Alabama News

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Carbon Hill Fire Department to apply for fire grant

The Carbon Hill Fire Department will apply for about $50,000 in grant money to obtain equipment. The Carbon Hill City Council last week gave approval to make the application after Assistant Fire Chief Phillip Howard made a presentation to the council. District 1 Councilman McClain Burrough, District 4 Councilman Chandler Gann and District 5 Councilman Jason Chambers were absent from the meeting, although Burrough walked in as the meeting was near conclusion. "From 2017, we had a total of 39 fires and 211 man hours," he said. "Out of that, 10 of them were structure fires, three of them were vehicle fires, 19 brush fires, three weather calls and four motor vehicle collisions."
Jasper Daily Mountain Eagle

Baldwin County Commissioners discussing life saving raft for water rescue calls

Today, Baldwin County Commissioners are expected to discuss the possibility of purchasing a life saving device. It'd be used to help the Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department when responding to water rescue calls. The Swift Water Emily Emergency Rescue Buoy costs more than $14,000, but it's a purchase that could save lives. Right now 25 volunteer firefighters are facing the task of patrolling about 30 miles of Fort Morgan coastline. They're often solely responsible for educating visitors and saving lives.
WPMI-TV NBC 15 Mobile

New attraction to inspire economic change in Shelby County

It will be a huge attraction, right in the middle of Pelham, and also another indicator of the economic change taking place in Shelby County. The National Fire Protection Association Heroes Experience will be built on a site just off I-65 at exit 242. It will be a one-of-a-kind attraction, housed in a 100,000 square foot building and promoting public fire and life safety education. "The museum portion is actually going to be designed by people that have designed stuff at Disney and the Kennedy Space Center,” said Yvonne Murray, with 58 Inc., Shelby County’s new economic development initiative.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Monday, April 23, 2018

Mobile firefighters and one little hero recognized for live-saving work

Eighteen of Mobile's firefighters received awards for their life-saving reactions while working a house fire on April 6th, 2018, according to a press release from the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department. You can read it in full below: Another honorable mention is little hero Raymond. He was playing outside when he spotted the home engulfed in flames. He immediately ran inside to alert adults. On April 6, 2018, Engines 14, 12, and 21, along with Rescue 14, Truck 17, and District 1 Chief were dispatched for a residential fire located in the 1900 block of Seale Street. Rescue 14 arrived on scene and reported a one story, wood-frame, residential structure with heavy smoke and flames visible.
WPMI-TV NBC 15 Mobile

40 people displaced after Birmingham apartment fire

An apartment fire in Birmingham displaced 40 people on Saturday. One woman said she lost everything, but she is thanking God she and her son made it out alive. "It was scary seeing something like that," said Toya Watindi, a cousin of a tenant. "For a whole entire building to be on fire, and people living in there and they can't get out, jumping from the balcony. It's very scary." The fire started at Sandpiper Apartments on Barcelona Court early Saturday morning. Cell phone video captured smoke pouring out of the windows and roof as firefighters worked to control the flames and get the tenants out.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Massive tanker fire in Mobile

A crash involving a tanker truck and an SUV led to a massive fire on Zeigler Boulevard in Mobile. Investigators said the wreck happened around 4 p.m. near Athey Road. Once they learned the truck was carrying a load of gasoline, Mobile firefighters evacuated a two-block radius of homes and businesses. It took more than an hour before firefighters could extinguish the flames by spraying large amounts of water and foam to the burning tanker. No injuries were reported. As of 6:45 p.m., Zeigler Boulevard is closed between Middle Ring Road and Greenway Drive.
WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville

Several campers flipped as tornado hits RV park in Foley

The National Weather Service said an EF-0 tornado touched down in Foley. Anchors Aweigh RV Resort go the worst of it Sunday afternoon. Martha and Jerry Wright could hear the roar as the twister passed over their camper. "I was terrified. I was holding on. There was nothing we could do. We couldn't get out. We wouldn't want to get out," Martha said. "We both tried to get everything secure as fast as we could and our coach was shaking violently. Finally got our slides in and it was over," Jerry said. The strength of the tornado flipped five campers on their side, sent four people to the hospital and left the RV resort in disarray.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Birmingham firefighters battle blaze

Birmingham fire officials are investigating an early morning blaze. The fire started around 6:30 Monday morning at a home on 31st Street North. When officials arrived, flames could be seen shooting through the roof. The fire appeared to have started on the second floor of the home. Firefighters were initially told the home was occupied. However, after searching the home, they didn't find anyone inside. No injuries have been reported.

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