Haleyville Fire/Rescue & Bear Creek Fire/Rescue responded to this house fire in the Wiley Branch Community on Thursday February 5th, 2005. Upon arrival firefighters were faced with heavy fire and smoke conditions and were unable to make an interior attack. Once safe to enter, Firefighters were able to locate a package containing tax refunds of the occupants. Responding Apparatus included Haleyville Pumper 1, Tankers 5,6,Rescue 1, Bear Creek 791 and Regional Paramedical Services Medic 822.
Haleyville Fire/Rescue responded to this Single Wide Manufactured home and vehicle fire on the early afternoon of March 28th, 2005. Upon arrival the home was fully involved with heavy fire extending to the front of the vehicle. Responding Apparatus included Pumpers 1,2,Tanker 6, Rescue 1. The resident's dog, a Boxer/Pit Bull mix attacked the journalist from the newspaper causing a severe laceration to her arm which required treatment at Lakeland Community Hospital. Unfortunately, the dog could not be captured peacefully and had to be destroyed by authorities from Animal Control and the Haleyville Police Department.
These 17 firefighters from 6 local departments learned to lean on each other and work together in teams in various training drills during the 160 hours of classwork it takes to become Certified Volunteer Firefighters. The 2005 class graduated on November 7th. The class set a state record for being the first class to ever have a 100% first time pass rate on a state firefighter certification exam. Congratulations class!!!
On June 16th, 2005 at 1:34 P.M. a northbound Norfolk Southern Freight Train struck an 18 wheeler that was attempting to cross the tracks at Alabama Ave and 19th Street. The driver of the 18 wheeler was injured and transported by Air-Evac to UAB hospital. Responding agencies included Haleyville Fire/Rescue, Haleyville Police, Regional Paramedical Services, Air-Evac Lifeteam,Norfolk Southern Railway Officials, Winston County Emergency Management and Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
Tuesday June 28th was a busy day for Haleyville and surrounding firefighers. Haleyville responded to 3 alarms including 2 working structure fires. The Haleyville Bowling Alley recieved heavy fire damage to one section of the building and smoke damage throughout the building. A unit of Beech Grove Apartments sustained heavy fire damage also. In addition to heavy heat and smoke conditions, firefighters battled temperatures in the mid 90's. Several firefighters were treated on scene for heat exhaustion but none required hospitalization. Responding agencies included: Haleyville Fire/Rescue, Haleyville Police Department, Haleyville Rescue Squad, Regional Paramedical Services, Alabama Power and mutual aid from the following fire departments: Adamsville, Ashridge, Bear Creek, Brilliant, Delmar, Double Springs, Hackleburg, Hamilton, Lynn, Pebble, Sunny Home, Winfield.
Haleyville Fire/Rescue was busy again Wednesday night June 29th, responding to 3 alarms between 8:30pm and Midnight including this house fire in the area of 12 street and 5th avenue. Upon arrival firefighters found a 1 story wood frame house fully involved with downed power lines arcing in the yard. It took firefighters about 1 hour to bring to fire under control. Initially firefighters were told the resident may still be in the house but after completing a search it was determined that no one was home. One firefighter suffered a minor arm injury and heat exhaustion and was transported by RPS ambulance to Lakeland Community Hospital where he was treated and released. Responding units included Pumpers 1, 3, Tanker 6, Rescue 1, Haleyville Police Department, RPS Medic 822 and Alabama Power.
Haleyville and Bear Creek Fire Departments responded to this house fire located at the intersection of Alabama Ave and 17th Street around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday July 28th, 2005. Upon arrival firefighters were faced with heavy fire conditions with the first in interior attack team facing a flash over condition. It took firefighters about 3 hours to bring the blaze under control. The house received major damage with the contents being a total loss. 1 firefighter was transported by RPS ambulance to Lakeland Community Hospital for Heat Exhaustion. Responding Apparatus included Pumper 2, Ladder 1, Rescue 1,Bear Creek 792 and RPS Medic 206.
Haleyville Fire/Rescue responded to what turned out to be it's largest fire ever at May's Wholesale Flowers on Thursday July 28th around 9:30 a.m. May's Flowers is the largest artificial flower distributer in the United States. Upon arrival firefighters found a 100,000+ Sq. Foot building well involved. It took firefighters over 10 hours to bring the fire under control with over 3500 gpm of water being used at the height of the fire. Firefighters remained on scene for over 48 hours containing hot spots with just under 1.6 million gallons of water used. Ladder 1 operated non-stop for 41 hours and consumed almost 300 gallons of fuel which required a fuel tender to refill the truck 5 times. Several firefighters were treated on scene for heat exhaustion with 6 being transport by Ambulance to Lakeland Community Hospital where they were treated and released.
