED THIS, UH, FOR A WHILE NOW.

IT'S, UH, FANTASTIC, UH, OCCURS MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY, AND IT'S A GREAT BENEFIT TO THE, THE CITIZENS OF ALL THE, THE, THE, THE, THE COMMUNITIES IN OUR AREA THAT ARE PART OF THE AUTOMATED PROGRAM.

IT GETS THE FIRST, THE CLOSEST EMERGENCY UNIT THERE FIRST, UH, AS FAST AS POSSIBLE, REGARDLESS OF THE NAME OF THAT'S ON THE SIDE OF THE, THE, UH, THE APPARATUS, WHETHER IT'S, YOU KNOW, UM, WESTLAKE OR AUSTIN OR CEDAR, UH, PARK, IT DOESN'T MATTER THE CLOSEST UNIT RESPONSE.

AND THAT'S CRITICAL, UH, IN A NUMBER OF AREAS.

LIKE RIGHT NOW WITH THE, THE HIGH, HIGH WILDFIRE RISK, WE HAVE THE RED FLAG WARNING DAYS, UH, THOSE CAN MOVE QUICKLY AND, UH, WITH AUTO AID, IT GETS THE UNITS THERE THE ABSOLUTE FASTEST.

WITHOUT AUTO AID, THERE'S MUTUAL AID, BUT THAT REQUIRES A PHONE CALL AND A REQUEST FOR, FOR CERTAIN APPARATUS TO GO.

AND, AND WITH THAT, THERE'S A PROCESS AND THAT PROCESS, THERE'S A LAG TIME AND RESPONSE THAT DOES NOT EXIST WITH AUTO AID.

SO VERY GRATEFUL FOR THAT.

THE TWO EXAMPLES THAT ARE, THAT UP THERE, THE BRUSH ALARM WAS ONE THAT WAS, IT HAPPENED AT MIDNIGHT ON THAT PARTICULAR DAY.

UH, THE, THE FIRE DID MOVE QUICKLY.

THERE WERE SOME HOMES INVOLVED.

AND BECAUSE AUTO EIGHT EXISTED, UNITS GOT THERE, UH, IN A VERY TIMELY FASHION AND AVOIDED IT FOR BEING MUCH WORSE THAN IT COULD HAVE POSSIBLY BEEN.

UH, ANOTHER INCIDENT TO HIGHLIGHT THERE IS THE VEHICLE RESCUE, UH, WHICH IS DOWN HERE IN SOUTH AUSTIN, UM, WHERE 45 AND 1626 AT THAT NEW TOLL, NOT 45 UP NORTH, LET'S CONFUSED THAT.

IT WAS A 45 DOWN SOUTH.

AND, UH, BY THE LOCATION OF THE ACCIDENT, IT WAS NOT EASY TO GET TO.

AND EACH OF THOSE UNITS JUST HAPPENED TO COME FROM A DIFFERENT DIRECTION.

AND THAT THAT ALLOWED FOR UNITS TO BE ON SCENE TO HELP THE INDIVIDUALS PINNED INSIDE IN THE MOST TIMELY FASHION TO HELP MINIMIZE THE, THE, THE HEALTH ISSUES AND THE MEDICAL RISKS THAT COME FROM THE INJURY ITSELF OR FROM THE, THE ACCIDENT.

SO AUTO AID WORKS VERY, VERY WELL FOR OUR, OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

AND, UH, IS IS SOMETHING THAT WE LOOK TO ENHANCE MOVING FORWARD.

WHERE IT SAYS RECENT AUTO AID CONTRACT CHANGES, IT'S A BIT OF A MISNOMER.

UH, PFLUGERVILLE MAINOR, SAM BASS AND JOLLYVILLE HAVE NOT BEEN A PART OF THE CURRENT AUTO AID AGREEMENT.

ROUND ROCK STEPPED BACK, UH, THAT WASN'T WORKING FOR, FOR THEM, WHICH WE CAN APPRECIATE THE CHALLENGES THAT EACH OF THE CHIEFS HAVE TO MAKE.

UH, AND THEY MADE THE DECISION TO STEP AWAY.

WE STILL WORK ON TRYING TO GET EVERYONE INCLUDED.

UH, SO CONVERSATIONS WITH EACH OF THOSE ARE, ARE ONGOING, AND THERE'S A VARIETY OF REASONS EACH OF THE DIFFERENT, UH, CHIEFS HAVE FOR, FROM TECHNOLOGY TO RESPONSE ISSUES, ET CETERA, THAT JUST AREN'T WORKING FOR THEM AT THIS TIME.

BUT FOR THOSE WHO ARE PART OF THE AUTOMATED AGREEMENT, IT WORKS ABSOLUTELY WELL TO THE BENEFIT OF, OF THE, THE, THE COMMUNITY, AND MOST CERTAINLY FOR THE SAFETY OF THE FIREFIGHTERS AS WELL, BY HAVING OTHER UNITS THERE ON SCENE TO, TO TAKE CARE OF ONE ANOTHER, WHETHER IT'S BLOCKING ON A HIGHWAY TO, TO AVOID GETTING HIT BY PASSERBYS OR HAVING ADDITIONAL PEOPLE ON THE FIRE GROUND TO, TO HELP MAKE SURE SOMETHING WENT WRONG.

THEY COULD, UH, UH, SOMEONE COULD STEP IN AND TRY TO GET THEM OUTTA HARM'S WAY.

SO IT'S A GREAT PROGRAM.

IF I GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, UH, OVERDOSE RESPONSE.

YOU'VE HEARD, UH, UH, CHIEF GARDNER, UH, TALK ABOUT THIS AS WELL.

THE, UH, ALL OF US HAVE THE, UH, NALOXONE ON THE, OUR APPARATUS SINCE 2021 FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS.

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AND, UH, YOU CAN SEE HOW MANY TIMES IT'S BEEN USED AND, AND THE, THE, UH, SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IT MAKES.

YOU'VE HEARD THAT MULTIPLE TIMES OVER AND JUST WANNA HIGHLIGHT THAT IT CONTINUES TO BE A NEED AND, AND A SERVICE THAT OUR FIREFIGHTERS ARE ASSISTING WITH TO, TO TAKE CARE OF OUR, OUR FOLKS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, SO WE HAVE INVESTIGATIONS.

THOSE ARE ARSON INVESTIGATORS.

THEY'RE FIREFIGHTERS, THEY'RE ALSO CERTIFIED PEACE OFFICERS.

AND, UH, YOU CAN SEE, AND WE'VE, I'VE, UH, UH, TOUTED THIS, UH, EVERY TIME WE DO A QUARTERLY REPORT, THE NATIONAL CLEARANCE RATE, WHICH MEANS IDENTIFYING WHAT CAUSED THE PROBLEM, WHO, WHO WAS THE PERSON AND, AND GETTING 'EM ARRESTED.

THE, THE CLEARANCE RATE NATIONALLY IS 22%, AND WE'RE MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT.

AND THAT'S BEEN A CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT.

WE HAVE, UH, TOP-NOTCH FOLKS DOING A GREAT WORK THERE TO, UH, D DETERMINE THE CAUSE OF A FIRE AND TO FIND WHO MAY HAVE, HAVE, HAVE CAUSED IT.

GREAT WORK THERE.

IN ADDITION, THEY'VE HELPED US IN A NUMBER OF OTHER WAYS.

AS YOU SEE HERE, WE HAD A SITUATION WHERE ONE OF OUR UNITS RESPONDED DOWNTOWN TO A, UH, PERSON THAT, UH, WAS PULLING A, A, A VEHICLE TIRE.

IT WAS ON FIRE, AND THE FIRE WAS SETTING THE GRASS ON FIRE.

SO THEY WERE PUTTING THAT OUT AND, AND TRYING TO WORK WITH THAT INDIVIDUAL TO, TO KEEP THEM OUTTA HARM'S WAY.

IF THAT INDIVIDUAL WAS WORKING THEIR WAY ONTO, UH, I 35 PROPER WITH THAT, THEY, THEY, THERE WAS CONTACT MADE, AND THAT PERSON DID ATTACK ONE OF OUR FIREFIGHTERS AND, AND, AND DID STAB THEM.

UH, THANKFULLY, THE, IT, IT WASN'T AS BAD AS IT COULD HAVE BEEN.

