Alabama News

Friday, July 30, 2021

Enterprise council on the hunt for next fire chief

The Enterprise City Council has closed applications for the fire chief position and will soon move forward with the first round of selections. At a July work session, the council discussed the hiring procedure to select the next fire chief following Byron Herring’s official retirement on May 28. Herring, who was the longest serving chief in the state, spent nearly 48 years with the department, 26 of those as chief. Council President Turner Townsend suggested following the usual route of a round of phone interviews and narrowing it down to four or five finalists before holding the in-person interview portion. “I thought it was a fairly efficient use of time and a good way to get to know the most candidates without having meeting after meeting after meeting,” he said. The council agreed to these procedures, and Townsend said he would finalize a timeline to follow in the coming weeks.
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Cherokee County Emergency Management Agency Hosts Multi-Agency Training

The Cherokee County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security recently held multi-agency training courses consisting of public safety and military personnel from across Alabama as well as Fayette County Georgia. The Incident Command System (ICS) 300 and 400 courses were taught by instructors from the Alabama Fire College. The classes were held at the Cherokee County Emergency Operations Center Training facility in Centre. Persons serving as command staff, section chiefs, strike team leaders, task force leaders, unit leaders, division/group supervisors, branch directors, and multi-agency coordination system/emergency operations center staff are required to complete the courses. Director Rogers says “this course teaches students how to prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from expanding and complex incidents or emergencies along with disasters.”
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Mountain Brook City Council approves contract for E-911 services

The Mountain Brook City Council, at its regular meeting for Monday, July 26, approved a contract with a provider of E-911 services for the city. The three-year contract is between the Mountain Brook Emergency Communications District and the Shelby County Emergency Communications District. Shelby E-911 will provide call answering and public safety dispatch services for Mountain Brook. In addition to Mountain Brook, Shelby E-911 also provides these services for some other emergency communications districts and communities in Shelby and Jefferson counties. E-911 services for Mountain Brook are currently provided by dispatchers employed in-house and supervised by police personnel. The contract must still be approved by the Shelby County Emergency Communications District, said Mountain Brook Police Chief Ted Cook.
Village Living

Thursday, July 29, 2021

‘I want to take care of them’; Wife of fallen Oneonta firefighter pushes for early cancer screens

VIDEO: The wife of an Alabama firefighter who died of cancer is making it her mission to make sure other first responders are screened early. It’s been almost 18 months since the death of Oneonta firefighter Rex Allred. He lost his battle with an aggressive brain tumor in March 2020. Allred’s wife, Stephanie, recently purchased early detection test kits for two dozen Oneonta firefighters. Equipment will arrive this week. “It’s not only are they just taking this test for themselves, but they are taking it for their families and the people in the community who trust them and look up to them,” said Allred. In recent years, doctors and health leaders have said firefighters are at an increased risk for some diseases, like cancer, because of the elements they are exposed to.
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Lightning strike destroys house in Choctaw County

Lightning is believed to be the cause of a fire that destroyed a house in Choctaw County Tuesday night. It happened after 9 p.m. on Highway 17, about 4 miles north of Jachin. Owner Pat Thompkins was not home at the time but returned later to discover her home gone. Neighbors said they heard a very loud noise during a storm and lightning was active in the area. The fire moved quickly and the brick house could not be saved. A car was also destroyed. Smoke was still visible after daylight Wednesday.
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Randolph County: Rock Stand Volunteer Fire Department honored for tornado relief efforts

State Sen. Randy Price (District 13) attended the Randolph County Association of Volunteer Fire Departments' quarterly meeting hosted by West Randolph VFD at Mt. Prospect Baptist Church on Monday night. Price presented a signed resolution (No. 21-172) filed with the Senate of Alabama on July 22 to Rock Stand Volunteer Fire Department and their chief, David Treadwell, for exemplary service following the devastating EF2 tornado that tore through their community on the night of March 25. While much attention has been focused on the Corinth and County Line areas, the Rock Stand community had 35 residences that suffered wind/tree damage and six that were total losses. Unfortunately, five of the 35 households had no insurance to cover their losses. However, with more than $11,075 collected from charitable donations, Chief Treadwell formed a committee to establish a priority system to ensure those with the greatest needs were addressed first.
Randolph Leader

Athens Fire receives needed equipment

Earlier this year, Athens Fire Chief Al Hogan made a request to the City Council to OK the purchase of several new pieces of equipment essential to the department. The Council unanimously approved the purchase, which was in the department's budget. Athens Fire and Rescue recently received its new compressed air bottles, face masks, automated external defibrillators and other items. Hogan told The News Courier on Monday the equipment was expected to be in service by that evening. "If we don't have this stuff, we can't go in,” Hogan said. “It's a relief. Now we just need to make sure we get the items in service and make sure everyone is checked off on them. I think we got all that done today, so it should be on the trucks and working.” Hogan said the compressed air bottles are SCBAs, or self-contained breathing apparatuses.
The News Courier

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