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Friday, September 22, 2006

Brighton Warehouse : Multiple Alarm

Birmingham Fire & Rescue
Brighton Fire Department
Lipscomb Fire Department

Thursday night, Birmingham, Brighton and Lipscomb Fire Departments responded to a large commercial fire at an auto dismantlers warehouse on Bessemer Super Highway.

Upon arrival, Birmingham struck a 2nd alarm.

A lot of hard work was put into bringing the large blaze under control. The fire, which erupted around 9:30 p.m., was declared under control about 11 p.m. Firefighters remained on the scene throughout the night to watch for possible rekindles.

Great work!

A former employee has been arrested in connection with the fire that destroyed the building. The exact cause is being investigated.

A special thank you to Captain Mardis for providing these fantastic photos from the scene.

"Live Burn" Film Saturday

Birmingham Sidewalk Film Festival

A firefighter from the Birmingham area has made a short film which will be shown at this weekend's Birmingham Sidewalk Film Festival. The film will be shown Saturday, September 23rd, at 1:30pm at the Alabama Theater.

For ticket information, visit http://www.sidewalkfest.com/2006/films.html

From the creator:

I made a motion picture documentary about a LIVE BURN that took place last year in Harpersville, Al with Rocky Ridge Fire Department while volunteering with them. I had an original score composed and recorded by my good friend Steve Lewis that includes musical performances from members of the Red Mountain Chamber and Alabama Symphony Orchestras. Very nice soundtrack!! Overall this is an inspirational work with some wonderful footage of a fully involved house fire. I dedicated the film to the ES Community of the Birmingham Jefferson County Metro Area.

Below is a video capture from the film...

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Center Point Apartment Fire

Center Point Fire Department

I stopped by Center Point Fire Department to take a few pictures of their new Station 1. Before I could go inside, they were dispatched to an apartment fire on Parkbrook Trail.

Upon arrival, Engine 1 reported a working fire and laid two lines.

According to complex security, only one unit was involved. The extremely fast and hard work of Center Point Firefighters stopped the fire in it's tracks and prevented it from spreading to other apartments.

Great work!

Units On Scene:
  • Engine 1
  • Engine 5
  • Rescue 1
  • Rescue 5
  • Battalion 1
  • Car 10
  • Car 12
  • Car 15
  • JCSO

New Station 1...

I arrived just as Engine 1 was charging the lines...

Fire Marshall...

Battalion 1...

Rescue 1...

Car 12 (according to the tag)...

Car 10...

Rescue 5...

Car 15...

Engine 5...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

AO : Aerial Class

AO : Aerial Class

Ed Lindsey sent the following pictures from an AO:Aerial Class he attended in Adamsville. Thank you for the great shots, Ed!

From Ed:

These pictures were taken Thursday while we were doing our hands on training on the apparatus. The class was made up of guys from several departments including Graysville, Adamsville, Forestdale, West Blount, Corner, Gardendale, Bessemer, Vestavia Hills, and Birmingham. Vestavia Hill's 75' Pierce Ladder, Adamsville's 75' Pierce Ladder, Forestdale 75' Pierce Ladder, Gardendale's 50' Pierce Tele-Squirt, and West Blount's 100' Seagrave Ladder were all present for us to train on.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Palmerdale House Fire

Palmerdale Fire Department

Richard Archer took these pictures at a house fire Palmerdale Fire Department had last Saturday. Thank you for sending them in, Richard!

From Richard:

Palmerdale Fire had a structure fire in the 4200 Block of Bradford Hopewell Road Saturday morning the 16th of September. First due in Engine 3 reported structure fully involved. On arrival Deluge gun was put into action, due to large volume of fire on arrival. Two supply lines laid with arrival of Engine 1, two hand lines were used for an offensive attack to control and extinguish the fire. Cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Units responding:
  • Engine 1
  • Engine 3
  • Rescue 12
  • Rescue 13
  • Blount EMS
  • JCSO

Smoke column seen from Hwy 79 near West Oak Drive...

Monday, September 18, 2006

New Rescue 20

Homewood Fire Department

Homewood Fire has taken delivery of a beautiful new Rescue Unit. The unit, from EVI and mounted on a Ford F-550 Super Duty chassis, has been placed in-service at Station 2 as Rescue 20 and is already on the streets.

Congratulations to Homewood!