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    The Battalion
Monday, July 27,1992
Aggie Volunteer
DARRIN HILL/the Battalion
Volunteer Firefighter Greg Lovelace (left), a junior geophysics major, David
Daglay (center) and Bruce Hermes (right) pull on a series of ropes that raise and
lower a gurney from a two-story building as they practice firefighting skills at the
firemen’s training school on Wednesday.
Student saves lives,
as volunteer firefighter in
By Erin Bradley
The Battalion
home, Greg Lovelace, a junior
? geophysics major from Houston,
spends his time on-call to the
Cypress Creek Volunteer Fire
; Department.
As a firefighter with Harris
County Rural Fire Prevention
District 13, Lovelace has been
saving lives and pro tec tin g prop
erty, in that order, for 2 1/2
years. He has attended A&M's
Texas Firemen's Training School
three times. The school's first
session ended last week.
Lovelace says he became a
volunteer firefighter because
some friends at the station en
couraged him to join. After fill
ing out an application and hav
ing a background check and a
physical, Lovelace went through
six weeks of training. His captain
then decided that he was compe
tent and Lovelace received his
bunker gear and a pager.
The following months consti
tuted a probationary period in
which Lovelace did not actually
fight fires. But after six months,
"the captain let me do dangerous
stuff, the fun stuff, actually fire
fighting," Lovelace said.
"Once I started running calls I
found 1 really enjoyed it. There's
a big adrenaline rush . . . it's
great, the controlled terror.
"I’ve been in some situations
where you can’t lose your head,"
Lovelace said. "You have to be
able to control yourself, and I
know that Fean do that.
"But you could be on a date
and your pager goes off, and you
go. Well, at a volunteer depart
ment, you don't always have to
go, but I enjoy it, so I do."
Another part of the time com
mitment involved in firefighting
is the couple of hours each Tues
day when the volunteers at the
department review different as
pects of the job, including rescue.
Ventilation, pumping the truck
and even riot control.
Recently, Lovelace and his
captain were the first to arrive at
a garage fire, where they "hit it
in the breeze way" and were able
to save the house.
But not all of Lovelace's expe
riences have been positive ones.
"One night, near the end of
my senior year, we ran a major
accident, and it turned out to be
a friend of mine from high
school," Lovelace said.
"I actually recognized the car
on my first major accident run.
Then my captain told me to grab
some stuff because we were go
ing up to the car. By the time I
got there they had pulled him
"It was hard seeing him lying
there with his head split open on
the concrete, dying. He died the
next day. That's probably been
my worst experience, because I
saw him out there but there was
really nothing that I could do."
Lovelace says he will proba
bly always be a volunteer fire
fighter, in whatever community
he decides to live, because "it re
ally is a good feeling when I can
help somebody else out."
Forum reviews funding
for agricultural agencies
Leaders keep eye on legislators' budgeting process
By Ursula Simms
The Battalion
State funding for agricultural agencies, such as the
Texas Agricultural Extension Service and the Texas
Agricultural Experiment Station, both located at
Texas A&M University, will be examined during the
Texas Agricultural Forum today in Austin.
The forum, which is open to the public, allows for
agricultural leaders to discuss how state agricultural
agencies and universities determine needs, set priori
ties and allocate funds to programs involving re
search into agricultural issues.
"The leadership within Texas agriculture will
gather in the agriculture forum to look at how the
legislature sets its priorities in the budgeting process
related to the agriculture commissions, agencies and
educational programs," said Roland Smith, extension
program leader of agricultural economics.
Smith said other budget concerns originate from
different sectors of the agricultural community.
Smith said farmers are concerned about being
competitive and producing their commodities so that
they can survive economically.
The forum, coordinated by Dr. Ed Smith, agricul
tural economics specialist with the Texas Agricultur
al Extension Service, is one in a series held each year
to examine issues in agriculture.
The forum is of great importance to the two agri
cultural state agencies at Texas A&M because of the
numerous programs they coordinate throughout
Dr. William F. Braden, administrative assistant in
the extension service, said the two state agencies
work together to benefit Texas.
"The Ag experiment station generates new knot
edge, information and ideas, and the experimentsti
tion takes those and applies them in the real woi
setting to see if they can be applied on a large seals
Braden said.
The Texas Agricultural Extension Service usesis
search results from the experiment station to meel
objectives which include educating Texans ah
health and nutrition, agricultural development,m
ural resource conservation and leadership develo|
Braden said the extensions service, funded bis
nually, has one year of appropriations left andtls
their goal is to try and maintain level funding.
