2023-11-02 Minutes

Location: Palisades Park

Date: November 2, 2023

Time: 19:00



BCFEMSA November 2023 Meeting Minutes



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


  • All Pro Open house 11/13-14, 11-2
  • Sunbelt- new facility in Bessemer


Previous Meeting Minutes

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

Financial Reports

  • Motion to Accept: Steven Tuck
  • 2nd Motion to Accept: Paul Gilbert
  • Reports were approved with no objections, correction of financial statement by Doug.

Committee Reports


  • Hayden Christmas Parade 12/5, 5pm lineup
  • Blount County (Oneonta) Christmas Parade 12/12




  • At 91% for fuel man out of $100,000 annual budget. 109% for October.


  • Have 8 full-time dispatchers, need 22
  • Approved new template for radio programming
  • Critical link first net can be programmed into the radio system
  • 911 working with Motorola to discuss radio contract


  • Working on training schedule


  • 23 active fires in the region on 10/4/2023, no burn permits are being given at this time.


  • EMS conference November
  • NREMT portal is open for recertification
  • New NCCR program was released


  • PALS 11/15,15,17
  • ICLS 12/13,14,15
  • NCC 1/10,11,12


  • There are still many drug-related calls. Be careful.

District Attorney

  • Thank you for what you do
  • Do not take photos of scenes with personal devices

Alabama Fire College

  • Fire College website has been updated
  • 2024 volunteer classes
  • Fire service briefing 11/4 10am
  • Closed 11/10 for Veterans’ Day and closed for Thanksgiving


  • Veterans’ Day parade 11/5

Jr. FF Camp

  • Need debit card or credit card for Fire Camp use for convenience.
  • Need Venmo account for donations.

NO Report from the following Departments:

Fire Prevention, Explorer post, Special Ops, St. Vincent’s Blount, Sheriff’s Office, State Fire Marshall, AL Lifesaver, RAMS, Survival Flight, Red Cross


   NEW Business

  • Tyler Wilson recused himself from the bylaw committee since he is now Assistant Chairman.
  • The sheriff’s office is looking for places to put flock cameras, which must be on private property.

       The following proposals were made by Mel Waid and Sam Johnson

  1. Meetings will be held bi-monthly in January, March, May, July, September, and November on the first Thursday evening of these months.
  2. There will be two scheduled sponsored meal events each year in May and November; no meals will be served at the other four meetings.
  3. Attendance will be required at a minimum of four meetings per year to remain in good standing with the Association. These four meetings must be attended by the Chief, Assistant Chief, or someone designated by the Chief or Assistant Chief who will have voting privileges, and be responsible for communicating pertinent information to the Chief and Assistant Chief that affects their department.
  4. The location of all meetings will be the Cleveland Community Center, until or if arrangements can be made for them to be conducted at the new Agri-Business Center.
  5. Guest speakers and committee reports shall be limited to five minutes unless a request for more time is granted by the Chairman.
  6. All meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.
  7. If necessary, special meetings can be held at a time different from the scheduled bi-monthly meeting dates.

Article V, Section 3 Proposed Change

The secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings. Minutes shall be taken and distributed via email within one (1) week of the meeting being adjourned. *This change will give ample opportunity for everyone to review necessary items to be addressed properly.

Article IV, Section 1 Proposed Change

The Chairman, Vice- Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Training Officer, and Special Operations Officer shall be elected during the September Meeting of each year. The Board of Directors election shall take place at the beginning of the November meeting and immediately take office.

        Article IV, Section 2 Proposed Change

A three (3) member nominating committee shall be appointed in the May meeting of each year and shall give a report at the July meeting immediately upon the meeting’s call to order.

        Article VIII, Section 6 Proposed Change

Any unexpected item to come before the Association will be allowed to be brought to the floor by a move and a second to suspend regular order of business to address said item. This shall require a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote.


*These proposals passed with 21/23 departments voting yes, with two departments absent. The above items will go into effect in 2024.


Motion to give use of debit card to Vanessa for FF Camp as well as create a venmo account for FF Camp:

Motion: Steven Tuck

Second: Jeremy Peek

Motion passed with no objections.


Motion to not have a meeting in December:

Motion: Chris Hill

Second: Shane Hobson

Motion passed with no objections.


With no further business, a motion to adjourn was made:

Motion: Shane Hobson

Second: Jeremy Peek

Motion passed with no objections at 20:08.



The next meeting will be held on January 4th, 2024.




Abby Hill


Blount Co. Fire & EMS Association