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Saturday, June 16, 2007

2007 Explorer Comp. - Pt 1

2007 Fire Explorer Competition

Explorers from across the metro Birmingham area, Mobile and a few teams from Georgia came together to display their training. Teams competed in a rapid dress (PPE) course, ladder raising, CPR, spinal immobilization, make and break and Paramedic biking.

The year is the 4th year Trussville Fire has organized the event. There were about 100 youth that participated.

Westwood / Forestdale Post 209 led the winners column this year.

Thank you, Chief Coleman, for sharing these pictures!

Friday, June 15, 2007

CAPT Gafford Funeral - Pt 2

Birmingham Fire & Rescue

Charles Winborn and Diane Nesbitt sent these additional pictures from the funeral procession for Captain Billy Gafford.

Thank you for sharing these special pictures!

May God bless his soul and comfort his family and friends.

Captain Billy Gafford Funeral (Part 1)

Captain Billy Gafford pictures & comments

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Bessemer Ladder School

Bessemer Fire Department

Bessemer Fire put on a ladder school which was held May 31. Gretchen Peters attended the class and shares the following pictures.

Thank you, Gretchen!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Inverness Country Club Fire

Hoover Fire Department
North Shelby Fire Department

Hoover and North Shelby Fire Departments responded to the Inverness Country Club on a reported fire in the attic. Upon arrival, the fire was well on it's way to taking the building, making it hard for firefighters to do anything to bring about a save. No matter, Hoover and North Shelby gave it their all, like any professional firefighter would.

To make matters worse, firefighters on the scene had to battle the monster blaze, which could be seen for miles around, in near 100 degree heat. The intense heat was enough to send several firefighters to the hospital.

This morning, Hoover announced that the fire was arson and that they have a 14 year old in custody.

Hoover and North Shelby did an outstanding job of bringing the blaze to an end. The residents who are protected by these dedicated firefighters should be proud. Great job!

Inverness Country Club Fire Video:

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Station 1 Ride Along

Birmingham Fire & Rescue

Thursday, I was fortunate enough to ride with the great crew at Station 1. Below are a 3 video clips and a few pictures from my time with them.

I want to say a special thank you to BFRS for allowing me to ride with them! I also want to thank everyone at Station 1 for their hospitality and friendship. I had the time of my life!

Station 1 Companies:
  • Engine 1
  • Rescue 1
  • Truck 1
  • Heavy Rescue 1

Video: Engine 1 Ride Along (Fire Alarm)...

Video: Engine 1 Ride Along (Medical)...

Video: Engine 1 Ride Along (Medical)...

Engine 1...

Truck 1...

Andy and Kyle cleaning Truck 1...

Andy cleaning 1's Heavy Rescue...

Kyle and Jason checking equipment (including the bullhorn)...

Andy, Kyle and Jason on 1's Heavy Rescue...

Andy cooked great meals for the shift...

Lt. Jackson making the gravy...