THE, THE, THE, THE FIREFIGHTERS RECOVERING AND DOING WELL.

UH, IT WAS, UH, IN AN AREA THAT WASN'T, UH, NO VITAL ORGANS WERE, WERE, WERE, UH, MESSED WITH.

SO WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE THAT, BUT OUR ARSON INVESTIGATORS SHOWED UP QUICKLY TO HELP WITH THAT SITUATION, TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR FIREFIGHTERS ALONG WITH, UH, A P D ONCE THEY WERE MADE AWARE OF THE INCIDENT TO, TO HELP US OUT.

SO, UM, A LOT OF CHALLENGES OUT THERE, AND IT SPEAKS TO FOLKS STEPPING UP TO HELP WHERE THEY CAN TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE WHO ARE TAKING CARE OF THE, THE, THE COMMUNITY.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, OUR WILDFIRE DIVISION, UH, MOST CERTAINLY A, A, A, A, A TOPIC FOR THESE TIMES.

THE WEATHER OUT THERE IS RELENTLESS IN THE, THE LACK OF RAIN AND THE PROLONGED HEAT AND LACK OF HUMIDITY.

UM, THE, THE, THE WORK BEING DONE, UH, CONTINUOUSLY OVER THE PAST YEARS TO MINIMIZE THE, THE FUELS IN OUR AREA ARE, ARE, ARE HELPING TO SOME DEGREE IN SITUATIONS LIKE THIS.

UH, THEY CONTINUE TO WORK THROUGH, UH, MECHANICAL FIELD TREATMENTS, REMOVING OF, OF STUFF MANUALLY.

THEY'VE GOT PRESCRIBED FIRES, THEY BURN AWAY THE DEBRIS, UM, HOME ASSESSMENTS TO MAKE SURE HOMES ARE SAFER, PRESENTATIONS TO GET COMMUNITIES, UH, FIRE WIVES INVOLVED, THE VERY ACTIVE GROUP, AND THEY'VE DONE A WHOLE LOT, UH, TO, TO HELP IMPROVE OUR CONDITIONS IN OUR, IN, IN THE AUSTIN AREA.

VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THEY'VE DONE.

THE, UM, UH, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THE AUTO AID MUTUAL AID, UH, ALL THAT HELPS OUR FIREFIGHTERS TO GET BETTER AT RESPONDING TO WILDFIRES AND TO INCLUDE STATE DEPLOYMENTS.

UH, WE'VE GOT FOLKS, UH, DEPLOYED, UH, MULTIPLE TIMES A YEAR, UH, THROUGHOUT TEXAS, HELPING OUR OTHER TEXAS NEIGHBORS AS THEY'RE EXPERIENCING WILDFIRES.

AND THERE'RE FIREFIGHTERS ABLE TO COME BACK WITH A LOT OF VALUABLE EXPERIENCE TO HELP US BE BETTER FOR WHEN IT, WHEN IT'S GONNA HAPPEN HERE, NOT IF, BUT WHEN IT'S GONNA HAPPEN HERE.

WE'VE HAD THE FIRE THIS, UH, PAST WEEKEND DOWN IN HAYES COUNTY.

WE HAD UNITS RESPOND THERE FOR MUTUAL AID, AND SOME OF OUR STATE, UH, SOME OF OUR ASSETS THAT ARE DEPLOYED TO THE STATE ALSO, WERE PULLED IN TO HELP TO, UH, TRY TO GET THAT FIRE UNDER CONTROL.

UH, SO WE CONTINUE TO, TO, TO GET BETTER WITH A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT, UH, THINGS THAT WE HAVE INSTITUTED.

WE'VE GOT THE RESPONDING TO THE INTERFACE TRAINING THAT ALL OF OUR FIREFIGHTERS ARE GOING THROUGH, WHERE HOMES ARE INTERMIXED WITH THE, THE, THE WOODS WOODED AREAS, HOW TO, TO MANAGE THAT IN A MORE RESPONSIBLE AND SAFE FASHION.

AND TO, UH, ALSO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE, ARE AS WELL TRAINED AS POSSIBLE, NOT ONLY TO KEEP THEMSELVES SAFE, BUT THE, THE, THOSE AROUND US SAFE AND TO MINIMIZE THE SPREAD OF THE FIRE AS BEST WE'RE ABLE TO VERY PROUD OF THEIR WORK.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, SO THE FIRE MARSHAL, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS ONE EVERY YEAR.

THERE'S, UH, FIRE MARSHAL HAS MULTIPLE COMPONENTS TO IT.

ONE OF IT IS A SPECIAL EVENTS, AND, UH, THINGS ARE BACK IN AND, UH, LIVELY AROUND HERE WITH, AND THAT'S FANTASTIC FOR THE COMMUNITY.

UH, BUT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE PERIOD OF EVENTS ARE DONE SAFELY, ARE INSPECTORS THAT ARE ASSIGNED TO THIS SECTION HAVE A MONUMENTAL TASK WHEN YOU TURN ZILKER PARK INTO MULTIPLE CONCERT VENUES AND RESTAURANTS FOR LIKE A C L, HOW TO DO THAT WITH THE, THE FENCING UP.

AND PEOPLE EVEN LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY WHEN ALL THAT'S IN PLACE, THEY FIND THEMSELVES TURNED AROUND AND UNAWARE OF HOW TO GET OUT.

SO TO MAKE SURE THAT THE, THE THINGS

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ARE SET UP IN A SAFE FASHION TO MINIMIZE AN INCIDENT FROM OCCURRING AND TO CLEARLY MARK THE EXITS IS VERY IMPORTANT, EVEN FOR THOSE THAT ARE FAMILIAR WITH THAT AREA.

AND YOU SEE THE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES THAT ARE GOING ON AND SCHEDULED FOR THIS YEAR.

UH, AUSTIN'S MOST CERTAINLY BOOMING WITH ALL THOSE ACTIVITIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, AGAIN, I'VE HIGHLIGHTED THIS A NUMBER OF TIMES AND HOW CRITICAL THE COMPLIANCE ENGINE IS.

WHEN YOU BUILD A NEW BUILDING, WHICH THEY'RE GOING UP LEFT AND RIGHT THROUGH AUSTIN.

UH, YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE ALL OF YOUR SAFETY FEATURES ARE UP WORKING, UH, AND FUNCTIONAL TO GET YOUR CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY ONCE YOU MOVE IN.

THERE WASN'T REALLY A GOOD SYSTEM TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU WERE MAINTAINING ALL THAT.

AND THAT'S WHAT THIS PARTICULAR, UH, THIRD PARTY, UH, PARTNERSHIP PROVIDES.

UH, I CAN TELL YOU, HAVING DONE INSPECTIONS, UH, UH, FOR, UH, SEVERAL YEARS, WHEN YOU GO IN, IT'S NOT UNCOMMON THAT WHEN THINGS ARE BROUGHT IN THAT STAIRWELLS AND BACK DOORS TO, TO VENUES GET BLOCKED, RIGHT? THAT'S JUST WHERE THE STUFF ENDS UP, AND THAT'S, YOU'RE EXITING IN CASE THERE'S AN EMERGENCY.

UH, AND SO DOING THAT STUFF ALONG WITH MAKING SURE THAT YOUR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS AND YOUR FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS ARE ALL WORKING PROPERLY TO GET PEOPLE OUT IN A FAST AND SAFE FASHION BEFORE THE INCIDENT PROGRESSES.

VERY IMPORTANT.

SO VERY GRATEFUL FOR THIS PARTICULAR, UH, PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR FOLKS SAFE ONCE THE BUILDINGS ARE UP AND OCCUPIED AND WORKING ON A DAILY BASIS.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, COMMUNITY OUTREACH.

SO, UH, AGAIN, THE, THE, THE COMPLIANCE ENGINE HELPS US WITH YOU GOT YOUR MORE OF YOUR COMMERCIAL OR, OR LARGE RESIDENTIAL AREAS.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH IS, IS MORE ON THE PERSONAL LEVEL FOR YOUR, YOUR, UH, UH, SMALLER RESIDENTS.

SINGLE, UH, SMALL MULTI-FAMILY TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'VE GOT WORKING SMOKE ALARMS. UH, WE'LL INSTALL THOSE FOR FREE.

