Alabama News

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Vestavia Hills Fire Chief: ‘Making bad situations better’

It’s been 32 years since Vestavia Hills Fire Chief Jim St. John walked into a Birmingham fire station and asked how to get a job as a firefighter. In the time since, St. John has been with the city of Vestavia through large structural fires, tornadoes, a plane crash and thousands of emergency calls. “Firefighters tend to see people on their worst days, and so I’ve gotten a lot of personal satisfaction from being able to help people out on those days, and to leave things in better shape than we found them,” he said. It was the department’s focus on training and preparedness that he said drew him to Vestavia, as well as the desire to stay near where he grew up.
Vestavia Voice

Arson suspect in custody following Arab house fire

A suspect is in custody. Fire investigators in Arab believe he is somehow connected to an overnight house fire. Fire officials put out the fire and say it wasn't long they got credible evidence this wasn't just a house fire. Arab fire crews responded to a house fire on Shoal Creek Road just before 3 a.m. A neighbor called in the fire to say there were flames coming out of the attic, and it was fully involved with fire crews arrived. With the help of some adjoining volunteer fire departments, the fire was contained in an hour.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Fort Payne man loses home to blaze

A Fort Payne man lost his home to a fire Wednesday afternoon. The Fort Payne Fire Department responded to a call around 1:26 p.m. concerning a home located on Alabama 35 off Glenn Boulevard in Fort Payne. Assistant Fire Chief Ron Saferite said it was a fully involved structural fire. The home burned in minutes. "When we arrived to the scene, it was already full involved,” Saferite said. “By the time we set up to respond, it was already too far gone.
Fort Payne Times-Journal

East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department: New truck to be dedicated Saturday

East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department will officially put a new truck into service Saturday, and the community is invited to be a part of the dedication. A ceremony is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fire house on East Limestone Road, just north of East Limestone High School. The formal dedication ceremony is set for noon, but other events that day will include a LifeSouth blood drive and a fundraiser for the family of Ashleigh Jones, the Johnson Elementary School student critically injured April 18 after being struck by a car.

Crews investigate fire in Madison County

Two people are without a home this morning after theirs caught fire Wednesday night. Volunteer firefighters from Moores Mill and surrounding areas were called to the 100 block of Claty Drive, just off Baltimore Hill Road, around 10:45 pm. When they arrived, they could see flames coming from one end of the mobile home. Crews were able to put the fire out in about 30 minutes. We are told two adults live in the home and were able to get out safely.
WHNT-TV News 19 Huntsville

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mobile Fire-Rescue Closer To Getting New Chief

As of April 25, it has been 1,271 days since the Mobile-Fire Rescue Department last had a fire chief. However, it appears the vacancy may soon be getting filled. Mobile’s new Public Safety Director James Barber says they have 13 applicants for the job. “The vetting process continues throughout this week,” said Barber. “We hope to be able to have a short list by the end of the week.” Barber says they will likely have one candidate named by the end of next month.
WKRG-TV News 5 Mobile

First responders plan for aircraft crash at Dothan airport

It is not unusual for local first responders to receive an emergency call about an aircraft experiencing a problem as the pilot prepares to land at the Dothan Regional Airport. In most cases, they land without a problem and emergency crews are able to return back to their stations. That might not always be the case, however, which is why several local first responders were at the airport on Tuesday morning, training for the worst.
Dothan Eagle & Dothan Progress

Paramedic firefighters are new breed; Jeff State Community College training for demand

There is a demand for advanced medical training for fire departments. We told you about it just a few weeks ago. More than 85% of all calls the Birmingham fire department takes is for emergency medical services. We interviewed a teacher and firefighter, both working to fix this problem. Roles for firefighters are changing. Fire departments want people who can do more than run into burning buildings. Jerica Cox represents the new breed: a paramedic firefighter.
WJSU-TV ABC 33/40 Anniston

Follow-up: Residents report hearing ’loud boom’ before apartment fire in Mobile

Mobile fire and arson investigators returned to Timber Ridge apartments Tuesday searching for answers in the aftermath. Sunday’s fire in Mobile left dozens of people displaced; officials still looking to determine what caused the blaze. TJ Johnson was inside of her apartment when her building caught fire. She ran out with just the clothes on her back and said she’s lucky to be alive. “I was awoken by a very loud thud up above me…then, I saw thin black smoke trickling it…I got close to the door and there was a lot of heat emanating from the door and I was like ‘oh my goodness! It’s on fire’”, Johnson said.
WPMI-TV NBC 15 Mobile

Chelsea Fire and Rescue holds live burn training event

Chelsea Fire and Rescue conducted a live burn training exercise this week, giving their team an opportunity to combat a fire within a structure. Chelsea FD, along with Cahaba Valley and Pelham fire departments, battled fires in the rooms of an old home on Chesser Drive. The home was donated by the owners, said Chelsea Fire Chief Wayne Shirley, and it allowed firefighters to practice battling fires in a more realistic setting than what is offered by burn trailers or simulators.
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