Alabama News

Friday, February 17, 2017

Governor Awards Over $67,000 in Wildfire Response Grants to Volunteer Fire Departments

Governor Robert Bentley on Friday announced $67,762 is being awarded to Volunteer Fire Departments (VFDs) that qualified for the Wildfire Response Grant (WRG). In December, Governor Bentley announced that up to $100,000 would be available for reimbursements to departments for costs incurred during the response to wildfires across the state during the fall of 2016. “Last fall I saw first-hand the impact of extreme drought conditions, resulting in Volunteer Fire Departments spending countless hours working together to de-escalate the fires that plagued the state of Alabama,” Governor Bentley said.
Governor, Alabama

Longhorn Steakhouse In Mobile Closed After Fire

A popular West Mobile restaurant will be closed today as they try to clean up after a fire last night. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that severely damaged the Longhorn Steakhouse on Airport Boulevard. The first call came in just after midnight. Two ladder trucks were used to get the firefighters to the roof where the fire was concentrated. It took firefighters nearly three hours to put the fire out and clear the scene. The restaurant will be closed until the damage is repaired.
WKRG-TV News 5 Mobile

Two Arrested on Drug Charges Following Cedar Bluff House Fire

Cedar Bluff, Centre and Gaylesville firefighters responded to a report of a Highway 9 house fire near Cedar Bluff School on Thursday night. According to Cedar Bluff Fire Chief Shawn Rogers as soon as Cedar Bluff firefighters arrived they were told by neighbors that the occupants of the home were still inside. Chief Rogers and others quickly entered the structure, going to the second floor and waking the homeowners and a small child – helping everyone exit the home safely.

Update: Man charged with arson after deadly mobile home fire in Sumiton

Sumiton police say that Ryan Glen Park Phillips, 27, has been charged with arson following a deadly mobile home fire Tuesday, Feb. 14. One person died, another was injured and a firefighter sustained severe injuries in the fire that happened near the intersection of Hull and Whitlow Roads. Phillips was taken into custody early Wednesday morning. Family members identified the person killed as a grandmother named Mary Dill. The victim will have to be officially identified through DNA and dental records.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Official: State prisons don’t have functional fire alarms

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.
Decatur Daily

People pitch in to help injured Henry County firefighter

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.
Dothan Eagle & Dothan Progress

Wheelchair-bound woman rescued, 1 firefighter injured in 2-alarm Birmingham blaze

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.
Huntsville Times

VIDEO: McAdory Fire first responders better trained, equipped for drug overdoses

McAdory Fire first responders better trained, equipped for drug overdoses

Red Cross, Opelika Fire Deptartment offers free smoke detectors

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.
WSFA-TV NBC 12 Montgomery

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