IF YOU, YOU SEE THE PHONE NUMBER ON THERE, IF YOU DON'T HAVE 'EM, CALL US.

WE'RE HAPPY TO PUT THOSE IN.

WE WANNA MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE OUT OF THE LIFE.

SAFETY IS THE GREATEST, UH, MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE CAN TAKE CARE OF.

AND GETTING PEOPLE OUT OF A STRUCTURE THAT'S ON FIRE, UH, HELPS US TO, FOR THE LIFE SAFETY PART.

AND THEN TO FOCUS ON PUTTING THE FIRE ITSELF OUT.

UH, WE'VE GOT FIRE SAFETY TRAINING THAT OUR FOLKS DO.

YOU CAN SEE THE, THE DIFFERENT TIMES THAT THAT WAS IMPLEMENTED.

HOW TO USE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER, UH, HOME SAFETY AWARENESS, HOW TO GET OUT SAFELY.

UH, OUR RED ANGELS PROGRAM IS THE, THE MEDICAL COMPONENT OF THAT, WHERE WE'VE GOT, WE PARTNERED WITH A C C AND THEY'LL GO CHECK PEOPLE'S VITAL SIGNS.

IF WE CAN GIVE PEOPLE THE MEDICAL CARE THEY NEED BEFORE THEY HAVE AN EMERGENCY, THAT'S EVEN BETTER.

AND THAT'S WHAT THAT PROGRAM LENDS ITSELF TO.

SO YOU CAN SEE WHERE OUR FIREFIGHTERS ARE, ARE, UH, UH, DOING WHAT THEY CAN THROUGH A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT AREAS OF OUR COMMUNITY TO HELP PEOPLE BE SAFE AND HEALTHY.

NEXT SLIDE.

SWORN SEPARATIONS.

SO, UH, YOU SEE THROUGH THE YEAR, MOST PEOPLE THAT JOIN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT LEAVE THROUGH RETIREMENT.

UH, WE DO EXIT SURVEYS WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE OUTSIDE OF RETIREMENT TO SEE WHAT'S GOING ON.

AND WE'VE HAD A MULTITUDE OF PEOPLE LEAVE FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.

FAMILY MOVED ELSEWHERE, UH, HEALTH ISSUES FOR FAMILY, UH, PURSUING OTHER JOBS, UH, REAL ESTATE AGENTS, UH, HIGH TECH INDUSTRY, ET CETERA.

AND THOSE ARE THE NUMBERS YOU SEE THERE.

UM, I, I WILL SHARE THAT WE ARE ABOUT TO GRADUATE A CADET CLASS.

SO YOU SEE WE HAVE, UH, 56 VACANCIES AS OF TODAY.

HAPPY TO, TO SHARE.

WE HAVE CLASS 1 36, GRADUATED ON FRIDAY, AND WITH THAT WE'LL HAVE 44 NEW, UH, PROBATIONARY FIREFIGHTERS OUT AT THE FIRE STATIONS.

WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE THAT REDUCES OUR VACANCIES DOWN TO 12.

I WAS VERY FORTUNATE TO, TO HAVE THAT.

UM, I WILL SHARE ON THE FLIP SIDE OF THAT, THE, THE NEXT CADET CLASS WE HAVE SCHEDULED DOESN'T START TILL JANUARY, WHICH MEANS IT'LL BE NEXT YEAR, YEAR, THIS TIME BEFORE WE HAVE AN EX CADET CLASS OUT.

SO THOSE, THOSE NUMBERS THAT THEY LOOK GOOD FOR THE MOMENT, UH, GIVEN A YEAR OF NOT PUTTING ADDITIONAL PEOPLE OUT ON THE STREET WILL HAVE A, HAVE AN EFFECT ON THAT.

AND, UH, THE, UH, THE NEED FOR US TO HAVE FIREFIGHTERS WORK ADDITIONAL HOURS TO MAKE SURE WE'RE PROVIDING THE SERVICES OUR COMMUNITY IS ACCUSTOMED TO.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO YOU GOT YOUR CIVILIAN VACANCIES.

UM, HAPPY TO SAY, AS OF TODAY, WE GOT FIVE PEOPLE TO, UH, ACCEPT OFFERS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR OUR ENGINEERS.

THOSE ARE THE FOLKS THAT LOOK OVER THE BUILDING DESIGNS FOR THE NEW CONSTRUCTION.

SO THAT NUMBER OF 28 IS GOING DOWN.

YOU CAN SEE THE VARIETY OF THINGS OUR FOLKS ARE DOING TO, TO, TO REACH OUT THE, THE STAFFING CHALLENGES IN ALL OCCUPATIONS.

UH, NOT JUST IN AUSTIN, BUT EVERYWHERE.

BUT WE ARE DEFINITELY DOING OUR PART TO, TO, TO, UH, ATTRACT FOLKS HERE TO, TO COME WORK WITH US AND TAKE CARE OF THE COMMUNITY, THE, WITH THE, THE VERY JOBS THAT WE HAVE HERE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

AND CADET HIRING PROCESS.

SO WE, UH, DID HAVE A, AN APPLICATION, UH, PERIOD BACK IN MARCH, I BELIEVE, UH, OF THIS YEAR.

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WE HAD 1,467 APPLICATIONS.

UH, THERE WAS A DELAY, WHICH WE'LL GET TO HERE IN I THINK THE NEXT SLIDE WITH OUR CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS FOR, THE WRITTEN TEST FOR THAT WAS PUSHED TILL AUGUST 1ST.

ON AUGUST 1ST, WE HAD 642 OF THOSE 1,467 SHOW SHOW UP AND SIT DOWN FOR THE WRITTEN EXAM.

AND WE'LL TAKE A PORTION OF THEM MOVING FORWARD ON WHAT WILL BE A ONE YEAR LIST TO, TO HIRE MORE FOLKS.

SO THAT CLASS THAT STARTS IN JANUARY WILL COME FROM THIS GROUP.

AND, AND, AND MAYBE ONE MORE CLASS ON TOP OF THAT, MAYBE 80 ISH, MAYBE A HUNDRED PEOPLE ON THE HIGH END TO TAKE CARE OF THE, THE NEW STAFFING FOR THE GOODNIGHT RANCH WE TALKED ABOUT.

AND, UH, UM, THE FOLKS THAT, UH, LEAVE THE DEPARTMENT THROUGH RETIREMENT OR OTHERWISE TO FILL THOSE VACANCIES.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UH, AND RECRUITING ONGOING EFFORT.

UH, YOU SEE THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT OUR FOLKS ARE DOING TO, TO REACH OUT AND, AND, AND SHOW 'EM HOW AWESOME THE AUSTIN FIRE DEPARTMENT IS AND, UH, THAT IT'S A GOOD PLACE TO COME WORK WITH THE PEOPLE THAT'S AROUND YOU.

WE DO A, A COUPLE DIFFERENT, UH, RECRUITING TOOLS.

UH, ONE IS CALLED PASS THE TORCH.

IT'S ACTUALLY A CLASS WHERE THE PEOPLE COME ON WEEKENDS, UH, ABOUT 10 DIFFERENT TIMES, AND THEY GET TO PUT ON TURNOUTS AND DO FIREFIGHTING ACTIVITIES.

SO, UH, THEY GET TO SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE.

UH, WE HAVE 38 PARTICIPANTS THIS LAST TIME, 25 ACTUALLY GRADUATED THE CLASS.

AND ALL 38 ARE, ARE IN THE, THE HIRING PROCESS NOW.

THEY ALL SAT FOR THE EXAM.

WE'RE PART OF THAT 6 42.

AND THEN FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD, WE HAVE THE FIRE EXPLORERS.

SO THAT'S, UH, FOR YOUR, YOUR YOUNG TEENAGERS TO 20 YEARS OF AGE.

AGAIN, LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND HOW TO SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY, AND, AND IT'S A GOOD RECRUITING TOOL FOR US FOR FOLKS THAT MAYBE ARE LOOKING FOR A, A, A DIFFERENT TRACK OUTSIDE OUT ONCE THEY GET OUTTA HIGH SCHOOL.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ALRIGHT, REALLY PROUD OF THIS ONE.

THE, UH, FEMA GRANT, UH, HELPS US, UH, STATION FITNESS IS VERY IMPORTANT AND, UH, TO HAVE THIS GRANT TO HELP US REPLACE TREADMILLS, UH, STAIR STEPPERS, ROWERS, THE BARBELLS, ET CETERA, ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC.

