Austin’s Mayor Hosts 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Summit Labor Day Wildfire Focus


For immediate release

Feb. 16, 2011

Contact: Candice Wade Cooper, Community Preparedness Manager, (512) 802-1470

Media advisory

Mayor Leffingwell Hosts 2nd Annual Emergency Preparedness Summit

Labor Day Wildfire Focus

Austin, TX – Media is invited to attend and hear from Elected Officials, Emergency Management Coordinators, Wildfire responders, and others on the Central Texas Labor Day Wildfire efforts.

WHO:               Mayor Lee Leffingwell along with Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe and Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald.


WHAT:             2nd Annual Capital Area Emergency & Disaster Preparedness Summit


WHEN:             Friday, Feb. 17, 8:30 –9:30 a.m.  


WHERE:          Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road


WHY:                The purpose of the Summit is to provide updates on the regions current multi-agency/multi-jurisdictional preparedness efforts and discuss the future of regional emergency and disaster preparedness. The Central Texas Labor Day Wildfires will serve as an example of how our region works together.

Note to editors:

Media will get an opportunity to interview attendees, capture b-roll and listen in as Mayor Leffingwell, Judge Biscoe, Judge McDonald and others address the group.

Please find additional information attached.


For more information contact Austin HSEM at (512) 974-0450.


FI – Fireplanes will attend . . .

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FAA Grounds P2 Neptune Fleet for inspections

Yesterday I noticed the P2 Neptune had departed Austin Bergstrom International Airport.  Now I know why.

The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an Airworthiness Directive (AD)  mandating the former US Navy patrol planes dating from the 1950s be grounded pending inspection for wing cracks, after a 24 inch crack was found in a wing main spar.

P2 Neptune fleet grounded by FAA

The AD mandates inspection within one day of receipt of the Airworthiness Directive.

The number of available civil large air tankers in USA is currently at zero until inspections are completed, one by one.

Source:   Airworthiness Directive 2012 03-51 E

History:   P2 Neptune on Wikipedia

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