Houston Firefighters Equipped with Post-Fire Decontamination Kits to Fight Cancer Risk

Jun 12, 2019
Each kit includes a 5-gallon bucket, scrub brushes, detergents, hoses and spray bottles to help firefighter remove soot from their gear.
A Media Availability on this topic with Chief Peña is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 2pm.  1801 Smith 7th Floor.  Please,  RSVP Sheldra.brigham@houstontx.gov
 HOUSTON-  Houston firefighters can now start the process of removing soot and other possible cancer-causing chemicals from their work gear while in the field.  All HFD engines have been issued post- fire decontamination kits.  The new decontamination kits allow for fast removal of soot and will also help prevent fire crews from tracking chemicals into their trucks, fire station and into or onto their personal belongings and eventually into their homes.A study done by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shows firefighters are nine percent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer than the general population. They also have a 14 percent higher risk of dying from cancer.  Completing on-scene gross decontamination immediately upon exiting the fire ground has shown an 85% reduction of fire ground contaminates from firefighters work gear.  “With the increased use of plastics and synthetics in modern day buildings firefighters are more likely to encounter exposure to toxins.  Using decontamination methods in the field can play an integral role in preventing some of the cancer risks that firefighters face.  The HFD is committed to creating a safe and healthy work environment for Houston firefighters.  These kits are one component along with gear washers and diesel exhaust removal systems,” Sam Pena, Fire Chief. 
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Washers to Remove Toxins from Gear headed to 20 Houston Fire Stations

Jun 12, 2019
Specialized Washers that Remove Toxins from Gear are being Installed in 20 Houston Fire Stations
Firefighters will now be able to deep clean their bunker gear at district fire stations throughout the city. 

HOUSTON- As part of the Houston Fire Department’s  Health and Safety Initiative, Fire Chief Sam Peña is announcing the addition of commercial strength gear washing machines for 20 district fire stations. These extractors or “gear washers” are currently being installed and will enable firefighters to deep clean their gear after an incident.  

In eras past, it was considered a badge of honor to wear “seasoned” equipment. Today, however, we understand the risks firefighters face due to harmful carcinogens. Plastics and synthetics are more common in today’s households, making residential fires more dangerous due to an increase in toxic and carcinogenic combustion products. Unsafe contaminants and dangerous smoke particulates easily penetrate turnout gear and are promptly absorbed within the fabric. That’s why gear extractors are so important. 

Advanced cleaning is best accomplished with a minimum 30-lb-capacity washer extractor with fully programmable controls—including water-temperature control and a 100 g-force extraction setting. This meets today’s requirements while allowing the flexibility to ensure adherence to future requirements. Nationwide, fire departments large and small are focusing increasingly on cancer prevention in response to studies showing firefighters contract cancer at higher rates than the population at large.
“The health and safety of our firefighters is of the upmost importance.  It’s critical that we invest in equipment that is beneficial to their well-being.  The addition of commercial extractors to remove toxins from bunker gear is one part of that investment. It’s our goal to install extractors in every Houston fire station,” says Chief Peña.

These 20 extractors were funded through community donations.  The HFD is working to purchase additional extractors. 
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Mayor announces Safer Streets progress at site of pedestrian fatalities

Jun 12, 2019
Mayor Turner dedicated street safety work to the memory of Jesus “Jesse” Perez and Lesha Adams, who were were struck and killed as Adams helped Perez across a Heights area street. With him were Perez’s brother Dennis Perez, right, and Adams’ widow, Stefanie Marsh left, her children and her mother.

HOUSTON – Sparked by the deaths of two pedestrians crossing a street in the Heights area in March, Mayor Sylvester Turner today announced the completion of new street safety projects and plans for more as part of the city’s Safe Streets initiative.

With the pedestrians’ survivors looking on, the mayor reported the citywide upgrades and activated a newly installed traffic signal at North Shepherd Drive and West 10th Street, where the pair was killed. In her Good Samaritan style, Lesha White, 54, was driving with her daughters March 30 when she saw Jesus “Jesse” Perez struggling to cross the intersection in a wheelchair. She pulled over and was helping Perez when another vehicle struck the pair.

“Just because (Houston Public Works) upgraded this intersection does not mean we will forget Lesha Adams and Jesus Perez,” Mayor Turner said. “And just because we made this intersection safer for pedestrians and everyone else does not mean we need another horrific accident to take place before we improve other intersections.”

The city streamlined the way it addresses reports of dangerous intersection as of the mayor’s April 11 news conference at the site. As a result, Public Works made traffic light repairs, wheelchair ramp installations and other improvements at many of the 667 intersections reported by the public in the last two months.

