Committee reviews list of fire truck rules

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 17, 2002

Austin Daily Herald

"Trust" seemed to be a central theme during Monday's Austin City Council fire committee meeting.

It was decided that Fire Chief Dan Wilson will submit a list of approved educational activities that would allow fire department vehicles to be used.

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Committee chair Jeanne Poppe then will review the list, which Wilson said he will submit by the end of the month.

Also, the committee reviewed a list in which emergency response vehicles can be used for official department business. They would include:

n response to department emergencies

n maintenance of the vehicles

n training activities

n approved fire safety education activities

n meals at restaurants for on-duty crew

n during severe winter weather, an on-duty crew may use a vehicle to pick up an employee coming on duty if the employee is unable to make it because of weather conditions

n emergency calls to employee's home, in which two different vehicles could be used for short-term usage

n scheduled breaks, in which department personnel could take the vehicles to a convenience store or restaurant

n civic parades and special events, including funerals of current or former firefighters.

Dan Fields can be reached at 434-2230 or by e-mail at