Alabama News

Friday, February 26, 2021

Two Vehicles Burned, Four People Including Two Firefighters Treated in Cherokee County

PHOTOS: Spring Creek Firefighters were called to the scene of a reported vehicle fire taking place at a location on County Road 378 just off of Highway 411 on Thursday morning. Once arriving on-scene firefighters discovered 2 vehicles on fire. Due to the saturated ground and distance to the fire, firefighters were unable to access the fire with fire trucks. The fire was more than 700 yards behind the residence and firefighters had to carry hand tools and walk in to fight the fire. Firefighters requested Alabama Forestry to respond to help them contain the fire due increased winds causing the fire to quickly spread. Forestry arrived on-scene and was able to plow a break around the fire containing it to approximately 5 acres. The Cherokee County Rescue Squad was also called to respond with an All-Terrain Vehicle to help transport two people who suffered heat exhaustion while trying to put the fire out before firefighters arrived on-scene. Two firefighters suffered minor burns to their arms while battling the fire due to rapidly changing conditions.
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Car slams into gas pumps, igniting massive fire in north Baldwin County

An old convenience store caught on fire after a vehicle ran into it off Redtown Road, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. The fire destroyed that car and a truck in the parking lot. The blaze completely gutted the former Lottie Grocery. Firefighters from several departments were on scene for several hours Thursday afternoon. The building is the location of the shuttered Lottie Grocery. Firefighters believe the driver of the car is doing okay.
WKRG-TV CBS 5 Mobile

Mobile public safety director raises possibility of mandatory vaccinations for first responders

For now, the COVID-19 vaccines are voluntary, but that eventually could change for first responders, according to Mobile Public Safety Director James Barber. Barber stressed that no decisions have been made and likely would not for some time. But in a recent interview with FOX10 News, he raised the possibility. He noted that police and fire-rescue workers come in frequent close contact with the public. “Which outweighs? You know, the right of the officer to decline the vaccination or the paramedics to decline the vaccination, versus the right of a patient not to be exposed to somebody who could potentially be carrying the virus?” he said. “So, it’s a big question – not something that we have to deal with right now.” Currently, vaccine supply remains so much below demand that officials say it would be counterproductive to try to force employees to get vaccinated. But participation among first responders, who have been eligible since the vaccines first came out late last year, has lagged well behind what experts contend is necessary for “herd immunity.”
WALA-TV Fox 10 Mobile

Moulton Fire pays tribute to 2 fallen heroes on anniversary of Morgan Street fire

Moulton Fire Department honored two fallen heroes with a private memorial—and a special invitation for the public on social media—last Thursday on the 15th anniversary of the fire that claimed the lives of Capt. Lloyd McCulloch and Volunteer Firefighter Dustin “Dusty” Jones. “February 21st will always hold a special place in our hearts. That night, we lost two brothers in our brotherhood,” a Feb. 21 post on the Moulton Fire Department’s Facebook page states. “In memory of Lloyd and Dusty, stop by your local fire station and thank those who are there to serve you.” The fire began at Outdoor Parts and Service Inc, also known as the Littrell Lumber Co. building, on Morgan Street in Moulton. “The fire had been discovered in late afternoon and firefighters from several county departments had responded,” A 2006 report in The Moulton Advertiser states. “The cavernous old building was totally destroyed.”
Moulton Advertiser

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Fire at city-owned building in Birmingham

Birmingham firefighters put out a fire in a city-owned building in the 2900 block of Avenue I in Ensley Wednesday. It started around 3:00 p.m. Firefighters said the building is used to store lawn equipment for the city. It is also used to park city vehicles in the back lot. No one was hurt in the fire. No one was in the building at the time of the fire. The fire was contained to one area. The fire is under investigation.
WBRC-TV Fox 6 Birmingham

Rookie firefighters get unique training experience after fire in Huntsville

A vacant house fire at the corner of California St & Randolph in the historic Five Points District ended up serving as a valuable learning experience for upcoming firefighters. The house was being remodeled and as soon as firefighters broke down the door, a few fell immediately into a hole behind the door. No firefighters were injured and the fire occupying the basement level and attic were under control within an hour. Fire officials tell NEWS 19 the floor conditions poised a real challenge and the outcome could have been far worse. Given the older, historic nature of the home and the variables of the fire, Huntsville Fire Department leaders thought the rookies needed to see the house first-hand. Trainers walked the recruits around the home and up to the hole where other firefighters fell through.
WHNT-TV CBS 19 Huntsville

John Soules Foods donates equipment to East Alabama Fire Department

In a Tuesday afternoon ceremony at the East Alabama fire station in the Fairfax community, Valley Mayor Leonard Riley and representatives of the East Alabama Fire Department thanked officials from John Soules Foods for helping fund the purchase of state of the art lifesaving equipment. The Holmatro Pentheon Series is the new generation jaws of life. Officials said the battery-powered equipment is easier to operate than its forerunner and is fast in extricating someone trapped inside a wrecked vehicle or a burning house. “It’s much faster to use and is a lot stronger than what we have been using,” said East Alabama Fire Chief Kerry Pickard. “We are training everyone on it right now, and we will have it on our front-end ambulance. That’s the one that goes to all the wrecks, and we have a lot of them in the section of I-85 we cover.”

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