Katy Fire Department

City Appoints Parker Fire Chief

Katy Fire Chief Kenneth Parker poses with his family after his appointment. Pictured are, from left, his stepdaughter Kayla Santos, his wife Angela, and daughters Kenzie and Kaileigh (Katy Fire Department photo)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday appointed Kenneth Parker as permanent fire chief. Parker had served as interim fire chief since last October, when former chief Russell “Rusty” Wilson took a similar position with the Mesquite Fire Department. “I’m excited,” Parker said in an interview. “I have been here in Katy and seen the growth. I feel very blessed to be given the opportunity to be chief for this city.” Parker said his […]

Fire Marshal’s Office Investigating Cause of Midway Bar-B-Que Fire

Firefighters put out a fire at Midway Bar-B-Que, 6025 Highway Blvd., Saturday morning (Isaac Hernandez photo via Facebook)

By George Slaughter Katy Fire Marshal Gregg Peterson and his staff are investigating the cause of a multiple-alarm fire that occurred early Saturday morning at Midway Bar-B-Que, 6025 Highway Blvd. Nobody was hurt in the fire. City Emergency Management Coordinator Greg Goedecker said Katy firefighters were on the scene at 2:58 a.m. Nine Katy units responded to the call, and firefighters from six other, non-Katy, departments were also involved in fighting the fire. Firefighters had […]

Looking Back: Wilson, Mayors Reflect on Katy Fire Department Tenure

Katy Fire Chief Russell Wilson (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter Russell Wilson, the former Katy fire chief, is taking the same job in Mesquite, but before leaving he took some time to reflect on his Katy tenure. Wilson submitted his resignation to Mayor Bill Hastings October 9. Wilson’s last day was Friday. Hastings said he did not know of Wilson’s plans when Wilson gave his notice. He said he later learned of Wilson’s plans to take the Mesquite position. Coming to Katy […]

Katy Fire Chief Russell Wilson Resigns

Katy Fire Chief Russell Wilson (City of Katy photo)

By George Slaughter Katy Fire Chief Russell Wilson resigned Friday, Mayor Bill Hastings said in a news release. No reason was given for Wilson’s resignation. Wilson’s last day on the job will be October 23. Efforts to reach Wilson for comment Friday were unsuccessful. Hastings said Assistant Fire Chief Kenneth Parker will serve as interim chief. Wilson came to Katy in 2016, recruited by then-Mayor Fabol Hughes and other city officials, from Irving, where he […]

Council Honors Katy Police Officers and Firefighters

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday recognized Katy police officers and firefighters for service above and beyond the call of duty. Mayor Bill Hastings read a proclamation detailing four events in which officers and firefighters acted quickly to save lives. On March 30, firefighters responded to a 49-year-old who was in cardiac arrest, and administered cardiac life support measures. Responders included Chad Dismukes, Chris Edwards, Andrew Kruut, Scott Musgrove, Katelyn Rhodes, Bill Valenzuela, […]

Katy Professional Firefighters Association Raises, Awards Scholarship Money at Pancakes with Santa Event

Santa Claus speaks with some youngsters at Saturday's Pancakes with Santa event - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Santa Claus brought lovely weather for the second annual Pancakes with Santa, sponsored by the Katy Professional Firefighters Association Saturday morning at the Katy Fire Department, 1417 Avenue D. But the association brought checks for its first two scholarship recipients. Proceeds from the breakfast pay for a Katy Independent School District student to attend EMT school, the fire academy, or paramedic school. At Saturday’s breakfast, the first two scholarships, for $2,000 each, […]

State, Insurance Officials Salute City’s Class 1 Insurance rating

Mayor Bill Hastings, center, is joined by former mayors Chuck Brawner and Fabol Hughes, along with Fire Chief Russell Wilson (right, in white shirt) and Katy firefighters, in accepting recognition of the city’s ISO class I insurance rating Monday – George Slaughter photo.

By George Slaughter State and insurance officials Monday honored the City of Katy for achieving a Class 1/1X ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating, which Katy officials expect will help local homeowners and businesses save money on insurance thanks to improved fire protection. Jesse Williams, a public protection classification officer with the state fire marshal’s office, and Hugh Gibson, ISO community hazard mitigation manager, presented the plaques to Mayor Bill Hastings and Wilson on behalf of […]

Katy Fire Department’s Improved Class Rating Could Mean Lower Insurance Bills

Mayor Chuck Brawner and Fire Chief Russell Wilson at a April 17 news conference announcing the fire department's achieving a Class 1/1X ISO rating - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter Katy city officials said Wednesday that Katy homeowners and businesses could save money on future insurance premiums thanks to a rating achieved by the Katy Fire Department. The Class 1/1X ISO (for Insurance Services Office) came after the ISO completed and sent its survey, review, and results to Katy Fire Chief Russell Wilson. He accepted the results and forwarded them to the state’s fire marshal, who is expected to issue a formal […]

City Honors Firefighters for Saving Drowning Child

Katy Firefighters were honored Monday at City Hall. Pictured are, from left, Mayor Chuck Brawner, Harry Haynes, Rolando De Leon, Julio Garcia, Michael Ondruch, Taylor Kunicki, Neil Lange, Trey Lee, and Chief Russell Wilson. Not pictured, but part of the crew, are Christian Kugler and Geffrey Argao - George Slaughter photo

By George Slaughter The City of Katy honored firefighters Monday night for their efforts in saving a drowning child. On Sunday, March 3 at 6:33 p.m., dispatch received a 911 call for a drowning three-year-old male at the Homewood Suites pool. The Katy Fire Department responded out of Fire Station #2 and arrived at the hotel pool in just 47 seconds. Firefighters and EMS immediately performed CPR and was able to revive the child. The […]

City to Open New Fire Station Saturday

By George Slaughter It’s been a long time coming for Katy city leaders, but the city will open its second fire station at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 25420 Bell Patna Dr. The dedication has long been anticipated by city officials after following some unexpected delays. The original location for the station was supposed to have been on west of Katy Mills Mall, but that site was left covered in water following the 2016 Tax Day […]