Safeguarding its residents by investing in initiatives that help ensure the safety of the community is a priority of the City of San Antonio. Prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, education and enforcement are pinnacles of the City’s effective approach to protecting the community. Public Safety Headquarters pictured above.
Fifty-one fire stations receive assistance from the Services and Logistics staff for the repair and routine maintenance of their Fire and EMS equipment, thanks to the San Antonio Fire Department's new Services and Logistics Facility which opened in FY2013. They repair fire stations, maintain equipment, and service more than 360 vehicles. The Facility houses six heavy duty bays that serve 12 large vehicles with a covered area that can park an additional 12 vehicles. Three technical bays allow small to medium vehicles to be customized to Fire/EMS standards. The Facility supplies each fire station with equipment and houses 16,000 sq. ft. of warehouse storage space that contains supplies for Fire and EMS personnel.
The City also opened a new fire station dedicated to the memory of Isidore O. (I.O.) Martinez who served as Fire Chief for 14 years. The new station was designed to accommodate any potential increased staffing to address the future needs of the community. Chief Martinez was the first Mexican American Fire Chief in the City of San Antonio and also hired the first female firefighters for the City. A new strategic plan by the SAFD provides the framework to transform its common vision into reality. It consists of two phases: the Strategic Plan and the Operational Plan. Uniformed and civilian personnel who share this vision have worked together to create the goals and objectives of a strategy that will engage SAFD for the next five years and beyond. As a result, a steering committee was formed and the initial 12 goals were drafted as follows: promote health and wellness; actualize team and personal safety; live customer service; enhance service delivery; nurture training at all levels; foster leadership; cultivate professionalism, performance, and accountability; improve communication; embrace diversity; increase community safety through hazard mitigation efforts; ensure fiscal responsibility and accountability; and advance technological innovations and capital asset modernization.
Eleven personnel with the City, including eight firefighters, two police officers and one member of the Office of Emergency Management, traveled to New York to assist with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. The group worked alongside fellow Texans to form the Lone Star Incident Management Team, tasked with coordinating the collection, dissemination and feedback of incident data from the residents of the impacted areas. After the 22-day deployment, teams covered more than 20 sq. miles in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island and visited more than 100,000 unique residences and distributed nearly 61,000 items, including electric blankets, meals and comfort kits.
Motor vehicle theft decreased by 5.2 percent with the resources provided as a result of the ReACT Grant that the San Antonio Police Department received. It provided resources to increase coordination with other law enforcement agencies in the area and helped improve the Vehicle Crimes Unit’s ability to apprehend and prosecute offenders.
The SAPD’s patrol laptop network connectivity and GPS units continue to provide stability and increase performance because servers were split to allow for one dedicated server for patrol use. The main application for the system also was upgraded.
New initiatives, such as the establishment of a dedicated judicial system through an administrative hearing officer pilot program and an annual boarding home inspection program, were successfully implemented when SAPD streamlined and strengthened enforcement of property maintenance issues.
Services & Logistics Facility Grand Opening
Fire Station #28 dedicated to ChiefIsidore O. Martinez
SAPD GPS units