As a symbol of the work underway, Mayor Turner today turned on the new pedestrian-activated traffic signal at the Shepherd intersection. The survivors and others then joined the mayor as he crossed the street.

Also since April 11, the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities logged and relayed to Public Works 20 requests for pedestrian access reviews, four times the usual amount. And Metro removed a bus stop three blocks south of the intersection to make it safer for bus riders to cross the street at stops.

Mayor Turner announced today that the city is joining the national Vision Zero network designed to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. He emphasized the network’s principles, including that all roadway fatalities are preventable.

Police Chief Art Acevedo, Metro board chair Carrin Patman, Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen, Public Works Director Carol Haddock and Office of People with Disabilities Director Maria Towns joined Mayor Turner to urge drivers to be more aware of pedestrians and cyclists.

“As the city doubles down on making streets safer for everyone, we always need residents, especially drivers, to work with us,” the mayor said. “Please take care, look out for your fellow Houstonians who are on foot, and avoid distractions such as cell phone use.”
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Helicóptero se desploma en Manhattan, Nueva York

Jun 10, 2019

Nueva York, NY-Hoy lunes 10 de Junio , después del mediodía en el área de Midtown de la Ciudad de Nueva York se desplomó un helicóptero , según fuentes oficiales el piloto trató de hacer un aterrizaje forzoso en un área restringida de la ciudad.

Al parecer alguna falla y lo nublado del clima fue la causante de que se desplomó en un edificio que se encuentra ubicado en la calle 51th St y la séptima Avenida.

Sólo hubo una baja, la del piloto así bomberos, ambulancias y las autoridades acudieron a la escena para investigar lo sucedido.

El Alcalde Di Blasio informó en una rueda de prensa que se descartó la posibilidad de un acto terrorista sino un accidente aéreo .

Las autoridades advirtieron al público no pasar por el área de lo ocurrido por su seguridad hasta que los diferentes departamentos de emergencia terminen sus investigaciones.

BereaVision/Nueva York
Cesar Escamilla

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Nine Houston Fire Stations Receive Technology to Remove Harmful Fumes

Jun 10, 2019

 Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña’s efforts to improve the health and safety of firefighters is in high gear with the installation of nine additional diesel exhaust removal systems in Houston fire stations. Due to the extremely busy emergency response system in Houston firefighters are exposed to vehicle fumes on a routine basis. When these vehicles are started, the exhaust infiltrates the living and sleeping areas of the fire stations that are staffed around the clock. Before Chief Pena implemented a department-wide health and safety initiative only one fire station out of 94 was equipped with exhaust removal systems . That number is now up to ten and includes stations 7,8, 9,16,21,25,51,28,60, and 31. Six more installations have been scheduled for stations 39,46,56,58,68, and 73. These are the busiest fire stations in the city and are responsible for deployment to a quarter of HFD’s emergencies. Approximately 600 of HFD’s firefighters are assigned to these stations.  These systems will provide a healthier and safer work environment for Houston’s busiest first responders. 

In 2017, the HFD applied to FEMA for an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to begin modernizing and installing vehicle exhaust capture and removal systems. In July of 2018, the HFD was awarded the grant in the amount of $703,914, with a grant match obligation of $70,391.  Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston City Council approved the matching funds. 

There are still 78 fire stations that remain in need of vehicle exhaust systems. With an average cost of $80,000 per station, the retrofitting of the remaining fire stations will cost approximately $6,240,000.

“We are making great progress with the installation of a vehicle exhaust systems in our fire stations. But we still have work to do. Installing this equipment in each of our 94 fire stations is essential to creating a healthy and safe working environment for our employees. I appreciate the Mayor and the Houston City Council’s commitment and continued support of this initiative,” Sam Peña, Fire Chief.

The HFD will continue to pursue grant opportunities in forwarding its health and safety initiative with the plan to modernize 15 additional fire stations in calendar year 2019-2020.

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Lic. Lumarie Maldonado Cruz, latina que busca en las próximas votaciones postularse como Jueza de la Corte Civil de Queens New York

Jun 9, 2019

Queens, Nueva York-Junio 7, 2019 Lic. Lumarie Maldonado Cruz,  latina que busca en las  próximas votaciones para tomar el  puesto de Jueza de  la Corte Civil de Queens New York.

En su opinión dijo que de acuerdo a los reportes de la oficina del Alcalde, las estadísticas de encarcelamientos por crímenes menores se dan más en el Condado de Queens que otro condado de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

Lo cual es necesario que alguien de nuestra Comunidad nos represente y revise el sistema Legal que en ocasiones puede ser injusto para nuestras Comunidades, Según la Visión de la abogada para tomar este puesto es hacer uso de su experiencia, si fuera la Jueza!!,  hacer uso de  la discreción para esta clase de casos dictaminados  a los sentenciados con  un  juicio justo, sabio que no se tomen las resoluciones de acuerdo al sistema de legal.

