Students & Staff remember those lost on 9/11

Staff and students gathered at the Alabama Firefighter Memorial on Monday, September 12, 2022 to remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Facilities Unit Leader James LeVert reflected on the importance of recalling the events of the day and the need for unity as Americans.

Flag Half Staff Notices

  • Current: in Honor of Queen Elizabeth II (half staff until interment on September 19)
  • December 7: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half staff all day)

Learn more about flag status proclamations: Alabama / United States


September is #NationalPreparednessMonth. Ready has resources you can use to educate your community here: https://www.ready.gov/september.

APSLA Class 2022-2023 begins program at 4H Center

Students in the 2022-2023 Alabama Public Safety Leadership Academy kicked off the program with an overnight retreat at the 4H Center in Columbiana on September 8-9. Members of this class are Johnathan Appling (Alabama Law Enforcement Agency), Lonnie Barnes (Montgomery Police Department), Joshua Bingham (Prattville Fire Department), John Black (Poarch Band of Creek Indians Fire Department), Philip Box, Daniel Brewer (Foley Fire & Rescue), Bradley Cantrell (Fultondale Fire & Rescue), Tamara Croom (Tuscaloosa County EMA), Kenneth Davis (Midfield Fire Department), Patrick Dunlap (Alabama Fire College), Lee Gaither (Jefferson County 9-1-1), Anthony Gilmore (Auburn Fire Department), William Herman (Alabama Fire Marshals Office), James Higginbotham (Center Point Fire District), Kenneth Hobson (Rosa Fire & Rescue / Blount County 9-1-1), Christopher Horn (Center Point Fire District), Michael Kowzan, (Tuscaloosa County Sheriffs Office), Chad Menard (Madison Fire & Rescue), Bobby Peavler (Decatur Fire & Rescue), Anna Porter (Alabama Fire College), Levi Richardson (East Alabama Fire District), Brandon Smith (Birmingham Police Department), Derrick Swanson, Wayne Weaver (Pelham Fire Department), and Micah Woodley (Cahaba Valley Fire & EMR District).

Upcoming important dates

  • Alabama Coalition of Community Risk Reduction Educators: September 21 (Mobile)
  • Fire College Week: September 29-October 2 (AFC)
  • Alabama Firefighter Memorial: October 1 (AFC)
  • Personnel Standards & Education Commission Work session: October 18 @ 12pm (AFC)
  • Personnel Standards & Education Commission Quarterly Meeting: October 19 @ 9am (AFC)

Learn more here!



Get Alarmed, Alabama! Smoke Alarm Program



2023 weekend classes for volunteer firefighters

These courses will be held two weekends per month (approximately) and taught by our regular instruction cadre to ensure volunteers receive the same training as others. Students must provide proof of volunteer fire department affiliation. To register, call 1(800)241-2467.

  • Rapid Intervention Crew: January 7, 8, 21, 22
  • Wildland Fire Fighter: January 7, 8, 21, 22
  • RT: Vehicle and Machinery Extrication I: February 11, 12, 25, 26
  • RT: Confined Space I/II: March 4, 5, 18, 19
  • Mobile Water Supply: April 29, 30
  • FAO: Pumper: May 6, 7, 20, 21
  • Fire Officer III: June 10, 11, 24, 25
  • Fire Investigator I: July 8, 9, 22, 23
  • Fire & Emergency Services Instructor I: August 12, 13, 26, 27
  • RT: Rope I: September 9, 10, 23, 24



Gulf Coast Brotherhood Ride

AFC is proud to host the Gulf Coast Brotherhood Ride participants overnight on October 3, the first leg of their 5-day bicycle ride to honor the memory of ten fallen first responders. The Gulf Coast Brotherhood Ride is dedicated to honoring the memory of those First Responders who have paid the ultimate price in the line of duty. By riding bicycles across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, the Gulf Coast Brotherhood Ride aims to show the family, friends, and departments of those we have lost that we will Never Forget! In addition to honoring their memories and providing emotional support, the ride raises funds to financially support the families as well.


Traffic Incident Management classes

The ALDOT Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Program brings together all agencies involved in clearing an incident from the roadway. Together, they strive to make incident management safer for the responders and motorists and work to reduce the time needed to reopen travel lanes and get traffic moving again. TIM is a collaborative and coordinated multi-disciplinary process to detect, respond to, and clear traffic incidents so that traffic flow may be restored as safely and quickly as possible. Effective TIM reduces the duration and impacts of traffic incidents and improves the safety of motorists, crash victims, and emergency responders. ALDOT recognizes the importance of TIM in maintaining the operational safety and efficiency of the state’s roadways. The Traffic Incident Management Program is a comprehensive multi-agency, multi-discipline program, led by the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Alabama Department of Public Safety (DPS) and focused on the three National United Goal (NUG) objectives: responder safety, safe quick clearance, and prompt, reliable incident communications. The classes are for any discipline that may respond to or work with a traffic incident including the following: Communications, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fire/Rescue (F/R), Law Enforcement (LE) (City, County, State), Towing and Recovery (T&R), Transportation/Public Works (DOT), Coroner, Utility Company, and others. CEU’s are available and seating is limited. View and register for available courses at www.alabamatim.org.



Alabama Mutual Aid System News

  • There will be a full-scale AMAS exercise at AFC on October 10-12. On October 10, IMT members will arrive to begin preparing an IAP. October 11-12 teams will arrive and conduct tactical exercises.
  • Incident Management Team position-specific training courses:
    • Each course costs approximately $10,000 (provided through grant funding). Tuition is free to the student/department. Instructors and course materials will be provided. (There will be no funding for travel or per diem.) The maximum class size is 24.
    • Prerequisites to attend include: NIMS 100, 200, 300, 700, & 800. If a student does not have all the prerequisites, their certificate will be held (for a reasonable amount of time, not indefinitely) until they can complete the prerequisites.
    • DATES ARE TENTATIVE BASED ON INSTRUCTOR SCHEDULES:
      • Courses to be held in central Alabama:
        • October 17-18 @ Rocky Ridge: L-956 AH Liaison Officer
        • October 19-21 @ Rocky Ridge: L-960 AH Division / Group Supervisor
        • October 24-27 @ AFC: L-954 AH Safety Officer
        • October 31-November 3 @ Shelby County RTC: L-958 AH Operations Section Chief
      • Courses to be held in north or south Alabama:
        • November 7-11 @ Mobile: L-950 AH Incident Commander
        • November 15-18 @ Huntsville: L-962 AH Planning Section Chief