NacChat Episode 27- Fired up about the new rescue truck!
Amy Mehaffey meets with Fire Chief, Keith Kiplinger, to discuss our new #CityofNac rescue truck! Keith explains how long each type of fire truck lasts, which trucks deploy to fires in Nacogdoches County, and how our local firefighters can help other communities through the TIFMAS program.
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Amy and Keith begin the podcast by catching up. Amy has been away for maternity leave and Keith has been fighting fires in California with the TIFMAS program. (00:25)
Keith tells us all about the new #CityofNac rescue truck. (2:31)
Join us downtown on Tuesday, September 18, to welcome their new truck-- Rescue 5! Kids will get to push the truck into it's new home at 4:30 PM.
Amy and Keith discuss how long each type of truck will last and what each truck is capable of doing. (2:48)
Have you ever wondered how our fire fighters decide which truck to take to a fire? Keith explains how each station operates during an emergency. (4:41)
Why do we have different types of fire trucks? Keith shares the different functions of regular fire engines and trucks used for forest fires. (6:17)
Who decides who goes when and where during a fire? (7:39)
In addition to being the #CityofNac Fire Chief, Keith is also the State Fire Mutual Aid Coordinator for the TIFMAS program. Listen to how we are able to partner with other communities for disaster relief. (13:45)
Keith talks about the California wildfires and how TIFMAS was able to help. This is the first time that this program has ever sent resources outside of Texas! (14:28)
Amy and Keith explain what is happening on September 18 to welcome the new truck to the station. This is a Nacogdoches tradition that you will not want to miss! (20:57)
The Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System was established by the Texas Legislature and provides all-hazard response with over 6,000 local firefighters.
The System is supported by cities, counties and special purpose districts throughout the State.
TIFMAS has responded to every major in-state disaster since 2008.
TIFMAS has deployed 51 strike teams to wildfires in Texas in 2018.
TIFMAS provided over 900 firefighters in support of Hurricane Harvey operations in 2017.
Amy Mehaffey began her work with the City of Nacogdoches in July 2015. Prior to this, she worked as a 4-H Specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. In this role she did marketing and promotion for the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program and served as the event coordinator for Texas 4-H Roundup, the agency’s largest event. Amy graduated in May 2015 with her PhD in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Sciences with an emphasis in youth development. During the pursuit of this degree she also received a certificate in Prevention Science and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Bush School of Government and Public Service. Previously, she completed a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Communications at Texas A&M University and a Bachelor’s of Science in the same field at Texas Tech University. Amy is also a freelance photographer and enjoys Texas A&M football in the fall. She is married to John Michael Mehaffey who is a professor of Animal Science at Stephen F. Austin State University. They are proud parents to Hattie Mae Mehaffey, born September 1, 2016 and are expecting another, Hunter Leigh Mehaffey in July 2018.