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Farewell, from Dave Campbell

To start off, as Bob Hope sang for so many the years, “Thanks for the Memory”.

Unlike a lot of people who have were born here or have been here for many more years, I moved to Allen from the state of Ohio in 1997. Our house was built in Beacon Hill on the west side. That was when McDermott was a 2-lane road.

It was in 2003 when I registered for the Allen Citizens Fire Academy. Class #2 of CFA was definitely an educational experience, but also a uniquely fun class as well. Some say that it’s still being talked about to this day in subsequent CFA classes. It was then that I met Linda Greenidge, Public Education Coordinator, more commonly known as “LG”, we called her “Fire Mom”. We all know her role in the Allen Fire Department, but she became a dear friend to my wife and me and has been so for several years. I guess it was then that I got the ‘fire bug’.

In 2005, Linda came to me and said Chief Hawley wanted to start a CERT program…….whatever that was. Linda had already gone through a Train-the-trainer class; therefore, Joey Herald and I went to Garland for 3 days and went through the TTT class as well. As Allen CERT would later be known for their exceptional performance along the years, Joey and I initially started this trend during one of the TTT classes by performing an extraction exercise under conditions in which we were not expected to accomplish. Through several planning sessions, Linda Greenidge, Joey Herald and I started the Allen CERT program and held our first class in the Fall of 2006.

In 2007, many personal changes occurred, and I moved to the east side. Moving from the west side to the east gave me a wider experience in the city’s topology. My wife Charie has been by my side and so supportive of everything I have been involved with in the City of Allen including her participation as well.

Allen CERT was initially established under the Prevention Division of the Fire Department under the Fire Marshal due to its education value in prevention and responding. However, after the program’s first actual response in April of 2008 when an EF-0 tornado went through Allen, the program was transferred to the Operations Division under the auspices of C-Shift Battalion and Administrative Captain.

Due to favorable circumstances, Charie and I decided to buy her parent’s property an hour away in Scurry (Kaufman County) in 2013. It consisted of a main house, guest/rent house, utility barn and a pond on 8 acres. We continued to maintain it as we had since 2009. It was our intention to eventually move there at some point in time, assuming around my retirement time frame. Her parents would continue to live there as long as they wanted. Not knowing when our move would take place, I decided to find a coordinator replacement who had the same passion and drive for the CERT program as I had over the years. That person was Chris Diltz. Our transition over the period of a year went like clockwork. He not only took this volunteer position eagerly and effectively, but greatly improved it and modernized the program. It had been a blessing and a privilege to have served as Allen CERT Coordinator for the previous 10 years.

In addition to continuing to assist LG in many of the CFA classes, in 2014 I found myself once again working with her with the newly forming Allen Rehab Team (ART). The Rehab Team is the team of CFA members that have agreed to respond to incidents that require the Heavy Rescue vehicle to be called out. My involvement started out with reviewing the new policies and procedure manual, continued work with other members and Station 5 with numerous practice scenarios and familiarization training on the Heavy Rescue. Then several of us ended up responding to a number of live fires. As an Allen Rehab Team member, our team volunteered to assist the AFD by supporting our firefighters, as well as surrounding city’s firefighters, with aid and comfort during any incident of sufficient magnitude and duration warranting the need for the support services provided by the Rehab Team and Heavy Rescue.

August of 2018 brought us a new Fire Chief, Jonathan Boyd. I knew and respected Chief Boyd for years at the Fire Department when he handled training and many other duties and was excited to see him take over this new role.

Most recently, through gentle persuasion from good friend Tammy Ingram, it was also a privilege and honor to serve on the board of the Citizens Fire Academy Alumni Association of Allen, TX with her, Ken Seggerman and Lynne Hogan. I had been on the board when the non-profit organization was formed but took a break from it to support CERT. Being involved in the first CFA Fundraiser Dinner in 2018 was also a treat. Speaking of Ken, he and his wife Margaret, being our wonderful neighbors, have also been involved in CFA since Class #1 and have shown their support for the Fire Department as volunteers all these years.

On a personal side, in January 2017, Charie’s dad went home to be with the Lord and then her mother followed in October of 2018. With that, we decided to start the process of taking the 26-year old house and having some substantial interior remodeling done. This started around Christmas of last year. Great progress has been made removing a dated ceiling style throughout and five rooms of wallpaper, applying texturing and painting the entire interior and laying of tile and laminate throughout the house.

Along with the building of strong relationships with the so many Allen Fire-Rescue personnel over the years, I also met a number of awesome personnel with law enforcement. I initially met Chief Brian Harvey with the Allen Police Department during his orientation in 2012 and was impressed with him from the start. I continued to have discussions with him in person and via email. Along with Chief Harvey, I also met Collin County Jim Skinner and had discussions with him. I also met and had great conversations with other Allen Police officers. Just as with the Allen Fire-Rescue, I’ve always appreciated their service.

Many other city employees made great impressions with me, such as Mayor Stephen Terrell. City Manager Peter Vargas, several council members, ACTV’s Executive Producer Mark Kaufman and his staff, to name a few. From an AFD administrative perspective, Shauna Body has always been a big help as well through the years.

With so many Allen Fire Department, Citizens Fire Academy, CERT and Rehab administrative and member friendships built through years here in Allen, the closeness from a geographic perspective will be greatly missed.

With the remodeling of the house in Scurry, our planned move is the end of February 2019. While it is was relatively easy to transition the CERT program over to Chris, leaving Allen after 20 years is a bit difficult. However, my wife and I are very excited about the upcoming move as a ‘New Chapter’ in our lives. My cell number and email address will remain [contact admin] and [contact admin]. As of March of this year, we will be residing at [contact admin].

