2023-07-13 Minutes

Location: Pine Mountain 

Date: July 13, 2023 

Time: 19:00 



BCFEMSA July 2023 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, Mount High, Murphree Valley, Nectar, Oneonta, Pine Mountain, Remlap, Ricetown, Royal, Snead, Straight Mountain, Susan Moore, West Blount
  • Member Departments not present: Rosa, Summit
  • Associate members present: EMA, 911 Commission, Forestry, Special Ops, BREMSS, Lifeguard, Coroner, Alabama Fire College, Air Evac
  • Associate Members not present: Special Ops, St. Vincent’s Blount, Law Enforcement, State Fire Marshall’s Office, RAMS, Survival Flight, State Fire Marshall’s Office, Red Cross, District Attorney, VOAD


  • AirEvac, Sunbelt, Pine Mountain Board Members


Previous Meeting Minutes 

  • Motion to Accept: Jeremy Peek
  • 2nd Motion to Accept: Jon Head
  • Minutes were approved with no objections.

Financial Reports 

  • Motion to Accept: Jeremy Peek
  • 2nd Motion to Accept: Clay Jones
  • Reports were approved with no objection.


 Old Business

  • Firefighter camp went well, thank you for everyone’s support!


Committee Reports 


  • Make sure to document training for VFF tax credit
  • Still send emails to the AAC about ambulance issues and they will be addressed.



  • At 76% of Fuelman budget for the year
  • Homeland Security grant deadline is August 1st
  • McPherson had issues with Fuelman on their end
  • Contact David for personnel badges


  • West Fire 1 channel issue was identified and resolved
  • Working with FirstNet to test devices that seem to be working better
  • There are limitations to grants- 2-3 additional tower sites are needed for P25 to work
  • A grant is roughly $200,000, which is not enough
  • Better radios will not solve infrastructure issues
  • Vehicle repeaters would be grant-eligible


911 Board 

  • Lifeguard now has a CAD viewer
  • Will provide the raw report to AAC for review
  • AAC and 911 board are discussing removing the director and dispatcher from the compliancy board




  • The issues with grants have been mostly resolved
  • Funding should be coming in August- will let you know
  • District 2 Meeting July 27th @ Al and Mick’s



  • BREMSS 50th anniversary banquet in September 
  • BLS instructor class July18th
  • Possible changes coming to EVOC
  • Be familiar with MSA


  • Classes coming in the next 30-90 days
  • Planning to have an EKG interpretation training with Grandview
  • No computer repair status
  • Med 1 and Med 4 have AVLs
  • New Grandview freestanding ER in Trussville.



  • There have been a lot of overdoses recently


       Alabama Fire College 

  • Commission meeting Wednesday, July 19th
  • Technical Rescue classes will change curriculum starting Jan. 2024
  • Safety Summit September 7th and 8th @ AFC
  • Complete the dashboard roster/update info

NO Report from the following Departments: 

Fire Prevention, Explorer Post, Special Ops, St. Vincent’s Blount, Sheriff’s Office, DA’s Office, AL Lifesaver, RAMS, Survival Flight, Red Cross, VOAD. 



   NEW Business  

  • Motion to change meetings to quarterly, and to make changes to bylaws/ rules to accommodate this. Allow for emergency meetings to be held if necessary. Meetings are to be held on the first Thursday of the months of August, November, February, and May. 

Motion to accept: Sam Johnson

Second motion to accept: Paul Gilbert

Motion passed.


  • Motion to have all meetings at a centralized location, Cleveland if possible (community center). With different departments sponsoring as usual. 

Motion to accept: Sam Johnson

Second motion to accept: Jeff Coleman

Motion passed


  • AAVFD July 21st and 22nd

Motion for no proxy vote at AAVFD conference

                      Motion to accept: Jon Head

                      Second Motion to accept: Jeremy Peek

                      Motion passed


  • Proposal to start quarterly meetings in 2024, in the meantime only allow vendors/guests

every other month for the remainder of the year to allow time for discussion of bylaws changes.


  • Bylaws Committee

Clay Jones, Jon Head, Sam Johnson, Tyler Wilson

                      Report needed in August


With no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 20:30


The next meeting will be held on August 3rd at Dallas Selfville with a meal at 19:00. 




Meeting Locations – 2023 


Jan 5 – Remlap                                                Feb 2 – Nectar                                                 March 2 – West Blount  
April 6 – Susan Moore                                   May 4 – Blountsville                                        Jun 13th – Straight Mtn. 
Jul 13 – 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