THAT'S A BUDGET THAT WE DON'T HAVE.

SO THIS MOST CERTAINLY HELPS US TO EXTEND THAT $210,000 IN A, IN A GREATER WAY TO, TO, UH, TAKE CARE OF THE FIREFIGHTERS WITH GOOD EQUIPMENT TO, TO WORK OUT WITH.

THE OTHER THING THAT WE'RE REALLY PROUD OF IS, UH, I'M GONNA JUST SAY P F A SS.

DON'T GET ME TO SAY THAT POLY WORD.

IT'S A , IT'S A BIG ONE, BUT IT'S ALSO A SCARY WORD.

IT'S, IT'S A, IT'S A CHEMICAL THAT'S IN THE, UM, THE FOAM THAT WAS USED OUT AT THE AIRPORT, AND IT, IT'S KNOWN TO BE CANCER CAUSING.

SO THERE'S A, UH, A, A MAJOR ENDEAVOR BEING WORKED THROUGH TO, TO GET THAT FOAM REMOVED WHERE IT WAS HOUSED, CLEANED OUT, AND NEW FOAM THAT'S NOT CANCEROUS, PUT IN PLACE OF IT.

UM, THERE'S SOME OTHER THINGS THAT, THAT BE WORKED ON, BUT THIS ONE PUTS US A STEP FORWARD IN GETTING A HUNDRED OF OUR FOLKS TESTED TO SEE IF, IF THEY'VE BEEN AFFECTED BY P F A SS.

UH, AND WE'RE MOST REALLY GONNA FOCUS ON THE FOLKS THAT ARE AT THE AIRPORT FIRST TO, AND HOPEFULLY COULD EXPAND IT BEYOND THAT.

SO, VERY HAPPY TO HAVE THAT GRANT AND WHAT IT'S GONNA DO FOR OUR RIDERS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

ALRIGHT, AND, UH, WITH THIS, WE'RE STILL GOING THROUGH CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS, DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN OUR LABOR AND THE CITY ARE ONGOING.

UH, AND, UH, THERE'S TWO ROUTES THAT THIS COULD, COULD GO.

ONE IS THERE IS THE, THE, THE ARBITRATION ROUTE, WHICH WOULD BE A, AN AWARDED, UH, CONCLUSION TO THE CONTRACT ON THE 13TH OF SEPTEMBER.

THE OTHER WOULD BE A NEGOTIATED ONE, WHICH BETWEEN NOW AND THE 13TH, AS THOSE DISCUSSIONS GO, MAY BE A POSSIBILITY THERE.

SO, UH, LOOKING FORWARD TO, TO GETTING THAT RESOLVED AND, AND TAKING CARE OF FOLKS AND BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD FROM THERE.

NEXT SLIDE.

AND WE'RE ALWAYS RECRUITING, UH, FANTASTIC FOLKS.

UH, HAPPY TO WORK, UH, 28 YEARS IN THE DEPARTMENT, WORK AROUND A LOT OF WONDERFUL FOLKS.

AND IF YOU KNOW FOLKS THAT MIGHT BE INTERESTED, JOIN AFD.COM IS WHERE YOU GO TO CHECK US OUT.

AND WITH THAT, THAT CONCLUDES MY REPORT.

ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS? DOES, UM, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER RUTTEN? UM, I JUST HAVE ONE QUESTION ON THE NARCAN MAP.

UM, I HAD A COMMUNITY MEMBER REACH OUT TO ME WHO ACTUALLY LOOKED OVER YOUR PRESENTATION IN ADVANCE AND, AND WAS CURIOUS ABOUT, UM, THE, SO IT LOOKS LIKE A F D ADMINISTERED 101, UM, NARCAN, AND THERE WERE SOME OTHER NON A F D ARRIVALS.

ARE THOSE, DO WE DOCUMENT, KEEP TRACK OF? IS THAT A P D? IS THAT BYSTANDERS OR WHO THOSE OTHER ONES? AND, AND WITH THAT, IS THERE LIKE A COMPREHENSIVE, SO SORT OF ALL PUBLIC SAFETY NARCAN USE MAP AND THAT WE CAN KIND OF LOOK WITH LIKE GEOSPATIAL, WHERE DO WE NEED MORE ASSISTANCE, HELP, THAT KIND OF THING? I DON'T HAVE THAT.

I'M HOPING THE PERSON BEHIND ME MIGHT HAVE SOME ADDITIONAL RESOURCES OR INFORMATION ABOUT, ABOUT THAT, BUT I DON'T, ALL I HAVE IS WHAT, WHAT

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A F D HAS DONE.

THE THE OTHERS WOULD'VE BEEN A CONGLOMERATION OF THE DIFFERENT THINGS YOU SPOKE TO BECAUSE, BECAUSE I SEE IT'S, YEAH, THERE'S SOME THAT ARE A F D, SOME THAT ARE NON, FROM THE E M S SIDE.

WE STARTED INCLUDING, I BELIEVE A FEW CYCLES AGO, WE'VE STARTED INCLUDING OUR, UH, TRACKING, UM, FOR OVERDOSES, UM, IN TERMS OF WHERE THEY'RE HAPPENING, UM, AND OUR BUPRENORPHINE PROGRAM AS WELL.

SO, UM, I'M UP NEXT, NEXT MONTH.

UM, SO WE CAN CERTAINLY, UM, HAVE MORE CONVERSATION ABOUT, ABOUT WHAT OUR STATISTICS LOOK LIKE AND WHAT WHAT THE TRENDS ARE RIGHT NOW.

YEAH, I THINK WOULD BE WONDERFUL.

AND I GUESS THE SORT OF QUESTION IS, YOU KNOW, IF WE'VE GOT MULTIPLE DIFFERENT ENTITIES HAVING SOME AGGREGATED DATA AS WE CAN KIND OF SEE WHO'S GIVING IT EVERYTHING, BOTH KNOW WHO'S GIVING IT, BUT THEN ALSO KIND OF PUT THAT IN ONE SPOT FOR, I'LL MAKE A NOTE THAT, THAT, WE'LL TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO INCLUDE THAT IN APPROPRIATE.

WELL, THANK YOU.

I BELIEVE COMMISSIONER SMITH HAD A QUESTION.

YES, I HAVE A COUPLE.

UM, MY PRIMARY FOCUS THOUGH IS SOME REPORTS I'VE HEARD FROM A COUPLE OF CONSTITUENTS REGARDING, UH, FIRES AND ENCAMPMENTS.

I WAS WONDERING WHAT, IF ANYTHING HAS BEEN DONE TO ADDRESS, UH, OR CREATE OUTREACH FOR OUR IN-HOUSE, UH, BROTHERS AND SISTERS, UM, DURING THESE TIMES, PARTICULARLY IN REGARDS TO FIRES AND THEIR CAMPS.

SO THERE'S A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT CITY DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE WORKING ON THIS.

THE, THE PATENT STATEMENT IS, UH, IN THOSE SITUATIONS BECAUSE OF THEIR PROXIMITY TO COMBUSTIBLES, WHETHER IT'S THE, THE MATERIAL IN THE CAMP OR THE WOODED AREA AROUND IT, FIRES ARE NOT PERMISSIBLE.

SO EVERY TIME A FIRE IS REPORTED, OUR FIREFIGHTERS DIRECTED TO GO PUT IT OUT.

UH, WE DO HAVE, UH, INFORMATION TO POINT THE, THE FOLKS IN THOSE CAMPS IN OTHER DIRECTIONS, UH, OF OTHER AREAS THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF SOME OF THEIR NEEDS.

UH, WE KNOW THAT THE, UM, UH, DIANA GRAY AND HER TEAM ARE WORKING THROUGH PROCESSES TO GET PEOPLE REHOUSED IN A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT WAYS.

THERE'S THE, THE, THE, THE HOTELS THAT THE CITY'S POD.

THERE'S, UH, UM, SOME OTHER SHELTERING BEING WORKED ON AS WE SPEAK.

AND THEN THE IDEA IS TO GET 'EM OUT OF THE CURRENT SITUATION TO SOMEPLACE SAFER AND THEN ULTIMATELY SELF-SUFFICIENT THROUGH THAT PROCESS.

