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Harlingen, Texas– Harlingen City Manager Dan Serna has named Rafael Balderas as the Fire Department’s new leader. Balderas has 27 years of experience in fire service with the City of McAllen where he served as chief for the past eight years.
During his tenure as the McAllen Fire Chief, he helped improve the City’s Fire Rating or ISO (Insurance Services Office) from a 4 to a 2. The ratings calculate how well-equipped fire departments are to put out fires in that community.
He was also instrumental in the construction of a new training field and two new fire stations, as well as, implementing in-house fire academies and an in-house dispatch center.
Balderas holds an associate’s degree in Chemistry from Harlingen’s Texas State Technical College and has numerous certifications that include Fire Fighter Master, Fire Investigator Master, Fire Inspector Master, Fire Service Instructor II, Hazardous Material Technician, and Department Head Suppression.
City Manager Serna says Balderas’ experience speaks for itself. “Rafael has a lot of experience in fire service and is well rounded in all aspects of what it takes to lead and operate a fire department of our size.”
His first day on the job was December 2 and says he’s happy to be part of the Harlingen team. “I’m honored and privileged to be here among so much professionalism. Mr. Serna and his staff have been great. The Harlingen Fire Department is in good shape and I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the men and women of the department.”
The City of Harlingen welcomes Fire Chief Rafael Balderas.
Effective today, December 2, 2020, Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino, Jr. signed the Ninth Amended Emergency Management Order Including Limitations on Gatherings. This Order continues the local disaster declaration and public health emergency for Cameron County and will be effective on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 12:01 p.m. and will continue until Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. unless extended, modified, or terminated early.
In Cameron County, all residents and visitors age 10 years or older must continue to wear a facial covering/mask, all commercial and business entities must comply with and adhere to all Executive Orders issued by Governor Abbott and refer to the Open Texas Checklist, and all bars and similar establishments are allowed to open only up to 50% capacity in accordance with Governor Abbott's Executive Orders up to and including GA-32, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission regulations, the Open Texas Checklist https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/govemor-abbott-issues-executive-order-to-open-bars-in-qualifying counties-in-texas, and must adhere to the 11:00 p.m. closing requirement contained in GA-32.
All public schools must adhere to the Texas Education Agency guidelines, the Texas Department of Health Services guidelines, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
In Cameron County, social gatherings of more than 10 persons that are not members of a single family are prohibited unless authorized by the Mayor of a city if within city limits, or by the County Judge if in the unincorporated areas of the County.
This Order is subject to modification if a spike of COVID-19 cases occurs. A failure to comply with any of the provisions of this Ninth Amended Emergency Management Order constitutes an imminent threat to public health.
Please visit the Cameron County website at www.cameroncounty.us to view this Order. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, contact the Cameron County Coronavirus Hotline at (956) 247-3650.
Read the order here: http://myharlingen.us/upload/page/0546/Ninth%20Amended%20Emergency%20Management%20Order.pdf
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Governor Abbott Announces Initial COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution For Month Of December
AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made an initial allotment of over 1.4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines to the State of Texas for the month of December. These vaccines, which should begin arriving in Texas the week of December 14th, will be distributed to qualifying providers across the state who will administer these immunizations based on the Vaccine Distribution Principles developed by the state's Expert Vaccine Allocation Panel. Additional allotments may be made later this month for December. Also, increased allotments are expected in January and the following months.
"The State of Texas is already prepared for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, and will swiftly distribute these vaccines to Texans who voluntarily choose to be immunized," said Governor Abbott. "As we await the first shipment of these vaccines, we will work with communities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19."
Cameron County has received confirmation of an additional 52 laboratory reports of COVID-19, which includes:
This raises the total number of COVID-19 cases to 26,342 in Cameron County. There have also been an additional 85 individuals who have recovered, raising the total number of recovered individuals to 23,470.
Cameron County Public Health has received confirmation of two (2) additional COVID-19 related deaths of Cameron County residents. This raises the total to 1,127 and includes the following:
As part of the COVID-19 action response plan, Cameron County Public Health is conducting epidemiological investigations, contact tracing as needed and continues to monitor the situation.
Cameron County has received confirmation of an additional 139 laboratory reports of COVID-19, which includes:
This raises the total number of COVID-19 cases to 26,290 in Cameron County. There have also been an additional
52 individuals who have recovered, raising the total number of recovered individuals to 23,385.
Cameron County Public Health has received confirmation of four (4) additional COVID-19 related deaths of Cameron County residents. This raises the total to 1,125 and includes the following:
City of Harlingen
118 E Tyler Ave
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: (956) 216-5000
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CONTACT NUMBER BY DEPARTMENT
(956) 216-5000, City Hall
(956) 216-5101, Lon C Hill Building
(956) 216-5300, Public Works
(956) 216-5400, Police Department
(956) 230-8011, Fire Department
(956) 216-5800, Public Library
(956) 216-5900, Telecomm Center
MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSIONERS
Chris Boswell, Mayor
Richard Uribe, Commissioner, District 1
Frank Puente, Commissioner, District 2
Michael Mezmar, Commissioner, District 3
Ruben De La Rosa, Commissioner, District4
Victor Leal, Commissioner, District 5
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