DALLAS, Texas — The Dallas Fire Department celebrated its 10th anniversary of service with a ceremony held in the National Guard Armory here Friday night.
The event was held at the invitation of the Dallas Police Department.
The event was attended by Chief William McManus, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, the Dallas Fire and Rescue Commission President and other dignitaries.
Dallas Firefighters Association President Gary Moseley said the event marked the beginning of a new chapter for the Firefighters Guild.
“I’m very happy for the folks who came and saw that we’re continuing to grow as a union,” Mosely said.
“I think we’re all still trying to figure out the next steps and what our future holds.”
The Firefighters Union, which represents more than 700 firefighters, has been fighting for years to raise wages and improve safety.
The union has pushed to increase firefighter pay, which has been frozen for years at $13 an hour.
The union says the current contract expires in 2021.
Mosely, who was honored by Rawlings at the event, said he was excited to have the association and the police commissioner come together to celebrate the 10-year anniversary.
“It’s a very special moment for the fire department in Dallas, and I think that’s why it’s special,” he said.
“We’ve been through this before, so we know what it takes to be a true Firefighter.
I think we all know what’s going to be required, but that’s a big part of what we do.”DART Chief William McNamara told reporters that the Dallas-Fort Worth area was among the worst-hit areas during the fire crisis.
He said the fire service is working hard to recover from the disaster and recover from any damage to property.
The Fire Department was the first major city in the United States to be placed on a federal list of cities hit hard by the disaster, and it’s one of the first departments to be reimbursed for all the costs incurred from the fire.
In the last five years, Dallas has been awarded more than $2 billion in federal disaster aid and more than 1,200,000 acres of fire protection have been restored.
McNamara said the city has more than tripled the amount of firefighting equipment it has since the disaster.
“What we’re going to do in the next five years is really start to really be able to get it back to what it was, which is what it should be,” he added.
DART also is working with FEMA to help communities rebuild.
The department recently signed a $15 million contract with FEMA, which provides more than 5,000 beds and $1 million to repair damaged homes.
Dallas Mayor Mike Brown said the 10th annual event was a chance to honor all the firefighters who have given their lives to Dallas Firefighters’ Guild.
“The DFS was one of our first cities, and that was a great thing for us,” he told reporters.
“But we’ve got a lot more work to do.
We still have a lot of work to go.”
The mayor said he would be attending the event.