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  • The Official Newsletter of theALABAMA ASSOCIATION OF VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS

    January 2002

    By Tilda MimsForest Education Specialist,

    Alabama Forestry Commission, Tuscaloosa

    More than 140 wildland firefight-ers attended the first-everAlabama Interagency WildlandFire Academy May 11-20, 2001, to trainin confronting wildland fires that threat-en life and property. The academy wasdeveloped by the Jefferson-ShelbyWildland-Urban Interface AdvisoryBoard as part of an educational strategyto train firefighters responsible for initialattack of fires occurring in the wildland-urban interface.

    The term wildland/urban interfacerefers to geographical areas where urbanstructures mainly residences are builtclose to flammable fuels found naturallyin wildland areas. The wildland/urbaninterface creates two major concerns:careless actions by homeowners increasethe risk of wildfires and wildfires pose agreater threat to lives, homes and busi-nesses.

    Interagency TrainingOpportunity

    House fires are traditionally controlledby structural firefighters using hoses fromwater mains and hydrants. Wildland fire-fighters, on the other hand, are usuallycharged with protection of homes, wood-lands and their natural resources. Now thatAlabamas larger cities are expanding intoforests, valleys and hillsides, structural andwildland firefighters often respond cooper-atively to house fires that threaten forestedareas and wildland fires that threaten resi-dential areas.

    The Academy was the first of its typein Alabama designed for interagencytraining and cross training. It was espe-cially effective as a networking andteam-building tool.

    Academys SuccessPrompts Another

    for 2002Alabamas first Interagency Wildland

    Fire Academy was a tremendous suc-cess. The long-term benefits of the acad-emy were quickly affirmed when 8structural firefighters and one paramedictrained in the school were sent toWashington State in a 20-man Alabamainteragency crew. In November, fivemore joined a Forest Service crew at theTalladega National Forest in TalladegaCounty.

    When planning the 2001 academy, the

    Board estimated a class of 60-65 people.Once publicity for the academy began,however, response quickly exceeded the150 mark. To boost attendance, theShelby County Fire & EMS Associationoffered scholarships to Shelby Countyfirefighters. By the end of the event, 145students had trained in six differentclasses and 20 received Red CardCertification.

    Requests for another academyprompted the Advisory Board to plan a2002 Academy for April 19-May 10.Eighteen different classes will beoffered over a three-week period.Course descriptions, class times andfees, and a registration form are includ-ed in this newsletter. Brochures and reg-istration materials will also be mailedout. For more information on theAlabama Interagency Wildland FireAcademy, contact Harry Kepler at205-339-0929.

    AALABAMALABAMASS FFIRSTIRST IINTERAGENCYNTERAGENCY WWILDLANDILDLAND FFIREIRE AACADEMYCADEMY

    Preparing for a field exercise

  • Page 2, January 2002 Official Newsletter of the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments The Volunteer

    Iwant to take this opportunity to wish each of you a veryHappy New Year! As president of this organization, Ihave had the pleasure of attending several county associa-tion banquets. It is a real pleasure to be associated with thetrue heroes of Alabama, the members of the volunteer firedepartments across this great state.

    As an association, three bills have been presented to theAlabama Senate and House for approval and passage. Thefirst bill deals with Arson related fires, and calls for thecharge of murder if a firefighter or any other individual is

    killed as a result of the fire. The second bill would preventan employer from dismissing or taking disciplinary actionagainst a firefighter or emt, who in the performance oftheir duty related to an emergency situation, is late forwork. The third bill would protect a firefighter from havinghis/her personnel insurance rates increased as a result ofan accident while driving a fire apparatus. If these impor-tant pieces of legislation are to be passed, it will take thecombined efforts of our membership. I urge each each ofyou to let your local representatives know how importantthese bills are to you and the fire service.

    The Alabama Joint Fire Council met at the Alabama FireCollege on January 11, 2002 to continue discussions withregard to the Alabama Firefighter Memorial. We met withthe architect and walked the site of the memorial. Whencompleted, this will be a memorial that all of us can beproud of. Each volunteer fire department should havereceived a brochure regarding donations and instructions ofwhere to send the funds. With your help, this memorial willbe completed in the next eighteen months.

    As we begin this new year of service to our communities,I thank each of you for your dedication and desire to be ofservice to others.

    FROM THE AAVFDPRESIDENTSDESKby

    John D. Miller, Jr.

