Cahaba Valley Fire and EMR District

Cahaba Valley Fire and EMR District This page is the official page for the Cahaba Valley Fire and Emergency Medical Rescue District. As such it is administered by CVFD.
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If you were affected by the March 25th tornado and are in need of financial assistance. The deadline to apply for indivi...
06/11/2021
4596

If you were affected by the March 25th tornado and are in need of financial assistance. The deadline to apply for individual FEMA assistance is June 25th. Please follow link below for information and application:
https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4596

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Thank you to our friends at Talladega Fire and Rescue for sharing this helpful information.
06/11/2021

Thank you to our friends at Talladega Fire and Rescue for sharing this helpful information.

06/03/2021

In case you didn't know, you can now add an Emergency Contact to your Alabama Driver's License! This is beneficial to all drivers, and especially to concerned parents of young drivers or children of elderly ones.

Having an easily accessible emergency contact gives first responders someone to call in the event of a crash, overdose, medical emergency, disoriented elderly driver, or anytime when the license holder may not be able to share their information (most cell phones today are password protected, so calling "Mom" from the injured person's phone isn't as easy as it once was).

This license update is free and only takes seconds to complete. Go to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency website at www.alea.gov and search Emergency Contact. You must have the name and license number of the holder, and you will enter/edit the emergency contact name/address/phone number. It will automatically attach to the licensee's records.

Although you will not be given a new physical license, the information will show to dispatch and the first responder's computer searches. Feel free to share this information with your family, colleagues, and friends!

As summer is now upon us, we what to make sure that everyone is doing their part to stay safe. We would like to share wi...
06/02/2021
50 Golf Cart Safety Tips (Everything To Know To Stay Safe)

As summer is now upon us, we what to make sure that everyone is doing their part to stay safe. We would like to share with you this helpful link filled with safety tips and advice regarding golf carts. We love interacting with our community but not as a result of injuries. Lets all enjoy the summer safely!

https://www.golfcartreport.com/golf-cart-safety-tips/

Looking for golf cart safety tips? We give you 50 safety tips along with answering all your questions to ensure your next trip is a safe one.

Photos from Shelby County Sheriff's Office's post
05/29/2021

Photos from Shelby County Sheriff's Office's post

05/22/2021

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public that it is illegal to operate low speed vehicles, including golf carts, on any public roadway unless it meets the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration Standards. Only vehicles that meet these standards and are properly licensed with licensed operators are allowed to operate on public roads.

The Sheriff’s Office has been contacted by numerous citizens with regards to golf carts operating on public streets. The biggest concern for our office are reports of young children operating these golf carts. In most instances, these children were not supervised by an adult. Young operators, not familiar with the rules of the road, pose a great danger to the operator as well as other occupants. Also, golf carts are not manufactured with the required safety equipment to reduce injury if they are involved in a crash.

The Sheriff Office is requesting the public’s cooperation to cease the illegal use of golf carts on any public roads in an attempt to prevent injury or possibly a fatality. Please help us make safety a priority!

Join us in congratulating Dustin Hall. He is Cahaba Valley Fire's and the state of Alabama's newest paramedic. His hard ...
05/10/2021

Join us in congratulating Dustin Hall. He is Cahaba Valley Fire's and the state of Alabama's newest paramedic. His hard work has paid off as he recently completed a paramedic program and passed his National Registry Exam allowing him to be licensed in Alabama. Congrats Dustin, we are proud of you.

Join us in congratulating Dustin Hall. He is Cahaba Valley Fire's and the state of Alabama's newest paramedic. His hard work has paid off as he recently completed a paramedic program and passed his National Registry Exam allowing him to be licensed in Alabama. Congrats Dustin, we are proud of you.

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) during 2014–2018, US fire departments responded to an estim...
04/27/2021
Best Fire Escape Ladder 2020

According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) during 2014–2018, US fire departments responded to an estimated average of 353,100 home structure fires per year. These fires caused an annual average of 2,620 civilian deaths and 11,030 civilian fire injuries.

What will your family do in the event of a structure fire? Does your family have a plan, a way out, and a meeting place? One option available on the market is a Fire escape ladder. These ladders can be used to exit from the upper stories of a home. There are many options available, and we encourage anyone who may need to escape from an upper floor to consider this option. Check out the link added to learn more about fire escape ladders.

https://youtu.be/K0G8rAtHLVY

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04/22/2021

For immediate Release:
Units of Cahaba Valley and Chelsea Fire are working multiple brush fires on the 280 West corridor between 43&41. Please drive with caution as fire fighters and apparatus are on highway.

Highway 280 west is closed at this time.

4:27pm update- 280 west at Essex is now open on the inside lane for travel. Please drive carefully.

5:27 pm update- 280 West from 43 to Essex is still closed. 280 East is flowing slowly.

5:55 pm update- 280 West is now open with one lane.

