Happy Mother's day to all the Moms out there!!
Official page of the HELENA FIRE DEPARTMENT. An ISO Class 2 full time, paid department. This page IS NOT monitored for messages. If you need our services, call 911.
The main strength of this exceptional organization resides in the competence, dedication, and courage, of the exceptional individuals it employs. The Helena Fire Department has three fire stations and staffs three ALS(advanced life support) engine companies, one ladder truck company, one brush fire unit, and one battalion/shift commander each day. All of fire engine companies are staffed with paramedics in order to provide professional steadfast pre-hospital emergency care.
Mission: As first responders to fires, public safety and medical emergencies, HFD protects the lives and property of the City of Helena residents and visitors.
Happy Mother's day to all the Moms out there!!
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Assistant Chief Jeff Fore and his Trussville Fire Department family.
It's International Firefighters Day. Thanks to every Firefighter that's out on the line today making a difference.
Make sure you look up Tuesday around 1:15pm for this great tribute.
A KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft from the 117th Air Refueling Wing will be flying over hospitals in Huntsville and Birmingham on Tuesday. This mission is a part of the nationwide Air Force Salutes Flyover under Operation American Resolve.
Projected flyover times are as follows.
Cullman Regional Medical Center, 12:32.
Huntsville Hospital, 12:45
St. Vincent East, 1:07
St. Vincent, 1:10
Children’s Hospital, 1:10
UAB Highlands, 1:24
Please help us get the word out about the flyovers by sharing this post. Please see the graphic for more information.
We welcome and encourage viewers to tag the 117 ARW using the hashtags #WeSaluteAlabama, #AirForceSalutes and #TogetherAL in photos and videos of the flyover.
The Governor's new orders.
There's a chance of severe weather that starts early tomorrow morning and last throughout the day. Make sure you have a means of notification that will wake you up should there be severe weather in the early morning hours.
***THIS POST IS OUTDATED. PLEASE SEE LATEST INFO AT THE TOP OF OUR NEWS FEED***
April 22 3:40 PM update: Thursday's weather system will offer a threat of severe thunderstorms & flooding. There will be quite a bit of rain & storms Thursday morning, some of which may be severe & also result in flooding. This morning round will have an impact on what happens during the afternoon. If the atmosphere can recover, then an additional round of severe storms is possible through the afternoon, generally southeast of Interstate 20.
The weather has been noisey this morning and there are more storms heading our way. Stay weather aware and be prepared. The Helena High School shelter will be opened by HPD if needed this afternoon.
***THIS GRAPHIC IS OUTDATED. PLEASE SEE OUR TIMELINE FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION.***
Here is the updated map with risk areas and timing for severe weather in central Alabama for the rest of today. If you are in or near an area that is ANY COLOR on this map, then you need to be weather aware today. Have MULTIPLE ways to receive severe weather warnings. #alwx
Sunday morning and evening chances of storms that will bring heavy rains. Be prepared and have a means of notification. You can sign up for the City of Helena notification system and receive weather information along with other events that affect Helena. Sign up at
Different Sunday but same story. There's a chance of severe weather and heavy rain for this Sunday. Make sure to stay aware of the weather.
April 12-18 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. We would like to thank the call takers and dispatchers at Shelby County 911 and Helena PD for all they do. Every 911 call for service starts with these trained professionals obtaining the information the First Responders in the field need to have for a safe and successful outcome to every call we answer. They are a lifeline for the public and the public safety officials. Thank for all you do!!
Make sure to have a means of severe weather notifications and know what the differences are. Remember that outdoor warning sirens are intended only to notify anyone outdoors. The sirens are not designed to notify you when inside a structure so make sure you have a NOAA weather radio or other means that will alert you to severe weather. If you are using your cell phone, make sure Do Not Disturb is OFF. This may block some notifications.
Happy Easter everyone. We hope you have a great day but please stay aware of the weather and make any last minute preperations. The lastest map from the NWS Birmingham has the entire central part of the state under a moderate risk for severe weather. The storm shelter at Helena High School will be opened if needed. Helena PD will post the opening.
Stay safe and have a great day!
It's a beautiful day today so go ahead and make preparations for tomorrow. We are still looking at the possibility of severe weather for a large part of the day. Do you have a means of notification? If not now would be the time to get it. Buy a NOAA weather radio, have an app on your phone or sign up for the notification system at https://cityofhelena.org/police-department/ or at the Shelby County EMA website.
The Helena Police Department will open the storm shelter at Helena High School tomorrow if it's needed. You will enter at the back of the school and we ask that all CDC guidelines for social distancing be followed.
Make plans now!!! Be sure you can receive severe weather notifications and know where to go if you receive one. Outdoor sirens are an antiquated means of notification. Make sure you have a NOAA weather radio or other means of notification. You can sign up for notifications through the City of Helena website and Shelby County EMA.
Know where you're going if there's an alert for your area. Do you have a safe place in your home? Do you have helmets and flashlights there? Will you need to go somewhere else? The storm shelter at Helena High School will be opened by the Helena Police Department if needed. If you're going there make sure to follow all the CDC social distancing recommendations.
Sunday's weather has the potential for severe storms in our area. Please make your preparations now and make sure to have the latest information from the NWS Birmingham or local media.
