Calendar of events:

Construction begins on new prop storage building

On April 27, we held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility that will house the mobile training fleet. Construction has begun and much progress is being made!

New Commissioners confirmed

The Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards and Education Commission has three newly confirmed Commissioners: Allan Rice-AFA, Brandy Williams-AAFC, and Josh Bryant-AAVFD. Bryant’s term will begin upon the expiration of Commissioner Green’s appointment in July 2022.) Rice and Williams were sworn in at the April 27 quarterly meeting.

Public Fire and Life Safety Educator I to be released as a field delivery course

The Commission voted to release Public Fire and Life Safety Educator I as a field delivery course, and it is currently in production to be released in that format. Instructors qualified to teach this must be certified in PFLSE I and Fire Instructor I, and must attend a train-the-trainer session. More details will be released.

EMS Program News

  • AFC had 100% pass rate for the 10 students who successfully completed the AEMT course in April 2022.
  • We currently have 39 students in the AEMT course from Montgomery, Madison (MS), Northstar Ambulance, and the CAFCA region.
  • EMT Self-Study course: This course is not for everyone, it takes someone who is a self-starter and is motivated to progress through the EMT course! To register, email
  • Alabama EMS Challenge attendance has increased by 48.7% since last year. To host the Alabama EMS Challenge, contact Wes Ward at
  • Jon Puryear will be on campus on July 28-29 to teach a Paramedic National Registry Review class. Registration is $125 for individuals not currently enrolled in our Paramedic program. Call 1(800)241-2467 to register.

National Fire Academy State Weekend

The application period for the National Fire Academy Weekend is rapidly drawing to a close. The weekend is scheduled for June 2-6 and transportation from Tuscaloosa will be provided. To register, visit and complete the form.   

Classes include:  

  • Fire Service Safety Culture: Who Protects Firefighters From Firefighters? (W0349)  
  • Health and Safety Program Manager (W0722)  
  • Introduction to Unified Command for All-Hazard Incidents (W0609) 
  • Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (W0455) 

Alabama Surface Mine First Responder Competition to be held at the Alabama Fire College

We are proud to host the Alabama Mining Association’s annual surface mine first responder competition on June 6-9. This four-day training and competition is a premier opportunity for mining professionals to practice life-saving skills and learn safety leadership principles. Learn more.

Alabama Mutual Aid System News

ONLINE CLASS: AMAS Mobilization and Readiness (June 8 @ 9am) This course will cover: Notification System, Personnel Readiness, PPE Checks, Mobilization Set-Up, Tracking Personnel, and the Planning Process. It is designed as a Q&A session to assist AMAS Teams with preparing for intra- or inter-state deployments. There will be discussions on building a Mobilization Manual and checklists that benefit each team’s needs. REGISTER ONLINE or call 1(800)241-2467.

As we get ready to pass from spring storms into Hurricane season, AMAS Teams need you to make sure you and your family are ready, regardless of whether your Team is deployed. We all have careers that require us to work during floods, tornados, ice storms, and hurricanes, and as subject matter experts (SMEs) in disaster response, and often we tend to overlook the preparedness portion when it comes to us and our families. Discuss with your loved ones at a minimum the following things:

  1. Communication Plan: Someone out of state?
  2. Where will your family go if it is a major hurricane?
  3. What is the plan for your pets?
  4. Do you have checklists of what you and your family will need/pack?

The above are the bare necessities, but it is a start. Please do not overlook the communications plan. We are so reliant on our cell phones, but what about when the system is overloaded and/or towers are destroyed? AMAS Teams saw this during Hurricane Laura and again during Sally. Remember, write down the number of someone out of state that you and your family can call to relay messages to each other.

Here are a couple of sites if you would like more information:

Once your family is taken care of, how about you? When was the last time you looked at your PPE? Are the batteries still good? Do your BDUs/Team t-shirts need to be washed and freshened up? How are your toiletries? Bedsheets and towels? No-notice events are not the time to be packing . . . do it now!

Everyone stay safe and take care of each other!
Sherry Crush, AMAS Program Manager

Certification & Curriculum News

We are 25% ahead of where we were this time last year in issuing certifications! This is due to the hard work and dedication of the AFC staff. They are working hard every day behind the scenes to make sure you have the qualifications you need to function safely.

Changes are coming to:

  • 1006, Standard for Technician Rescue Professional Qualifications
  • 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator
  • 470, Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Standard for Responders

HMEP-Funded Courses

Don’t miss out on these HMEP-funded courses for in-state public safety personnel (Fire Fighters, Law Enforcement, EMS, and EMA). These courses are fee-waived and books are included under the grant. (DOD, out-of-state, and industrial responders must pay the appropriate fee and provide their own books.) To register, call 1(800)241-2467 or visit our website.