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2020 Fire Chief of the Year

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Congratulations are in order for San Antonio’s very own, Chief Charles N. Hood on being named 2020 Fire Chief of the Year.  This National Award from the Metro Fire Chiefs Association is well deserved.

Chief Hood has served the City of San Antonio since 2007, and is well recognized for being the First African American to oversee the local fire department.

Chief Hood leads one of the largest fire departments in the nation, commanding approximately 1800 personnel with a budget of over 292 million dollars. He is ultimately responsible for providing fire, emergency medical, special operations, and emergency management and fire prevention to over 1.4 million citizens.

Chief Hood joined the City of Phoenix Fire Department in 1984 where he rose through the ranks. Chief Hood was a member of the Phoenix Fire Department’s Urban Search & Rescue team and FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue’s National Incident Support Team. National responses include the 2004 Winter Olympics, Democratic National Convention, The Rodeo Fire and Challenger Space Shuttle incident and most recently served as the Liaison Officer with the City of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

Chief Hood’s progressive leadership style and vision has resulted in many achievements. The SAFD is responsible for over 310,000 Unit Responses per year. Since joining the SAFD, Chief Hood has doubled the size of both the HAZMAT and Technical Rescue Teams. In 2010, Chief Hood established a Health & Wellness Program and recently added a Certified Athletic Trainer. In addition, Chief Hood has collaborated to establish a Fusion Center; created a Safety Division, and Fitness Program which includes becoming an official CrossFit Affiliate. In 2015 Chief Hood launched a Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program which represents one of the most progressive evolutions in the delivery of community based care. In an effort to improve department communication, he implemented an annual State of the Department Address presented to all uniform and civilian employees.

EDUCATION

Chief Hood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Service Management from the University of Ottawa and has attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education. He is an Adjunct Faculty at Texas A&M University National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center.

In 2010, Chief Hood was the recipient of the Metro Fire Chief of the Year presented by the members of the Black Chief Officer’s Committee, IABPFF. In 2014, the Fire Administrator of the United States Fire Administration appointed Chief Hood to the Board of Directors of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for a six-year term.

PERSONAL

An Arizona native, Hood is the proud father of four sons, Tevin, Jaxon, Langston and Sheridan.

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Heat Indexes On the Rise

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City of San Antonio to open cooling centers due to expected high heat indexes

With heat indexes expected to reach up to 100 plus this week, the City of San Antonio will open cooling centers to provide residents relief from the heat.  

The heat indexes for today through Saturday, July 31 are forecasted to reach between 100 to 103 degrees.

Adults, 65 and older; children, 4 and younger; and people with existing medical conditions, such as heart disease and those without access to air conditioning, are at higher risk on days with high temperatures and heat indexes.  

Drinking plenty of water and protecting oneself from the sun are critical precautions. Additionally, people should call and check on their neighbors who may be at high risk and ensure access to heat relief and hydration. 

Heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are possible health effects. Warning signs of heat stroke include red, hot, and moist or dry skin, no sweating, a strong rapid pulse or a slow weak pulse, nausea, confusion or acting strangely. If a child exhibits any of these signs, cool the child rapidly with cool water (not an ice bath) and call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Never leave children or pets alone in vehicles. If you see a child or pet locked in a hot car or in the back of a truck, take action immediately. Jot down the car’s description (including a license plate number). Call the Police Department immediately.  If the situation involves a pet, call Animal Care Services at 311. Per city ordinance, both Police and Animal Care Officers have the right to break a car’s window if a child or animal is endangered inside a vehicle.                                    

Community members can visit the Metro Health or the San Antonio Office of Emergency Managementwebsites for a listing of cooling centers. Residents can also contact the National Weather Service for the most current weather conditions at visit www.weather.gov/sanantonio for current hourly weather. Stay tuned for further notices.

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Golf Tournament to Benefit Victims of Violent Crime

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The Grace Seward Foundation will host their first annual Top Golf Tournament on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Topgolf in San Antonio, Texas. Topgolf is located at 5539 N Loop 1604 W, San Antonio, TX. This event begins at 6pm CST and ends at 9pm CST. 

The tournament benefits two Bexar County programs:  The Victims of Crimes Unit the San Antonio Department and Crime Stoppers. Proceeds from the Topgolf fundraiser will benefit the Crime Stoppers Grace Seward reward fund. 