UH, IN THE INTERIM THERE, THERE'S A LOT OF OUTREACH DONE TO PROVIDE EDUCATION AND TO HELP WITH OTHER RESOURCES AND TO ALSO ENSURE THAT THEY'RE SAFE, UH, OTHERWISE, BUT THE FIRES THEMSELVES ARE NOT PERMITTED.

DID WE HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER SMITH, DID YOU SAY YOU HAD A SECOND QUESTION? I DID.

SO MY OTHERS REFERENCE TO, WELL, FIRST THE MAY 29TH INCIDENT.

UM, DID WE HAVE ANY MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALISTS? I KNOW FOR THE 9 1 1 YOU CAN ALSO ASK FOR MENTAL HEALTH.

UM, WAS THERE A MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST IN THAT INCIDENT ON, ON GROUND WITH YOUR FIREFIGHTER? ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT FOR THE FIREFIGHTER OR FOR THE INDIVIDUAL THAT WAS PULLING THE TIRE? WAS IT FOR THE INDIVIDUAL THAT WAS PULLING THE TIRE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FIREFIGHTER THAT WAS ON GROUND? WAS HER MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST IN THE TERRAIN FOR THE INCIDENT ITSELF? UH, I DON'T KNOW THAT A MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST SHOWED UP TO HELP DEAL WITH THE INDIVIDUAL IN THE MOMENT OF THERE.

MM-HMM.

, UH, I DO KNOW FOR THE FIREFIGHTER WE HAD A LOT OF SUPPORT THINGS PUT IN PLACE, UH, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY WERE OKAY IN ALL CAPACITIES MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY, UH, AFTER THE INCIDENT OCCURRED.

AND THEN I'M NOT SURE WHAT, WHAT SORT OF THINGS WOULD'VE BEEN PUT IN PLACE FOR THE, THE OTHER INDIVIDUAL, UH, AFTER THE INCIDENT HAPPENED? I DON'T HAVE THAT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO WHAT I'M HEARING IS THERE WAS NOT A MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST DISPATCHED ALONGSIDE YOUR FIREFIGHTER DURING THAT INCIDENT.

THERE WAS A DELAY IN GETTING OTHER RESOURCES THERE TO HELP, UH, EXACTLY WHAT SHOWED UP.

AS FAR AS THAT PARTICULAR FEATURE, I DON'T HAVE THAT INFORMATION HEARD AND RECEIVED.

AND THEN LASTLY, I'M SEEING SOME GAPS.

YOUR COMMUNITY, UH, YOUR CADET HIRING, THE, THE, I BELIEVE THAT'S SLIDE, UH, 13 OR 14 I WANT TO SAY, BUT THERE WAS A, THE, THE COMPARISON BETWEEN FEMALE AND MALE CADETS WAS LIKE 11 TO 111.

I'M WONDERING IF WE CAN GET ANY INFORMATION REGARDING THE DISPARITY AND WHAT WE CAN BE DOING TO, YOU KNOW, INCREASE DIVERSITY, UM, WITHIN THE RANKS AS WELL AS SLIDE 12 COMMUNITY OUTREACH.

HOW CAN WE EXPAND THOSE PROGRAMS? UM, DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR, FOR US AS, AS A COMMISSION? SO IF YOU LOOK AT THE RECRUITING SLIDE NUMBER, I THINK IT'S NUMBER 16, YOU CAN SEE OUR RECRUITERS WORK IN A TARGETED FASHION TO MAKE SURE THAT THE ALL FOLKS ARE AWARE OF, OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, UH, MAYBE ONES THAT DON'T NORMALLY APPLY TO, TO REACH

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OUT AND TURN TO GET MORE PEOPLE TO, TO ENGAGE OR SHOW INTEREST IN OR EXPLORE FIREFIGHTING AS, AS A POSSIBILITY.

UH, I WILL SAY THAT, UM, I, I DON'T HAVE THE EXACT NUMBERS NOW, BUT WE, WE ARE ONE OF THE, THE MORE PROGRESSIVE ONES WITH WOMEN IN THE DEPARTMENT, UH, AROUND THE NATION.

UM, I WILL SAY THAT, I WILL SAY THAT WE ARE PROBABLY OVER, AND THIS WILL COME UP LATER IN OUR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS. WE DO DO A PERIODIC SORT OF CHECK IN ON JUST DEMOGRAPHICS OF HIRES AND STUFF.

I'LL LOOK TO SEE HOW LONG IT'S BEEN SINCE WE DID THAT, BUT I'M THINKING IT'S PROBABLY BEEN OVER A YEAR, SO WE CAN PROBABLY, PROBABLY DO THAT FOR ALL THE DEPARTMENTS SOON.

UM, DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE? IF NOT, I, I DO WANT US TO MOVE ON.

WE'VE GOT A LOT MORE GOING ON.

OKAY.

SO THANK YOU.

AND WITH THAT, UP NEXT, UM, WE HAVE

[4. Discussion and action to approve the creation of a working group to regarding Homeland Security Emergency Management collaboration with public safety entities. (Sponsors: Commissioners Nguyễn and Ramírez) 4:30pm-5:00pm]

HOMELAND SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, UM, HERE.

GOOD EVENING COMMISSIONERS CHAIR.

MY NAME IS KEN SNIPES, DIRECTOR OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

UM, I WAS ASKED A FEW QUESTIONS, UM, AND, UM, WANTED TO RESPOND TO THOSE FOR THE COMMISSION TONIGHT SPECIFICALLY.

UH, THERE WERE SIX QUESTIONS.

SO WHAT I'M GONNA DO IS, UM, BECAUSE I'M GETTING OLD AND CAN'T REMEMBER ALL THESE QUESTIONS ANYMORE, I'M GONNA COVER THE QUESTION AND THEN I'LL PROVIDE THE RESPONSE TO THOSE.

UM, AND IF AT ANY TIME YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, JUST GO AHEAD AND, AND LET ME KNOW.

SO QUESTION ONE.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UH, SO THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS, BUT I'LL COVER THEM AS I SAID, UH, IN THE, UH, AS PART OF THE PRESENTATION AS WELL.

NEXT SLIDE.

SO, UH, QUESTION ONE WAS, HOW DOES HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN DEFINE ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH OTHER PUBLIC SAFETY ENTITIES? UM, AND, UH, IT HAS BEEN MY, UM, SHORT MY EXPERIENCE IN THE SHORT TIME THAT I'VE BEEN AT HOMELAND SECURITY, THAT, UM, ALL OF THE DEPARTMENTS IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAVE STRONG RELATIONSHIPS.

UM, I HAVE, UH, PERSONALLY WITNESSED THAT BEFORE COMING TO, UM, HOME HOMELAND SECURITY.

AND IN THE SHORT TIME THAT I'VE BEEN HERE, ALL OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENTS HAVE REACHED OUT, UH, IN SUPPORT OF ME AND THE TEAM.

UH, AND JUST IN GENERAL TO SUPPORT THE PUBLIC SAFETY AND SAFETY IN GENERAL OF THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO COME HERE TO THE CITY.

UM, AT A MINIMUM, WE HOLD THREE, UM, SPECIAL EVENTS OR TABLETOP EXERCISES ANNUALLY, UH, UNLESS THERE ARE ACTUAL EVENTS, AND THEN THOSE OF COURSE COULD BE SUBSTITUTED.

UM, OTHERWISE, UM, WE ALSO HAVE, UH, SEMINARS THAT WE HOST.

UM, AND MORE AND MORE OFTEN NOW, WEATHER IS OFTEN A, A DRIVER FOR ENGAGEMENT.

UM, FOR EXAMPLE, SUMMER WEATHER.

UM, WE'VE, UH, ENGAGED RECENTLY WITH, UH, E M S ON, UM, PUTTING OUT MESSAGING IN THE, IN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT SOME OF THE EXTREME HEAT THAT WE'VE BEEN EXPERIENCING.

UH, WE'VE KIND OF WORKED TOGETHER TO PUT OUT MESSAGING AS WELL ABOUT, UH, HOW TO, HOW PEOPLE SHOULD PROTECT THEMSELVES, UH, DURING SOME OF THE TIMES, UH, THE, THE, THE, UM, HOT WEATHER, UH, TIMES THAT WE'RE SEEING RIGHT NOW.

