The Fire College has received a grant from the Tombigbee Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. for “Supporting Volunteer Firefighters through Effective Training” in the amount of $6393.46. This is an annual grant aimed at projects that improve the quality of life in Alabama communities. This grant application was facilitated by AFC Director of Regional Services, Reid Vaughan.

The Alabama Fire College offers training programs to properly train all firefighters in the state of Alabama. Each year, through our Regional Division, we support training in all 67 counties free of charge. In the counties covered by Tombigbee RC&D, we offered 113 individual classes that served 3,303 fire and EMS volunteers and employees.

The specific grant application that benefited us was written to provide funding to pay for instructors so that volunteer students in the counties served by the Tombigbee RC&D Council would be able to attend needed training without paying tuition. The classes that would be taught would meet the basic and intermediate needs of fire departments to have certified apparatus operators and rescue technicians in the rural counties. The grant funding must be used in the current fiscal year and Region 5 Coordinator Jeff Roberts is working with the calendar and instructors to make sure we offer the classes in the specified time range.

This is an annual grant program and we hope to continue to apply for the grant to offer additional training to volunteer firefighters in the counties served by Tombigbee RC&D. By improving the training and capabilities of the fire service in rural Alabama we improve the lives of everyone who calls these communities home and all who travel through.