(04/10/20) All modes of severe weather are possible Sunday afternoon and Sunday night across Central Alabama. Now is the time to ensure you have multiple ways to get the warning and know where you need to be if severe weather threatens your location.
It's almost Easter in Alabama so that means Spring storms. Please be weather aware over the next few days as Sunday may be a severe weather day.
*** This information is outdated, please see our recent posts for the latest weather information ***
4/9 8:20 AM severe forecast update for Sunday. We are still 4 days out, but the weather may be busy on Sunday with guidance becoming more favorable for severe weather. Now is the time to make your severe weather plan. Check back for updates as we head into the weekend. #alwx
We LOVE our community and appreciate the support we receive. Thanks to huskyshout-outs for brightening our day!!!!
We hope everyone is doing well during this time. We too are following the recommendations of the President and limiting our interactions when we can but we will always be here when you need us. Please help all us by following the Corona guidelines for a few more weeks.
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A request from Helena Utilities...
PLEASE DO NOT FLUSH ANY DISINFECTING WIPES!
Helena Utility Board is asking residents not to flush anything other than toilet paper, as these wipes do not break down and are not safe to flush. Flushing disinfecting wipes causes our city pump stations to back up and clog. Even the flushable wipes take time to break down, so overwhelming the pump stations will lead to clogs and further issues.
An update from the city...
City of Helena Updated Closure Announcement:
City Hall/Utility Board Lobbies:
Due to concerns of the recent COVID-19 situation, the City Hall and Utility Board lobby and waiting areas will be closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 until we can re-assess the situation on April 6, 2020.
City employees will continue to staff all administrative offices Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm and will be happy to serve you via telephone or email. For regular business call 205.663.2161, or use appropriate email contacts listed on the city website.
Please use the Utility Department’s drive-thru window service to pay your utility bills if you cannot mail or do not use the online payment services. You can also use the drop box located adjacent to the drive-thru window for after hours drop offs of bills or forms.
Public Playground Equipment Restrictions: It has also become necessary for to close all playground equipment at our city parks. Since there is not an easy way to ensure that the virus is not transferred by touching the equipment each time it is used or the ability to assure proper distancing as recommended by the State Health Department. This is an action we regret, but we must do so to ensure the virus is not spread from child to child and others from the surfaces and equipment.
The other outdoor areas at the Parks will remain open for recreational use for now, but gatherings of 10 or more will be not be approved or allowed.
The following buildings remain closed; Sportsplex Community Center, Senior Citizens Building and the Public Library
We will re-evaluate all the closures on April 6 as we continue follow the State guidelines as suggested or required.
If you have questions, please call us at 205-663-2161. We are here to serve and will do our best to keep city business working for you.
We apologize for the inconvenience and hope everything will be back to normal soon.
A couple helpful things
Here's the official order from the state regarding the Birmingham metro area.
15 days to slow the spread. It's going to take everyones cooperation to stop Covid-19. New guidelines have been released. Please follow the recommendations. They will help you and everyone else stay healthy.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 or visit a hospital emergency room for the sole purpose of being tested for COVID-19.
If you or the patient you are calling about have any flu-like symptoms, please give the 9-1-1 operator detailed information about the symptoms. If the patient has recently traveled outside of the United States or the State of Alabama or has had contact with people who may be sick, that too will be information that needs to be given.
Here are some guidelines and useful references:
Reasons to CALL your Doctor or the emergency room seeking Medical guidance:
1. Fever of 100 degrees fahrenheit or higher
2. Cough or shortness of breath
3. Have been in close contact with a person known to have
COVID-19 or if you have recently been in an area with
ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
Please call your Doctor or the Emergency Room FIRST before going to see them. This will give them an opportunity to give you guidance on what your next step would be.
COVID-19 prevention measures:
1. Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds or longer.
2. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
4. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
5. Stay home when you are sick, except to seek medical care after you've called your Doctor.
6. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Center for Disease Control
AL Dept of Public Health
World Health Org.
Sunday, March 8, at 2am is the official time to turn your clocks one hour forward. Use this time to test your smoke alarms and change the batteries if needed! #DaylightSavingsTime #SmokeAlarmSaturday
Don't forget that we Spring forward tonight. So change your clocks and the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Whether it's the flu, a common cold or Coronavirus, one of the best ways to stop spreading any illness is handwashing.
To protect yourself and others during this cold and flu season, wash your hands often for about 20 seconds. It's the #1 way to reduce the risk of getting the...
Remember TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN!!!
We're starting to get reports of water on roadways making travel hazardous. Remember not to drive through flooded roads! You don't know how fast the water is really moving or how deep it is! Go ahead and study a map, find alternate routes to your destination. Stay safe!!
It's cold outside and the kids are home so why not have some fun learning about fire safety.
Teach children how to be fire-safe. This fun video gives easy tips for the whole family.
Gov. Ivey has ordered flags in Jefferson and Shelby counties to fly at half-staff today in honor of Homewood Fire Chief John Bresnan who will be laid to rest today.
If you are traveling on Helena Rd/Hwy 261 there is deep water on the roadway in the area of the quarry
If you aren't prepared for todays storm, you have a little time left. Make sure you have a way to receive the latest information and know the difference between a watch and warning.
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