Responding agencies included Haleyville Fire/Rescue, Haleyville Rescue Squad, Haleyville Police Department, Haleyville Street Department, Alabama State Fire Marshal's office, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Regional Paramedical Services, Northstar Paramedic Services, Winston and Marion Emergency Management, Staff from Lakeland Community Hospital for Firefighter Rehab and mutual aid from the following departments: Ashridge, Arley, Bear Creek, Blue Springs, Brilliant, Delmar, Double Springs, East Franklin, Hackleburg, Hamilton, Hodges, Hoover, Jasper, Lynn, Nauvoo, Pea Ridge, Pebble, Phil Campbell, Russellville, Shottsville, Sunny Home, Twin and Winfield.
Haleyville Fire/Rescue would like to thank everyone who brought ice, food and drinks to the fire scene. Without your support and generosity we would have had many more heat related injuries.
Haleyville,Pebble, Delmar and Bear Creek Fire Departments responded to this early morning house fire located on Newburg Road just past Blake Curve. Upon arrival firefighters were faced with heavy fire conditions and began a defensive attack. 1200 feet of 5" supply line was laid from a hydrant located near the Haleyville Veterinary Clinic to supply Pumper 2 and Ladder 1. It took firefighters less than an hour to bring the blaze under control but firefighters remained on scene for over 2 1/2 hours performing salvage and overhaul operations. The house sustained heavy fire and heat damage but firefighters were able to rescue several of the families pets. Responding apparatus included Pumper 2, Ladder 1, Rescue 1, Tanker 5 and Tanker 6.
Upon investigating a sighting of heavy smoke, Fire Marshal Tommy Lewis found this double wide manufactured house fully involved with the roof having already fell in. The house had been burning for an undetermined amount of time before it was discovered and was a total loss. Responding apparatus included Pumper 2, Tanker 6 and Rescue 1.
On September 4th, 2005 just after 7:00 p.m. this single engine Cessna 172 made an emergency landing in the field behind Wal-Mart. The Pilot, Harold Beardon of HBTV, stated the engine started cutting in and out and he was unable to make it back to the airport. The plane landed in the field but hit a terrace row and flipped upside down. The pilot of the plane walked away from the crash with only minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lakeland Community Hospital where he was treated and released. Responding units and agencies include Pumpers 2,3, Rescue 1, Haleyville Police Department, RPS Medic 822, Haleyville Airport Officials and the Federal Aviation Administration.
Members of the Haleyville and Pebble Fire Departments spent September 14-21st, 2005 on a Hurricane Katrina Relief Trip. Firefightes were housed in a church in Mobile. Several cases of bottled water, food, Bibles, and hygene items were carried and given out. Firefighters also spent countless hours doing damage surveys, placing tarps on roofs and clearing debris in areas such as Mobile and Biyou La Batre, AL as well as D'Iberville and Biloxi, MS. Those who went stated it was a heart breaking but very rewarding experience.
The Haleyville Fire Department would like to thank everyone who donated money or items that made this trip possible.
On October 28th, 2005 shortly after midnight, Haleyville and Delmar Fire Departments responded to the Delmar Quick Stop Service Station to a reported structure fire. Upon arrival firefighters were faced with heavy smoke conditions. With the quick response and agressive interior attack the contents were severly damaged but the building was saved. Responding units included Delmar P-4, T-3, T-4, Haleyville Pumper 2, Ladder 1, Rescue 1, Tanker 6, Haleyville Police, Alabama Power and RPS Ambulance Service.
After completion of 160 hours of training, 17 firefighters from 6 local departments were given a formal graduation ceremony to honor their successful completion of the Alabama Volunteer Firefighters Certification Course. All 17 students passed the state certification exam on their first attempt.
Haleyville Fire/Rescue responded to Sue's Plunder Parlor on Sunday morning December 4th. The blaze destoyed the contents of the building. Responding apparatus included: Pumpers 1,2, Rescue 1, Haleyville Police and mutual aid from Pebble Fire Department.
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