So, with all that said, to continue quoting from the song Bob Hope sang, “Thank you so much”.

Thank you!

Dave Campbell

What’s In Your Bag?

The fifth-annual “Backpack Class” is back for 2019!

Whether you have some new gear to show off or you just want to get ideas on what to put in your pack, this is the event for you.

Join us at Station 5 on March 6th, 6:30 PM for the backpack pow-wow. Captain Clamon’s team (5A) will be joining us to provide their insight and expertise. Bring a folding/collapsible chair if you don’t want to sit on the floor.

Fire Station 5 is located at the intersection of McDermott and Shallowater Dr

Citizens Fire Academy Is On For 2019

Learn what it takes to be an Allen firefighter during this free, 8-week course. The 2019 Citizens Fire Academy will be held March 21-May 9 with a packed itinerary of hands-on training. Participants can ride along with firefighters, operate a fire hose, learn CPR, wear firefighting gear and more! Watch this video and you’ll want to sign up right away!

Classes are held Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m at the Ron Gentry Training Center (310 Century Parkway). Participants may also attend optional Saturday sessions on March 30 and April 27. The class is open to anyone over the age of 18 who lives or works in the City of Allen.

Applications are available online and may be mailed or delivered to Allen Fire Department Administrative Offices (310 Century Parkway, Allen TX 75013) or faxed to 214.509.4410. All applications must be received by Friday, March 1. For additional information, please contact Linda Greenidge at lgreenidge@cityofallen.org or 214.509.4413.

Eagle Run 2019

The 11th annual Eagle Run is just around the corner and CERT is ready to assist! We are always looking for a large group of volunteers to pull this off so if you’re looking for a way to serve the community and have fun doing it, you’ll want to sign up for the one.

Keep reading for registration and briefing info

While we do not expect any changes in the overall plan, there is always room for adjustments and improvements in our parking/pedestrian tactics. For that reason, we will be meeting on February 27th, 7:00 PM, at La Madeleine – which is 30 minutes prior to the regularly scheduled Steering Committee meeting – to review the logistics of this year’s event.

Want to help?

Volunteers

  • Chris D
  • Ken S
  • Traci R
  • Chris S
  • Kim S
  • Nimmy B
  • David L
  • Mike P
  • Brendan K
  • Charrie M
  • John M

Free CPR Training

In case you missed it, the Allen Fire Department is hosting free CPR training classes throughout 2019. These classes are open to the public and are held on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the Municipal Services Center (SW corner of Bethany and Greenville).

If you would like to take the class with fellow CERT members, Tammy Ingram has organized a private class for CERT and CFA alumni that will be held in July. We will have registration instructions in late spring if you would like to join the group class.

To take the training on your own, you can register here.

To hear Chief Boyd discuss the program, click here.

2018 Disaster Simulation Debrief

Following the Basic Training Disaster Simulation each year, the event is evaluated in order to identify strengths and weaknesses. This analysis is used to determine best practices and improvement opportunities to affect ensuing simulations and maintain our reputation for the best recurring simulation in the region.

See below to review the outcome of the Disaster Simulation day and subsequent Debrief meeting.

Disaster Simulation Debrief

Disaster Simulation After Action Report (AAR)

2019 Collin County SKYWARN Training

The 2019 Collin County SKYWARN training from the National Weather Service will be held January 19th, 2019 at the Conference Center at Collin College in McKinney.

Schedule

Morning Session: 8:30am – 1130am // Basic SKYWARN training

Afternoon Session: 12:45pm – 4:30pm // Advanced SKYWARN training

Location

Conference Center at Collin College in McKinney

Community Ave & Taylor Burk Dr, McKinney, TX 75071

What you get

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service to join the SKYWARN program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers, and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, school, churches, and nursing homes or have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter. Training is free and typically lasts about 2 hours. You’ll learn:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

Allen Recycles Day

Help Wanted

The City of Allen will be hosting this semi-annual cleanup event at City Hall this Saturday and have called on Allen CERT again to assist with traffic and crowd management. Volunteers will need to arrive at 7:00 AM and the event runs until 2:00 PM or until the line disappears.

This is a fun and face-paced event that is sure to increase your confidence in handling traffic and radio communications. Lunch is also provided: Burgers and hot dogs on the grill!

We need a minimum of 8 (eight) volunteers to pull this off so let’s show the City we can deliver.

Registered Members

  • C.Diltz
  • J.Mascio
  • C.Mascio
  • S.Potter
  • T.Potter

The Rudolph Run is Back!

The end-of-year marathon is back and Allen Parks & Recreation have asked us to return. This year’s marathon takes place on December 1st, from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. We first joined this event last year with the role of monitoring the race course at specified checkpoints and communicating any problems to race course officials. We manage two races: a .5k “fun run” and a 5k that snakes through downtown and up Cedar Drive.

Our role will be similar this year if not expanded. If you are looking to leverage your amateur radio capabilities, this is the event for you. Sign up below to reserve your spot on the team.

Registered Members

  • C.Diltz
  • B.Kilgore
  • N.vdUpwich
  • L.Hardy
  • J.Mascio
  • C.Mascio
  • C.Alvarez
  • A.Alvarez
  • J.Litteral
  • W.Hernandez
  • T.Potter
  • S.Potter
  • R.Perez
  • R.Perez
  • S.Perez
  • G.Campbell
  • C.Smith
  • K.Smith
  • T.Westfall
  • C.King