City wins Municipal Excellence Award for Communications

Texas Municipal League honors Fire Department's public safety vignettes
From left, Will Hampton, Lt. Pete Wagner, Brian Ligon, and Lt. Mike Heard accept a Municipal Excellence Award for communications.

From left, Will Hampton, Lt. Pete Wagner, Brian Ligon, and Lt. Mike Heard accept a Municipal Excellence Award for communications.

The Texas Municipal League selected Round Rock as a winner of a Municipal Excellence Award for the City’s Fire Safety Videos: Rock Solid Safety Program. The City won in the Communications category for cities over 25,000 population.

The award was presented at the TML annual conference on Wednesday, Sept. 23, in San Antonio.

Building on the momentum of the popular public safety educational videos titled Talkin’ Turkey and Talkin’ Trees, the Fire Department developed a new three-part series of videos that cover serious issues with an entertaining approach. The first, Fire Extinguisher Pop Quiz, features Lt. Mike Heard delivering an important public safety message with humor. The Swift Water Safety video capitalizes on the thrill and danger of a swift-water rescue to remind viewers why it is important to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” And the final piece, Stop the Pop!, tackles a subject every fire department addresses at least twice a year:  fireworks.  The videos have proven to be a successful community outreach initiative that arm residents with the do’s and don’ts of fire safety.

Lt. Heard, Lt. Pete Wagner, Multimedia Specialist Brian Ligon and Communications Director Will Hampton accepted the award.

The Municipal Excellence Awards recognize and encourage the achievements of Texas cities in meeting the challenges of municipal government. Innovative problem-solving, excellence in management, increasing citizen participation and reaching toward higher service levels are all daily occurrences in Texas cities and TML believes they deserve recognition. The awards program seeks out the best of these programs to honor.

This is the ninth TML Municipal Excellence Award the City has won, dating back to 2000.

The Texas Municipal League is a voluntary association of more than 1,140 Texas cities. Its primary objective is to serve the needs and advocate the interests of Texas cities. The City of Round Rock is a member of the Texas Municipal League.

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