Hoover Fire Department
(Pictured left Chief Chuck WIngate) For photographs of the 2014 Firefighter of the Year Awards Luncheon at the February 19, 2015 Chamber Luncheon, as well as the 2014 911 Operator of the Year, 2014 Detention Officer of the Year, and the 2014 Police Officer of the Year Awards, go to the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce "Photo Album" website at http://www.hooverchamber.smugmug.com/ or directly to the following page at: http://hooverchamber.smugmug.com/Hoover-Chamber-Luncheons/2015-Luncheons/February-2015-Luncheon/47601952_NhgwWV#!i=3888044921&k=2pKGXqH.
At the February 19, 2015 Chamber Luncheon, the Chamber of Commerce recognized and awarded the Hoover Police Officer of the Year, Hoover Firefighter of the Year, Telecommunicator of the Year and Jailor of the Year for the calendar year 2014.
Firefighter-Paramedic Michael Thorin (left) was recognized at the February Chamber Public Safety Awards Luncheon as the Outstanding Firefighter of the Year by Hoover Fire Chief Chuck Wingate (center), and Firefighter-Paramedic-RN Wanda Durrett was recognized at the Outstanding Paramedic of the Year for 2014 at the luncheon. These two awards were sponsored by TurnerBatson Architects. TurnerBatson has sponsored these awards for some sixteen consecutive years.
Hoover's fire and emergency services
The Hoover Fire Department (HFD) is one of the most up-to-date, well-trained departments of its size in the Southeast. Headed by Chief Chuck Wingate, the department has approximately 150 employees, including a full-time training officer, an EMS officer, a fire marshal and three fire prevention officers.
Of those employees, 107 have emergency medical training - 97 with paramedic certification and 18 with emergency medical technician certification.
All Hoover paramedics have completed Advanced Cardiac Life Support training, a program that focuses on the recognition and rapid response to cardiac problems. The department's eight engine companies and four rescue units are all equipped with defibrillators. Free blood pressure checks are available 24 hours a day.
The HFD maintains a Class 2 ISO rating, which results in lower insurance rates for the city's residents and businesses. All the stations in the department are designated SAFEPLACE shelters, a nationwide program that encourages children and youth to seek assistance at neighborhood fire stations. Counseling services are also available 24 hours a day.
The department operates a Hazardous Material Response Unit that responds to spills of dangerous substances and other environmental emergencies. To address the possibility of terrorist activity, HFD personnel are trained to appropriately respond to intelligence reports of threats to public safety and are capable of dealing with biological terrorism via substance testing and decontamination training.
With specialized high angle, swift water and confined space teams, the HFD is able to assist in circumstances that call for complicated rescue efforts. The department also has one of only eight recognized heavy rescue teams in the State of Alabama. Since early 2005, Station 4 has been home to a heavy-duty rescue truck. This vehicle was purchased through a grant made possible by the Alabama Mutual Aid Agreement, the Department of Homeland Security, the Alabama EMA and the Shelby County EMA.
The recent addition of a quint apparatus to Station 6 will greatly enhance the fire and emergency medical protection in the area that station serves. This piece of equipment functions as both an engine and a ladder truck and fulfills five firefighting roles: pump, water tank, fire hose, aerial device and ground ladders. Two personnel are assigned to the unit at all times.
The HFD's Fire Prevention Bureau provides inspections, investigations and public education for all ages. The bureau is composed of five members of the department who are charged with the enforcement of the 2000 International Fire Code.