2013 Conference a Success!

AFA’s 2013 conference, the weekend of June 14th and 15th, was a tremendous success.  Participants enjoyed a meal on Friday night with a pool party and get together.  Saturday morning kicked off with a business meeting and the annual election at the Trussville Civic Center.  At 1000, Dr. John Giduck began his presentation on terror and the fire services response to such events.  The presentation was informative and presented timely information related to our schools and the dangers that will face fire and ems personnel that respond to incidents at those institutions.  A special thanks to all those who worked hard to make this years conference a success!


Secretary Connie Watkins opened the evening banquet.





Members preparing getting ready for the meal and enjoying some time visiting with each other.


Trussville Asst. Chief Jerry Cataldo received the Captain Drake Award for 2013.  Well deserved recognition for a gentleman that has done just about every job there is in the fire service.


AFA President Russell Ledbetter was recognized for his service and leadership this year.


Trustee Dwane Green administered the oath of office to the new executive board for 2013-2014.  Picture (L to R) Dwane Green (Trustee), Jerry Cataldo (2nd Vice-President), Connie Watkins (Secretary), Russell Ledbetter (President), Jackie Carroll (Treasurer) and Reid Vaughan (1st Vice President)

Hope to see each of you next year!

Conference Underway…

The 2013 Alabama Firefighters Association conference is underway.  All attendees to the conference were treated to a pool party and a low country boil.  Tomorrow is a full day with a business meeting and a training session on school violence and emergency service responses to the those events.



Georgia Pacific Bucket Brigade Grants…



Apply for a 2013 Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade™ Grant

Grants fund needed equipment and resources


Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade™ grant program. These grants support fire departments that serve communities that have a Georgia-Pacific facility or where its employees reside. It is the company’s way of giving back to the departments that keep our families, homes, and workplaces safer.


About 70 percent of our nation’s firefighters are volunteers, who selflessly give of themselves to keep the people and property that make up their communities safe. Yet many departments are struggling to provide the necessary resources for these responders to perform their duties. The Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade program aims to assist by helping provide the necessities local fire departments need to protect and educate their communities.


Since 2006, Georgia-Pacific has awarded over $800,000 to rural and small-town fire departments. These grants help departments fund equipment, resources, and programming. All applicants receive a complimentary year-long department membership in the National Volunteer Fire Council.


  • Department must be located within 30 miles of a Georgia-Pacific facility. Click here to view a list of facility locations.
  • Average grant is between $5,000-$10,000.
  • All applications must be approved by the local Georgia-Pacific facility.


How to Apply

  • Download application from www.gpbucketbrigade.com.
  • Submit completed application to your local Georgia-Pacific facility for approval.
  • Approved application must be submitted to GP headquarters by July 12.


For more information, visit www.gpbucketbrigade.com or contact gpbucketbrigade@gapac.com.


About Georgia-Pacific

Headquartered at Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and marketers of building products, tissue, packaging, paper, cellulose and related chemicals. The company employs more than 35,000 worldwide. For more information, visit www.gp.com.

Greene County, Alabama LODD

We regret to inform the fire service community of a Line of Duty Death that occurred early this morning in Greene County. At 2:36 AM Assistant Fire Chief Stanley Martin Jr. of the Springfield Volunteer Fire Department responded as an apparatus operator to the scene of a structure fire at 71 Peachtree Lane, Eutaw, AL.  Following suppression activities, Asst. Chief Martin began to complain of shortness of breath.  Fire Chief George Henderson called for an ambulance, but prior to its arrival, Asst. Chief Martin stopped breathing and resuscitation was initiated by on scene personnel.  He was transported to Greene County Hospital but medical efforts were unsuccessful. He was 71 years of age.

LODD representatives from the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs/Alabama Fire College are working to support the family and Springfield Volunteer Fire Department. Funeral arrangements are pending and the family welcomes local responders to attend in fire service uniforms. More information will follow as it becomes available.

Alabama LODD

It is with regret that we note the passing of Firefighter Dale Scott Queen of the Oak Ridge Volunteer Fire Department in Morgan County.  Firefighter Queen became ill while one an emergency run and subsequently passed away a short time later at Decatur General Hospital.  Firefighter Queen is survived by his wife Elizabeth, and their sons, Tanner, 14; Dakota 13; and Avery, 9.

Dale Scott Queen

Peck Funeral Home in is handling the arrangements.  Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday, May 3, from 1800-2100.  The funeral with firefighter honors will be held Saturday, May 4th, at 1300. at the funeral home.  Any department wishing to have apparatus in the procession are welcomed to form up at the Hartselle High School Stadium (Sparkman Drive) by 1230 on Saturday.

Our sincere condolences to the family and to the Oak Ridge Fire Department.