Tickets to attend this event are available at Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grace-seward-foundation-golf-benefit-2021-tickets-152912690975

About Grace Seward

Grace Seward graduated Cum Laude from Fox Tech High School in 2011. A scholar and an athlete, while in high school Grace was a district champion in Track, Basketball and Golf. Grace was also a part of the Law and Magnet Program and clerked while in high school with former District Attorney Susan Reed.  After graduation, Grace attended San Antonio College and Texas Lutheran University. Grace acquired her Associates Degree in Kinesiology from San Antonio College. 

On July 15, 2018, Grace Seward was murdered after pulling into the driveway of a friend’s home. The person responsible for Grace’s murder and the attempted murder of another passenger in the vehicle have never been apprehended. 

About The Grace Seward Foundation 

The Grace Seward Foundation was created by Butch and Debra Seward, the parents of Grace Seward. The foundations mission is to Spread a Little Grace through their community based initiatives and events and also to support The San Antonio Crime Stoppers and Victims of Crime Unit. Funds raised from the Grace Seward Top Golf Tournament will be applied to the Grace Seward reward fund. 

For More Information

For more information about the Grace Seward Foundation please contact 

Debra Seward at debra.seward@yahoo.com, (210) 860-7439

Lisa Jackson, Public Relations Manager ljpmedia@gmail.com, (210) 364-2261 

Topgolf at (210) 202-2694

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COVID-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinics

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SAN ANTONIO (July 2, 2021) – Toensure everyone who wants to receive a COVID-19 vaccine has access to get one, Metro Health is informing residents on weekly pop-up vaccination clinics. Below is a listing of upcoming pop-up clinic locations for the week of July 3 – July 10.

Please note that clinic dates and times are subject to change. Check the interactive map of COVID-19 pop-up clinics, www.covid19.sanantonio.gov, for the latest updates.

SATURDAY, July 3 – MONDAY, July 5

NO POP-UP CLINICS

TUESDAY, July 6

SAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216 9 am – 8 pm    Pfizer  Plaza Guadalupe/ Metro/CCDO/ Avenida 1327 Guadalupe  78207 11 am – 7 pm    PfizerSecond Baptist Church 3310 E. Commerce St  78220                1 – 6 pm    Pfizer and J&J  
Paul Taylor Field House
7001 Culebra Road 78238 3 – 6 pm    Pfizer  
 

WEDNESDAY, July 7

Blessed Angels Community Center  
14078 Nacogdoches Rd78247      8 am – 12 pm    J&J   
SAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216 9 am – 8 pm    PfizerCrossroads Baptist Church 8300 Tezel Rd 78254 10 am – 5 pm      Pfizer  
Second Baptist Church 3310 E Commerce St  78220      1 – 6 pm    Pfizer and J&J  Autism Treatment Center 15911 Nacogdoches Rd Building 2  78247         4 – 7 pm    Pfizer 

THURSDAY, July 8

Palo Alto College Student Center Building Classroom SC130 1400 W Villaret Blvd 78224 Noon – 6 pm    PfizerSecond Baptist Church 3310 E Commerce St  78220      1 – 6 pm    Pfizer and J&J  

FRIDAY, July 9

SAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216 9 am – 8 pm    PfizerRaindrop Cultural Center 4337 Vance Jackson Rd Ste #203  78230     10 am – 6 pm    PfizerOak Farms Dairy         1314 Fredericksburg Rd78201      10 am – 6 pm    Pfizer
Mirabella Senior Apartments  1955 Bandera Rd 78228         11 am – 1 pm    PfizerPresentation Ministry Center (collaboration with Health Collaborative 2003 Ruiz St 78207     3 – 7 pm    Pfizer and J&JIDEA Brackenridge      5555 Old Pearsall Rd 78242   3 – 6 pm    Pfizer

SATURDAY, July 10

AT&T Center    1 AT&T Center Parkway78219      8 am – 1 pm    PfizerSAT Airport Terminal A&B 9800 Airport Blvd 78216   9 am – 8 pm    PfizerSan Antonio Preparatory Community School      6127 Summer Fest Dr  78244 10 am – 1 pm    Pfizer
Restore Adult Education
George Gervin Academy 4205 San Pedro Ave  78212   10 am – 1 pm    Pfizer and J&J
City Church      9431 Bandera Rd  78250        10 am – 4 pm  PfizerAvalanche of Love Community Outreach  6812 Bandera Rd 78238         10 am – 2 pm  Pfizer
Esperanza at Palo Alto Apt 12305 SW Loop 410 78224     11 am – 2 pm    Pfizer and J&J 

On-going Mass Vaccination Site:

  • Alamodome, 100 Montana St, Parking Lot B
    Wednesday – Friday, Noon – 8 p.m. 

For an interactive map of upcoming COVID-19 pop-up clinics, visit www.covid19.sanantonio.gov.

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