If you drive by the Main Central Fire station on Plaza Drive in Enterprise, you may be in for a surprise. Within 24-hours, a crew from Texas assembled a 47-foot training tower in the parking lot of the Enterprise Central Fire Station. For Fire Chief Chris Davis and his predecessor, "retired" Chief Byron Herring, they long sought the structure which is just under 50-feet. Due to a construction boom along the boll weevil circle, several multi-story hotels have been constructed. The tower will provide his 50 firefighters the ability to practice attacking a high-rise building. Davis says "The ability with this we can do pump operations, tactics, approaching floors that may be on fire and obviously technical rescue. This tower gives us the opportunity to do anything we could want to train on other than live fire."
WDHN-TV ABC 18 Dothan
From ice storms to keeping the recycling center running and being a first responder, City of Florence Essential workers didn’t take a day off through the pandemic.
“We were out working every day and never missed a day of work,” said Done Lane.
And now through the American rescue plan funds full-time city employees are getting a $4000 and part-time $2,000 bonus just in time for the holidays.
“We stayed working and now it’s finally paying off,” said Lane. Lane has worked for the city for 25 years and he said: “I’ve never had a bonus period.”
The city of Florence received 8.5 million dollars in recovery funds.
“We felt like the four thousand was the best way to really show the employees that we appreciate their service and what a good job they’ve done while working through the pandemic,” said Dick Jordan.
WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville
After five decades, an outdated communications tower at the DeKalb Sheriff’s Office will soon be replaced thanks to half a million dollars in grant funding.
During emergencies, first responders and law enforcement are the first ones to respond and it all comes through a tower, which was aging and unreliable.
DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden told 48 News, it’s been a challenge at times.
“There have been times where parts of the system have gone down in the middle of the night, and we are only able to use a certain tower in the county, which will limit the capability of the town on different ends,” said Sheriff Welden.
The new communications tower will be replaced, which Sheriff Welden said will cut down on response times for first responders and make them more competitive with surrounding agencies.
WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville