Our next meeting will be May 11 at 11:00 a.m. Albertville Will be hosting us at Big Spring Lake Golf course in Albertville. We are still working on a program and lunch details, more info as that is available. There may be a handful of people who want to hang around afterward and play a little golf if your schedule allows. The Fire Marshal’s Association is having their spring conference in Athens this week. We have had a few conversations about the State Fire Codes, and SFM Pilgrim is expected to give an update on Friday. I plan to be there and will update the group if any information is available. A couple of training opportunities from the NAFCA meeting last week:

Albertville Extension Training Center and Guntersville Fire are hosting an AFC Marine FF certification class on April 24th. This is the first in a while, if not ever, that this certification has been available in North Alabama. Information is available at https://www.alabamafirecollege.org/topmenu/training/certification-courses/marine-fire-fighter.

Huntsville Fire has relocated their training facility to the old J.O. Johnson High School, 6201 Pueblo Dr NW. This is a temporary move but will be until further notice, if you have any folks attending class in Huntsville they will no longer be at the Sparkman Dr. facility.

Decatur Fire is hosting a two-day CISM training in May. A flyer should be attached. Fort Payne is tentatively hosting A-EMT beginning in May and Paramedic beginning in August. These will be shift based, satellite classes. Contact Scot Westbrook for more information. ([email protected])

Magic City Truck Academy does hands-on training on truck operations (positioning, search, force entry, etc.). They have a qualified cadre of instructors and can provide props and tools for various classes, at a very reasonable cost. More info at https://www.magiccitytruckacademy.com/

Thanks for the good attendance last week in Muscle Shoals. I know at times it can be hard for some of us to travel. Hope to see you all in Albertville on the 11th. The North Alabama Fire Chiefs Association is a division of the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs, representative of the northern portion of the state. NAFCA’s purpose is to create a network of information, education, and representation to enhance the fire service throughout the North Alabama community. Monthly meetings are typically held on the second Thursday of each month at various locations across the region.

NAFCA officers for the 2017 year are:

• President- Chief Gene Necklaus, Fire Chief, Scottsboro Fire Department

• 1st Vice President- Chief Wade Buckner, Fire Chief, Jacksonville Fire Department

• 2nd Vice President- Chief Tony Grande, Fire Chief, Decatur Fire & Rescue

• Sec./Tres.- Chief Bryan Thornton, Fire Chief, Athens Fire & Rescue

Membership is open to Fire Chiefs and other Fire Officials from career, combination, and volunteer services; to state, county, and city officials; and to organizations and firms interested in the protection of life and property from fire. Membership dues are $25 annually. For more information, email us at [email protected].