    I N S I D E T H I S E D I T I O NInteragency Wildland Fire Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1From the AAVFD Presidents Desk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2Letter to the Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2From Here and There . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52002 Insurance Enrollments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9AAVFD Scholarship Deadline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9CFSI Announces Tribute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9Annual Dues Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9Annual Award Nominations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9Kilpatrick Volunteer Fire Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

    Frisco City Volunteer Fire Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11Dons Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12Rutledge Volunteer Fire Department . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17Wildland Fire Academy Course Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . .20Wildland Fire Academy Registration/Nomination Form . . . .21Laceys Spring Volunteer Fire Department . . . . . . . . . . . .232002 State Conference Information/Pre-registration . . . . .25National Fire Fighter Fatalities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26Classified Ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27The Bell Tolled . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

    We Appreciate our Firefighters

    Firefighters give of themselves without fail, without hesitationand without question, to make their respective communities safer.They are the epitome of community service.

    These dedicated individuals deserve an expression of apprecia-tion from us. We should reflect on the total number of volunteerhours that are accumulated on a yearly basis by volunteer fire-fighters. Keep in mind that in addition to the rigors of firefightingand the many hours of training associated with it, firefighters giveof themselves in many other ways. Their commitment to theircommunities usually carries over in their active participation incivic, recreational, veterans and other projects. When we come incontact with firefighters, we should shake their hands and thankthem for all they do for us.

    A Thankful Alabamian

    Letter to the Editor:

    Theyre crickets, not beepers.

  • The Volunteer Official Newsletter of the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments January 2002, Page 3

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    3714 HARGROVE ROAD EAST STE. BPHONE 205-556-0607 TUSCALOOSA, AL 35405 FAX 205-556-0208

    1989 E-One Hurricane6 Man Cab Diesel / Automatic

    1500 GPM Pump

    NewNFPA Compliant

    AIRPACK

    $1295.00

    Lifetime Warranty!

    1985 TANKERDiesel Automatic 400 GPM Pump2000 Gallon Stainless Steel Tank

    18 Lo-Profile PPVPneumatic Tires

    HONDAPOWERED!

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    CHIEFTAIN TURNOUTNFPA APPROVED SET

    $775.00 Nomex$975.00 Advance

    Set Includes:

    Coat/PantHelmet/HoodBoots/GlovesSuspendersGear Bag

    *Oversize Charges Applyto sizes XXL - XXXXL

    THE FERRARA FAN

    1983 Ford C Series5 Man Cab Diesel / Automatic1000 GPM Pump & 750 Tank

    1984 Spartan Pumper8 Man Cab Diesel / Automatic

    1500 Pump / 1000 Tank

    1978 Chevy Mini PumperPierce Body

    4 Speed Manual Transmission

  • Page 4, January 2002 Official Newsletter of the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments The Volunteer

    Deep SouthTruck and Equipment Sales, Inc.

    Highland Volunteer Fire Department Gadsden area recently took delivery of their new Toynefire truck. Some of the features of this Apparatus is a 1250 GPM pump, top mount pump panel,deck gun, roll up doors, front bumper extension with hose tray and preconnect slide in lattercompartments, and all aluminum body.

    Toyne has been building top of the line fire apparatus in the same mid-west location since1942. For all of your fire apparatus needs, from helping complete your desired specifications todesign and drawing help, call us. We also have in stock approximately 30 used and refurbishedapparatuses, we also custom build tankers per your departments needs and requirements.

    Member NFPA

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  • The Volunteer Official Newsletter of the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments January 2002, Page 5

    Marshall County Association held their FirefighterBanquet on January 17th.

    Luverne VFD, Crenshaw County, placed in service anew Deep South 1850 Gallon tanker on a 1994Chevrolet Kodiak chassis.

    Congratulations to Chris Burnside, Pea Ridge Fire &Rescue, Shelby County, who was honored as Fireman ofthe Year at their Firefighter Appreciation Dinner onDecember 6th.

    Mud Tavern Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Morgan County,held its annual Awards Dinner on December 8th.Congratulations to Richard Ennis, EMT of the Year;Michael Greenwell, Rookie of the Year; Paul Kitchens,Firefighter of the Year; and Kim Kitchens, OutstandingService Award of the Year.

    Frisco City VFD, Monroe County, held its annualAwards Dinner on December 8th. Congratulations toVincent Ferraro, Officer of the Year; Sue Starr,Firefighter of the Year; John Gulley, Rookie of the Year;and Linda Rowell, Outstanding Firefighter of the Year.

    Congratulations to Jacques Prescott who was honoredas Firefighter of the Year by Thomasville VFD, ClarkeCounty.