WE'VE, UM, PUT TOGETHER, UH, SOME, UM, UM, OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO PROVIDE, TO RECEIVE COOLING, UH, WHICH HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL.

UM, WE HAVE A SITE RIGHT NOW, UH, AT THE INTERSECTION OF, UM, OH, AT REPUBLIC SQUARE PARK.

AND, UH, WE DID A JOINT MESSAGE THERE TO GET THE WORD OUT.

WE'VE ALSO DONE QUITE A BIT OF COLLABORATION WITH SOME OF THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING THE LIBRARY, UM, DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS THE, UM, PARKS DEPARTMENT ON, UH, PLACES WHERE PEOPLE CAN GO TO FIND RELIEF.

UM, OBVIOUSLY, UH, WILDFIRE DANGER BEING, UH, WHAT IT IS RIGHT NOW.

WE PUT OUT MESSAGING AROUND THAT AS WELL.

SO, UH, THAT'S ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY WHERE WE ENGAGE WITH A F D TO TALK ABOUT, UH, SOME OF THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE PAYING ATTENTION TO.

UM, AND ANYTIME WE MODIFY, MODIFY ANY OF OUR PLANS, UM, ALL OF THE DEPARTMENTS COME TOGETHER AND THEY'RE PART OF THOSE, UH, DECISIONS.

SO THEY'RE NOT MADE IN A VACUUM.

WE MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE INCLUSIVE OF THAT.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE STANDING, UM, SPOCK OR POINT OF CONTACT MEETINGS WITH, UH, FOLKS FROM AROUND THE CITY.

UH, THOSE HAPPEN ON A REGULAR BASIS SO THAT, UH, WE MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE'S UP TO DATE, UH, ANY REVIEWS OF ANY MATERIALS OR CHANGES, UH, THOSE ARE BEING DONE, UH, COLLABORATIVELY.

UM, SOMETHING THAT WE'VE STARTED RECENTLY IS WE HAVE 10, UH, EMERGENCY PREP PREPAREDNESS POP-UP EVENTS.

UH, AND WE DO THOSE THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

WE'VE DONE MOST OF THEM RECENTLY AT, UH, PUBLIC LIBRARIES.

UH, AND IT'S IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ALL OF THE OTHER, UM, PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENTS.

AND WE ALL, UH, STAFF TABLES AT THOSE EVENTS.

WE PROVIDE INFORMATION FOR THE COMMUNITIES, UM, JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE ARE A RESOURCE, UH, IN HELPING THEM, UH, INCREASE THEIR RESILIENCE AND PREPAREDNESS.

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THE NEXT QUESTION WAS QUESTION NUMBER TWO.

UH, HOW DOES HESO SUPPORT AND STRENGTHEN COLLABORATION AMONG DIFFERENT SAFETY ENTITIES IN THE CITY AND THEN ALSO OUTSIDE OF THE CITY? UM, SO WE HAVE SOMETHING CALLED A BIG FIVE CALL, UH, AND THAT IS THE AUSTIN, UH, TRAVIS COUNTY, UM, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, UM, AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND ALSO AUSTIN, I S D.

UM, AND SO WHEN THAT CALL ORIGINALLY STARTED, IT WAS A WINTER WEATHER CALL, UH, AND IT WAS TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF THE PLAYERS ARE ON THE SAME PAGE FOR HOW WE WOULD MOVE FORWARD IN RESPONSE.

UM, BUT RECENTLY WE'VE USED THAT, UH, ALSO, UH, FOR HEAT AGAIN, UH, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPACTS, UH, OF HEAT AND, UH, THAT WE'RE GETTING THE APPROPRIATE MESSAGING OUT FOR PEOPLE, UM, UM, AS THEY MOVE ABOUT THEIR DAY.

UM, WE PARTICIPATE IN, UH, ONE FULL SCALE EXERCISE THROUGH, UH, CAP COG.

UM, ANYTIME WE HAVE AN EVENT, WE ALSO GO THROUGH OUR AFTER ACTION REPORTS.

WE DISCUSS WHAT WENT WELL, UM, AND WHAT CAN BE APPROVED.

WE ARE DIRECT PARTNERS WITH TRAVIS COUNTY.

UM, IN FACT, WE HAVE, UH, FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW, OUR OFFICES ARE RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER.

UM, WE PARTNER WITH, UH, HAYES COUNTY AND WILLIAMSON COUNTY AND OTHER ENTITIES THROUGHOUT THE, UH, THROUGHOUT THE AREA.

NEXT SLIDE.

UM, COMMUNICATION AND COORDINATION.

UM, HOW DOES HESO ENSURE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS, UM, BETWEEN VARIOUS PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES DURING EMERGENCIES AND OR CRITICAL EVENTS? SO, UM, DURING E O C ACTIVATIONS, UM, WE, UH, BRING ALL OF THE, UH, PLAYERS TO THE E O C.

UM, EVERYONE SENDS STAFF TO THE E O C SO THAT WE DIRECT, WE COORDINATE DIRECTLY WITH THEM, AND THEY'RE ABLE TO GET MESSAGING TO AND FROM THEIR RESPECTIVE DEPARTMENTS OR TO THEIR RESPECTIVE PEOPLE AS THEY PERFORM THEIR WORK.

UM, AND OF COURSE, UH, AS, AS PART OF THE E O C ACTIVATION, EVERY 12 HOURS, WE PROVIDE A SITUATION REPORT UPDATE, UM, JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT, UM, PEOPLE WHO COMING INTO WORK UNDERSTAND WHAT'S HAPPENED WITHIN THE LAST 12 HOUR OPERATIONAL PERIOD.

AND, UH, AND ALSO TO BE ABLE TO GET THAT INFORMATION OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY SO THAT IT'S TIMELY AND RELEVANT.

QUESTION NUMBER FOUR, HOW DOES HEUN FACILITATE INFORMATION SHARING, UH, AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION AMONG PUBLIC SAFETY ENTITIES DURING BOTH ROUTINE OPERATIONS AND LARGE SCALE EMERGENCIES? SO, UM, NEXT SLIDE.

I'M SORRY.

UM, SO, UH, HES DURING NORMAL OPERATIONS, THE RESPECTIVE PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES OPERATE AS USUAL.

SO, UH, WE'VE TALKED ABOUT, UH, SOME OF THE METHODOLOGIES THAT WE USE FOR ENGAGING THERE.

UM, BUT DURING AN ACTIVATION, UM, HESSON WORKS FROM A SET OF OBJECTIVES TO CREATE AN APPROPRIATE RESPONSE.

UM, SOME OF THE TOOLS THAT WE USE INCLUDE, UH, WEB, E O C, UM, AND THAT IS A, UH, WEB, UH, DATABASE THAT, UH, MOST OF THE, UM, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ENTITIES AROUND THE STATE USE FOR, UH, STORING OR COLLECTING OR OR SHARING INFORMATION.

WE USE, UH, EVERBRIDGE AS NOTED HERE IN THE SLIDE.

UM, AND THEN A COUPLE OF OTHER, UM, PLATFORMS AS WELL.

UM, ANY ACTIVITIES THAT ARE AL NOT ALREADY COORDINATED THROUGH AN M O U WITH OTHER AGENCIES, WE WOULD HELP COORDINATE THOSE.

SO IF THERE'S A, A GAP IN INFORMATION OR A GAP IN RESOURCES, UM, WE WOULD, WE WOULD WORK TO CLOSE THAT GAP.

UM, ONE THAT COMES TO MIND FROM RECENT MEMORY, UH, IS, UH, WITH WINTER STORM MARA, UM, AS EVERYONE REMEMBERS, UM, THERE WAS QUITE A BIT OF TREE DEBRIS, UH, DOWN ALL OVER THE PLACE.

UH, AND WE WORKED TO BRING IN THE, UH, TEXAS, UH, SERVICE, UH, CHAINSAW TEAM TO HELP, UH, SUPPORT THE CITY OF AUSTIN WITH, UH, REMOVAL OF TREE DEBRIS FROM AROUND THE CITY.