04/20/2021

Hydrants are being tested in Shoal Creek. Be sure to let your water flow before use.

C shifters Doug Wagoner, Cody Wilcox, and Dylan Welsh attended a forcible entry class on Saturday hosted by Magic City T...
04/19/2021

C shifters Doug Wagoner, Cody Wilcox, and Dylan Welsh attended a forcible entry class on Saturday hosted by Magic City Truck Academy. They brought the skills and knowledge learned to shift today. This drill is simulating if you needed to breach a doorway in a confined area. Check out the pics of both class Saturday and drill today.

04/15/2021

We were made aware of an issue with our website. It has since been resolved. Thank you to those that reported the issue so that we could resolve it quickly.

04/14/2021

Public Service Announcement:
If you have been driving on 280 by the intersection with Highway 41, you have seen all the smoke from the fire on the hill. ( Behind 280 paint and body, Sportsblast Soccer fields, the new Shelby County Services Building.). This is a controlled burn that might continue until Mid-May. The County is burning all the trees and debris from the tornado. This fire is an attended fire and is known of by the fire department. There is no danger and this does not need to be called in to 911.

For all those who have already called 911, thank you for your diligence and concern for the community.

https://abc3340.com/amp/news/local/house-fires-sparked-by-lightning-underscore-need-for-safety-plan-firefighters-say?__t...
04/13/2021
House fires sparked by lightning underscore need for safety plan, firefighters say

https://abc3340.com/amp/news/local/house-fires-sparked-by-lightning-underscore-need-for-safety-plan-firefighters-say?__twitter_impression=true

A lightning strike which sparked a blaze, forcing a family to flee for safety after it destroyed their Highland Lakes home, underscores the need for fire safety plans according to the Cahaba Valley Fire and Emergency Medical Rescue District. The district has made a point to educate children on fire....

Chief Buddy Wilks discusses Lightning and its impact on possible house fires and other damage with ABC 33/40.
04/12/2021

Chief Buddy Wilks discusses Lightning and its impact on possible house fires and other damage with ABC 33/40.

Chief Buddy Wilks discusses Lightning and its impact on possible house fires and other damage with ABC 33/40.

Fire Fighter Christine Shores is being interviewed by ABC 33/40 for Community Risk Reduction.  This program has proven s...
04/12/2021

Fire Fighter Christine Shores is being interviewed by ABC 33/40 for Community Risk Reduction. This program has proven successful with a family this weekend who executed their fire escape plan that their daughter learned to make at Mt Laurel Elementary School. FF Shores spends each October during Fire Prevention week touring the schools and other facilities providing fire safety training.

Fire Fighter Christine Shores is being interviewed by ABC 33/40 for Community Risk Reduction. This program has proven successful with a family this weekend who executed their fire escape plan that their daughter learned to make at Mt Laurel Elementary School. FF Shores spends each October during Fire Prevention week touring the schools and other facilities providing fire safety training.

Cahaba Valley would like to give a Big Thank You! to our partners at Shelby Country 911. Your dedication to our safety a...
04/12/2021

Cahaba Valley would like to give a Big Thank You! to our partners at Shelby Country 911. Your dedication to our safety and that of the community does not go unappreciated.

Cahaba Valley would like to give a Big Thank You! to our partners at Shelby Country 911. Your dedication to our safety and that of the community does not go unappreciated.

During the severe, heavy, lightning-filled storms last night, one of our district member’s homes was struck by lightning...
04/10/2021

During the severe, heavy, lightning-filled storms last night, one of our district member’s homes was struck by lightning. Units arrived on the scene to find the home well involved with heavy fire and the family safe and accounted for out at a neighbor’s house. Lightning strikes and other forces of nature are out of our control, but having working smoke detectors and an exit plan are not. The youngest family member is a student at MLES, and through our Fire Safety program each year, she knew what to do. She and her family acted quickly and exited safely. Speaking with her, she said it was scary but she knew to stay low from the smoke and get out. Unfortunately, the home was a loss but because of the family’s emergency plan, their lives were not. #getoutandstayout #staylowandgo #closebeforyoudoze

During the severe, heavy, lightning-filled storms last night, one of our district member’s homes was struck by lightning. Units arrived on the scene to find the home well involved with heavy fire and the family safe and accounted for out at a neighbor’s house. Lightning strikes and other forces of nature are out of our control, but having working smoke detectors and an exit plan are not. The youngest family member is a student at MLES, and through our Fire Safety program each year, she knew what to do. She and her family acted quickly and exited safely. Speaking with her, she said it was scary but she knew to stay low from the smoke and get out. Unfortunately, the home was a loss but because of the family’s emergency plan, their lives were not. #getoutandstayout #staylowandgo #closebeforyoudoze

04/10/2021

Great teamwork in the early morning today by the crews of Station 181, 183, 185, and Chelsea 31 with suppressing a working structure fire.