    Members of the Thomasville, Fulton, Grove Hill,Antioch, Seyrene-Chance and Coffeeville VFD, Clarke

    County, attended a hazardous materials course presentedby Loss Control of Rome, Georgia. The course coveredmany aspects of dealing with hazardous materials,including running through various leak scenarios, suchas valving off a mock sulphuric acid leak.

    Springville VFD, St. Clair County, hosted an EVOCcourse in January.

    Laceys Spring VFD, Morgan County, participated inthe Huntsville Christmas Parade. Their rescue vehiclewas purchased from Morgan County Association.

    Congratulations to these departments and their hard working members! Improved ISO ratings are what we are oftenmeasured by and its obvious that Alabama Volunteer Fire Departments measure up!

    News of the Volunteer Fire Service from across Alabama

    THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION OF VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS statewide continuesto pay off in improved ISO ratings. Listed below are changes in ratings.

    Effective November, 2001Akron Hale 10 7/9Bethel-Gum Pond Morgan 9/10 5/9Brownville-Owassa Conecuh 9/9 6/9Lockhart Covington 7 6/9White Oak Colbert 7/9 5/9

    Effective December, 2001Emerald Mountain Elmore 9/9 4/9Nymph Conecuh 9/9 7/9

    PRIOR CURRENTDEPARTMENT COUNTY RATING RATING

    PRIOR CURRENTDEPARTMENT COUNTY RATING RATING

    Laceys Spring VFDMorgan County

    Editors Note: If you would like an event or item to appear inFrom Here and There, please submit it to the Montgomeryoffice before the 15th of the month prior to publication. Nextdeadline will be February 15, 2002 for the March issue.

  • Page 6, January 2002 Official Newsletter of the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments The Volunteer

    BRINDLEE MOUNTAIN FIRE APPARATUS LLC

    LOCATED 15 MINUTES SOUTH OF HUNTSVILLE!

    TOLL FREE 1-866-285-9305

    1983 E-ONE PEMFAB 1250 HALE (TOP-MOUNT) PUMP

    750 GALLON TANK

    1982 E-ONE C-8000DIESEL/AUTOMATIC

    1250 HALE / 750 GAL.

    1983 E-ONE C-8000DIESEL/AUTOMATIC

    1250 HALE / 1000 GAL.

    WE WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANKS TO ALL OF THE ALABAMA FIRE DEPARTMENTS

    WE HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE. IT IS AN HONOR TO WORK WITH THE

    OUTSTANDING MEN AND WOMEN OF THE ALABAMA FIRE SERVICE. THANK YOU!

    He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee,but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

    Micah 6:8

  • The Volunteer Official Newsletter of the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments January 2002, Page 7

    BRINDLEE MOUNTAIN FIRE APPARATUS LLC

    LOCATED 15 MINUTES SOUTH OF HUNTSVILLE!

    TOLL FREE 1-866-285-9305

    1985 E-ONE HURRICANE1250 HALE PUMP

    500 GALLON TANK

    1992 E-ONE PROTECTOR1250 TOP MOUNT HALE PUMP

    1000 GALLON TANK

    He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee,but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

    Micah 6:8

  • Page 8, January 2002 Official Newsletter of the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments The Volunteer

  • The Volunteer Official Newsletter of the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments January 2002, Page 9

    Its Not Too Late To Send Your2002 Insurance Enrollments!

    The new year for AD&D insurance enrollments began onJanuary l, 2002, but its not too late to send yourrenewals/applications to the Montgomery office. Policy cost is$12.00 per year for $10,000 coverage or $20.00 per year forcoverage of $20,000. Coverage begins on the date your applica-tion reaches the office. If you need additional applications, con-tact the office at 334-262-2833 or 1-888-972-2833.

    AAVFD Scholarship Deadline is March 31, 2002

    The deadline for scholarship applications is March 31, 2002.This makes it possible for each winner to be recognized at theschool during graduation ceremonies.

    Each year four scholarships in the amount of $500.00 each isawarded. Each scholarship is given on a one-year basis and mustbe applied for each year regardless of previous applications.Applications must be mailed to the Montgomery office to the atten-tion of Scholarship Chairman Roy Adamson and postmarked nolater than March 31, 2002. For information on applying, contactthe Montgomery office at 334-262-2833 or 1-888-972-2833.

    CFSI Announces Theme forFourteenth Annual Tribute

    The Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) is proud toannounce the theme of the Fourteenth Annual National Fireand Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars to be held April 18,2002. The theme of this years dinner is, Protecting Our Nation.In part, this theme was inspired by the tragic events of September11, 2001. On that day, Americans came to understand the unshak-able resolve of our nations first responders. It was a day in whichthe virtues o...

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