Fire Prevention Week:
Practice your escape plan

Posted Oct. 10, 2019 — City of Fort Worth —

Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 6-12, is a week during which the Fort Worth Fire Department encourages families to practice their emergency escape plan. Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire.

Home Fire Drill Day is held on Oct. 13. Everyone, even children, need to know the family escape plan in case of a fire. The National Fire Protection Association indicates that 71% of Americans have a home fire escape plan, but only 47% have practiced it.

Practice your fire drill with everyone in the house at night and during the day, twice a year. Remember to:

  • Practice getting out with your eyes closed, crawling low to the floor and keeping your mouth covered.
  • Practice closing doors behind you.
  • Practice how to “stop, drop and roll” if your clothes catch on fire.
  • Practice testing door handles to see if they are hot before opening them.
  • Teach children never to hide during a fire, and how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.

Establish the "meeting place" after getting out of the house.


Stay vigilant for presence of emerald ash borer bugs

Posted Oct. 4, 2019 — City of Fort Worth —



Emerald ash borer has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in North America.

Reports in North Texas should be on the lookout for the emerald ash borer, a pest that has infested and killed ash trees in the Eagle Mountain Lake area and in other parts of Tarrant County during the past several years.

All species of ash are susceptible to this destructive insect. Infested trees die within two to five years after infestation. Urban tree canopy inventories estimate that ash trees make up about 5 percent of the Dallas-Fort Worth urban forest.

“There is no known stop to this epidemic,” said Texas A&M Forest Service urban forester Courtney Blevins. “But we can help communities minimize loss, diversify their tree species and contribute to the health and resiliency of their urban forests.”

Texas A&M Forest Service has resources available to help affected communities identify signs of emerald ash borer infestation and symptoms that trees may display, as well as make decisions about preventative measures they can take and tree management and removal.

Learn more about the emerald ash borer on Texas A&M Forest Service’s website. To report emerald ash borers, call 866-322-4512.

PD officer praised for role in hostage situation

Posted Oct. 10, 2019

Fort Worth Police Officer D.C. Lancaster was inducted into the Saves Club for his brave actions on July 18 during a standoff on Broadmoor Drive.

During the call, a 19- year-old man armed with a handgun held two hostages in an apartment and refused to surrender or release the hostages. Lancaster was the primary officer attempting to communicate with the suspect, who soon begin firing shots at officers. A bullet pierced the door, striking a Safariland Protech Assault II ballistic shield Lancaster was holding.

The Saves Club honors officers who, during the line of duty, experience a life-threatening incident in which their Safariland Group armor or gear contributed to saving their lives. These heroes become advocates for the law enforcement community, expressing the importance of wearing body armor and providing safety tips derived from their own experience.

Safariland presented FWPD with a ballistic shield to replace the equipment that was compromised during the July incident.

Fort Worth names Complete Count Committee members for
 2020 Census


The 2020 Census provides an opportunity for everyone to be counted. State and local governments, community-based organizations, faith-based groups, schools, businesses, the media and others play a key role in developing partners to educate and motivate Fort Worth residents to participate in the 2020 Census.

When community members are informed, they are more likely to respond to the census. Through collaborative partnerships, the U.S. Census Bureau and community leaders can reach the shared goal of counting everyone in 2020.


Members of the Fort Worth Complete Count Committee:

Angela B. Rainey, community volunteer.

Brent Peterson, Faith Cabinet.

Rebecca Montgomery, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, chair of Business Committee.

Carlos Flores, Fort Worth City Council, Co-Chair.

Kelly Allen-Gray, Fort Worth City Council, Co-Chair.

Margaret Ritsch, Fort Worth Housing Solutions.

Karen Molinar, Fort Worth Independent School District, Chair of Education Committee.

Bill Ayer, Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors.

Anette Landeros, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Lisa Padilla, JPS.

Mattie Parker, Fort Worth Mayor and Council, Chair of Government Committee.

Dee Jennings, Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce.

Estella Williams, NAACP, Chair of Community-Based Committee.

Garrett March, North Texas Community Foundation.

Richard Casarez, Oncor Electric.

Carlos Ramos, Refuge Church.

Chandler Merritt, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley’s Office.

Pamela Young, Tarrant County Coalition for Community Oversight.

Lauren King, Tarrant County Continuum of Care-Tarrant County Homelessness Coalition.

Sal Espino, Trinity Metro.

Norma Garcia-Lopez, United Fort Worth.

Leah King, United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County.

Felicitas Cadena, Univision, Chair of Media Committee.

Ryan Oliver, Visit Fort Worth.

Judy McDonald, Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County.


To learn more, contact Fort Worth Communication & Public Engagement Director Michelle Gutt.


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