UM, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, QUESTION NUMBER FIVE.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

UM, HOW DOES SCIM LEVERAGE TECHNOLOGY AND DATA TO ENHANCE COORDINATION AND RESPONSE SUFFERERS AMONG DIFFERENT PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES? UM, WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WEB B O C, UM, TEAMS HAS BEEN, UH, MICROSOFT TEAMS HAS BEEN A NEW TOOL, UH, OBVIOUSLY THAT CAME ABOUT THROUGH COVID, UM, UH, DURING THE COVID PERIOD, BUT IT HAS BECOME A TOOL THAT A LOT OF FOLKS ARE USING TO MOVE INFORMATION QUICKLY, UM, AND TO BE ABLE TO SHARE INFORMATION ACROSS ENTITIES.

AND I THINK THAT'S BEEN ONE OF THE BENEFITS THAT WE'VE LEARNED ABOUT TEAMS. UM, TYPICALLY, UH, MOST CITIES WOULD'VE HAD THEIR OWN SYSTEMS AND, UH, WE WOULD'VE FOUND, UH, YOU KNOW, WORKAROUNDS TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN, BUT TEAMS MAKES IT A LITTLE BIT MORE SEAMLESS.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, EVERBRIDGE, UH, AND WE USE THAT AS A, THROUGH OUR REVERSE 9 1 1 PUBLIC INFORMATION SYSTEM, UH, TO PUSH, UH, PEOPLE OUT.

AND THEN WE ALSO USE THE STATE

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OF TEXAS EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE REGISTRY OR STEER, UM, TO HELP, UH, IDENTIFY PEOPLE WHO ARE MOVING.

IT WAS ORIGINALLY STARTED AS A COASTAL EVACUATION SUPPORT TOOL.

UM, AND THAT'S BEING EXPANDED NOW.

UH, THERE WAS A HOUSE BILL, UH, PASSED RECENTLY THAT MANDATED THAT EVERYONE START TO MIGRATE TO AND USE THAT SYSTEM.

UM, SO THAT'S ONE OF THE TOOLS THAT I THINK YOU WILL SEE MORE PROMINENTLY FEATURED, UM, AS PART OF THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, UM, PORTFOLIO.

NEXT QUESTION.

UM, QUESTION NUMBER SIX.

HOW DOES HS IM ACTIVELY INVOLVE OTHER PUBLIC AGENCIES, UH, SAFETY AGENCIES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.

SO, UM, HS A INVOLVES ANYTIME THERE'S, UM, ANY SORT OF NEED.

UM, THE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES ARE INCLUDED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PLANS.

WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT, UM, BEFORE.

UM, SOME GOOD EXAMPLES OF THAT ARE, UM, WE HAVE ONE NOW CALLED THE CRISP, OR THE, UM, COMMUNITY RESILIENCE IMPROVEMENT STATUS PORTAL.

UM, AND THAT IS A TOOL WHERE WE STORE INFORMATION RELATED TO, UM, PAST INCIDENTS, UM, THAT WE CAN USE TO GO IN AND SEE HOW WE DID, UH, LEARN, UH, LESSONS FROM, UM, SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE MAY HAVE HEARD FROM AROUND THE, UH, AROUND THE CITY AND AROUND THE, THE REGION IF IT'S APPLICABLE.

UM, WE ALSO USE OUR COOP PLANS.

UM, THAT'S OUR CONTINUITY OF OPERATION PLANS.

UM, AS PART OF, UM, THE, UH, PROCESS FOR UNDERSTANDING, UH, HOW WE WILL CONDUCT BUSINESS IF WE FIND OURSELVES IN A SITUATION WHERE SOME OF OUR SYSTEMS ARE COMPROMISED OF THOSE ARE OUR PARTNERS, UH, WE USE THOSE PLANS TO CONTINUE, UH, TO HELP US BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THOSE SERVICES.

UH, EVEN IF THEY'RE COMPROMISED TO SOME DEGREE, WE STILL WANT TO BE, UH, ABLE TO PROVIDE SERVICES THROUGHOUT THE CITY, UM, AND RESPOND TO, UH, TO FOLKS AS APPROPRIATE.

SO, UM, NEXT SLIDE.

THAT IS IT.

ANY QUESTIONS? COMMISSIONER NOY, I KNOW THAT THIS WAS YOUR AGENDA ITEM.

WE HAD SOME QUESTIONS TO START US OFF.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, SIR.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO ASK HOW WE COULD BEST SUPPORT YOU AS A COMMISSION, UH, IN MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP, UH, FURTHER YOUR COLLABORATION WITHIN, UH, WITH, UH, FIRST RESPONDING AGENCIES.

YOU KNOW, I THINK THE COLLABORATION IS, AS I SAID, IT WORKS WELL.

UM, WE HAVE REALLY GOOD PARTNERSHIP HERE THROUGHOUT THE REGION.

UM, AND, UH, THE CITY PARTNERS WHO I, I WORK WITH AND ENGAGE WITH ON A REGULAR BASIS, UM, WE, WE ALL, UM, BRING WHATEVER, YOU KNOW, RESOURCES WE NEED TO BEAR TO, TO MOVE THE BAR.

UM, THE ONE THING I'VE SHARED WITH PEOPLE, AND HAVING ONLY BEEN AT HESSON FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS NOW, UM, I SHARED WITH PEOPLE IS THAT, YOU KNOW, IN OUR BUSINESS, UM, SUCCESS AND FAILURE IS OFTEN MEASURED IN, YOU KNOW, EITHER LIVES LOST OR SAVED, RIGHT? BUT THE THING THAT IS HARD FOR US IS LIVES THAT WE PREVENTED THE LOSS OF ARE HARD TO MEASURE AND QUANTIFY.

AND SO I THINK THE WORK TO BE DONE GOING FORWARD IS TO HELP PEOPLE REALIZE THE VALUE OF THE WORK THAT IS HAPPENING EVERY DAY.

UM, AND SO I THINK THAT'S KIND OF WHERE WE, WHERE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO MORE.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE'LL BE FOCUSED ON A LOT IS GETTING PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF, UH, PREPAREDNESS AND RESILIENCE.

UM, HAVING THEM UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW, WHAT IT MEANS TO BE PREPARED IN THEIR OWN HOME, IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES, AND, AND BEING ABLE TO LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER.

UM, BECAUSE, UM, DURING AN AN ACTIVATION, THERE MAY BE A PERIOD OF TIME WHERE, UM, IT TAKES, YOU KNOW, TIME TO COVER, UM, A CITY THIS SIZE.

YOU KNOW, AUSTIN'S A VERY LARGE CITY PHYSICALLY, UM, AND, UM, I THINK SOMETIMES PEOPLE FORGET THAT.

DO WE HAVE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? OH, COMMISSIONER BERNHARDT, UM, I, UH, JUST RECENTLY LEARNED ABOUT, UM, THE COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM PROGRAM IN TERMS OF TRAINING, UH, CIVILIANS IN, UM, EMERGENCY MEDICAL SKILLS AND, AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE SKILLS.

UM, ARE THERE THINGS THAT THE CITY AND THE COUNTY CAN BE DOING TO EXPAND ACCESS TO THAT TRAINING IN OUR AREA? YES.

I I THINK YOU'RE REFERRING TO THE CERT PROGRAM.

YES, SIR.

AND YES.

UM, YOU KNOW, IN FACT, WE'RE LOOKING AT EXPANDING THAT.

WE ALREADY HAVE A NUMBER OF INITIATIVES, UM, THAT WE ARE RUNNING AND MANAGING IN THAT SPACE.

UM, BUT THE CERT TEAM IS, UM, THE CERT PROGRAM IS, UM, ONE OF THE PROGRAMS THAT I THINK, UM, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE UNDERSTAND.

AND SO IT'S A COMMON PLATFORM IS A COMMON, UH, LESSON PLAN.

AND SO WE ARE, WE'RE LOOKING AT REESTABLISHING THE CERT PLAN HERE AS WELL.

UM, AUSTIN HAD THE PROGRAM, UH, BEFORE AND WE'RE LOOKING AT BRINGING THAT BACK.

I HAD A COUPLE OF VERY LAYMAN QUESTIONS ABOUT ACRONYMS THAT YOU USED.

, UM, UH, E O C I'M ASSUMING

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IS THE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER.

YES.

MY APOLOGIES FOR THAT QUESTION, RIGHT? JUST FOR EVERYBODY THAT'S LISTENING ALONG.

YEAH.