Tampoco  haya una discriminación racial , estatus sino  que después que el Juez revise los hechos, si es posible le designen a estos individuos otras alternativas para estos cumplan con programas que los llevan a regresar como miembros de la Comunidad y no sean marginados con record criminal que los aleja de sus comunidades de origen.

Bereavision/Nueva York.
Cesar Escamilla.

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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting at 7200 Capitol Street

Jun 7, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the shooting of a man at 7200 Capitol Street about 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday (June 5).  

The suspect, Hugo Penaflor (H/m, 18), is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 232nd State District Court.  He is accused in the shooting of Jesus Arizu, 20, who was transported to an area hospital in an unknown condition.  

A booking photo of Penaflor is attached to this news release.  

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers Z. Brumley and M. Althaus reported: 

Mr. Arizu got into a confrontation with Penaflor over a bicycle.  After the confrontation, Penaflor later found Arizu near the above address and exited his vehicle armed with a pellet gun.  Penaflor then shot Arizu multiple times and fled the scene.

Paramedics transported Arizu to the hospital.  Penaflor was located in the 100 block of Dresden and taken into custody without incident.  
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting Incident at 2720 South Kirkwood Road

Jun 7, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in a shooting incident at 2720 South Kirkwood Road about 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday (June 4).  

The suspect, Adam Jonathan Collins (b/m, 49), is charged with aggravated assault of a family member and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 179th State District Court.  A booking photo of Collins is attached to this news release.  

No one was injured in the shooting.  

HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division Officers A. Barker and M. Combs reported:  

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting at a parking lot at the above address and determined there had been a confrontation between Collins and his ex-girlfriend had gotten into a confrontation.  As the woman attempted to drive away, Collins repeatedly stopped his vehicle in front of her, causing her vehicle to strike his. Collins then fired a gun at his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle multiple times but did not strike her nor her 9-year-old son, who was a passenger in her vehicle,  Collins fled the scene.  He later met with officers, provided a statement and was subsequently arrested and charged. 
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Suspect Arrested, Charged in 2018 Fatal Stabbing at 3409 Cavalcade

Jun 7, 2019
Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal stabbing of a man at 3409 Cavalcade about 2 a.m. on November 27, 2018.  

The suspect, Felix Terriel Esset (b/m, 46), is charged with murder in the 184th State District Court.  He is accused in the death of James Taylor, 72, who died at St. Joseph’s Medical Center.  

A booking photo of Esset is attached to this news release.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Holbrook and Detective J. Roscoe reported:  

Two employees of a nightclub at the above address got into a dispute over fees paid to park cars outside the club.  One employee then stabbed the other..  The victim (Mr. Taylor) was transported by HFD paramedics to St Joseph’s Medical Center, where doctors pronounced him deceased on December 2.  Esset was detained at the scene and, following a preliminary investigation, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.  

Further investigation and an autopsy conducted by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences determined Taylor’s cause of death and charges were upgraded to murder today (June 5).  
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Suspects Arrested, Other Victims Sought In “Wobbly Wheel” Scam Investigation

Jun 2, 2019

Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in a two-month- long investigation into fraudulent activity know as the “wobbly wheel” scam in the southwest areas of Houston.  

One suspect, Sam Yonko (w/m, 31), also know as “Angel””, is charged with three counts of felony theft in the 209th State District Court.  A second suspect, Nick Stanley (w/m, 29), also known as “Michael”, is charged with two counts of theft in Harris County Criminal Court #11.  Booking photos of both suspects are attached to this news release.  

Yonko and Stanley were known to operate in the area of Westheimer Road from the 610 West Loop to State Highway 6, Richmond Avenue inside the 610 Loop, and South Main Street near Braeswood Boulevard. 

The suspects follow a victim and honk or yell that the front wheel of the victim’s vehicle was loose.  If the victim pulls over and off the roadway, the suspects convince the victim the wheel could be fixed with a vehicle part they happened to have with them.  The suspects then ask to be reimbursed for the part.  After “repairing” the wheel, the suspects drive the victim, in vehicles resembling a white Subaru, a silver Ford or tan Toyota Camry, to a bank or ask for payment in gift cards. 

The suspects seemed friendly and helpful, however, if a victim told them that he or she had no money or the price was too high, the suspects became forceful and even threatening.  

Further investigation identified Yonko and Stanley as the suspects in this case and on Tuesday (May 28), they were taken into custody without incident.  

Investigators believe there are more victims and are asking anyone who may have had contact with Sam ” Angel” Yonko or Nick “Michael” Stanley to contact the HPD Major Offenders Division at 713-308-3100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. 
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