After serving over five years as the Decatur Fire and Rescue Chief, Anthony Grande announced today that he is leaving at the end of the year.
Grande began his tenure as the fire chief in 2014. In January, he will move to Tennessee to serve as the executive director of the Tennessee Firefighter Commission.
Today, Mayor Tab Bowling and Decatur first responders came out to congratulate him. Chief Grande says leaving Decatur is bittersweet.
“I came in and found a wonderful group of folks that just needed just a little guidance on their path, and they ran with it and they ran with me, and they’re going to keep running,” said Grande.
During the transition, Division Chief Trent Putman and the senior leadership of the fire department will take over the chief’s responsibilities.
Technology will help first responders in Trussville get to their destination faster and safer.
Trussville Fire Chief Tim Shotts says it's still a major problem that a lot of drivers don’t know how to handle emergency vehicles when they suddenly show up. This could put everyone at risk.
To deal with this, the city is using what is referred to as Glance Priority and Preemption equipment. Devices developed by a company called Applied Information will be placed in fire engines and other emergency vehicles, as well as about 25 stoplights on the main roadways in Trussville.
The device on the truck will send a signal to a tower, which in turn sends a signal to the stoplight; giving first responders a green light and stopping all other traffic.
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The two day training event at the old abandoned Cloverdale School focused on hazmat situations. Firefigthers learned how to test chemicals and ran through different scenarios during the training. Florence police, firefighters, Lauderdale County Emergency Management, and the Colbert County hazmat unity all took part in the training.
"We've staged a scenario where our weaknesses are and make preparations and plans for improvement prior to a real incident happening," said Tim Anerton, the deputy fire chief in Florence.
Some of the scenarios plan for domestic and international terrorist attacks using chemicals and explosives. Anerton said he's grateful to get this type of training from the National Guard.
"We are learning tricks of the trade from them and were finding our own equipment issues we need to make changes and improvements too," said Anerton.
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Mobile firefighter crews battled two fires early Friday morning.
The first was on Park Avenue North, and a short time later firefighters also responded to a fire on Gaston Street.
The second one came at about 5 a.m., with units arriving on the scene of a residential fire in the 300 block of Gaston Street. That's between Basil Street and Adams Street. Mobile Fire-Rescue reported heavy flames were visible from the front of the single-story, duplex-style structure.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames.
MFRD spokesman Steven Millhouse told FOX10 News on the scene that the primary search of the home's interior was clear, with no one inside the structure.
The vacant structure suffered significant flame and water damage, and an investigation into the cause of the fire is pending, Millhouse said.
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