Programs administered by the extension sen-
are funded by an estimated $72 million allocation!)
the two-year period.
House Bill 2009, passed in Texas' last legislalii
session, requires all state agencies and organizafe
to develop a strategic plan and submit reports wbt!
detail how well they met their goals and objeefe
from the previous funding period.
The state legislature, which will meet again in
1993, will study these reports submitted by the!
ferent agencies to determine future funding.
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts JohnShar
will moderate the discussions pertaining to
state's economy and the comptroller's role in bud
ing and funding for agricultural programs.
The state agencies also coordinate numerous
grams for businesses and citizens in the communih
One such organization is the 4-H club which is
signed to help kids learn various skills to help thei
become confident and responsible citizens, Brade
DFW still waiting for radar systeir
las-Fort Worth International Air
port is still more than two years
away from receiving an advanced
radar system that detects the exis
tence of wind shear, which was
blamed for the crash seven years
ago of a Delta jet that killed 137
people at the airport.
The DFW Airport Board con
sidered purchasing the radar from
a private source soon after Delta
Flight's 19 crash on Aug. 2,1985.
When that option proved im
practical, the board decided to
wait until the Federal Aviation
Administration developed and in
stalled a system.
The first two Terminal Doppler
Radars are now being installed at
airports in Houston and Mem
phis, and should be functional this
fall — 10 years after research be
gan on wind shears and nearly 20
years after wind shears were first
identified as a serious threat to
The FAA said it took about
four years to research and test the
instrument, two years were need
ed to take bids on it, and four
years for the final development of
the radar.
“Everybody would have liked
to have it yesterday/' John Mazor,
spokesman for the Air Line Pilots
Association in Washington, told
the newspaper.
Now, officials say it will be
September 1994 at the earliest be
fore DFW Airport gets the radar
— despite its status as the second-
busiest airport in the world with
more than 2,000 flights a day. The
Dallas Morning News reported
DFW Airport at one time w
among the top five on a list oil
U.S. airports to receive the syster
But then, Indian artifacts wii
found on the site where the rad;
was to be installed, said
Turnbull, weather radar progrn
manager at the FAA in Washiit
Faced with delays in detera'
ing the historical significance
the site, the FAA shoved DFI
Airport a couple of dozen
down the list.
Dallas Love Field will get (lie
sophisticated system at least seven
months earlier.
Terminal Doppler Radai
which FAA officials say will cost
about $7.4 million, is able todeteti
more than 90 percent of win!
shears within three miles outsidf
an airport's runways.
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case, it's a mat
sion from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For meeting
location or for more information call the Center
for Drug Prevention at 845-0280.
Rugby Field next to the Polo Fields from 7 pm
to 8 p.m. All are welcome. No experience need
ed. For more information call Faye at 846-8194
or Danielle at 846-2746.
sion from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. For meeting
location or for more information call the Center
for Drug Prevention at 845-0280.
PRO-CHOICE AGGIES: Planning meeting for
Houston Republican Convention Protest at 8
p.m. in 104A Zachry. For more information call
John at 846-2553.
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The Battalion
TODD STONE, Editor-in-Chief
MACK HARRISON, Opinion Editor GARY CARROLL, City Editor
JAYME BLASCHKE, Lifestyles Editor MARK EVANS, Asst. City Editor
HEIDI SAUER, News Editor ROBERT REED, Photo Editor
Staff Members
Reporters — Robin Roach, Chris Carroll, Robin Goodpaster, Juli Phillips, Christ! Ray,
Tanya Williams, Julie Chelkowski, Susan Westmoreland, Ursula Simms, and Erin Bradley.
Copy editors — Kyle Burnett, Kenneth McWatters, AH Steere, David Thomas and Lauri
Photographers — Darrin Hill, Sandra Alvarado, Nick Pena, Michael Marshall, and Huy
Lifestyles writers — Anas Ben-Musa, Tricia Martinez and Kim McGuire.
Sports writers— Michael Plumer and Don Norwood.
Columnists - Anthony LoBaido, Stacy Feducia, John Deshazo, and Paul Greco.
Assistant to the Editor - Darra Dees
Editorial Cartoonist - William Harrison
Graphic Artist — Jennifer Maxwell
Clerks — Allison Lewis, Shelley Rowton and Carrie Miura.
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