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City keeps Pearlanders safe with resident alerts

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PRESS RELEASE

The City of Pearland has migrated to an upgraded version of its Resident Alerts System, which is used to communicate with thousands of businesses and residents within minutes in an emergency.

To sign up to receive alerts, residents should visit pearlandtx.gov/alerts to self-register by providing the contact information they prefer. Messages can be sent to residents on any communication path desired – cell phone, home phone, email, text messaging, fax, pager, PDA and more – ensuring they receive life-saving emergency information and important public service announcements.

Through the system, the City of Pearland is able to alert residents about severe weather, fires, floods, toxic environmental issues and other emergencies. In addition, the City of Pearland uses the system to notify residents who opt in to receive traffic alerts, general city news and more.

“We have a commitment to our residents to protect them from any danger that threatens our community. The ability to reach all residents quickly during an emergency to warn them and provide guidance is critical to upholding that commitment,” said Roland Garcia, Emergency Management Coordinator.

“I encourage everyone to sign up for this service to stay connected and informed,” Garcia continued.

The City encourages every resident to sign up for this free service, in order to remain up-to-date in emergency situations. If a resident has previously subscribed to the system, they are still subscribed; however, they are encouraged to log in and update their information  and subscription preferences.

Sign up or review your account details at pearlandtx.gov/alerts.

Pearland mourns the loss of its first Accelerant Detection Canine

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Rest easy, Buddy. We’ll take it from here.

The City of Pearland is mourning the loss of their first arson-investigating canine, Buddy.

Buddy and his human, Deputy Fire Marshal Greg Bozdech, have worked more than one hundred arson investigations in Pearland and six surrounding counties.

Buddy, 7, received his five-year service award at the Pearland Fire Department Banquet on Feb. 27. He played a key role during fire prevention presentations at local schools, daycares and public events, reaching countless residents with life saving fire safety messages.

Buddy got suddenly sick on Wednesday (Mar. 9), and Bozdech had to make the heart-wrenching decision to stop Buddy’s suffering on Tuesday (Mar. 15). Buddy had been diagnosed with sudden-onset cancer.

“Greg and Buddy have done great PR for our department, and K9 Buddy will be missed,” said League City Volunteer Firefighter Kevin Kasten. Bozdech and Buddy volunteered for League City for many years.

“I already miss him,” said Bozdech. “It seems to be the little things, like his bed in the corner, that really get to me. He was a great and loyal partner.”

As the firefighters say, “Rest easy, Buddy. We’ll take it from here.”

City offers $1,000 for info on arsonist

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Call 281-997-4650 or email sdavison@pearlandtx.gov to report information.

Reminder: Fireworks Prohibited

10636573_914905545229652_4455324470834331793_oThe City of Pearland Fire Department would like to remind residents that open burning and the use of fireworks are strictly prohibited within the city limits of Pearland and surrounding Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, which includes all areas normally serviced by the Pearland Fire Department. The use of prohibited fireworks and open burning in these areas is a Class C misdemeanor carrying a fine upto $2000 per violation.

Any questions regarding illegal fireworks or open burning can be directed to Pearland Fire Marshal’s Office at 281.997.4650. To report illegal fireworks incidents, contact Pearland Police Department at 281.997.4316. To report open burning, dial 9-1-1.

For more information, please visit pearlandtx.gov/fireworkadvisory.

*Note: Fireworks are also prohibited in Pearland and Manvel ETJs

State, local fire marshals host discussion series

State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy

State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy

The State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) and the Pearland Fire Marshal’s Office hosted two discussions on Wednesday (April 22) at University of Houston-Clear Lake Pearland Campus, located at 1200 Pearland Pkwy.

The morning session was devoted to the Fire Marshal Discussion Series, which is an open discussion between local code enforcement officers and representatives from state agencies, such as the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Department of Family and Protective Services, the Department of Licensing and Regulation, Texas Commission on Fire Protection, and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The afternoon session contained the Fire Investigation Discussion Series, an informational series about current topics and trends in fire investigations, SFMO investigative services, and the SFMO’s role in fire investigations.

The morning opened with a welcome from State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy and Pearland Fire Marshal Roland Garcia. Representatives from Pearland, Alvin, Friendswood, Bellaire and Bryan Fire Departments were amongst the 50+ civil servants in attendance.

Connealy, who spent 26 years as a firefighter with Houston Fire and was the Chief for eight years at Cedar Park Fire, took over as Texas’ State Fire Marshal in June of 2012. One of the first things he noticed in his new position was the lack of communication between various agencies throughout the state.

“Everybody was in their own bubble,” said Connealy. “With these Discussion Series, it’s really about outreach. We want to bring in the various state agencies that have rules that impact local jurisdictions.

“Local municipalities are doing everything they can to stay on top of the latest technology, rules and regulations because the state agencies are here to clarify and answer questions. I feel it’s important to get out of Austin and bring information to different regions of the state,” Connealy added.

The SMFO, which is under the umbrella of the Texas Department of Insurance, takes the Discussion Series all around the state to cities such as Pflugerville, El Paso, Lubbock, Longview, Corpus Christi and the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.

“We give information on a different topic each year to local agencies and they get to ask questions. We all meet and get to know each other. We see each other out in the field. We’ve even had state agencies make some changes because of what’s come out of a Discussion Series,” said Connealy.

“Unfortunately, changes in fire codes develop over past tragedies, but we make changes to better serve Texans. The Code changed in 2003 to require sprinkler systems in multi-family housing (apartments). There were 143 apartment fire-related deaths between 2003 and 2014 in buildings that did not have sprinkler systems. Guess how many deaths there were during that same time period in buildings that were up to code? Zero!” Connealy said.

Garcia also is enthusiastic about community outreach. “We just got a new Community Outreach Coordinator, Raquel Garza,” he said. “She has basically doubled our outreach efforts.”

Garcia also mentioned that Arson Awareness Week is coming up the week of May 3 – 9. “Deputy Fire Marshal Greg Bozdech and his K9 Buddy are the only ADC Team (Accelerant Detection Canine) from Texas featured on the U.S. Fire Administration’s Arson Awareness Week website this year.

“One of the most rewarding parts of my career is working with canines. Hopefully, they will consider other Texas ADC Teams in the future because there are many great teams in the state. We’re really proud that Greg and Buddy were chosen this year,” Garcia said.

Bozdech and Buddy, a six-year-old Labrador retriever, serve fire investigations in Pearland and six surrounding counties. They have responded to more than 100 calls in four years, sniffing out possible accelerants. They are also active in fire prevention activities, promoting fire safety at public events.

To learn more about the State Fire Marshal’s Office, visit TDI.Texas.gov/Fire. For more information about Pearland’s Fire Marshal’s Office, visit PearlandTX.gov/Departments/Fire/Fire-Marshal. To view Deputy Fire Marshal Bozdech’s page on the USFA site, visit USFA.FEMA.gov/Prevention/Outreach/Canine/Team_Buddy.html.