The state’s 17 prison systems don’t have working fire alarm systems, an obvious code violation, lawmakers were told this morning during a presentation on the crowded, aging facilities.
“It’s pervasive in our system … that we have deficiencies in our fire alarm systems,” Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn said later. “So what we do, we have corrections officers posted throughout and if there’s an issue, we do it through a verbal system. Obviously, if inmates see something, they notify.
“Obviously, we have procedures if we have a fire to evacuate either portions or all of the facility but the aural fire alarms, we have deficiencies around the state.”
Dunn and Gov. Robert Bentley are trying to gather support for the governor’s $800 million bond proposal to build four mega prisons and close most of the existing facilities.
Residents of Henry County are coming together to help a local volunteer firefighter and his family.
A few weeks ago, volunteer firefighter Mike Railey was severely injured. A tire blew up, breaking more than 50 percent of the bones in Railey’s face. At the time of the accident, Railey had been employed by Cosby-Owen Tire for six months.
Cathy Cosby with Cosby-Owen Tire has established an account at Ameris Bank in Abbeville.
“An account has been setup at the local branch of Ameris for anyone wanting to help with Mike’s medical expenses,” Cosby said.
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A woman confined to a wheelchair was rescued this morning after fire swept through one Birmingham home, and threatened the woman's house next door.
The two-alarm fire broke out shortly before 9 a.m. on 43rd Avenue North and Vanderbilt Road. Birmingham Fire and Rescue spokesman Capt. Bryan Harrell.
The house where the fire started was leveled by the flames. The woman who lives next door was trapped inside her home and rescued by firefighters. Paramedics checked her out on the scene, and said she appeared to be OK.
McAdory Fire first responders better trained, equipped for drug overdoses
Seven times a day, someone in the United States dies in a fire. In January, four children perished in an Opelika mobile home fire, and one is still recovering in the hospital.
With the memory of these Opelika children heavy on their hearts, the Opelika Fire Department is teaming up with the Red Cross to try to save lives by visiting homes and installing free smoke detectors.
It takes Opelika firefighters about two minutes to install a smoke detector. A quick, easy and now free solution that can provide a lifetime of safety for your family.
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