Please join us in welcoming our two newest firefighters.  Eric Rozell and John Bessiere completed their training at the ...
04/06/2021

Please join us in welcoming our two newest firefighters. Eric Rozell and John Bessiere completed their training at the Alabama Fire College last week and after a none too short weekend, begin their first shifts this week. Welcome to the fire service. We wish you a long, safe, and fulfilling career.

Congratulations to all of class 21-01.  We welcome John Bessiere and Eric Rozzell as they start their careers with Cahab...
04/04/2021

Congratulations to all of class 21-01. We welcome John Bessiere and Eric Rozzell as they start their careers with Cahaba Valley.

Congratulations to all of class 21-01. We welcome John Bessiere and Eric Rozzell as they start their careers with Cahaba Valley.

03/26/2021

Please see the information below regarding free showers and child care at the Greystone YMCA on Highway 280 for families affected by the storms. Thank you Greystone YMCA for this wonderful service to our community.

A great resource to receive emergency information specific to Shelby County. Including:-severe weather 🌪   🌩-road closur...
03/16/2021
Emergency Management Agency (EMA) | Shelby County, AL - Official Website

A great resource to receive emergency information specific to Shelby County. Including:
-severe weather 🌪 🌩
-road closures
-missing persons
-evacuations and more

This should not be your only resource but is a great addition 👍.

https://www.shelbyal.com/252/Emergency-Management-Agency-EMA

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Be Weather Aware!The Spring storm season is upon us.  Please take the time to be ready.  Listen to your favorite weather...
03/16/2021
Weather.gov on Your Mobile Phone

Be Weather Aware!

The Spring storm season is upon us. Please take the time to be ready. Listen to your favorite weather broadcasts. use your mobile device apps, check your emergency weather radio. Have your safety plan in place and be ready. Below are some links to our local stations and weather apps, if you don't already have them. Also included is a presentation on programming your emergency weather radio.

Stay Informed, Stay Safe!

Birmingham market Weather Webpages
https://www.weather.gov/bmx/
https://abc3340.com/weather
https://www.wbrc.com/weather/
https://www.cbs42.com/weather/

Weather Radio Programming
https://abc3340.com/news/videos/watch-how-to-program-your-noaa-weather-radio

Weather Apps

ABC3340
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/3340-weather/id419168262
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tvalabama.android.weather&hl=en_US&gl=US

WBRC6
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wbrc-first-alert-weather/id415950922
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.wbrc.android.weather&hl=en_US&gl=US

CBS42
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cbs-42-weather/id935438018
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.linmedia.newstouch.wiat&hl=en_US&gl=US

Weather.gov
https://www.weather.gov/wrn/mobile-phone

Take the weather with you on your mobile phone! Wherever you are, you can get the local weather forecast from the National Weather Service with one click on your home screen. Bookmark mobile.weather.gov to make sure that you have the latest weather news and information on the go.

03/13/2021
Last night, at our board meeting, the department was able to recognize eleven individuals promoted in 2020 and 2021.  Pi...
03/11/2021

Last night, at our board meeting, the department was able to recognize eleven individuals promoted in 2020 and 2021. Pinned in the Ceremony were:

Fire Chief Buddy Wilks
Battalion Chief Micah Woodley
Captain Taylor Gunnels
Captain Jason Ingram
Captain David Smetek
Lieutenant Nick Burch
Lieutenant Patrick Fowler
Lieutenant Dylan Welsh
Firefighter Zack Charles
Firefighter Micahel Foshee
Firefighter Dustin Hall

We are honored to be able to recognize the fine individuals for their hard work and accomplishments. We look forward to their continued leadership within the department. Please take the time to congratulate them, if you get a chance.

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5487 Highway 280
Birmingham, AL
35242

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Thanks to the CVFD for the fire safety information and fun afternoon building project! Our junior firefighter was so excited to meet you and build her very own 🚒
Great work CVFD! We appreciate all that you continue to do for us! Top notch and way past above and beyond! Thank you!
Santa on parade
Thank you for your service. I enjoyed meeting you all. Sharron Lancaster
Thank you for helping save my horses - I am forever grateful!!! ❤️😄🙏🏻🐴 You are so kind and so Amazing!!! God Bless You!!!
Thank you for transporting our donations the rest of the way to Orange, Texas. The Girl Scouts of Troop 974 in Spring Hill, TN, along with their leader Juliann Malito McGirk, worked very hard to collect donations. They prepared individual hygiene kits, complete with toothpaste, hairbrush/comb, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, etc. Great job by these young ladies! Thanks also to O'Charley's, Spring Hill Smiles - Larrabee Family Dentistry and Orthodontics, Patty Kimbrell and family/friends, and the rest of those who donated! Thank You!!
Hey, just saw your new truck driving south on I-294 just outside of Chicago. It was doing about 150, so it should be down in Alabama in about 6 hours. Ps...it wasn’t really speeding at all.