2022-12-1 Minutes

Location: Oneonta

Date: December 1, 2022

Time: 19:00


BCFEMSA December 2022 Meeting Minutes




  • Representatives of each member department were accounted for: Allgood, Bangor, Blount County Rescue Squad, Blountsville, Brooksville, Cleveland, Dallas Selfville, Holly Springs, Locust Fork, Murphree Valley, Nectar, Oneonta, Pine Mountain, Remlap, Royal, Snead, Straight Mountain, Susan Moore, West Blount
  • Member Departments not present: Mount High, Ricetown, Rosa, Summit
  • Associate members present: EMA, Special Ops, BREMSS, Alabama Fire College, Lifeguard
  • Associate Members not present: 911 Commission, Forestry, St. Vincent’s Blount, Law enforcement, State Fire Marshall’s Office, Coroner, Lifesaver, RAMS, Survival Flight, Red Cross, District Attorney, VOAD



  • Ryan Vidishak
  • Marty- Sunbelt
  • Aaron Armstrong- EMT of the year



Previous Meeting Minutes

  • Motion to Accept: Peek
  • 2nd Motion to Accept: Payne
  • Minutes were approved with no objections


Financial Reports

  • Motion to Accept: Payne
  • 2nd Motion to Accept: Peek
  • Reports were approved with no objections






Old Business

  • none


Committee Reports


  • fuel man- don’t abuse it. There are rules to usage- enter accurate mileage.
  • Truck check-offs due 2/2/2023: please email or give them to Abby
  • Financial reports due 4/6/2023, send or give to Abby.
  • File 990 if you are a 501c3
  • Find bylaws and rules at blountcofireandEMSassociation.org



  • October calls: 83% requirement, target 90%
  • 8 zero- status in October
  • Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to file formal complaints



  • Fuel man- new year 10-1 with a $100,000 budget
  • Oneonta and Blount County School drills- see Don or David for schedules
  • Mutual Aid Agreements given out on 12/1/2022
  • Be prepared for storms and thank you for helping clean up storm damage.



  • Infrastructure work for new towers is complete
  • Handheld radios are in
  • Reception is less in Blountsville and N of 231
  • 5 new telecommunicators in training
  • Still waiting on MCA to program the rest of the radios planned to be distributed by 11/30/2022



  • Rope I and/or II, Swiftwater 2023
  • Let Ivey or Seehusen know classes of interest
  • Looking for a mobile classroom

Special Ops

  • Walmart grant
  • Cyber-grants
  • Tax ID


  • December 8th- BLS instructor
  • EMS Challenge, Springville FD 12/14/2022 0900
  • Orange Beach EMS conference
  • Blood product process for EMS providers
  • EMS rules website 30hr NCC training
  • A-EMT pilot program for EKGs
  • Operational guidelines 10th edition protocols coming soon
  • New LMS
  • AHA instructor pending 2023
  • EVOC instructor 2023- TBD
  • Submit stroke scale assessment training to Brian Gober


Alabama Fire College

  • EMS Challenge- possibly coming to Oneonta
  • Jonathan Ledbetter- smoke alarm coordinator for AFC
  • Requested $200,000 for electrical vehicle fires
  • Electrical vehicle fire zoom class January 24th 1800

Jr. FF Camp

  • Camp is June 6th-9th 2023
  • Departments, please consider donating money


NO Report from the following Departments:

911 Board

Fire Prevention

Explorer Post


St. Vincent’s Blount


Law Enforcement

State Fire Marshall


District Attorney’s Office

AL LifeSaver


Survival Flight

Red Cross




   NEW Business

  • See motion below


Motion to allow OFD to apply for Walmart Grant for Special Ops on behalf or BCFEMSA

  • Motion: Chief Seehusen
  • Second: Jon Head



With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 2022.


The next meeting will be held on January 5th at Remlap with a meal at 1830.

*Meeting dates and locations below HAVE been updated for 2023*



Meeting Locations – 2023


Jan 5 – Remlap                                                 Feb 2 – Nectar                                                 March 2 – West Blount
April 6 – Susan Moore                                   May 4 – Blountsville                                       Jun 1 – Straight Mtn.
Jul 6 – Pine Mountain                                   Aug 3 – Dallas Selfville                                 Sept 7 – STV-Blount
Oct 5 – Holly Springs                                      Nov 2 – Palisades                                           Dec 7 – Oneonta

Abby Hill


Blount Co. Fire & EMS Association