Only two women don their turnout gear in local paid fire departments, a gender gap that's consistent with national numbers.
Both women, Janice Johnson and Emily Tapscott, work for Decatur Fire & Rescue, while the Athens, Hartselle and Moulton fire departments do not employ any women.
Those who do the hiring said women are simply not applying.
“I don’t know why we’re not getting any female applicants,” Athens Fire Chief Bryan Thornton said.
The U.S Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics says only 3.5 percent of the nation’s firefighters were women in 2017, down from 5.3 percent in 2007. In contrast, the Decatur Police Department has 10 sworn women officers out of 130 on the force, while Athens Police has one full-time sworn woman officer and three women serving as reserves.
Firefighters in Guntersville said a fire at the Pilgrim’s Pride Chicken Plant was a result of a mechanical issue and ammonia leak.
Fire crews said the fire broke out just after 5 Thursday morning. Albertville Fire responded to the scene to help Guntersville Fire crews. Workers at the plant were immediately evacuated. Officials said there are no injuries. Two other plants nearby were shut down after the fire.
Crews are working to fix the ammonia leak inside the plant. Guntersville Police said they have asked all neighbors in the area to keep their windows shut and stay inside after the leak.
The Pilgrim's Pride Chicken Plant will be closed Thursday. All workers were sent home for the day Thursday.
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Northport’s local Domino’s Pizza is partnering with Northport Fire Rescue for their fifth-annual smoke detector awareness event. And, having a working smoke detector could mean getting a free pizza.
Northport Fire Rescue will deliver Domino’s pizzas this week to help make sure residents are up-to-date on their fire safety knowledge and hardware.
Northport residents will be able to get free pizza if they have taken the proper steps to prepare for a fire. Domino’s area supervisor Jay Shurbet gave details on the selection process.
“They place an order and they are randomly selected,” Shurbet said. “The fire department delivers out the food to them in the fire truck and we come out and we test their fire alarms to make sure they’re working in their homes to help save lives.”
On October 16, 2018, the Mobile Fire-Rescue recognized three firefighters for their bravery and quick action.
Fire Service Driver Bruce Cannella, along with Firefighters Sean McLaughlin and Benjamin Welborn responded in Engine 6 to an early morning apartment fire on September 11, 2018. The crew was dispatched to the Knollwood Apartments (1651 Knollwood Drive) at approximately 4:59 A.M. for an electronic alarm. Neighbors called 9-1-1, reporting what was thought to have been a smoke detector sounding in an adjacent apartment unit.
Upon arrival on scene, the crew (EA6) rendezvoused with the neighbor who called, where they were escorted to the location of the audible device.
While approaching the apartment unit, the firefighters noticed through the sliding, glass door of the porch that black smoke was developing inside of the home. The assisting neighbor informed that he was certain that the tenant, an elderly woman, was inside.
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