UM, THERE WAS ALSO M O U IF YOU COULD LET WHAT MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING.

OKAY.

AND SO BASICALLY THINK OF IT AS AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN AGENCIES WHERE WE AGREED, AGREED TO PROVIDE SOME SORT OF SERVICE OR SOME SORT OF SUPPORT.

UM, AND SO IT'S JUST A, UM, UM, SOFT FORMAL, IF YOU WILL, UM, AGREEMENT TO SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER.

THEN I THINK THERE WAS ONE MORE, WHICH WAS THE, THE CAP COG THAT YOU MADE REFERENCE TO? YEAH, THAT'S THE CAPITAL AREA GOVERNANCE, UM, UM, GROUP.

AND, UM, IT IS, UH, KIND OF LIKE THE, THE STATE AGE, UH, THE REGIONAL AGENCY THAT, YOU KNOW, UM, KIND OF COORDINATES A LOT OF THE ACTIVITIES THAT, YOU KNOW, WE PUT TOGETHER ACROSS, UM, THE DIFFERENT CITIES AND COUNTIES AND, AND SO IT ALLOWS US TO HAVE A COMMON OPERATING PLATFORM AND FRAMEWORK.

ALRIGHT.

I'M JUST GONNA MAKE SURE ONLINE, COMMISSIONER SMITH, I DIDN'T WANNA FORGET ABOUT YOU IF YOU HAD ANY QUESTIONS OR ANYONE ELSE JUST I DID, I WAS WONDERING IF THERE WERE COMMUNITY BRIEFINGS FOR CHRIS OR ANY COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN THE METHODOLOGY BY WHICH YOU SURMISED CRISP.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? YEAH.

SO, SO CRISP TOOL IS NEW.

UM, A LOT OF INFORMATION IS STILL BEING LOADED INTO CRISP, UH, RIGHT NOW.

UM, AS FAR AS MOVING OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY AND SHARING THAT INFORMATION, WE'RE WORKING ON THAT PLAN.

SOME OF THAT'S HAPPENING THROUGH, UH, SOME OF THE OTHER ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE'RE DOING, UM, PROBABLY MORE INFORMALLY, BUT WE CERTAINLY WANNA MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT THEY HAVE, UM, THE, THE CRISPUS PUBLIC FACING AND THEY HAVE ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION THAT IS IN THE CRISP TOOL.

UM, LIKE I SAID, IT'S FAIRLY NEW.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'VE HEARD IS THAT IT'S A LITTLE CONFUSING AND SO WE'RE WORKING ON, UM, IMPROVING THE TOOL SO THAT PEOPLE HAVE AN EASIER TIME FINDING WHAT THEY'RE LOOKING FOR, UM, WHEN THEY TRY TO USE THE TOOL TO GAIN INFORMATION.

AND A QUICK FOLLOW UP QUESTION, IF YOU CAN JUST EXPLAIN WHAT THAT TOOL IS FOR ALL OF US? YEAH.

IT'S A REPOSITORY FOR, UM, YOU KNOW, INFORMATION.

SO WHAT I, I'LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE.

SO RIGHT NOW, UM, THE, UM, INFORMATION THAT WE GLEANED FROM WINTER STORM MARA, IT'S BEING LOADED INTO THAT TOOL.

UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENS FROM TIME TO TIME IS THAT, YOU KNOW, WE TALK ABOUT LESSONS LEARNED AND HOW DO WE, UM, HOW DO WE USE THOSE AND MAKE SURE THOSE LESSONS LEARNED ARE AVAILABLE SO THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY DON'T LIVE AND DIE WITH AN INDIVIDUAL.

THERE'S A SYSTEM IN PLACE TO HOLD THAT INFORMATION SO THAT WE CAN SEE THAT.

UM, AND IT DOESN'T RELY ON ME TO BE IN MY SEAT OR ANYONE ELSE.

UH, IT'S THERE FOR EVERYONE AS A RESOURCES AND, AND AS A TOOL.

SO, UM, THAT'S WHAT THAT IS.

AND I BELIEVE COMMISSIONER IWIN, YOU HAD ANOTHER QUESTION? YEAH, DIRECTOR, I AL I KNOW YOU'VE ONLY BEEN THERE FOR A FEW MONTHS, UM, BUT I WAS WONDERING IN TERMS OF THE PAST TWO WINTER STORMS OR PAST THREE WINTER STORMS, UM, IS, IT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WITH, UM, ALL OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES ABOUT, UM, SIMILAR TO THE AUTO AID, UM, CHIEF WAS TALKING ABOUT EARLIER.

ARE, ARE YOU SETTING UP ANY TYPES OF MOUS OR AGREEMENTS WHERE, UM, IF OUR RESOURCES ARE OVERWHELMED HERE IN AUSTIN, THAT WE HAVE RESOURCES FROM OUTSIDE THAT WE CAN UTILIZE? UH, WE, WE DO HAVE SOME OF THOSE IN PLACE.

UM, SOME OF THOSE HAPPEN THROUGH THE ACTIVATION AT THE E O C, UM, THEY WOULD BE CALLED MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS.

AND SO THAT'S A, THAT'S A, A NATURAL PART OF THE INCIDENT COMMAND STRUCTURE.

AND SO, UM, WE DO HAVE THOSE, WE RELY ON THOSE AND WE'LL USE THOSE AS NEEDED.

UM, UM, FOR SURE.

SO, UM, I'M NOT SURE IF THAT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION, BUT, UM, WE DO HAVE THE ABILITY TO SPIN UP MUTUAL AID AGREEMENTS, UM, WHETHER SUPPORTING, YOU KNOW, WITH DEBRIS CLEANUP OR OTHER THINGS THAT MAY BE HAPPENING, UM, YOU KNOW, UH, THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

COMMISSIONER KOFF IN REGARDS TO THE CERT TRAINING, UH, COUNCILWOMAN KELLY DID HOST A CERT TRAINING AT OUR FIRE STATION LAST WEEKEND, SO I GUESS THEY'RE UP AND GOING.

SO I DON'T KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY MORE SCHEDULED OR NOT.

UM, THERE IS A SCHEDULE AVAILABLE ON THE NATIONAL WEBSITE.

UM, I'M JUST CONCERNED THAT, YOU KNOW, I'VE BEEN ON THIS COMMISSION FOR I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY YEARS NOW.

UM, AND, AND I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IT.

SO, UM, THAT IT BE MORE PUBLICIZED AND THAT WE KNOW WE DO AN EFFORT TO REALLY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GET START TRAINING, UM, BECAUSE I MEAN, I, WE'RE ALREADY KIND OF USED TO THIS IN TEXAS, BUT THERE ARE GONNA BE COMMUNITIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS THAT EMERGENCY RESPONDERS AREN'T GONNA GET TO VERY QUICKLY.

UM, AND IF, IF SOME OF YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE TRAINED IN EMERGENCY RESPONSE, IT'S JUST GONNA BE A BETTER SCENE.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

UM, AND WITH THAT, THANK YOU, UM, FOR COMING AND UM, JOINING US.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT.

OKAY.

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AND OUR NEXT ITEM IS ITEM

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

FIVE WHERE WE'RE GONNA BE TALKING ABOUT, UM, JUST THE, THE UPCOMING BUDGET, UM, AND A POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION.

I BELIEVE WE DO HAVE A COUPLE OF PUBLIC SPEAKERS THAT I HAVE SIGNED UP HERE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADDITIONAL MS. JACKSON? I DO NOT HAVE ANY.

ANYONE ELSE? OKAY.

SO IF I COULD HAVE, UH, MARSHALL, CATHERINE AND CHRIS, IS IT ZEAL OR ZEAL? ZEBO ZEAL.

UM, IF I COULD HAVE YOU GUYS COME UP, UM, AND I WILL LET YOU GUYS DECIDE WHO WANTS TO GO FIRST.

RIGHT THERE, THERE YOU GO.

YOU ARE WE ON? OKAY, UM, I'LL START.

UM, MY NAME'S MARSHALL COTRAN.

I'M CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER FOR THE TRAVIS COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY REPRESENTING 4,000 PLUS PHYSICIANS IN IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, T C M S IS SHORT FOR TRAVIS COUNTY MEDICAL SIDE.

T C M SS HAS, UH, A LONGSTANDING COM