Alabama News

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Voters make Davis Lake a fire district

The one and only fire district in St. Clair County is the Davis Lake Fire District. Registered voters in that district went to the polls June 5 and overwhelmingly agreed to become a fire district. Others throughout the county are volunteer fire departments or city fire departments. There were 360 who voted on the fire district, of which 260 voted in favor (72 percent) and 100 who voted against it (28 percent). Jimmy Briggs has been fire chief since March 1, 2018, but has been a member of Davis Lake for the past five years.
Anniston Star

Multiple houses damaged by early morning fire in Ashford

An Ashford home is destroyed, and possibly two others are damaged by fire early Thursday morning. At about 3 a.m., Ashford Fire responded to a structure fire on Ashford Road. “Right now we are looking at one home being a complete loss, one neighbor’s home received damages from the heat of the fire, and the third home, well, we are still waiting to have damages confirmed,” said Ashford Police Chief Quinton Vann. The fire is still under investigation. All information received through the Ashford Police Department, the Houston County Sheriff’s Office and the Ashford Fire Department will be turned over to the Alabama Fire Marshal’s Office for investigation. “Information is limited at this time,” Vann said. “We can determine the fire started in the home which is a complete loss."
Dothan Eagle & Dothan Progress

Burned body found in vehicle in Covington County identified

The identity of a burned body discovered by deputies Wednesday in Covington County was released as part of an ongoing homicide investigation. Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks confirmed the body was identified as 49-year-old Bruce Wayne Nelson of Andalusia. According to the 22nd Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force, around 3:45 a.m. deputies were called to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Brooklyn Road. When deputies arrived, they found a burned vehicle that was still smoking at a residence.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Spanish Fort Fire and Rescue Hosts Fire and Life Sumer Camp

This week the Spanish Fort “Fire and Life Safety Summer Camp” kicked off. It's the second year the camp has been hosted by the Spanish Fort Fire and Rescue. The camp lasts four days, and each day is filled with fun activities for the kids. There the students learn valuable skills that apply in the real world. The lessons taught, are things like hands only CPR and how to escape during a fire. Wednesday, the kids attended the splash pad in Spanish Fort. There they learned how life flight works. The helicopter was provided by the Semmes emergency management.
WPMI-TV NBC 15 Mobile

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Fire destroys mobile home in Madison County

An early morning fire destroyed a mobile home in the Ryland Community of Madison County. Around 4:35 a.m., firefighters with Central Volunteer Fire as well as Huntsville Fire were called out to a fire at the home on Hasting Drive, just southwest of Highway 72 and Ryland Pike. When crews arrived, they found a mobile home fully engulfed in flames. Power was cut to several houses in the neighborhood as firefighters worked. The Madison County Sheriff's Office also blocked part of Old Gurley Road in order to protect the hose that ran the length of Hasting Drive. According to the sheriff's office, the home has been unoccupied for about three months and has not had power flowing to it.
WAAY-TV ABC 31 Huntsville

Northport wraps up inquiry into fire department discord

The city of Northport will soon wrap up a yearlong investigation into discord in its fire department, Mayor Donna Aaron said Monday night. City leaders have said the division in the department stems from internal disagreements over union representation, training standards, overtime rules and more, but they have been hesitant to discuss any of those issues at length, citing the privacy rights of their employees. Last August, Aaron issued a memo to all firefighters telling them to find a way to end their “infighting, division and pettiness” and essentially ordering them to cooperate with an investigation conducted by city administrator Bruce Higginbotham and a committee consisting of three former chiefs of the Northport Fire Rescue department.
Tuscaloosa News

Montgomery Cyclist Thanks Firefighters for Saving His Life

A Montgomery man is thankful to be alive after having a recent brush with death. Tuesday night he wanted to thank the firefighters that saved his life. Phillip Jones is part of the Montgomery Bike Club. He had just finished a race near Lagoon Park when he blacked out and had a heart attack. His wife and friends gave him CPR and called 9-1-1. A fire station was close by and medics were able to come revive him. Jones publicly thanked them at Tuesday’s city council meeting. “Glad to be here. Glad they were there. I thank them for their public service and I know they probably don’t want to accept any accolades, but they certainly deserve it,” said Jones.

Company building home to teach fire safety to public, train emergency responders in Dothan

The Dothan Fire Department will soon have a more permanent structure to teach the public basic fire safety tips – at no cost to taxpayers. Jubilee Builders has agreed to construct the “Jubilee Builders Teach Me House,” which will have similar amenities to the mobile safety unit the fire department uses at area schools to teach children about fire safety, said Fire Chief Larry Williams. For its part, the Dothan City Commission approved a measure Tuesday to accept in-kind donations on behalf of the project, which will be part of the Wiregrass Public Safety Center that crews are currently constructing. First responders will also use the facility for training scenarios, especially in evaluating emergency response, Williams said. Larry Wooley of Jubilee Builders said the project gives his company a chance to give back to the community.
Dothan Eagle & Dothan Progress

Fort Payne Firefighter Named Veteran Of Foreign Wars Firefighter Of The Year

Every year the Veterans of Foreign Wars honors one firefighter from any part of the nation for being an outstanding public servant to their community. The winner of the award this year’s award resides in the city of Fort Payne. More than 10,000 firefighters from around the country were nominated for the award. Nominated by their peers, the winner fulfills a long list of accomplishments through their public service to their community. Lt. Josh Jennings from the Fort Payne fire won this prestigious award, beating out every candidate around the nation. Lt. Jennings is not only a firefighter but also an instructor and serves as a paramedic for the city.

Construction on Birmingham’s new Kingston fire station almost complete

CBS42 was given the first look inside Birmingham's newly-built fire station #8. The Kingston fire station had to be demolished once firefighters started getting sick and asbestos and mold were found inside the building. In a letter sent to then-mayor William Bell, Birmingham Fire Chief Charles Gordon requested that the city dedicate funds to build a new fire station. Discussions about funding for the fire station just happened to coincide with the 2016-2017 fiscal budget planning process. "In the end, I think everybody got what they wanted," said Chief Gordon. "I think the good part of what I saw, came out of it, I heard so many of the citizens express themselves on how much the fire department meant for them and we on the other hand said how much the citizens meant to."
WIAT-TV 42 News

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