Alabama News

Thursday, July 2, 2020

DeKalb County: Tommy Tuberville campaign bus catches fire on Interstate 59

A bus from Tommy Tuberville’s U.S. Senate campaign caught fire tonight on Interstate 59 in northeast Alabama. No injuries were reported in the incident. Tuberville was not on the bus when the fire started around 8 p.m. The bus was traveling along I-59 near Hammondville, a tiny DeKalb County town about 10 miles from the Georgia state line. Paul Shashy, Tuberville’s campaign manager, said the fire started during a test drive shortly after maintenance. Tyler Pruett, a spokesman for the DeKalb County sheriff, said the cause of the fire is unknown. “We don’t suspect any kind of foul play,” Pruett said. The northbound lanes of the interstate near mile marker 227 were shut down Wednesday night. Pruett said the bus was believed to be a total loss.

Tuscaloosa Fire Chief confirms: Students threw COVID contest parties

Officials in an Alabama city said several college students organized “COVID-19” parties as a contest to see who would get the virus first. Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry said students hosted the parties to intentionally infect each other with the new coronavirus. McKinstry said party organizers purposely invited guests who tested positive for COVID-19. She said the students put money in a pot and whoever got COVID first would get the cash. Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith confirmed the incidents to the City Council Tuesday. Smith didn’t say whether actions would be taken against the students. He also didn’t say which schools the students attend.
WTVY-TV CBS 4 Dothan

Volunteer firefighters in Baldwin County team up for additional training

This week volunteer firefighters from across Baldwin County are receiving extra training in Belforest. The small community is quickly becoming one of Baldwin County’s fastest growing areas. “Over the last few years we’ve experienced tremendous growth in commercial businesses as well as residential,” said Belforest Volunteer Fire Chief David Allen. His team of 17 volunteer firefighters have a large area to cover with 18,000 residents living inside their jurisdiction. On top of that, a new K-6 school is opening later this year. “They’re estimating about 1200 students after year 2. We’re ready for it and I think Belforest has shown that with the new ISO rating we just picked up which is a 4,” said Allen. This week the Alabama Fire College delivered their mobile training unit to the department as an added resource. “It allows us to simulate a live fire environment for training our firefighters,” said Allen.
WKRG-TV CBS 5 Mobile

Florence firefighters see a slight uptick in possible coronavirus calls

Florence firefighters said in recent weeks they are seeing a slight uptick in possible coronavirus calls they're responding to. Florence's Deputy Fire Chief Tim Anerton described the pandemic as a roller coaster for his staff. Sometimes they will get a lot of calls about people displaying coronavirus symptoms but on the other hand calls have gone down across the board because people might still be weary about going to the hospital. Firefighters go on medical calls with paramedics and EMTS. Shoals Ambulance said in the months of April and May the overall call volume was down 30%. Now it's only about 5% below average, but the ambulance service said it's doing more medical facility transports like taking a patient from a nursing home to a hospital. "There was a period of time when we had a lot of COVID calls or covid suspicious calls. That tapered off a bit, but in the last couple of weeks we've seen an uptick again," said Anerton.
WAAY-TV ABC 31 Huntsville

Nurse Practitioner presented with Civilian Lifesaving Award by Mobile Fire-Rescue Department

Most days, nurse practitioner Felicia Quick uses her life-saving skills when she’s on duty in the emergency department at USA Health University Hospital. A few weeks ago her training and experience helped a man in distress after he collapsed. Felicia Quick, CRNP, and her husband, Mike, a paramedic, were outside a Mobile County License Commission office on May 12, 2020. A man in line dropped to the ground. As someone called 911 for help, as the Quicks went to work. “He started having abnormal breathing and that’s when I started chest compressions,” Felicia Quick said. “It happened so fast.” The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department’s Engine 28 and Rescue 28 were dispatched to the scene for to care for a person suspected of having a heart attack. When they arrived, the crew found the Quicks performing cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the man who at that point had become unresponsive.
University of South Alabama

Four Transported for Treatment Following Near Head-On Collision in Cherokee County

Four people were transported for treatment following a near head-on collision taking place at the intersection of Highways 9 and 35 Wednesday morning. Alabama State Troopers, members of the Cedar Bluff and Gaylesville Fire Departments, the Cherokee County Rescue Squad and Floyd EMS all responded to the scene of that wreck in front of Ft Crowe Fireworks at around 11:30 am. Firefighters re-directed traffic around the accident scene, through the Ft Crowe parking lot, as emergency personnel stabilized those injured in the accident prior to each of them being transported to Rome-area hospitals for treatment. The roadway was cleared and both lanes were re-opened at approximately 12:45 pm. The cause of that wreck remains under investigation by Alabama State Troopers.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Decatur gets new fire truck

A brand new truck with life-saving features is now available to Decatur firefighters. A new tower truck was delivered Tuesday and pushed into the fire house. That’s a new truck tradition dating back to original horse power, when buggies had to be pushed back manually when the horses’ work was finished. The people who pushed the truck are former members of the Decatur Rough Riders, the semipro football team that played in Decatur from 1959 until 1966. The deputy chief says the new truck will help with rescue operations. The department will get a second fire engine truck in August.
WAFF-TV NBC 48 Huntsville

Volunteer fire departments in Madison County keeping tabs on higher than average firework sales

Several local firework vendors said they have experienced higher than normal sales this year compared to last, however not all vendors are seeing the same thing. It’s no secret that fireworks in the hands of people can translate to a busy afternoon for emergency responders. For people that live outside of Huntsville city limits, larger fireworks are allowed. It just so happens that majority of county fire departments are staffed by volunteers. These departments will tell you they are understaffed and sometimes under equipped to handle the regions growth. The volunteers are not paid and have families of their own. Many of which would like to spend the holiday with their family. The other half have paid jobs, leaving volunteer stations with logistical issues on Independence Day. “Some of our firefighters work at other agencies and they may be at those jobs or picking up extra shifts at other jobs,” said Zachary Trulson, the President of the Moores Mill Volunteer Fire Department.
WHNT-TV CBS 19 Huntsville

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